Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chubby Bunny Grill Night

In the city, we subscribe to Chubby Bunny NYC, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on the upper west side. Yesterday’s box included swiss chard, more Yukon Gold potatoes, vine-ripened tomatoes, green basil, corn on the cob, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, more unbelievably juicy peaches and tasty little yellow plums (I couldn't’t resist eating a peach the moment the box arrived). All local and all organic or in the case of the fruit "low spray".

Every week I look forward to the ½ dozen of the most delicious farm raised and organic eggs that my husband and I have ever eaten. CAVIAR of chickens with bright orange yolks the color of carrots packed with flavorful eggy-ness -- great for dipping toast. YUMMY.

In other years, I’ve missed the annual grill night at St. Paul’s and St. Andrew’s Church where Chubby Bunny NYC has their weekly pick up so was really looking forward to it even though it was raining. Camile, my stepdaughter, joined me in (my husband, Henry, and stepson, Cory, missed out, and boy did they miss out).

We relished in grass-fed burgers from Whippoorwill Farms grilled to perfection, and grilled mixed vegetables. For dessert, we waited on a long line for Stonewall Farm’s hand-churned ice cream. Locally grown flavors from the garden included fresh basil, lavender, and raw honey. I chose basil-scented and Camille had honey vanilla – creamy and herbaceous.

We topped off our frozen scoop of heaven with homemade and spicy ginger snaps. They were cut in the shape of little bunnies and with every bite there was a burst of ginger flavor and a snap.

We talked to a few members: Sarah Grady, co-advocacy coordinator with me for Chubby Bunny NYC, Leigh, who weekly volunteers, Keith, who is in charge of the West Side Campaign Against Hunger food pantry at the church (New York’s first supermarket-style food pantry and beneficiary of hundreds of pounds of produce every season from Chubby Bunny and another CSA, Roxbury). Keith gave us a tour of this impressive food pantry – Camille, Sarah and I were impressed. Thanks, Keith!

On our way out, Leigh offered me a ½ gallon of raw milk. As any 11-year old would do, Camille made me PROMISE that we’d churn a few batches of ice cream over the weekend.

About the Farms
Whippoorwill Farms raises Angus and Hereford cows bred to Devon bulls for superior grass-fed gains and uses no antibiotics or hormones. All of the stock is 100% grass fed, all the time. No corn feed. Ever!

Stonewall Farm ice cream is made from raw milk that is certified organic and the cows eat mostly grass except in the colder months when their diet is supplemented with hay and corn.

No wonder the burgers and ice cream tasted so great….

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