A very happy Thanksgiving, UESiders!

May you be breaking bread with many of those whom you love and who love you. 

Hopefully you’ll be cheered just that much more knowing that yet another suit against the proposed MTS has been filed and duly noted by virtually every print and online publication…  Except the NY Times.

And we’re overjoyed that we can pass on this message from GrowNYC:

“While the heroic clean-up efforts of the NYC Department of Sanitation continue, we are pleased to announce that all remaining Greenmarket food scrap collection sites will be restored beginning November 24th, just in time for your Thanksgiving potato peels, carrot tops and leek bottoms!”

What a relief that compost collection resumes at both our markets this weekend!

Sure enough, we’ve got a fine week ahead, too:

Friday, November 23rd –  Sunday, January 6, 2013: Holiday Express – Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

New York Historical Society, 77th Street and Central Park West

Regarded as the world’s finest, this is the first time Jerni’s collection  – which even includes a model train bridge designed by Eiffel! – has been exhibited anywhere!  For days, tickets and times…   (Take in the WWII exhibit while you’re there!) 

Saturday, November November 24th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am – 2pm                                               Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm

Back with us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge Farms and Rising Sun Beef.

Fresh Radish’ season is over and, as last winter and spring, Gajeski will be moving out onto 82nd.

Rabbit’s Run Farm will be taking this one, well-deserved weekend off.

Last week’s recycling totals:  45 lbs batteries; 41 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 12 bags of clothes.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,612 lbs batteries; 885 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 95 pairs of glasses;  388 bags of clothes; 77 7/8 compost bins.

Saturday, November 24th:  Shop Small Saturday

All Over, All Day

Easier for us New Yorkers than in most of America and an opportunity to support small Second Avenue businesses that’ve suffered from the appallingly mis-managed subway construction.  There’s even an incentive:  Amex cardholders  can register to receive a one-time $25 statement credit if they shop a small business, spend $25 and pay with their card on Nov. 24th.  (Yes, of course, there’s fine print for terms and conditions you should read.) (A zillion local nail salons signed up, ladies!) 

Sunday, November 25th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am –4pm

At their tables will be  Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips Farm Vegetables, and Stannard Farms…

We’re hopeful that Gonzalez and Norwich Meadows have enough produce to warrant the journey into the city…  And that American Seafood returns. 

Last weeks’ recycling totals:   5 lbs batteries; 14 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 229 lbs batteries; 158 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  40 1/2 compost bins.

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It may be a holiday weekend, but we won’t be sparing the naughty:

 A rogue’s gallery of major food corporations gave heavily to defeat Proposition 37, California’s initiative   requiring GMO food contents to be labeled as such:
 
PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M): Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana
Kraft (Donated $2M): Boca Burgers and Back to Nature
Safeway (Donated $2M): “O” Organics
Coca-Cola (Donated $1.7M): Honest Tea, Odwalla
General Mills (Donated $1.2M):  Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar
Con-Agra (Donated $1.2M): Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife, Alexia
Kellogg’s (Donated $791k): Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger  (Kashi?!)
Smucker’s (Donated $555k ): R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic
Unilever (Donated $467k): Ben & Jerry’s  (Really?! Ick!)
Dean Foods (Donated $254k): Horizon, Silk, White Wave 
 

Or ignoring the strange:

In case you missed this rather amazing, 5-year old map that prophesied Sandy 
 

Or turning away from:

The lives too many young American’s live…  (Please, please do watch.)

Making us all the more grateful that:

 
And that Google made another $75 million investment in wind power…  Bringing their total for renewable power up $990 million!
 
Rather puny in comparison but we’re grateful all the same that the USDA’s awarded $4.5 million to a farm to school program!
 
And we’re going to regard that hulking brick building on the east side of Union Square rather differently now that we know  the green that’s on top of it… 
 
Yes and how great that little something that’s been  missing from our New York life has now been remedied…  With the newly founded Burger Appreciation Society!
 

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And now for our holiday serving of animal high-jinks:

Really, who wouldn’t want their own personal bunny letter opener?

What won’t we do for our pets?  Build a cardboard box labyrinthe?  You bet!

A lot of momentary sturm and drang about these hilarious, faux  “skydiving” cats…   (Be sure to read the article below the video window!)

The roster of odd animal friend just keep growing…  This time out, kitty and emu best pals…  (Check out the emu chick’s moves!) 

Add Billie the badger and Pixie the fox to that list…

Oh, yes.  A baby meerkat is second to none in cuteness… 

Just a formality, of course, but it’s always a relief when the president pardons those two turkeys.

In thankful greenness, 

UGS

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