Harvest Season at Greensgrow


October 24th is Food Day 2014. This year Greensgrow Farms are celebrating with a free movie night. They’re screening “Growing Cities”, a film about Urban Agriculture in the United States. Watch a movie about urban farming at our neighborhood urban farm! They’re having an open discussion after the film for anyone who wants to discuss issues raised in the film. More details here.
Greensgrow Fall Events:
We are welcoming the change in season here at Greensgrow, the past few weeks on the farm has been so pretty. Milkshake the pig is celebrating his 3rd birthday. There are still tomatoes in the high tunnels, but there are pumpkins, gourds, apples and all of the harvest season fruits and veggies at the farmstand too. The Summer CSA winds down in a few weeks as we are preparing for the Winter CSA and Thanksgiving.

Our SNAP Box Program has wrapped up for the season, this year we had 120 participating families-up from 75 last year. That’s 9500 pounds of nutritious, delicious, local produce on the tables of families in need. We are really proud of the growth in this program that provides a very low cost CSA to food stamp recipients.

There are some interesting Fall Workshops coming up; Kimchi Fermentation with Phickle, DIY Hypertufa Containers, Goat Butchering with Bryan Mayer of Fishtown’s new Butcher Shop/Restaurant Kensington Quarters, Composting, Medicinal Herbs, and Farm-to-Table Cupcakes!

Call for Vendors: Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar! We are taking applications now for our annual arts and craft Holiday Bazaar. We are looking for vendors who make hand made one of a kind arts and crafts. We look for work that will appeal to the Greensgrow community and will make great holiday gifts. Our focus for the event is to showcase local artists and craftspeople and their wonderful wares.
Application deadline is November 2. Event details and application: http://www.greensgrow.org/holidaybazaar/

We will have special holiday farmstands on November 22, 10–2pm & November 25, 2–7pm. Gorgeous harvest season produce for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
We are taking orders for turkeys, Greensgrow’s soup and sides, plus pies and Franklin Fountain Ice Cream. Turkeys are available in a variety of sizes. The Greensgrow Comunity Kitchen will be making cauliflower gratin, smashed potatoes with garlic and rosemary, cranberry sauce and butternut squash soup. We have apple, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies from Griggstown Farms. Top your pie with Franklin Fountain Ice Creams; Vanilla Bean, Autumn, Honeycomb, Cranberry Sorbet or Non-dairy Pumpkin made with coconut cream. Holiday orders must be placed by November 10th and picked up on Tuesday November 25th from 2–7pm. This year you can pick up on the farm or at Greensgrow West. Order online: greensgrow.org/thanksgiving

Winter CSA
Eating locally doesn’t have to stop when the summer season ends: you can support local farmers and producers, reduce your carbon footprint, and enjoy the bounty of our region all winter long. Greensgrow’s Fresh Food Team searches out and meets with our region’s finest farmers and producers to plan our winter shares.
This season we’ve been working with some of our farmer friends to ensure that there will be an abundance of fresh greens well into the dead of winter. Think kale, spinach, new carrots, & head lettuce! We will have surprises throughout the season to help keep things fresh and fun.
We make adjustments each year in response to the changes in the local food supply and input from our members, growers, friends, and staff. Join us as we navigate the ever changing landscape of growing, storage, preserving, and sourcing 100% local food!
Meat • Veggie • Vegan Shares! Locally roasted coffee and artisan cheese shares too!
Deadline to sign up for first share November 24. Sign up and info: greensgrow.org/csa/winter-csa/

DIY Hypertufa Container Workshop • October 18  • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Learn how to easily cast your own planters using Hypertufa, a light weight combination of aggregates and Portland cement. You’ll make your own 16” pot that can be used for plants indoors or out. This is a 2 part class. Students must return on Sunday October 19 at noon. The first day David, our farm manager, will teach you how to mix and mold your container and the second day will be cold working and releasing your container from the mold. Students should bring gloves and glasses or safety glasses. Learn more about Hypertufa at: http://www.hypertufa.net/
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8185

October 24th • 7pm–8:30pm • Growing Cities • Free Movie Screening    
Growing Cities is a film about urban farming in America. At a time when so much negative attention is paid to the food system—from mad cows to factory farms—this film tells the inspiring stories of city-dwellers who are transforming their communities one vacant lot, backyard beehive, and rooftop farm at a time. Along the way these growers show that the urban farming movement is about a whole lot more than simply food and that everyone can take part in creating a healthier, more just, and sustainable food system.
Admission is free, donations accepted towards the licensing fee.
The film runs 60 minutes, and we will host a discussion afterwords.
We’ll have some snacks for sale.
Bring your own lawn chair ya’ll!
Watch the trailer! http://vimeo.com/42288661
More about the movie: http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com/the-film/

Kimchi Fermentation Workshop with Phickle • October 25 • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Amanda Feifer, fermenting enthusiast behind phickle.com comes to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen to talk about kimchi and the basics of fermentation. We will cover proper fermentation techniques, some of the known health benefits of fermented foods and we’ll make small batch kimchi. She’ll make a traditional fall Baechu kimchi with daikon, ginger, napa cabbage, and hot peppers. Everybody will get their own jar of kimchi to ferment at home.
Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8064

Compost Workshop • November 1 • 12-1pm
The city recycles your bottles and cans, but it’s up to you to recycle your kitchen and garden waste. Creating your own compost or worm bin takes organic matter out of the waste stream and turns it into a rich fertilizer for your plants and keeps your soil in good health organically! Healthy plants and soil are the best way to fight diseases in the garden. Greensgrow’s farmer, Nathan will teach us about home-scale composting systems that will work for you, indoors or out.  He’ll cover the importance and best practices of composting for gardeners and urban dwellers. We’ll take a look at traditional composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms) and compost tea too!
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8263

Greensgrow Farms and the Free Library Present: Whole Goat Butchering with Kensington Quarters • November 8 • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Michael Pasquarello & Bryan Mayer will be at the new workshop space at the Free Library for a nose to tail goat butchering demonstration. These are the folks from Kensington Quarters, Michael owns Bufad and Prohibition Taproom and know their way around the finer points of butchery. Learn from a master butcher what’s involved in breaking down a whole goat carcass. This demonstration will approach the goat from a whole animal context, exploring it’s versatility, and different cuts.
Instructors are opening a new butcher shop, restaurant and workshop space on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Bryan, former Head-Butcher at Fleisher’s Grass-Fed and Organic Meats in NY has been teaching world-class workshops and demos at Wyebrook Farms this past year.
Read the Grid Magazine Article about them and the upcoming restaurant on Frankford Avenue, Kensington Quarters.
Location: Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library: Fourth Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8070

Medicinal Herbs Workshop: Cough & Cold Season • November 15 • 12-2pm
Get started building your own herbal medicine cabinet with this hands on workshop. Learn how to make infused vinegars and herbal syrups to help keep those nasty winter coughs and colds at bay. HerbanMomma, Kristin O’Malley will discuss different herbal preparations to boost your immune system so you’re ready to fight off any nasty bugs going around this time of year.
Participants will make some of their own cough and cold fighting products and take home a bottle of elderberry syrup and fire cider to add to your herbal medicine cabinet.
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8264

Farm to Table Cupcakes Workshop • November 22 • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Attendees will learn how to creatively transform local produce into mini cupcakes perfect for holiday entertaining. Greensgrow’s Susan, formerly owner of Let Us Eat Cupcakes schools us on basic cupcake batter and buttercream icing recipes. We’ll make a Thanksgiving inspired cranberry cupcake, plus learn how to make cranberry chutney and a cranberry orange simple syrup for holiday cocktails. Everyone will get some samples and the recipes to take home.
Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
Register: http://www.greensgrow.org/?p=8086

December 6, 7, 13, 14 • Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar
Shop local, support local artists! Looking for local, handmade gift ideas from some of the neighborhood’s most talented crafters and artists? Make a dent in your Christmas shopping at the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar! This is a festive neighborhood favorite, get your tree or holiday greens and check out all of the cool wares our elves have made. We’ll have a range of fine art and crafts; jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, green gifts, bath/body, Greensgrow made edible gifts, and lots more. There are different artists each day of the event. More details.