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A Special Cocktail to Support the Garden

29 Oct
Fall Harvest Sangria

Fall Harvest Sangria

At this Friday’s Halloween Pizza Party, the garden committee will serve a special Fall Harvest Sangria to grownups. The recipe includes ground cherries from our own garden — and the mixture was a hit at the Annual Garden Fundraiser & Potluck.

Look for the garden donation jar near the sangria pitcher! We’re collecting through the end of October. All CV residents who enjoy the vegetable & herb garden are invited to contribute before Sunday. If you’d like to see a community bed again in the spring, please support the garden with a $10. donation. Soil, compost and other expensive materials need to be replenished often. Can’t make the Halloween party? You can leave cash or checks (made out to CVOI) with the office in 215 Adams or with Deb Van Wetering’s doorman (225 Adams).

Garden members are asked to contribute 3 bags of mulch/wood chips, which help the soil but also acts as child safety surfacing. Pick up free wood chips from Greenwood Cemetery or buy bagged wood chips from Bruno’s or Lowes and have them delivered. While we hope that management will bring in a wood chipper after Christmas for a CV mulch fest, ground cover is needed year round, especially during late fall and early spring. Thank you!

Related: The Most Requested Potluck Recipes

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Try Recipes from October’s Harvest Potluck & Fundraiser

7 Oct

 

1003151635 (1)The potluck party was a delicious success. Some 30-40 resident families used garlic, herbs and vegetables from the Community Garden to create dishes for all to enjoy.

Thanks to all who donated much-needed funds, in addition to their time, their food, their hospitality and other crucial resources. The garden would not exist without your generosity!

Donations for this fundraising drive will be accepted through the end of October. Cash or checks (payable to CVOI) can be submitted to Deb VanWetering (225 Adams St Apt 12A) or to the 215 Adams St. management office. We have celebrated the success of this season but we must look ahead and secure resources for the next season. Suggested donation is $10. per family, but any amount will be greatly appreciated. (Garden members are asked to pay annual dues of $25 per family, plus mulch and more.)

Fall Harvest Sangria

A community garden needs everyone’s commitment to keep it going strong!

Most of the costs relate to replenishing and maintaining safe soil. Learn more about where the money goes, as well as other help needed on a regular basis, here.  A community garden needs everyone’s commitment to keep it going strong! Check out the recipes from this potluck and from previous parties here. Thanks again for your interest and your support! We can be reached via cvearthlab@gmail.com

With gratitude,

-Deb, Denise, Ansley, Alison & Shari, CVEarthlab core group

Recipes: Eggplant Casserole, Sangria and more

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Eggplant Casserole Recipe

7 Oct

Ingredients

  • Eggplant
  • Onion
  • Garlic, 3 cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Thyme (1/2 tsp dried)
  • Sage (1 tsp dried)
  • Pepper
  • Crushed tomatoes (1 large can)
  • White beans (1 can)
  • Cooking spray
  • Chicken stock
  • Panko crumbs
  • Olive tapenade

Instructions
Cut up one large eggplant (or 3-4 zucchini), one onion and 3 cloves of garlic.
Fry garlic and onion in olive oil and 2 TBSP butter until soft over medium low heat
Add eggplant (or zucchini). Let cook for 3-5 minutes. Add salt, 1/2 tsp thyme and 1 tsp of sage. Add pepper to taste.
Empty one large can of crushed tomatoes in pot. Cover pot and let coo kfor 20-30 minutes. Allow vegetable to become soft. Add one can of white beans and taste. Add more salt, thyme or sage as needed. Pour into a greased pan. Make sure the liquid goes half up the side of the pan. Otherwise add chicken stock. Top with Panko crumbs mixed with a little olive oil and olive tapenade. Bake in 425 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

–Served at the Fall Harvest Potluck Party & Fundraiser 10.3.15, contributed by Barbara Leone, 175 Adams

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Fall Harvest Sangria Recipe

6 Oct

 

IngrediFall Harvest Sangria ents

  • 1/2 organic apple, chopped
  • 1/2 organic pear, chopped
  • 20-30 (1/4 cup) ground cherries
  • 3-4 ounces banana liquor
  • 2-3 ounces rum
  • Sweet red wine (4 bottles)
  • Fresca diet grapefruit soda (2 liters) optional
  • San Pellegrino Pomegranate & Orange Sparkling Beverage (2 oz cans) optional

Instructions

  1. Mix chopped fruit. Add liquor and rum.
  2. Soak overnight in refrigerator.
  3. In one large or two small pitchers, combine marinated fruit and excess liquid with red wine, soda and sparkling beverage. Use large wooden spoon to stir.
  4. Serve over ice.

 

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Many Thanks! Plus, A Call For Recipes

6 Oct

A big thank you to all the residents who contributed to Saturday’s wonderful Potluck Party & Garden Fundraiser. The food was fabulous, and we had a nice time in the community room despite the windy, wet weather outside.

While you’ve been generous already, we’d like to ask for your recipes. If you made and shared something, and you are willing to share the recipe, please send it via email to cvearthlab@gmail.com for publication on this blog. Thanks.

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An Important Message For CV Community Garden Supporters

22 Jul

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The garden would not be possible without your generosity.

With much gratitude,

 

Ansley, Deb, Denise, Donna & Shari

 

CVEarthlab Core Members
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Highlights from the Potluck Party + Spring Fundraiser

22 Jul

 

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Many thanks to all the residents who contributed to, attended, or otherwise supported this year’s Garden Potluck Party + Spring Fundraiser! Culinary highlights included caprese salad, spring rolls, pasta + veggie dishes, strawberry summer cake, strawberry ice cream and sangria. The raffle prizes, childrens’ gardening aprons and plush animal finger puppets, were a big hit! We appreciate all of the work, as well as the financial donations and community support for this special green space. The next potluck party is scheduled for Saturday September 20th. Save the date!

Fundraiser Sat 6.21: Join Us To Celebrate The New Garden Season!

2 Jun

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There’s much that’s new to celebrate. The new snap peas and lettuces and growing tomatoes and basil (most of which we grew from seed!), to be sure, but also:

This is the work of donations and volunteer labor (thanks especially to Lee, Keith, Karin, and Judy for their assistance and supplies this season so far!), so let’s celebrate it!

We need more members to support this amazing, self-funded resource!  We ask members to donate $10 per person (or $25 per family) to help us with the costs of keeping our garden safe, functioning, and growing (in addition to the bigger projects above, seeds, plant supports, compost — it all adds up!).  We also need volunteers to help water and supply more mulch.

Join us to celebrate and learn more about what we do and what we need! Click here to RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com. Thank you.

You’re Invited to the Harvest Potluck, Sunday 10.6 at 5pm

23 Sep

All CV residents are invited to celebrate the children’s garden. Bring a dish or drink, preferably including or inspired by this season’s produce, to the community room to share. Participants can use garlic or herbs from the fence pockets. RSVP–with your culinary contribution plan, if possible–to cvearthlab@gmail.com no later than Thursday, October 3rd.4 cucumbers in augustWhat did you like this season? And what should we grow next year? Results of the favorite produce of the year poll will be announced at the party; cast your vote for arugula, tomatoes, basil or other bounty here. Feedback will inform the 2014 crop planning.

Want to help the garden grow? Cash donations may be brought to the event or left to the attention of Donna Chaiet (230 Jay St). Checks made out to CVOI can be submitted to the office. Thank you in advance for your support.

To see photos and recipes from previous potlucks, click here. Find out more about getting involved in the garden and the budget plans here.

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