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Each of our members have their own reason for joining the
Slow Food movement and their own way of staying involved.
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For Nancy DePas Reinertsen and Ralph Reinertsen, baking with Flour Power, Slow Food East End’s community powered baking co-operative, has been their way to connect to their community through food. They’ve been baking bread loaves every other week since the program began this past spring as a way for members of the community to provide home-baked loaves of bread to local food pantries.
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The goal of the program is to nourish and bring joy to people through a personal touch.
Nancy and Ralph were both teachers before recently retiring, and they’ve both seen firsthand how many people in our communities can use a little extra help getting food on the table. Baking her four loaves of bread has become a regular weekend ritual, but it’s also become about more than just feeding others.
“It nourishes the soul because I feel so good about doing this, and it nourishes the body,” she says, adding: “My house smells like heaven!”
Nancy has been baking for years with a sourdough starter she created 20 years ago using East End air to bring it to life. But she doesn’t need that to bake these loaves, and you don’t need to be an experienced baker to take part in Flour Power.
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The way it works is this: anyone with a few hours to spare and an oven to bake can sign up to bake bread. Chef David Chaffin, board member and experienced baker, developed a simple, healthy recipe that everyone can bake. As Nancy says: “It’s a foolproof recipe.” Made with half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour, the bread has honey and molasses in it which not only add a delicious flavor but keep the bread shelf-stable – so it’s available to anyone coming to the food pantry even a few days after it’s been delivered.
After watching the how-to video, and with the recipe in hand, home bakers across the East End of Long Island bake four loaves of bread every other Monday. Three of them will be picked up by a volunteer and brought to pantries like the North Fork Spanish Apostolate in Riverhead, and the fourth is for the baker to eat!
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“Flour Power is a really wonderful way to connect to people,” says Nancy. We agree, and we think you will too. We hope you’ll join us in keeping the program going. Register today for the next baking cycle on Monday, October 11.We’ll provide the recipe; you’ll get to spend a few hours doing kneading bread dough and helping feed your community.
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Our September membership drive is coming to an end, but you still have two more days to join or renew your membership and be entered in a drawing to win a lavish basket filled with the best of the North and South Forks.
Sign up for an individual membership and receive one chance to win, or sign up for a family membership and receive 4 chances to win!
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Membership donations of $60 or more will qualify for the raffle. Make sure to select East End as your local chapter when completing your membership registration.
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The winning members will be announced at the end of the month. To enter the drawing, please forward the thank you email from Slow Food USA to slowfoodeastend@gmail.com.
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Support Community Gardens

this Saturday!

As part of Slow Food East End’s mission to support and connect our local East End community,
we have partnered with the Butterfly Effect Project to establish a community garden designed to foster learning, relationships and community spirit.
BEP is a nonprofit, community-oriented organization with the mission to create safe spaces for girls to dream and succeed.
Join them this Saturday, October 2nd 12-4pm at BEP’s Harvest Festival & Cookoff in celebration of the harvest season and their community garden at The First Baptist Church in Riverhead, 1018 Northville Turnpike! In addition to sampling and choosing your favorite dishes from local chefs competing in the cookoff, there will be lawn games, face painting, balloon animals, performances, music and a variety of vendors.
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Have you ever considered joining the SFEE board to bring good, clean and fair food to the East End community? Reach out today to learn more.
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