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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Week of September 4th

We are so excited to team up with Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. This location will now be available for pickup not only for the employees, but for the community at large. I was amazed when I got a tour of their kitchen. Usually I would avoid a hospital cafeteria at all costs, but I was intrigued by their production as they’ve been buying our produce for about ten years now. Have you had a meal there yet? They are a no waste facility which means that every piece of the produce gets used. What doesn’t get chopped up directly for their meals gets included into stocks for soups. Their innovation to support local community, while providing high quality, nourishing food for people who need it most, is the wave of the future. Not to mention it all comes at a very reasonable price. It may sound kind of odd, but I can definitely see that being my new lunch spot in the future. Organic produce, Jidori (?) chicken and free range beef to start. In house sauces and tapenades are made. I didn’t get a chance to hit their fro yo machine, but I’m definitely coming back for that. If you live close by the hospital, you can consider making that your new pickup spot and save some $ on delivery.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BROCCOLI
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED ONIONS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SUGAR BABY WATERMELONS from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
HASS AVOCADOS from RANCHO SAN ROQUE
BIG BOX ADD: CILANTRO, YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, CANTALOUPE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BARLETT PEARS from VINCENT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
CELERY x2
RED BELL PEPPERS
LACINATO KALE
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SUGAR BABY WATERMELONS from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CILANTRO
CUCUMBERS

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Week of August 28th

I hope everyone is getting readjusted with new school schedules. My little dude is starting preschool and it’s thrilling and totally nuts all at the same time. A lot of people are pro at this, so excuse me when I say that getting lunches packed instead of rummaging through the fridge can be a little daunting. Hoping that some of these brightly colored veggies catch your kids eyes and mouths during the day.
We are in full swing of summer time here at the farm. 99% of the items we will be picking straight off the farm the night before you receive them. If you have any good recipes that may include meal prep – pass them along my way or tag us on instagram @somethinggoodorganics.

CSA Contains:
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
RASPBERRIES
CARROTS
CELERY
GREEN CURLY KALE
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
SWEET MINI PEPPERS
ANANAS MELON – SUPER SWEET YELLOW FLESH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS, WATERMELON, APRICOTS from RANCHO SAN JULIAN

FRUIT EXPANSION: APRICOTS from RANCHO SAN JULIAN and RASPBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
RASPBERRIES
CARROTS
CELERY
GREEN CURLY KALE
ANANAS MELON
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
WATERMELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
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Week of August 21st

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
PERSIANS CUCUMBERS
DILL
RED TOMATOES
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
CANTALOUPE
SWEET MINI PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
EGGPLANT
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: BLACKBERRIES, CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CHERRY TOMATOES, RED ONIONS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and RASPBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY x2
WATERMELON
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BLACKBERRIES
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE

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August 14th – Imperfect Produce

Here on the farm we are big advocates of imperfect produce. That still means that you receive produce that has been picked with in 24 hours of receipt. With produce that fresh it will last in your fridge for weeks. Just imagine how long produce sits on shelves in the grocery store, where none of the food is local and has been plastic-wrapped to make it last as long as possible. In my experience a lot of that produce is rotting as you walk out the store door. Big box grocery stores don’t care about local farms like they care about the bottom line. And as a result you pay for the lack of quality. It’s hard to tell what a farm is really doing when they aren’t even located in the USA.

Imperfect produce means oddly-shaped tomatoes or squash, bug bitten leaves and corn with worms to name a few. It means once in a while you will find a critter in your box, although we try our best to avoid it.

All produce from your CSA box will come from soil that has been treated with respect for the future generations which in turn gives a home to insects — whether we like the looks of them or not, they are important parts of the farm ecosystem. And that soil contains beneficial bacteria that is alive and is good for our gut.

Produce you receive in your CSA box means that we’ve reused most of the packaging, or used little to no packaging to get it to you. And when you return your produce box there is almost no packaging used at all.

Buying from our CSA keeps local workers employed and keeps local land out of the hands of developers, enriching it and preserving it for future use with the water that connects us all in a healthy state of being. After all, without farms there would be no food. And supporting imperfect produce prevents waste which might otherwise have been rejected from the grocery store.

Supporting your CSA and local farmers markets keeps local farming alive and supports the natural process of growing food. The way it’s been for generations before the industrial age. And with your support it will be the wave of the future. We promise the highest quality, best tasting, and most nutritious produce there is to offer.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
CANARY MELON
BLACKBERRIES
RASPBERRIES
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
GREEN BEANS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, CELERY, LACINATO KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and RASPBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
CELERY x2
LACINATO KALE
WATERMELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BLACKBERRIES
RASPBERRIES

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