Week of November 13th

CSA Contains:
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
CELERY
RED CHARD
SHALLOTS
BOSC PEARS from THE APPLE FARM
BRUSSELS SPROUTS from LAKESIDE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, BABY SPINACH, CILANTRO, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES from TUTTI FRUTTI

FRUIT EXPANSION: BOSC PEARS and FUJI APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
CELERY
RED CHARD
BOSC PEARS from THE APPLE FARM
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
BABY SPINACH
CILANTRO
CUCUMBERS

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Week of November 6

In the trenches of rearing a newborn, I’ve had a little extra time to binge some Netflix. I watched the documentary Game Changers which talks about the benefits of a plant based diet and debunks some old myths about meat. I’m not advocating to change your diet one way or the other, but it’s definitely worth taking in the science backed information about the benefits of eating more plants as a part of everyone’s overall lifestyle.
Thanks for being a part of our CSA program and supporting your local farm. It’s been such a blessing to run this operation and provide you with your box of veggies. In turn your money goes directly back into the community, the people who live here and the open land and clean water systems that are protected through organic farming.

CSA Contains:
GARNET YAMS
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
GREEN BEANS
BABY SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
FENNEL
ARUGULA
CHERRY TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, SHALLOTS, CELERY

FRUIT EXPANSION: BOSC PEARS and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BABY SPINACH
BOSC PEARS
BLUEBERRIES
FENNEL
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice and Arugula Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked wild rice (about 1/2 cup raw)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3–4 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups arugula
1/2 cup cashew pieces
for the dressing
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons – more to taste)
zest of the lemons
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Pinch of Yum)

Soul-soothing African Peanut Stew

Ingredients:
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded, if desired, and diced (optional)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup natural peanut butter
4 cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed
1½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 handfuls baby spinach or destemmed, torn kale leaves
Fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, for serving
Roasted peanuts, for serving
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here)

Green Bean & Roasted Fennel Salad

Ingredients:
2 medium bulbs fennel
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb green beans
1/3 cup parsley
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp capers
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup flaked almonds toasted
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Every Last Bite)

Zucchini and Ground Turkey Skillet

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp avocado oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium zucchini squash chopped
1 (1-inch) nub ginger peeled and grated
3 green onions chopped
1 handful baby spinach
3 to 4 Tbsp coconut aminos
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp sea salt to taste
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Roasted Root)

Coconut Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Ingredients:
2/3 cups Gluten-Free Oats
8 oz. cup unsweetened almond milk (add more in the morning if it’s too dry)
1 cup finely grated carrots
1 scoop (~1/4 cup) vanilla protein powder (optional– if you skip, add ~1/3 cup more oats here!)
4 tsp black chia seeds
3–4 TBSP raisins
2 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk yogurt
optional 1–3 tsp maple syrup to taste*
optional toppings: more shredded carrot, chopped pecans, raisins, coconut, and granola
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Flora and Vino)

Week of October 30th

The last of our red onions are going into these CSA boxes. The great thing about onions is that they store quite well. Place them in a dark, cool area and they should last for a few months if needed. Summertime is quickly fading away as the temperatures drop to almost freezing temperatures in parts of SB county during the night. We are heading right into the holiday season. Don’t forget to give the Gift of Health over the holidays. We offer gift certificates in all amounts over a 2 box subscription. Gift at least $100 and receive a $10 credit to your account. Contact me to mail out certificates or email a recipient directly.
We will be putting boxes together the day before Thanksgiving on November 27th. Please put your account on hold as soon as possible if you would not like to receive one so we can plan accordingly. We are taking the weeks of December 25th – Jan 1st off and are NOT preparing boxes those weeks. You do not need to make any adjustments to your account. It’s already been done for you. THANK YOU!

CSA Contains:
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
BABY SPINACH
CUCUMBERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
RED ONIONS
FUJI APPLES
YELLOW SQUASH or GREEN ZUCCHINI
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, CELERY, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, FUJI APPLES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS and FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
CELERY x2
CUCUMBERS
FUJI APPLES x2
STRAWBERRIES
LACINATO KALE
BABY SPINACH
CILANTRO

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Week of October 23rd

As we transition from summer into fall we lose a lot of that sweet fruit as we wait (not so patiently) for the fall/winter fruit to ripen. I think I can speak for most when I say how much we love fruit. Three years ago my husband and I started our orchard in our back yard because I’ve always had a difficult time finding local organic fruit. Just a few days ago we’ve decided to expand the orchard by about 500 trees. We are growing it all! Your support of our CSA program has allowed us to follow our dreams and in return we promise all the fruit!! In the mean time we will do our best to work with what’s available here in SB County.
I hope you enjoy the kabocha squash in this week’s box. For anyone who has never had one you are in for a real treat. Pumpkin has nothing on kabocha squash and it can sub in anywhere butternut or pumpkin is called for. I think it’s the sweetest winter squash grown, with a rich velvety texture and beautiful golden flesh.

CSA Contains:
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
CARROTS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES from FRECKER FARMS
RED BELL PEPPERS
ORANGE KABOCHA SQUASH
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, GREEN ZUCCHINI, CARROTS, YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES, BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY X2
LACINATO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
CARROTS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BLUEBERRIES
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS

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Carolyn

October 15, 2019

Hello community. Last week on October 3rd we welcomed our new baby into the world. It was a bit earlier than we had anticipated and we are definitely still catching up. Excuse my shorter than usual blog posts as I scrounge for some sleep in my free time. Baby Seth Givens and momma are doing great and hibernating at home on the farm. Special thanks to the crew who is making it all happen in my absence.
We are also missing a usual suspect from our CSA box this week. In order to get carrots into the boxes on a weekly basis we are planting them every six weeks and things need to roll right on schedule. Seen as farming is anything but on schedule, the carrots haven’t had a chance to size up. This week we are checking out the rainbow carrot variety picked right here in SB County. Lots of love and veggies from the Givens family.

CSA Contains:
GREEN ZUCCHINI
YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES
GREEN KALE
RED TOMATOES
ARUGULA from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS
BASIL
RED ONIONS
RAINBOW CARROTS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN BEANS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, MINI SWEET PEPPERS, BLUEBERRIES, SALAD MIX

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY x2
GREEN KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES
RED BELL PEPPERS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS

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Week of October 9th

We always have recipes to share and inspire, but this week got a little too crazy so this post is a short one. It will probably be the only blog without recipes so I’m hoping you will get on social media and share what you are eating to help inspire all around you.
Heirloom tomatoes, spinach, salad mix and green beans come from our friends at Sunrise Organic Farm. The family that runs this farm started off on John Givens Farm and has branched out to pave their own path and make even more vegetables available to our community to eat. We love supporting him because they represent the quality and taste we’ve grown to love over the years and they just feel like family.

CSA Contains:
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BUNCHED SPINACH
SALAD MIX
GREEN BEANS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
RED BELL PEPPERS
CANARY MELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
YELLOW SQUASH
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS, CUCUMBERS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, CELERY

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN KALE
CANARY MELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CELERY X2
CARROTS
BLUEBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE

Week of October 1st

The seasons are changing here and we can feel it on the farm. With night time temperatures in the low 40s here in Buellton, the crops will start to change very quickly. We rely on our land in Goleta to keep the warmer crops like tomatoes and zucchinis going. Looking forward to soups, chili and warm drinks.
We have branched out to a few more pickup locations in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez. Check out our full list here and make sure to look for one close to you for a convenient and free spot to grab your veggies. We’ve also been teaming up with local elementary schools to support local school programs and provide pickup locations for parents and teachers. If your interested in connecting our CSA program with your local school please connect with me. It’s been a very symbiotic relationship to be involved with our local community and especially the kids.

CSA Contains:
GREEN BEANS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BUNCHED SPINACH from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
CILANTRO
ROMAINE LETTUCE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES from FRECKER FARMS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
CARROTS
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: CANTALOUPE, STRAWBERRIES, RADISHES, RED SALANOVA LETTUCE, CARROTS

FRUIT EXPANSION: SWEETIE APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD and STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS
BUNCHED SPINACH from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
CELERY X2
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
CARROTS
SWEETIE APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

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Week of September 25th

Just a friendly reminder that we value your feedback. I’ve noticed a few wilty heads of lettuce in the boxes over the past weeks post packing. This is a result of foggy mornings and hot afternoons. The weather has everything to do with how your veggies turn out. Foggy mornings create mildew on leafy greens and then the hot afternoons cook the leaves in the field. Don’t forget to give your greens a good dunk in cold water when you get them home. Let them sit for about 10 minutes before you spin them dry and put them away. This will extend the shelf life and bring your greens back to life. If you notice any produce that is beyond edible, don’t forget to reach out to me. We are here to help and make sure you are able to enjoy all that’s delicious in that box.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
LITTLE GEM LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
BASIL
GREEN CURLY KALE
YELLOW SQUASH
RED BELL PEPPERS
BROCCOLINI from Padua Farms
AMBROSIA or GALIA MELON
CHERRY TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: HASS AVOCADOS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, WATERMELON, GALA APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

FRUIT EXPANSION: GALA APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
CILANTRO
GREEN KALE
CUCUMBERS
STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
WATERMELON
CELERY x2
GALA APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD

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Week of September 18th

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
RED BELL PEPPERS
ATHENA MELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN ZUCCHINI
YELLOW ONIONS
GARNET YAMS from DOREVA PRODUCE
BIG BOX ADD: BASIL, GREEN KALE, BOSC PEARS from VINCENT FARMS, CUCUMBERS, CARROTS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
GALA APPLES
CELERY x2
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN KALE
RED BELL PEPPERS
WATERMELON
ROMAINE LETTUCE

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Week of September 11th

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CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
HASS AVOCADOS from RANCHO SAN ROQUE
RED BELL PEPPERS
YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES (or RED CHERRY)
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
LACINATO KALE
AMBROSIA MELON
RED TOMATOES
RED ONIONS
BIG BOX: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, GREEN ZUCCHINI, ITALIAN PARSLEY, CUCUMBERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES & tbd

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
LACINATO KALE
AMBROSIA MELON
CUCUMBERS
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FUJI APPLES from GIVENS ORCHARD

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