Week of February 20th

I always associate December with winter time. By the time it’s February shouldn’t we be well into spring 😀 Just kidding. This is coming straight from a girl who grew up with all four seasons but is now fully acclimated to the California sunshine. February seems to truly be winter on the farm. Tomatoes finally come to an end, strawberries are still on the horizon and all the crops are growing so very slowly due to the shorter days and chilly nights. We look to our neighboring farms to supplement the boxes and our love of brassicas to carry us through. Oh..and a sweet carton of plump juicy blueberries for a little extra sunshine.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
SALAD MIX from ALANCANTAR ORGANICS
BUNCHED SPINACH
BRUSSELS SPROUTS from ALANCANTAR ORGANICS
CILANTRO
RED RUSSIAN KALE from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
FENNEL
BEETS
SHALLOTS from FINLEY FARMS
BIG BOX: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, ARUGULA, PINK LADY APPLES, BRUSSELS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and PINK LADY APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
CABBAGE
CILANTRO
RED RUSSIAN KALE
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
FENNEL
BEETS
PINK LADY APPLES
LACINATO KALE
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Week of February 13th

Rain and more rain. Such a beautiful thing. We can’t plant anything in the muddy ground and we are loosing crops that are flooding in certain areas. We are getting our butts kicked by these recent storms, but I don’t care because we need the rain! In 3ish months you may get a box full of strawberries and cherry tomatoes due to our lack of variety though 😀 We are lucky to be surrounded by organic farms and I will do my best to make sure to keep the veggies coming.
If you stumble upon an aphid on your Brussels make sure to thank a farmer for not using chemicals on your food.
You can simply trim off the areas where you see them, or remove more leaves until you’ve reached a layer where they are no longer present
Or if after trimming and removing a few leaves there are still some aphids and it seems a waste to cut away more sprout to remove them, use a soft-bristle brush under a little running water to clean remaining aphids out of the crevices.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
RED BEETS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
BRUSSELS SPROUTS from ALANCANTAR ORGANICS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BIG BOX ADD: YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, FUJI APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS, FENNEL

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE and FUJI APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
RED BEETS
BUNCHED SPINACH
FUJI APPLES
GREEN CABBAGE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
ITALIAN PARSLEY
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Week of February 6th

Please enjoy these veggies while we sift through the mud 🙂 It’s been quite the week here on the farm. Loving the rain, but looking forward to drying up a bit so we can get things back in order. Then hopefully more rain in the future!
Shallots have been an addiction of mine lately. Do you make your own salad dressing? You should. If you’ve ever read the back of the labels of store bought salad dressing you will generally never find good ol’ olive oil. And usually way too many ingredients you can’t pronounce. Usually high expeller pressed safflower or canola oil which aren’t the best for your body and can actually cause inflammation. So getting back to home made, it’s quite simple to do. Just chop up some shallots and add them to some olive oil, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup (or honey). It’s best if you can do it in advance. That way the flavor of the shallots can really marry with the rest of the ingredients.

CSA Contains:
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED TOMATOES
SHALLOTS
CARROTS
GREEN CABBAGE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BEETS
COLLARDS
CILANTRO
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CHERRY TOMATOES, CARROTS, PINK LADY APPLES, FENNEL

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and PINK LADY APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
GREEN CABBAGE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BEETS
COLLARD GREENS
CILANTRO
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
FENNEL
PINK LADY APPLES
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Week of January 30th

Things are drying up here on the farm after that rain we had last week. Hopefully looking forward to a little more this weekend. I have baby chickens running around our yard. They will start laying in about 5 months, but in the mean time our full grown chickens are kicking back into gear. We are looking forward to fulfilling all egg subscriptions within the next few month here. We are also upgrading their coops with new nest boxes and looking forward to a solar project to keep them warm next cold season. We couldn’t do it without the support from our CSA program so THANK YOU!
Winter time is spent pruning trees, getting land ready for the spring and cleaning up here on the farm. We are looking forward to broccoli, sugar snap peas and more cauliflower coming soon here.
For anyone who was expecting blueberries, we fell a little short with them this week and could only put them in the Larges Shares. We will be putting some crunchy, sweet and tart pink lady apples in the box though. We hope you enjoy. I already see buds on our apple trees in our orchard. REALLY looking forward to having those in the box.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
RED TOMATOES
RED BEETS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, PURPLE CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS, CILANTRO, BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE and SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
*This is the very end of tangerine season. We hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have!

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
PINK LADY APPLES
RED BEETS
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
GREEN CABBAGE
MANGO ORANGES from OLSON FAMILY FARMS
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Week of January 23rd

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
GREEN CABBAGE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
YELLOW ONIONS from FINLEY FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BEETS, CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, CHERRY TOMATOES, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and FUJI APPLES

Juice Feast Contains:
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
GREEN CABBAGE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
RED BEETS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

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Week of January 16th

Let me preface this paragraph by: I LOVE THE RAIN! I will take it any day, anytime. The rain and the strong winds definitely add their fair share of work to the equation. We will surely spend the next few week reassessing how things are built as they flap around in the wind. And put off planting spring crops as we wait for the mud to dry up. I’m looking forward to putting solar electricity in the chickens to keep them warm when bad weather stirs up. And solidifying their coop to a whole new level.
Please make sure if you are picking your box up at the farm this week that you drive slowly and carefully and take note of the mud and puddles. It’s super slushy here. And if you make any delicious soup this week, take a picture and send it our way!!
And send us good vibes on Wednesday while we put together your veggie boxes in the rain!

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
YELLOW ONIONS
PURPLE CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
ARUGULA
GREEN KALE
RED BEETS
BIG BOX: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, RED TOMATOES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH

FRUIT EXPANSION: PINK LADY APPLES and BLUEBERRIES

JUICE FEAST Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE
GREEN KALE
RED BEETS
RED TOMATOES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of January 9th – Reducing Waste

I’m on a constant mission to reduce trash in my life. That was my resolution last year and it’s an ongoing battle. No packaged foods, natural health care products in carefully crafted compostable packaging or home made, cloth diapers for the wee one, metal straws, a fork in my purse at all times just in case 😀 and so on. I’d love to help put our CSA bags to good use. If you’d like to return clean plastic bags to us, I will take them back and reuse them at our farm stand. We also take back egg cartons (clean or not and they don’t have to be from us) for reuse or composting. I’d love to hear any thoughts about how you are reducing waste in your life so this planet can thrive long after we are gone.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
ROMA TOMATOES
LEEKS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS, CHEDDAR CAULIFLOWER, ARUGULA

FRUIT EXPANSION: PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
CELERY
LEMONS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED BEETS

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Week of January 2nd Happy New Year

THANK YOU! 2018 has been nothing short of incredible because of YOU. We’ve continued growing as a company and in turn have been able to invest more into our farming practices and charity for our community. Thank you for your support, engagement, honest feedback and love! I’ve connected with so many new friends, discovered delicious and nourishing recipes, grown new plants and adopted more animals and learned a lot about health in the process. I can promise there will be more epic vegetables and lots of fruit, personal stories about us on the farm, ways to optimize health and feel like a million bucks and so much more. As we celebrate all that is 2018, I also look forward to 2019 with stars in my eyes. I’m so happy to do it with each and every one of you. Thanks for supporting local, organic food and voting with your dollar and your fork.

CSA Contains:
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CHERRY TOMATOES
BABY SPINACH
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
RADISHES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
ARUGULA
SUGAR SNAP PEAS from SUNRISE ORGANICS or GREEN BEANS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, RED BEETS, LEEKS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS

*Have a question about a vegetable and/or how to use it? Feel free to email me at anytime. Let’s work together to create new recipes and in turn, take in all the different vitamins and minerals our bodies crave from a variety of plants.

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST:
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
SATSUMA TANGERINES
FENNEL
RED BEETS
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY and CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
GREEN KALE

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Week of December 12th – The last boxes until the New Year

We are raising money for the Santa Barbara Food Bank. We already have a CSA customer who has generously donated $100. And she said for every $125 donated she will add another $25. I had to match that offer. So for every $125 donated (it doesn’t need to be from a single person), $175 worth of produce will be delivered to the SB Food Bank on December 17th. WE LOVE GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. You can donate ANY amount from $5 and up. Just shoot me a quick email if you want to have it deducted from your account.
This will be the last CSA box until 2019. The next boxes we will be making will be on January 2nd. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. We’ve planted new trees and look forward to tons of fruit when the weather warms up. We’ve purchased new chickens (lots of them!!) and look forward to fresh eggs in the new year. I bought new seed like cauliflower and other special things to bring variety into our boxes (I’m always taking suggestions if you want to see something). We’ve formed relationships with the community and had the opportunity to bring fresh produce to your table with minimal packaging and very little gasoline. I am beyond grateful for this program and the people who support it and am looking forward to 2019 in a big way. A million thanks and the happiest holidays to you and your families.
Never eaten kohlrabi? Well I’m so glad you are here. It’s one of my favorite vegetables. You can eat it simply by peeling the outter layer, chopping them into sticks and dipping them in your favorite dip. They are so crunchy and satisfying. They can be subbed as a lower carb for potatoes or made into home fries (shown below). Your welcome 😀

CSA Contains:
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
LACINATO KALE
SATSUMA TANGERINES
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
LEEKS
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
KOHLRABI
RED BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, SATSUMA TANGERINES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS from SUNRISE ORGANICS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS and PINK LADY APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS

JUICE FEAST:
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BEETS
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS
SATSUMA TANGERINES
CELERY
FENNEL
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Week of December 5th

It’s the time of giving! And wouldn’t it be awesome for your friends and loved ones to open their door and find a box of local, organic veggies sitting on their doorstep. You don’t have to shop around, stand in lines and throw away a bunch of plastic bags. Instead just shoot me an email and lets get some holiday gift certificates out. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE COOKIES. But I’d rather have something to help inspire me to be a healthier person, to feel better on every level of my being and to help the environment and support the community while doing it. That’s all wrapped up in a Gift Certificate from our CSA program. And now through Dec 18th, when you purchase a gift of 6 weeks or more for a new member, we will add a 7th box on FOR FREE. We won’t tell the giftee…go ahead and take all the credit 😀
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: WE ARE CLOSED DECEMBER 18th-27th. We will be back up and running to kick off the first week of the year.

CSA CONTAINS:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
SATSUMAS TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
BABY SPINACH
ITALIAN PARSLEY
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
ROMA TOMATOES
BIG BOX: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, ARUGULA, RED BEETS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS & SATSUMAS from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
SATSUMAS TANGERINES
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
BABY SPINACH
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BEETS
CELERY

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