Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic Lasagna

Roasted pumpkin, garlic, sage, cardamom, nutmeg, dried cranberries and apricots… its like eating fall!  We found this recipe from our friends at Meatless Monday who got it from Apron Strings.

Serves 12

  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 1 2 pound sugar pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 15 ounces part skin ricotta cheese
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree*
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 10 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 8 ounces lowfat mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated

*canned pumpkin is not the same as canned pumpkin pie filling, which should not be substituted.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. When water boils, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, or until al dente.

Scoop the seeds and strings out of the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin flesh into large chunks. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and place on a baking sheet, cut size down. Scatter the garlic cloves over the pumpkin pieces. Roast 60-90 minutes, or until the pumpkin begins to brown and is tender when pricked with a fork. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Using a fork, smash the garlic cloves together in a medium sized bowl. Add the pumpkin puree, green onions, cardamom and nutmeg to the bowl. Stir together with the fork.

When the pumpkin has cooled, remove its skin and cut into smaller cubes.

Line a 13 x 11 inch baking dish with a layer of lasagna noodles. Top 1/4 of the ricotta garlic mixture and another layer of noodles.

Top the 2nd layer of noodles with about 1/4 of the ricotta garlic mixture, then 1/3 of the cranberries, 1/3 of the diced apricot and 1/3 of the roasted pumpkin cubes. Season with 1/3 of the oregano and sage. Finish the layer with 1/3 of the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Repeat this layering process 2 more times, or until you are out of noodles, pumpkin, dried fruit, spices and cheeses.

Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the lasagna’s edges are browned and bubbling.

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Plastic Bag Recycling

Now that plastic bags are no longer accepted in Single Stream Recycling, what should we do with them?

The Materials Recovery Facility that takes our residential recycling can no longer efficiently and cleanly separate thin/film plastic items from the other materials and sell them in the recycling market, however most grocery stores and the Town Recycling Center still collect them for recycling. As long as they are clean and separated out from the rest of the trash, they can still be recycled.

The  Containers at the bigger grocery stores and at the Recycling Center accept all types of  polyethylene PE HDPE plastic. 

These plastics often have a recycle symbol number 4 on the bottom. 

Without a visible number, you can use the following as a guideline:

ACCEPTED

  • Bread bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Consumer product wrapping (the stuff they put around suitcases at the airport)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Furniture wrapping (same as consumer product wrapping)
  • Newspaper bags
  • Plastic food storage bags (clean and dry, of course)
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Produce bags
  • Toilet paper, paper towel, and napkin wraps
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ziplock bags

NOT ACCEPTED

  • Cling or food wrap
  • Frozen food bags
  • Prewashed salad bags
  • Pre-packaged food bags
  • Soiled plastic bags
  • Corn plastic or bio-based plastic bags
  • Metallic coated plastic
  • Disposable tablecloth

Thank you for recycling! For more on Single Stream Recycling click here or check the Recyclopedia for information about other hard to recycle items.

Trash Bash

Join us for a waste and recycling festival!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10am – 1pm

Bedford Hills Memorial Park Pavillion

Food – Music – Fun – Prizes

There will be games, demos and info around the themes of reducing waste:

  • Single Stream Recycling

  • Composting

  • Reusable Bags

  • Plastics

  • Food Waste

  • Zero Waste Parties

  • Recycling Relay Races, Spin the Wheel of Trash, Bash the Trash and more!

  • and materials and info for households who want to participate in the Zero Waste Challenge from October 14 – November 25.

Free! and fun for the entire family!

Amazon Smile Gives Back

You may now support Bedford 2020 with every purchase you make on Amazon! Amazon Smile provides a simple and automatic way for you to support our work in the community by having Amazon make a donation to Bedford 2020 every time you shop.

By clicking HERE or on the image to the left, you will enter AmazonSmile, where you will be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and confirm your choice to support Bedford 2020.

Then, simply shop like you normally do on Amazon by using Smile.Amazon.com every time you shop, and Amazon will donate a portion of your payment back to our organization. Easy!

If you prefer just to make a direct, tax-deductible donation to Bedford 2020, visit our Donate page to learn how. Thank you!

 

Local Food is all Around!

Farmers are growing fruits and vegetables, keeping bees, raising livestock, and tapping maple trees all around us.  Bedford 2020 has compiled a map of nearby farms and where they sell their produce to encourage you to buy local food!

Why buy local food? Buying local food supports the existence of local agriculture and supports our local economy. Food from these small farms is often better for the environment than food that travels long distances from giant agricultural operations. Food that is fresh and in season is good for you.  Finally, there is something amazing about the holistic experience of buying food directly from the farm or the farmer who grew it for you. So, buy local food!

Local Farm Map and List of Where to Buy Their Produce. The map and list below are color coded to help you understand where to buy produce from these farms:

Blue indicates you can buy at the farm because these farms that either sell their produce at a farm stand at or near the farm, through a CSA,* or offer U-Pick on the farm.
Brown indicates farms that distribute off-site to local establishments like restaurants or food markets.**
Green is for farmers markets that bring local farmers and artisans to a central location once a week to sell their produce and products.

If you have more accurate information that what we have here, please let us know and we will update this before we print it and create the interactive version on our website.

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Farms with Local
Farm Stands & CSAs

Amato Farm
121 Route 100, Katonah. Farm stand. AmatoFarm.com

E.B.’s Golden Harvest
Yorktown Heights. CSA, local markets. (914) 962-5666

Fable Farm
1311 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, CSA; Open to the public summer and fall Sat. and Sun. 9am-4pm. FableFoods.com

Farmer and the Fish
100 Titicus Road, North Salem. CSA, Farm stand: daily 10am–8pm, Sun. 10am–4:30pm. FarmerAndTheFish.com

Glynwood Farm
Cold Spring (not shown on map). CSA, Farm store: Tue. & Fri. 3pm–6pm, Sat. 9am–1pm, May–Oct. Glynwood.org

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem. CSA, farm store: daily, 8am–6pm. HarvestMoonFarmandOrchard.com

Hemlock Hill Farm
500 Croton Ave., Cortlandt Manor. Local restaurants, Farm Store: daily 9am–5:30pm, Sun. 9am–2pm, year round. HemlockHillFarm.com

Hilltop Hanover Farm
1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. CSA, U-Pick, Farm Stand: Sat. 10am–4pm. Farm stand: Fri. 1pm–6pm, Sat. 10am–4pm, June–Nov. HilltopHanoverFarm.org

John Boy’s Farm Outpost
John Boy’s farm is located up in Cambridge, NY, but he sells his products, local meats, and produce at The Outpost at 1 Court Rd. in Bedford Village.

Long Haul Farm
Garrison. CSA. LongHaulFarm

Meadows Farm
329 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights. Farm stand: daily 9am–6pm, Sun. 9am–5pm, May–Oct. MeadowsFarmMarket.com

Mill Pond Farm
121 Stone Hill Rd., Pound Ridge. Farm stand: daily.

Pound Ridge Organics
Route 124., Pound Ridge. Micro Farm, Organic Food CoOp; Member pick up Saturdays 12-2 (times may vary). Open year ’round. To join or visit call 914-764-3006 Pound Ridge Organics 

Rochambeau Farm
214 W. Patent Rd., Mt. Kisco. Farm stand: Thu. & Fri. 9am–6pm, Sat. 9am–5pm, Sun. 10am–4pm., seasonal. RochambeauFarmNY.com

Ryder Farm
400 Starr Ridge Rd., Brewster. Local markets, CSA, farm stand. RyderFarmOrganic.com

Salinger’s Orchard
230 Guinea Road, Brewster. Farm stand: 9am–5:30pm daily. SalingersOrchard.com

Snow Hill Farm
North Salem. Local markets, CSA. SnowHillOrganicFarm.com

Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills (not shown on map). CSA, Farm Stand: Sun. 10am–4pm, seasonal. StoneBarnesCenter.org

Stuart’s Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Rd., Granite Springs. U-Pick in fall, Farm stand: 9am–6pm daily. StuartsFarm.com

Thompson’s Cider Mill
335 Blinn Rd., Croton-on-Hudson. Farm store: Sat. & Sun. 10am–5:30pm, Sept.–Nov. ThompsonsCiderMill.com

Three Feathers Farm
371 Smith Ridge Rd., South Salem. Gossett Brothers Farmers Market, Farm stand: daily 7am–6pm. ThreeFeathersFarm

White Oak Farm
680 Croton Lake Rd., Yorktown Heights. Farm store: daily. WhiteOakFarm1.com

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown. U-Pick: 10am–4:30pm. Farm market: 10am–5pm, Sept.–Dec. WilkensFarm.com

Farms that Sell and
Distribute Off-Site

Amawalk Farm
Katonah. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. amawalkfarm.org

Amba Farms
Bedford Hills. Supplies Bedford Hills Farmers Market. AmbaFarms.com

Cabbage Hill Farm
Mt. Kisco. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. CabbageHillFarm.org

I & Me Farms
Bedford Hills. Supplies area restaurants.

JD Farms
North Salem. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. JDFarms.com

Kitchawan Farm
Yorktown.

Mobius Fields
Katonah. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. MobiusFields.com

Muscoot Farm
Katonah. MuscootFarm.org

Sugar Hill Farm
Bedford Hills. WestchesterLandTrust.org

Sundial Farm
Ossining.

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John Jay Homestead Farmers Market
400 Jay St., Katonah. Sat. 9am–1pm, June–Nov. JohnJayHomestead.org

Muscoot Farmers Market 
51 Route 100, Katonah. Sun 10am–3pm, June–Oct. MuscootFarm.org

Chappaqua Farmers Market
Sat. 8:30am–1pm, year round. ChappaquaFarmersMarket

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers Market
1 Croton Point Ave. Sun. 9:00am–2pm, May-Nov. DowntoEarthMarkets/Croton

Gossett Brothers Farmers Market
1202 Route 35, South Salem. Sat. 9am–1pm, year round. GossettBrothers

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market
Brewster. Sun. 10am–2pm, year round. HudsonValleyRegional

Ossining Farmers Market 
140 Main St., Ossining. Sat 8:30am–1pm, June–Dec 27. DowntoEarthMarkets/Ossining

Pleasantville Farmers Market 
Summer: Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville. Sat. 8:30am–1pm, April–Nov. Winter:  Pleasantville Middle School Cafeteria, 40 Romer Avenue, 9am-1pm. PleasantvilleFarmersMarket.org

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow (TaSH) Farmers Market 
Patriot’s Park, Sleepy Hollow. Sun. 8:30am–2pm, June–Nov 19. TashFarmersMarket.org

We hope this map encourages you to get out there and meet your local farmers, frequent some farm stands,  check out the local farmers’ markets, and buy local food!

 *CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture in which people sign up to buy a share of the farm’s harvest over a specific period of time in the future so that farmers may better plan for the season ahead.

**We have not listed local restaurants and establishments that sell produce from these farms on this map, but on the website version of this map/list we will provide links to farm websites so that you may look into where they distribute their produce.

Snow Hill Farm

Down a gravel driveway lined with trees through the green iron gate lie the beautiful hills of Snow Hill Farm in North Salem, NY. This picturesque setting is home to certified Black Angus cattle, chickens, Dorset sheep, Berkshire pigs, beehives, and two Maremma sheepherding dogs, along with several beautiful produce gardens. If you care about healthy, sustainably grown food, this farm is exactly the kind of place where you want your food to be grown! Snow Hill Farm is certified organic by both NOFA-NY and NOFA-CT. Not only does the farm raise healthy livestock, but it also produces delicious and organic produce available for sale in our area. 

Snow Hill Farm also partners with InterGenerate and Camp Morty to supply them with certified organic produce. Camp Morty hosts children from homeless shelters, in foster care, or on public assistance at a traditional summer camp experience. Each week both organizations pick up produce grown in the Snow Hill Farm gardens. Camp Morty recently used Snow Hill Farm zucchinis in a recipe to teach their campers a great way to enjoy vegetables.

Because they are certified organic, Snow Hill farm uses interesting techniques in its gardens to address insects without using pesticides or chemicals. We asked their farmer for a tip for our readers and she said, to prevent crickets from eating pepper plants, the farm cuts the bottoms out of plastic cups and place them over immature plant stems. Once the stems grow thick enough, the crickets will leave them alone.

If you are interested in products from Snow Hill Farm, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter and weekly emails to be notified about what produce, eggs, or proteins are available. The farm products are prepared at many local restaurants including Bedford Post Inn and Vox. You can purchase their products at The Market at Union Hall and Hayfields.

Intergenerate

 In Westchester County approximately 58,000 kids are food insecure. This means that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food. Food insecurity is even an issue in our own backyard- at Mt. Kisco Elementary School, 75% of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program.

The folks at a local nonprofit, InterGenerate, are working to do something about this. InterGenerate is an organization that creates environmental and social sustainability around shared concerns for food security.

At Arc of Westchester in Mt Kisco InterGenerate volunteers have started a co-op model garden where families each are assigned one day of the week where they work in the garden – weeding and watering and sharing the effort – and then each get some of the crops produced. As Susan Rubin, one of InterGenerate’s leaders, said, “We share equally in the work and in the harvest. Our goal is to grow enough food so that we’ve got plenty for participants and plenty left over for the community.  This model makes it easy for those who are brand new to gardening and for busy people who are unable to commit full time to a garden bed.” 

This program helps teach beginners how to garden and helps families build skills. Because it costs a lot to eat fresh local produce, this co-op system provides the participating families with healthy produce and also provides crops for the Neighbors Link community market.

There are two similar programs that InterGenerate helps manage. The co-op chickens at the John Jay Homestead are shared between 21 families- they share the workload and the eggs that the chickens produce. The Mt. Kisco Elementary School Garden is also a co-op garden managed by InterGenerate.

These programs work to establish a new food system and provide healthy and fresh food to those in need, while also having the families involved in and educated about its importance. If you want to get involved, check out InterGenerate’s website and instagram or email Dr. Susan Rubin at drsusanrubin@gmail.com or Mey Marple at marplegirl@me.com.

Roasted Broccoli Leaves Recipe

This is a great recipe from The Dig In to help reduce food waste and use ALL the parts of the fresh broccoli and cauliflower you can find in your garden or at the farm market now!
If you are interested in other delicious recipes that use the usually wasted part of broccoli and cauliflower, check out this article Taste it Don’t Waste it! Broccoli and Cauliflower Stems and Leaves.
Roasted Broccoli Leaves
Yields 5

Photo from TheDigIn.com

This is a delicious and healthy, salty snack. Once roasted, the broccoli leaves are a lot like chips.

Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 large broccoli leaves with the stem removed and cut into 2 inch squares
  2. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  3. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
optional seasoning
  1. 1/8 tsp dried mint
  2. 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  3. 1/8 tsp parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400F
  2. Combine leaves, oil and seasonings in a large bowl.
  3. Place a single layer of leaves on a baking sheet and keep a close watch on them in the oven. You want the edges to brown but not the whole leaf. If they burn the leaves will taste overly bitter.
Notes
  1. Great tip: If the coconut oil is solidified, place it in your hands and use them to apply the oil to the leaves.
By Jenni Lafferty

Growing Spinach

A delicious leafy vegetable that works well in any salad or cooked on its own, spinach has a vast array of benefits including improving eyesight, boosting metabolism, working as an anti- inflammatory, and helping to maintain blood pressure.

Did you know you can still plant spinach now for a fall harvest?

According to Epic Gardening, it is important to plant spinach at least one foot apart, so that there’s space for it to fill out. Plant in rich, well-drained soil.

Spinach seeds won’t germinate if the soil is too dry, so make sure– especially at the outset– that your soil stays damp. A spot with light shade is best for spinach; aim for three to four hours of sun a day. If your leaves are turning yellow, it may be a lack of nitrogen in the soil, so try adding a sprinkling of coffee grounds around the base of the plant.

 

Bedford 2020 at Gallarus Art Space

Add your leaf to the tree installed at Gallarus. All ages welcome to make climate resolutions!

Resolve to do more. 

The week of July 23, stop by Gallarus in Katonah and participate in a unique community art project to inspire environmental action. 
If you don’t have any ideas, we have some climate resolution ideas for you:

Join Community Compost

Eat less meat

Energize

Recycle more

Stop using pesticides

Plant pollinator friendly plants

Use reusable bags

Buy local food

Use a reusable water bottle

Cut my car use

Shorten my showers

Stop idling

Eliminate styrofoam

Buy from thrift stores

Turn off the lights

Get solar panels

Take and Leave at TIOLI

Go straw free

Bike to work once a week

Activate others

Join the Zero Waste Challenge

Contact politicians on environmental issues

Volunteer on environmental action

Donate to Bedford 2020

Come by tell us your ideas as well!