Truly Living Well Newsletter October 12, 2012
Wednesday, 2pm to 7pm
TLW at East Point
3353 Washington Road
East Point, GA 30344
Friday, 2pm to 7pm
Wheat Street Garden
75 Hilliard Street N.E.
(Near Martin Luther King Jr. National Park)
Atlanta, GA 30312
We are now harvesting:
pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, patty pan squash, spineless okra, burgundy okra, tomatoes, zucchini, black beauty eggplant, rosa bianca eggplant, listada di gandia eggplant, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, banana pepper, pasilla pepper, poblano pepper, habanero pepper, malabar spinach, new zealand spinach, bok choy, turnip greens, mustard greens, snap green beans, kale, arugula, swiss chard, dragon beans, cow peas, sorrel & herbs (basil, oregano, mint, thyme, rosemary, chives, lavender & lemon balm)
Come early for the Best Selection!
TLW Greens Are Coming
This year's harvest of Truly Living Well collard greens has reached a new level of sustainability. Nicole Bluh, TLW's Operations Coordinator, had a hard time finding the quantity and variety of seeds from the same source. "I finally found a site that had every seed that we wanted. When I got them, I realized that the seeds were as old as 2008, which means the germination is going to be really low," said Nicole. After learning this, Nicole quickly decided that TLW should begin to save our own collard green seeds for future harvest. This year is the first year that Truly Living Well will harvest collard greens grown from TLW seeds.
Davy, a volunteer, and Nicole began saving the seeds of collard greens at TLW East Point last year. Collard plants make hundreds and hundreds of seeds. "It's a big deal that we are able to sustain ourselves and nature makes it easy," exclaimed Nicole. "Collards are something that our family and customers love. People come to the market ravenous for greens. It was an honor to save the seeds and have it turn out well," said Nicole with a smile.
Be sure to stop by the market for a bunch or two of TLW collard greens. Turnip greens, mustard greens, malabar spinach, new zealand spinach, bok choy, kale, arugula and swiss chard are also available.
Food Day at TLW
Join Truly Living Well as we join the rest of the nation in celebrating this year's Food Day on October 24! Food Day is a coast-to-coast celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement to improve our nation's food policies that address hunger, food stability, farm workers, animal welfare and other issues.
TLW's Food Day Celebration will bring awareness to the importance and benefits of fresh, locally grown food! You're invited to a FOOD DAY Lunch & Learn at Wheat Street Garden (75 Hilliard St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312).
Enjoy a guided tour of TLW's Wheat Street Garden, a premiere demonstration site for sustainable urban agriculture. Visit the seasonal vegetables and herb gardens, chicken coop, compost operations and auquaponics system. A wholesome lunch will be catered by Healthful Essence, Atlanta's premier Caribbean vegetarian-vegan restaurant. With more than 43 years of culinary experience, the chefs at Healthful Essence will prepare nourishing entrees featuring fresh food from the garden. Over lunch, TLW staff will share info about food day, the local food movement and benefits of eating fresh, natural and locally grown food.
11:00 AM ~ Talk and Tour
12 Noon ~ Lunch & Learn
1:00 PM ~ Talk and Tour
Tickets to the event are $25. Pay online at www.trulylivingwell.com or at the Garden. The first 15 people to register will receive a $2 coupon to TLW's Farmers Markets. Walk-ups are welcomed on 10/24; however, pre-reservation is recommended.
If you are in the East Point area, celebrate Food Day at TLW's East Point Market at 3353 Washington Road. Children may participate in fun games and projects while learning about healthy food choices. Tour the farm, meet our farmers and enjoy a vegan or vegetarian meal from the Healthy Essence Food Truck! Market and festivities will take place from 2pm-6pm.
A portion of the proceeds from TLW's Food Day event will support Wholesome Wave, an organization whose mission is to improve the access and affordability of fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce to historically underserved communities.
Please join us on October 24 at either location. We look forward to seeing you on Food Day! For more information please call 678.973.0997.
Market Item of the Week:
Other than the ambiguous term "Chinese cabbage," the most widely used name in North America for the chinensis variety of Chinese leaf vegetables is bok choy. Bok choy is related to the Western cabbage and is of the same species as the common turnip. Chinensis varieties do not form heads; instead, they have smooth, dark green leaf blades forming a cluster reminiscent of mustard or celery. Chinensis varieties are popular in southern China and Southeast Asia. Being winter-hardy, they are increasingly grown in Northern Europe.
A few serving ideas include braised red cabbage with a chopped apple and red wine. Another idea is to combine shredded red and green cabbage with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, and black pepper to make coleslaw with an Indian twist.
Bok choy is low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium and manganese and beta-carotene.
Bok choy is a great source of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion. When a person is eating enough fiber, the body can use that fiber to remove waste through the intestines. It is the bulk that is needed to keep everything moving through the digestive tract. The beta-carotene in bok choy is beneficial for eye health, helping in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration. Bok choy is also a great source of vitamin C, which is effective in strengthening the immune system and preventing disease and infection.
Stop by the market this week to have your pick of bok choy (collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, malabar spinach, new zealand spinach, kale, arugula and swiss chard are also available).
Bok Choy with Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
8 cups chopped fresh bok choy
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
Salt and ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute.
- Add bok choy and soy sauce cook 3 to 5 minutes, until greens are wilted and stalks are crisp-tender.
- Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.
Copyright 2005, Robin Miller, All Rights Reserved
Chefs in the Garden Series:
Chef Elitahl, an amazing chef, known for his signature style of cookin' off the hip, specializes in vegan cooked and raw cuisine. Chef Elitahl will be joining us this Friday, October 12 from 4-6 p.m. for our Chefs in the Garden Series. Be sure to stop by the chef's table for a succulent sample of Chef Elitahl's TLW inspired cuisine.
Majestic Kale Recipe
1 bunch of curly kale, chopped
1/2 extra virgin olive oil
4 clove garlic, chopped
3 TBSP sesame seed oil
Combine all ingredients into a bowl, mix bowl and enjoy!
Community Building Coalition of Northwest Atlanta Fall Festival
This weekend the Community Building Coalition of Northwest Atlanta will hold its third annual Fall Festival at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta on October 13, 2012 at 1730 Hollywood Road, Atlanta, GA[masked] from 11 AM - 4 PM. The festival will feature health screenings, adult stress-management tips, games, face-painting, workshops, children's activities, free refreshments and free school supplies. Admission is FREE. Visit the TLW booth for a Food Demonstration with Chef JoVonna Johnson-Cooke.
October 20 ~ 9:30AM-4PM
Morehouse School of Medicine Health Fair
The theme of the Morehouse School of Medicine Health Fair is Malaria Awareness. 3000 children a day die in Africa of the disease which is preventable. Please join TLW at this year's Morehouse School of Medicine Health Fair.
October 24 ~ 12PM
Food Day seeks to inspire community action in every city and state in the country, with individuals and organizations coming together on and around October 24th to learn, debate and mobilize to improve our food system and the American diet.
October 27 ~ 12PM
Good Shepherd Festival
Save this date for the Good Shepherd Festival, Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th. Good Shepherd Community Church, 445 Lawton St SW Atlanta, GA 30310. Please join TLW at the Good Shepherd Festival.
November 07 ~ 11AM-2PM
En2Em (GT) Volunteer Fair
En2Em's 3rdAnnual Social Enterprise Career and Volunteer Fair. Enterprise to Empower (En2Em), a Georgia Tech undergraduate Net Impact Chapter, seeks to engage, enable and educate students in social entrepreneurship. Be sure to stop by the TLW table.