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Hellloooo spring! The summer season is nearly upon us and that means healthy, abundant, delicious, fresh local food is here! Whether you grow it yourself or purchase it from our local farmers, eating local food is good for you and good for the environment.

If you have not yet planted your spring garden, its not too late to start now! Horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel, shared a Grow It article with us about what seeds to sow in June for a great summer garden.

If you don't have a vegetable garden or fruit orchard supplying all your local food needs, check out our local farmers' markets to pick up some great produce this summer. Its fun and a great habit to get into. Our Buy It section today highlights our area farmers' markets and what they have to offer.  Our Cook It article includes a special recipe from the folks at Bedford Hills Farmers' Market using healthy spring favorites: strawberries, radishes and kale.

Finally, we are including a new section to the Veg Out newsletter: Share It in support all of the great ways farmers, backyard growers, and organizations are sharing the bounty to ensure everyone has access to healthy, local food. Check it out and maybe you can help share the abundance!

Listed below you will also find some local food events.

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​Your friends at Bedford 2020 and VEGOUT!
Sow What Now?
Best Bets for June Sowing.
Horticulturist and seed saver Shanyn Siegel says mid-June is not to late to grow many vegetables from seed. Check out this article and get sowing today.
Experience Community at the Market
We have to say, farmers' markets are so much cooler than the supermarket, and what you find there is  better for your health, the environment and our community.
June Salad
Strawberries are perfect in June and their sweetness goes nicely with kale and radishes paired with a lovely honey lime dressing in this recipe from Bedford Hills Market advocate Cynthia Brennan.

Share It: Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
Harvest Community Project distributes fresh, locally grown produce to low-income neighbors in Bedford Hills who do not have access to this nurturing bounty.

The Project is encouraging those with backyard and estate gardens to please donate excess harvest to sustain and enhance this heartfelt effort. Email to donate or for more information.

Harvest Community Project is a collaboration among 
John Jay Homestead's Farmer Market, Antioch Church, Sharing Works, the Westchester Growers Alliance, the Community Center of Northern Westchester and community volunteers.


Help provide fresh, local food to people who may otherwise not have access to it:

1. Donate excess produce from a backyard garden to those who otherwise might not have access to fresh, local food. See above.

2. Volunteer on Sugar Hill Farm which supplies fresh produce to the Food Bank for Westchester. Click here for dates and more information.

3. Volunteer with Local Food For All, seeking volunteers (chefs, nutritionists, etc.) from June – November to support Eat Local NY and its network of emergency food outlets by performing on site visits, presenting food education and providing nutritional recipes through cooking demonstrations. Click here for more information.

4. Support Eat Local NY by participating in their Bike to Beer benefit event, info below.


The Farm Kitchen: Spices & Seasons - An Indian Brunch
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11am - 1pm
Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights, NY

Work on Indian breakfast and brunch dishes using seasonal vegetables. This class will emphasize small plates and practical snacks and a signature recipe for flaky breakfast puffy breads called puris. The class is hands-on, and will include a signed copy of Rinku’s award winning cookbook, The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles. Click here for tickets.

Gardening Classes by Shanyn Siegel
Wednesday evenings 6-7:30pm
John Jay Homestead - Glass Porch
Registration required, $35/class (multi-class discount available)

  • June 22 Botany for Vegetable Gardeners
  • July 13 Roots, Shoots, and Greens: Planning the Fall Garden
  • July 27 Soil Science for Vegetable Gardeners
  • August 10 Garden Smarter: Evaluating Vegetable Varieties
  • August 24 Plant Health Care: Controlling Pests and Diseases Naturally
  • September 7 Garden for the Common Good: Become a Seed Saver!
  • September 21 Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds


The Prescription: How Better Farming Leads to Better Health
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:30pm
Stone Barnes Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY.

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, author of The Dirt Cure, will give a talk on healthy kids and healthy soil. Click here for more information and to buy tickets. 


Food + Farm Day
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 12-5pm
Glynwood, 362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

A fun, communal day of activities for the whole family that demonstrate, first-hand, regenerative agriculture and Glynwood's work on behalf of the Hudson Valley's regional food system. Click here for more info and tickets ($10 for adults; $5 for children 5-12; free for children under 5). Following the daytime activities will be an al fresco dinner: Community Burger Night from 6-9pm (separate tickets required).

3rd Annual Bike to Beer Benefit for Eat Local NY
September 24, 2016 
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co, 444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 
The goal of this charity cycling event is to raise awareness and funds for Eat Local NY's Local Food For All Project, which helps to make fresh, local and seasonally grown produce available to children and families in need. There will be two distance options, a 25-mile course and a 55-mile course, both starting and finishing at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY. For more information and to register please visit or call (914) 400-4113.
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