Hungarian plum dumplings, collards with ham hocks, Grandma Lucia’s uncooked tomato sauce — the 60-page Gateway Garden Recipes is as diverse as the gardeners who cultivate the soil right in the middle of Huntington Station. All the recipes — from appetizers to desserts — are gardeners’ favorites and reflect their heritage. Fresh vegetables are the focus, although some recipes incorporate meat.
The organic Gateway Park Community Garden is managed by nonprofit Long Island Community Agriculture Network, a project of the Open Space Institute. Funds raised are used to buy compost, seeds and other materials for its 115 raised beds, as well as to support children’s eco-literacy programs. Nearly 150 low-income children from the town day camp, Project Play and the Tri-CYA drop-in center gardened at Gateway this past summer.
Donations of $10 ($5 of which is tax deductible) plus $3 for mailing will help support Gateway Garden. The cookbooks also make a good gift for supporters of local food.
Make checks payable to Open Space Institute/LICAN project and mail to:
22 Biltmore Circle
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Four years ago, Gateway Park Community Gardens on Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station was merely a dream. Today, it is a thriving organic garden and a wonderful example of what dedication, vision and community spirit can accomplish when people put their hearts and souls together and work for a common purpose. I had the distinct privilege of working with this group of community gardeners at the garden’s inception and continued to work with them side-by-side through their first three years. Buying this cookbook helps Gateway Gardens sustain itself and maintain its community-centric mission. Not only is it a worthy project, the cookbook has some darn good recipes to boot (even yours truly contributed a few).