Pink Beans in Sauce with Epazote

I take this bean thing seriously, so it was a personal challenge to incorporate epazote into my quest to make the best ever bowl of beans.

Recipe by John-Thomas Crockett

I love beans. Black, pinto, kidney, red, pink, garbanzo, it doesn’t matter: beans are my thing. For the past couple of years I have been in charge of the food at my brother’s Super Bowl Bash ( a fact I am quite proud of), and last year I was actually commissioned to make a couple of pots of beans. Think about that for a moment. More than chicken wings, tacos, ribs, or pizza, folks thought beans, my beans, would take the party to higher heights. With humility, I make a mean bean. It is, in fact, a family thing. After decades of bean dominance, my mother is the undisputed Queen of Beans. After years of studying her techniques and stealing glances at her seasoning selections, I think I am ready to challenge for the title “Bean King.”

I take this bean thing seriously, so when we got epazote in our CSA share and I learned it was often used as a bean seasoning, I took it as a personal challenge to incorporate the herb in my next  iteration of legume goodness.

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Cooking Demo Week 7: A Success!

Check out our Recipe Tab for more recipes recommended by the Food Education Team and visit the CSA Forum to sneak a peak at members’ recipes or add your own

Thank you to all who came and learned how to make Shredded Veggie Pancakes from Emily, our Community Chef! For those who missed the exhibition or simply would like to learn more, we will be having another cooking demonstration at next Wednesday’s ( 4Aug 2010) share distribution.

Check out our Recipe Tab for more recipes recommended by the Food Education Team and visit the CSA Forum to sneak a peak at members’ recipes or add your own.

"The Mona Lisa of Beet Pancakes"
Find out how to get this...
The whole is more delicious than the sum of its parts
....from this

Thank you Joe Wirtheim for the photos!

Cooking Demo Tonight!

Our Community Chef, Emily Nickerson, will staging a cooking demonstration at this evening’s distribution from 5 until 7 pm.

Are you flat out beat trying to figure out something to do with your beets? Want to learn some bloody good new recipes? Well, tonight is your night.

Central Brooklyn CSA is proud to announce that our Food Education Team (led by Community Chef Emily Nickerson) will be staging a COOKING DEMONSTRATION at this evening’s share distribution from 5 until 7 pm. Plan to stay for a few minutes extra tonight and learn a new kitchen trick or two.

Come and "beet it up" with us at our first cooking demonstration!

Week 7 Harvest

We are happy pass on the probable contents of this weeks share from our farmer friends at MimoMex Farms.

Greetings Central Brooklyn CSA Members,

We are happy to pass on the probable contents of this week’s share from our farmer friends at MimoMex Farms:

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 2 lbs red potatoes
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 lb. green pepper
  • 4 ears corn
  • 1 bunch beets
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 bunch oregano

There is a killer grilled corn on the cob with cilantro and lime butter recipe in the forum section already, and you can expect to see other bangin’ recipes from the community being posted all the time!

~Eat well until we meet again~

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Week 6 Scheduled Harvest

Week 6 share

This week we are expecting red lettuce, celery, 4 ears of sweet corn, lemongrass, mentha, basil, 2 lbs. of red and white potatoes, cilantro, and green onions from MimoMex farms!

You can almost smell the fresh cilantro through the screen!

Be sure to keep an eye on the forum section where all members can post recipes using these awesome veggies!

Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal

For our first Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal we made garlic scape pesto and spaghetti, served with a farm fresh fried egg, garnished with fresh cilantro and black pepper: it tastes as awesome as it sounds!

Many of us who picked up our first week of vegetables from Central Brooklyn CSA had the same question: “what in the world is a ‘garlic flower’ and what do I do with it?” Alas, there is nothing to fear, garlic flowers (or, as they are sometimes called, “garlic scapes “) are delicious and just happen to be the centerpiece of our first Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal (feel free to help us come up with a better title for the blog meal, too)!

Garlic flowers are members of the Allium family, along with onions, leeks, and scallions. And, yes, as the name implies, these curvey tubes are in fact part of the garlic plant. Famers cut the superfluous stems and buds off of garlic bulbs (or heads, as we call them once harvested) to focus the plants energy on the bulb and not the stalk and flower.

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Why Join? Because You Can Make A Difference!

CSA’s help you make personal changes that will likely positively affect more than just you. What a way to begin to make a difference.

A lot of the news I read and watch tells me that we all need to try harder to live within our means. Whether that means, sticking to a budget, or making more Earth-aware decisions, or even watching what we eat so that we can enjoy life and avoid costly trips to the doctor.  There is no one thing any of us can do that will improve every aspect of our lives, but for my money, joining a CSA is a great place to start.

Spend Differently

The membership fee in most CSA’s goes directly to the farmer as seed money, and Central Brooklyn CSA is no different. The reasoning is simple: by knowing whom they are planting for and how much they need to harvest, farmers are able to budget better and ultimately save money. CSA memberships can help members apply that same logic to their personal finances. By pre-paying for a season’s worth of produce, members can better plan their grocery budgets, save money week-to-week, and not have to worry about the price of carrots or lettuce going up every time they go shopping.

Buy Differently

Buying food from local farmers is literally investing in your own community. Spending money in your neighborhood keeps business in your neighborhood and encourages those businesses to provide the products and services you like. But buying food from local farmers is also an investment in our global community. Not only does buying from a local farmer reduce the gas used to ship food by as much as 90%, but often, as is the case with our farm MimoMex, CSA farmers refrain from using petroleum-based fertilizers, which also reduces the use of (and  harmful by-products) of fossil-fuels. Did you realize that 1 in every 6 gallons of oil used in America is used for agriculture? By joining a CSA and buying locally-grown foods, you can help change this.

Eat Differently

If making a change can help you live a more healthy and productive life, isn’t that a change worth making?                Sometimes the most important change we can make is within ourselves. For some folks, the hardest part of joining a CSA is committing to eat fresh vegetables and fruit. Cooking at home and eating produce everyday is different if you are not used to it, true enough. Replacing chips, crackers, and sugary snacks with fresh produce can reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood-pressure, obesity, and cancer.  What is more, the Central Brooklyn CSA is committed to helping our members find new, delicious, and healthy ways to prepare their produce!

CSA’s help you make personal changes that will likely positively affect more than just you. What a way to begin to make a difference.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! (FOR NOW)

We would love for everyone to join the Central Brooklyn CSA, and even though we cannot make that happen, we are doing our best to make sure everyone who is interested at least has an opportunity.

Great news: due to the incredible response over the last week, we are extending the deadline to join the Central Brooklyn CSA! We are proud of the opportunity our CSA provides for members of our community to eat well for less, and want to make sure everyone that is interested in becoming a member has a chance to. Having said that, vegetable shares (standard memberships) and fruit and egg shares are going fast, so if you would like to become a member, we urge you to move quickly.

We have made a commitment to make at least 40% of our shares available to members making less than $35, 000, and we are keeping that commitment. However, in fairness to all potential members, we are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. (In other words, if you are planning on joining, you should know that the availability of shares is impacted by your income level.)

We would love for everyone to join the Central Brooklyn CSA, and even though we cannot make that happen, we are doing our best to make sure everyone who is interested at least has an opportunity.

If you are interested but have questions or financial concerns, please contact us (no need to panic!). If you sent in your deposit and membership agreement and want to make sure we received it, email us at CentralBrooklynCSA@gmail.com and we will get back to you right away.

Eat well, until we meet again!