Postponed from September 25… Now part of the NantucketGrown Food Festival!
Join mushroom-growing specialist Alden Lenhart in a hands-on workshop on How to install a Wine Cap Mushroom Bed in your yard or garden!
Sunday, October 16,1:00 – 3:00
Rain or shine (talk will be inside greenhouse if raining; wear appropriate work clothing for installation outdoors).
Alden will also talk about mushrooms, their role in nature and different methods of growing them.
At the Community Farm Institute
168 Hummock Pond Road
Free, and Open to the Public
Click HERE for more info on the Food Festival
Harvest of the Month!
Long, short, round, knobby, zucchini squashes come in so many different shapes. And colors! Green, white, yellow, striped! The harvest is in!
Harvest of the Month RECIPE
Baked Zucchini Fries
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside. Working in batches, dredge zucchini in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
On Friday, Sustainable Nantucket hosted its 7th Annual Farm Fresh Feast the Community Farm Institute. Featured were a silent and a live auction, music from local band Buckle and Shake, and dinner catered by Taste of Nantucket, with produce donated by local farms and harvesters. Thanks to all the farmers, volunteers, and staff who helped make this event a success!
Find fresh, island-grown greens at the Saturday Downtown & the Wednesday Mid-Island Markets!
Also at participating NantucketGrown restaurants featuring Harvest of the Month!
Try this delicious recipe!
Lemon-Garlic Swiss Chard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
12 cups Swiss chard, chopped (about 10 ounces)
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown. Add Swiss chard and 2 tablespoons water to pan; cook 3 minutes or until chard wilts. Stir in lemon juice and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese.
Thanks so much to Andrew Spollett for leading local growers in an Organic Pest and Disease Management workshop this past Sunday! The workshop addressed some of the CFI farmers’ specific pest problems and discussed pests common to the area, along with covering various sustainable methods to keep pests at bay.
Governor Baker has declared June 20th-26th, 2016 as Massachusetts Pollinator Week, presenting an opportunity to celebrate and protect our pollinator populations and SN currently has 2 pollinator projects! So what exactly is a pollinator?
Pollinators are the creatures that transfer pollen from male anthers of a flower, to female stigma of a flower. This is a vital process that allows for the plants to reproduce and produce fruit. Examples of pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, bats, and hummingbirds. Declining populations of pollinators threaten a farmer’s ability to produce crops. The flowering plants and trees in this garden attract pollinators and provide a healthy environment for them to thrive.
CFI Pollinator Garden
We are so excited to have our pollinator garden in the ground this week! The garden includes plants such as Yarrow, Iron Weed, Pye Weed, Milkweed, and other pollinator pleasers. Soon there will also be blueberries available for visitors to pick while they learn about native plants and pollinator species. This garden is an important for ensuring the health of pollinators, the health of the local environment, and health of crops grown by the farmers at the Community Farm Institute.
Farm to School Pollinator Garden
The F2S Pollinator Garden was designed by the NHS landscape vocational program utilizing a mixture of native plants detailed by the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative. This allows us to attract a higher percentage of native pollinators while also limiting the need for fertilizers or water.
Sustainable Nantucket has 4 new members of our summer team, just in time for the start of the SN Farm to School Summer Program and the Market!
Please join us in welcoming:
Holly Hoffman (pictured center) is this year’s Farm to School Summer Program Coordinator. Holly is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied Social Work and Special Education. This will be Holly’s 22nd summer on Nantucket! What drew her to Sustainable Nantucket was the ability to combine her passions for youth and natural world in a way that allows her to give back to a place that was so instrumental in her own childhood.
Eliza Mongeau (pictured left) is this year’s Farm to School Apprentice. Eliza is a 2016 graduate of Smith College where she received a double majored in Anthropology and Italian Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Foods. Originally from Saint Croix, Eliza appreciates the essential nature of a strong local food system. Eliza looks forward to continuing her experience in working with F2S and teaching others about agriculture and the importance of locally-sourced food.
Victoria Crenshaw (pictured right) is this year’s Food Justice/SNAP/WIC Intern and CFI Apprentice. Victoria is a recent grad of Vanderbilt University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is excited to get involved in the world of agriculture and learn from the people and the farms that feed us.
Liam Bruno (not pictured) is our Market Survey Intern. Liam is a rising junior at Wheaton College, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration on Society and the Environment. Liam designs and runs the surveys at the Market, and is excited about collecting demographic data that will allow us to improve the Market.