Community Greens

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Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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The Bronx Sancochazo

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The Sancochazo is organized by Green Worker Cooperatives, and their goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to come together, learn and get involved in the cooperative movement in NYC.

Come out on Saturday, September 29th – 12pm – 6pm, to enjoy the biggest largest sancocho in NYC!!!

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Brooke Avenue at Corner of 141st Street
Bronx, NY 10454
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Ileia Burgos, Outreach Coordinator · (718) 617-7807 x 704

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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.

grilled-eggplant

Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.

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Buying Fresh Vegetables

 

I am a gardener and have been lucky enough to enjoy fresh garden grown vegetables for years. Fresh, as in just picked from the garden. Each harvested vegetable bring back memories of my childhood. I learned to garden as a kid in a NYC garden in Crotona Park in the ’60s. My brother and I spent several enjoyable summers growing, picking and eating just about anything that could be grown. The double benefit was I also learned to cook fresh food because of it. In season, we would each come home with two shopping bags full of fresh fruits and vegetables. What wasn’t eaten raw, my grandmother would prepare for dinner so we learned how to shuck, simmer and sauté a whole host of things.

Here are some tips on buying fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, apples and most things are easy, just check for bruises and firmness. Take a good sniff. Does it smell earthy or fragrant? Look at the stem (many places remove them). If the stem appears old or shriveled, it hasn’t been freshly picked. Kiwis past their prime will be bald and dark brown while still being firm. Avocados will be very soft. Mangos will be soft and wrinkled. Greens (mustard/turnip/spinach) will have slimy leaves in the bunch, yellowing leaves, and the stems will be trimmed very short. Lettuces/cabbages (red leaf, green, endive, etc) will have a lot of dark spots on the edges of the leaves, browning on the stems, and the root stump will be trimmed very short.

Always wash your produce no matter where you get it. Even if it’s organic, free range or GMO-free. Wash it and, if appropriate, throw it in your refrigerator.  Some things, like green tomatoes, will continue to ripen on your counter. Unfortunately, my green tomatoes don’t last long  because I love fried green tomatoes, grits and scrambled eggs. Store bought stuff is usually just picked and packed. So you may want to soak it to remove as much bugs and dirt as you can.

Sometimes over-sized produce isn’t always a good buy. Larger produce that’s normally solid inside will become hollow due to the size and when it does, the cavity begins to rot. This is fairly common during a rainier seasons. The two worst offenders are strawberries and potatoes.

CornucopiaSure, you can buy canned but why should you when you can get fresh (frozen clearly a second choice).  There is usually some place in the world  growing what you want, so you can get it at the local market. With that said, be price conscious. Do you really need watermelon in December when it’s half that price in-season. Best to buy local and in-season. Learn to adjust your tastes a bit. It also supports the local economy and you know, a rising tide raises all boats.

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CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, NYC. They provide evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food.

They have several informative seminars and discussions coming up. Get on their email list and stay informed.

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Bee proactive!

A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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