Week of May 27th

My dear community members,

We are so excited to get you fava beans this week! I wanted to give a short introduction to them if you’re not familiar. They take a bit longer to prepare, but their infusion of spring goodness is worth every bite. Please note they have a 2 step peeling process: first, “unzip” the whole pod and take the beans out, then boil them in salted water to blanch for 30 seconds. Remove the beans from the boiling water and submerge them in ice cold water to stop the cooking process. This step softens the second thick white-ish “cocoon” around it, making the 2nd peeling easier. These beans are loaded with nutrients and high in dietary fiber. They are great in a spring pasta dish or purée, an epic addition to your meal for sure. I posted a simple recipe below that can be added to top a variety of dishes. Let us know what you did with your veggies when you tag @somethinggoodorganics on Instagram.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
LEEKS
BASIL
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES
FAVA BEANS from Sunrise Organics
BIG BOX: CARROTS, BLACKBERRIES (or strawberries), RED LEAF LETTUCE, RADISHES, tbd

FRUIT: BLACKBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE x2
STRAWBERRIES
CILANTRO
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES
CELERY
BLACKBERRIES
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Week of May 20th

My dear community members,

We appreciate the effort that has been going into breaking down your reusable box. We want to make sure you are collapsing them correctly. Please be sure to push in and guide the bottom flaps up and out. Correctly done the flap should just release with ease. If it’s a struggle and you force the flaps out and they rip, it renders the box useless and we have to throw it away as it can no longer hold weight.

As the weather has consistently warmed, we started harvesting tomatoes and blackberries. Potatoes are nearing harvest and corn stalks are climbing to the sky.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BASIL
HASS AVOCADOS
RED ONIONS
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, STRAWBERRIES, ARTICHOKES from TUTTI FRUTTI

Lettuce of the Week: LITTLE GEM
Fruit Expansion: BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS x2
SPINACH X2
STRAWBERRIES
RED BEETS
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
CILANTRO

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Week of May 13th

My dear community members,

Things beyond my control kept me from updating the blog last week. As you likely noticed, we substituted red cabbage for cauliflower in the LARGE shares. I wanted to mention it since I think a lot of you were anticipating cauliflower. We get it, we love the oh so versatile and still trending (for good reason) cauliflower too! If all goes well next week we look forward to including cauliflower in all of the boxes Let us not forget tomatoes are right around the corner too.

Farm happenings: we’ve been planting sweet corn, melons and a variety of bell peppers. I’ve been watching the raspberry and blackberry vines climb to the sky as the flowers blossom into nature’s delicious treats. We’ve been thinning peach trees all along the property with hopes of sharing the bounty with you. We also planted a variety of potatoes that we are starting to harvest.

Egg wait list update- we have not forgotten about you and are constantly monitoring the list. Our 60 baby chicks will start laying by the end of summer with hopes we can accommodate everyone who has been waiting so patiently.

We are out picking and preparing for the CSA boxes starting Tuesday. It’s a whirlwind of love and work as we navigate the week packing and delivering the last boxes on Friday. If you need to get a hold of us just keep that in mind. We definitely want to hear from you and will get back to you as soon as we are able!

Sending good vibes from the farm.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
RED BEETS
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
EASTER EGG RADISHES*****
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BIG BOX: CARROTS, SALAD MIX, CUCUMBERS, LACINATO KALE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS

****If you didn’t receive radishes you may have received cucumbers or blueberries

LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF
FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS x2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
LACINATO KALE
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS
BABY SPINACH
FUJI APPLES

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Week of May 6th

My dear community members,

As the weather heats up it makes it difficult for even the freshest veggies to stay perky. If you open your box to find some limp greens, dunk them in cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes and spin them dry. They should be as good as new. Make sure to pull the tops off your carrots and store them separately if you intend to use them. Little tricks like this will extend the life of your super fresh veggies and allow you use them over the next few weeks if needed. If you are having any problems with wilted veggies please feel free to reach out. I know all the tricks.

Don’t forget to check your spam folders for emails from us that may have been diverted. We will only email you if we are letting you know about updates about your account, our blog or delivery notifications. Just the good stuff.

As I walk through rows of sugar snap peas I feel extremely grateful for all this food we have. Most of our farm employees work 6+ days per week especially during these hot months when the weeds get hard to manage and picking schedules ramp up. We are looking forward to tomatoes coming very soon and so many other delicious summer things to follow. I hope with some extra time at home with each other you are able to savor all these local treats and maybe even start a garden of your own.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
LACINATO KALE
HASS AVOCADOS
CUCUMBERS
FENNEL
RED LEAF LETTUCE
YELLOW or GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES from OCCUPINITI FARMS
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, RED BEETS, CAULIFLOWER from TUTTI FRUTTI

LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LITTLE GEMS
FRUIT EXPANSION: 2 PINTS of STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
LACINATO KALE x2
CUCUMBERS
FENNEL
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES from OCCUPINITI FARMS
CARROTS X2
RED BEETS
FUJI APPLES

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Week of April 27th

My dear community members,

You may or may not have noticed the sourdough bread option disappear from the store. Wendy, the owner of Deux Bakery, mentioned that every loaf that leaves her bakery is made by hand with much attention to detail. Our magnified orders became too overwhelming and we need to cap the number of loaves. Wednesday is now full but we still have availability for Thursday/Friday deliveries. Each week we will put a certain number in the store (aside from subscriptions) for purchase and they will be available until reserved. However, if you have a Thursday/Friday delivery please contact me as we probably can add it even if you don’t see it in the store or as a subscription option.

Human error factor: last week we missed several items in the Juice Feast so we are going to bulk those up this week. We are serious about veggies and want you to know that even though the company has expanded, you should still expect your box to be loaded with goodness. Thanks for understanding and please keep in contact if anything goes missing from your box.

Make sure to check your SPAM folder and star Something Good Organics as a preferred sender. Your email address is safe with us and will only be used with updates regarding the blog, your account and delivery information if applicable.

Find gratitude in the little things.

CSA Contains:
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
STRAWBERRIES
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CILANTRO
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, STRAWBERRIES, RED BEETS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISA FARMS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER

JUICE FEAST:
LACINATO KALE
CARROTS x2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
STRAWBERRIES x2
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS x2
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISA FARMS
CILANTRO
RED BEETS
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Week of April 22nd

Hello dear community members,

Please remember there have been some changes to our delivery dates:

Brandon Elementary – Thursday Pickup (was Wednesday)
Adams Elementary – Thursday Pickup (was Wednesday)
Buellton Farm – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
SY Cottage Hospital – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
Solvang Elementary School – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
Children’s Montessori School – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)

As our CSA program expands please honor other’s time and space when picking up your box at a community space. As we maneuver these crazy times we encourage mutual respect.

Thanks to all who have shared recipes on IG stories, email and other outlets. Seeing the vegetables in action is not only awesome, but it also helps inspire me and many others. Staying in touch with seasonal, local food helps ensure that we are eating the right food to keep us healthy.

Support local businesses when you can. Show some love to our friends at The Women’s Heritage if you like what you see.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
STRAWBERRIES
BROCCOLI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GOLD ZUCCHINI
CARROTS
RED CABBAGE
RADISHES
GREEN CURLY KALE
BIG BOX: CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, RED LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, FUJI APPLES, GARNET YAMS

LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LITTLE GEMS
FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES and BLUEBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN CURLY KALE
STRAWBERRIES
FUJI APPLES
RED LITTLE GEM LETTUCE
CARROTS x2
RED CABBAGE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISA FARMS

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Week of April 15th

Hello dear community members,

The growth of our CSA program has necessitated adding another delivery day and changing some pickup days for 2 schools and the entire Santa Ynez Valley. The location will be the same and we will continue to send out an email reminder once your box is ready for pickup. The veggies are still picked fresh right from our farm that morning.

Please note changes below:

Brandon Elementary – Thursday Pickup (was Wednesday)
Adams Elementary – Thursday Pickup (was Wednesday)
Buellton Farm – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
SY Cottage Hospital – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
Solvang Elementary School – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)
Children’s Montessori School – Friday Pickup (was Thursday)

Many thanks for breaking down your box and removing your name label, please continue to do so. It really has been helping us run more smoothly through the day.

Don’t forget to use #somethinggoodorganics in your posts, we love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen!

Stay healthy

CSA Contains:
HASS AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, LACINATO KALE, LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, BUNCHED SPINACH, STRAWBERRIES

FRUIT EXPANSION: TANGERINES (or maybe apples) and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS X2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD
LACINATO KALE
BABY SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS

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Week of April 8th

My dear community members,

It’s been my pleasure watching the CSA expand and reach so many more households. With farmers market attendance at all time (understandable) lows, the farm still needs an outlet to keep selling our vegetables. We are looking forward to fostering new relationships for a long time to come.

Please make sure to take it slow when you are picking up at your scheduled location. Regarding pick-up locations please wait for the email confirming your box has been delivered before arriving to pick it up. A gentle reminder to collapse your box and remove your label (if applicable) for easier logistics and to keep drop spots organized. Give yourself extra time as we all navigate through our day being courteous and respectful to others.

We strive to minimize trash and reuse the boxes. COVID-19 can only live on cardboard for 24 hours, and we wait at least a week before they are reused for safety.

I realize that shopping for additional ingredients might be challenging at this time. The recipes below are just for inspiration. It’s time to really get creative in the kitchen and use what we have to make it work. When we get creative, we save time and money and it’s a good habit to get into to prevent food waste.

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe and healthy.

CSA Contains:
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LEEKS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN CABBAGE
GARNET YAMS
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
GREEN KALE
BIG BOX: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, STRAWBERRIES, SWEET SPRING ONIONS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES or TANGERINES and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE

JUICE FEAST:
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BEETS
GREEN CABBAGE
FUJI APPLES
GREEN KALE
CELERY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
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Week of April 1st

My dear community members,

Our CSA program isn’t just an amazing farm box loaded with freshly picked, local organic fruits and veggies; it’s a movement. It’s tuning into the earth and the seasons. It’s connecting with the community over recipes and stories (even if it’s only through zoom, social media and online for the foreseeable future). It’s giving back to schools and supporting the workers that live in our neighborhoods. Thanks for being a part of what we are doing. We would LOVE to see what you are cooking. Please tag us on Instagram @somethinggoodorganics #somethinggoodorganics and we’ll add it to our story to share and inspire.

A few reminders. Please break down your box. Whether you are picking up or receiving delivery, it just helps us so much time wise. Please be careful not to rip the box when you are collapsing it. We cannot use the boxes if they are ripped. Also our online CSA store closes on Saturday at midnight. This helps us have enough time to plan and order everything. Thanks for your continued patience and understanding.(was misspelled)

We welcome strawberries and spring onions into our boxes this week as a clear signal that spring’s bounty is on its way! We also welcome Wishbone Bone broth into our CSA store. I’ve been using this bone broth for over half a year for cooking and sipping and I’m so happy to offer it to you. Locally made with certified organic ingredients, you can include a jar of frozen broth into your box beginning next week.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SPRING ONIONS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN CURLY KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CILANTRO
HASS AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE
RED BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, SALAD MIX, BROCCOLI, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, CELERY

FRUIT EXPANSION: TANGERINES and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS X2
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN CURLY KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CILANTRO
RED BEETS
CELERY
FUJI APPLES
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Week of March 25th

Hello dear community members,

As you can imagine, our little CSA business has tripled in the past two weeks. Providing the freshest, local organic produce to you keeps my heart full. We our doing our best to make sure every order is filled as we adapt to logistical and staffing challenges. Please note that I am packing and delivering on Wednesdays, so won’t be available to answer questions that day. I come straight home to my two little boys, a bunch of brand new baby chicks and wake up to another round of deliveries on Thursday. I will respond as soon as I am able.

In response to the overwhelming home delivery requests which we are unable to accommodate, we are thrilled to offer a new pick-up site at Third Window Brewing Co. on the Eastside. They are offering curb side delivery from their fridge, as well as their own craft beer.

Lastly, please make sure to collapse your boxes whether you are coming to the farm, receiving home delivery or picking up at one of our locations. It helps us expedite, plus they are easier to store! If you’re unsure of how to flatten your box, see our Instagram video story @somethinggoodorganics.

Stay healthy and safe!

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
TANGERINES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CAULIFLOWER from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
LEEKS
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: RED BEETS, CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, BUNCHED SPINACH

LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: RED BUTTER
FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES N TANGERINES (not so patiently waiting on berries….promise they are around the corner!)

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
RED BEETS
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH
FENNEL
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