Week of February 21st

Tip of the week: Our spaghetti squash was grown in the summer and stored all winter. That’s where it get’s the name “winter squash.” It’s really easy to cook and enjoy this squash. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and rub the insides down with olive oil. Bake at 450 degrees for about 40 minutes. You know it is done when the squash is soft and you can use a fork to rake out the “noodles.” We have a yummy recipe below, but you can also just top it with some pesto, mushrooms and cheese for an easy weeknight dinner.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
RED BEETS
GREEN CABBAGE
ARUGULA
CELERY
RED CHARD
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
RED TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED BUTTER LETTUCE, RED TOMATOES, GARNET YAMS, GREEN KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION ADD: BLUEBERRIES from Goleta Farming and TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of Febuary 14th – Be good to your heart

Tip of the week: Your lettuce was picked so fresh it should last weeks in your fridge before wilting. When you bring your lettuce home, cut it up, wash it and spin it dry. Then store it in an airtight container with a towel to absorb extra moisture. It should last at LEAST until your next CSA box is delivered.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s got me thinking a lot about hearts. Not the paper hearts laced with candy, or perhaps the heart shaped cookies you will find in your box this week. But that one that’s beating inside your chest. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, globally.

THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE CHANGE A PERSON CAN MAKE TO PREVENT AND STOP HEART DISEASE IN ITS TRACKS IS TO SWITCH TO A PLANT-BASED DIET.
Plant-based diet? Nah, give me the pills, the stents, and surgeries. Going plant-based is way too drastic!!! :/ A plant-based diet is centered around eating whole plant foods and grains which are naturally loaded with fiber, phytochemicals, nutrients, and vitamins. This is, as nature intended.

I love a plant based diet because it’s benefits come from all the foods you get to eat instead of the other diets that claim benefits by what you avoid. But plant based isn’t a diet or a quick fix, it’s a life style choice. We are so lucky to have all this amazing produce right here in our backyards. I choose to eat all of these foods because they fuel my body, keep me and my family healthy and are part of a sustainable planet.

So stop worrying about all the foods you shouldn’t eat and dig into your CSA box and all the incredible foods that are going to do your body good. Let’s lead our hearts in the direction that we know serve us best.

Looking for a little Heart Healthy inspiration for the ones you love? Consider gifting a subscription to our CSA program and help everyone around you enjoy the benefits of eating more vegetables.

CSA Contains:
RED BEETS
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
CARROTS
CAULIFLOWER from SUNRISE ORGANICS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BROCCOLI
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
RED TOMATOES
BUNCHED SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: LACINATO KALE, CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, RED TOMATOES, TANGERINES

Fruit Expansion: Tangerines from Glenn Annie Organics & Pink Lady Apples from Cuyama Orchards

Comforting Brown Rice Bowl

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas
1 sweet potato
⅔ cups of brown rice
5 cups of tightly packed fresh spinach
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp cinnamon
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp tahini
lime, juice
1 tsp maple syrup
chili, salt, pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Green Envi)

Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Tumeric Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:
BUDDHA BOWLS:
1 large sweet potato chopped into rounds
½ small head kale finely chopped
1 cup black beans
1/2 large avocado peeled and sliced
¼ red onion thinly sliced
CAULIFLOWER RICE:
3 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
1 large head cauliflower trimmed and grated
3 cloves large garlic minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste
Pinch ground coriander
TURMERIC TAHINI DRESSING:
¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice or cider vinegar
1 clove small garlic minced
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast optional
¼ teaspoon fresh turmeric grated (or ground turmeric)
1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Pinch sea salt
FOR SERVING:
Pumpkin Seeds
Hemp Seeds
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Roasted Root)

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons coconut oil or grass-fed butter separated
2 large eggs lightly beaten
½ yellow onion finely chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
1 large head cauliflower grated
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 large carrot peeled and grated
5 stalks green onion chopped
1 cup red cabbage thinly sliced
sea salt
(Find the full recipe and details here at The Roasted Root)

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Beet Ketchup

Ingredients:
2 medium beets, scrubbed
2 medium sweet potatoes
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
1 tablespoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup pitted dates*
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Emilie Eats)

JUICE FEAST:
RED BEETS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN CABBAGE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
RED TOMATOES
BUNCHED SPINACH

Week of Feb 7th

Tip of the week: Cilantro keeps great in a shallow cup of water in the fridge or on the window sill. Cut off the first quarter inch of stem when you get it, just like a bouquet of flowers.
Cilantro rids the body of heavy metals, lowers blood sugar levels, protects against UTIs and many forms of cancer among other things. If you find trouble using cilantro up before it goes bad, make a salad dressing. Recipes generally call for a whole bunch. Or try our cilantro cauliflower rice recipe below.
Please note: with the unusually warm weather we are seeing an outbreak of aphids on our brussels sprouts. They are a harmless tiny bug and safe to consume. We will do our best to wash them off, but you can soak your brussels in water if you still find some attached.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN KALE
LEEKS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
CAULIFLOWER from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CILANTRO
BRUSSELS SPROUTS
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, CARROTS, RED CABBAGE, GARNET YAMS, FUJI APPLES

FRUIT EXPANSION: TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of January 31st

Tip of the week: Did you know carrot tops actually pull moisture from your carrots? Make sure to top your carrots before they go into the fridge.

We believe starting out your day with veggies gets you off on the right foot, helps reduce cravings later in the day and contributes to much needed vitamins and minerals that help us feel amazing. PLEASE share your veggie filled breakfast ideas with us so we can inspire others. Tag us on instagram @somethinggoodorganics or just shoot us an email and we will post it. A fresh pressed juice another awesome way to influx your day with greens and clean your fridge out for your next CSA box.

CSA Contains:
ARUGULA
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
FUJI APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS
RED CABBAGE
RED TOMATOES
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, GARNET YAMS, ONE MORE TBD

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES and FUJI APPLES
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Week of January 17th

If you didn’t have a chance to pick up your share last week at the farm you can be sure it was donated to Veggie Rescue and given to those who need it most. I’ve raided our hard squash stores and given as much as possible to the Food Shelter. Helping our community in times like these is extremely important to me.
I’m very happy to be stuffing these CSA boxes with tomatoes in January. A little ray of sunshine in the share. While we don’t have access to any of our usual produce south of Santa Barbara, we are snacking on the local tangerines like crazy.
We are planning on delivering to all of our drop off spots this week. Enjoy! With the 101 closed, our local produce is more important than ever. And supporting our local farms will ensure that we can continue making it available for our community.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
LACINATO KALE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
BRUSSELS SPROUTS
BIG BOX: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN CABBAGE, TANGERINES, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of January 10th

We had a successful drop at the food bank last Wednesday. We were able to donate over 30 boxes full of fresh produce to be distributed throughout the community. And we aren’t stopping there. This week we are taking another 500 lbs of butternut squash and making sure that no one in the community goes hungry. Thanks a million for supporting our cause. It’s through our CSA program that’s made most of this possible. Hoorah!
As we start off a New Year with new resolutions, I like to think our CSA program fills a few of them in my book. Live as healthy and vibrant as possible (aka eat more vegetables) and treat the earth with the utmost respect. Our CSA program strives to use as little plastic as possible and with our reusable boxes, we are reducing waste to a minimum. Consider making a compost pile or get a few chickens to eat your food scraps (if you have enough room), or find a composting program near you. Food scraps thrown away in America contribute to an astounding amount to our landfills. What are your New Years resolutions?
Do you know someone who is trying to connect with better food? We offer gift certificates starting at as little as 2 weeks. And with every 6 week subscription we will give you a free box of vegetables too! Contact me for more information.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BRUSSELS SPROUTS
LACINATO KALE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
RED TOMATOES
FENNEL
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CABBAGE, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, ARUGULA

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

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Week of January 3 – back at the Food Bank

We are heading back to the Food Bank this week after receiving a generous donation from many of our CSA members. Thanks so much for that! We were able to order over $500 worth of fresh produce and we are adding in as much butternut squash as I can fit into my car 😀 Happy New Year to you all. I can’t thank you enough for supporting our farm and look forward to providing lots of fresh veggies to support you and your family’s health.

CSA Contains:
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
GREEN CABBAGE
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from VINCENT FARMS
STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RADISHES
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from VINCENT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS

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Week of December 27th – We are going to the Food Bank

We are so happy to be resuming our CSA program this week. I can’t say THANK YOU enough to our firefighters and their families. We know they are still battling the fires and helping keep us safe during the holiday season.
We’ve had quite a few CSA customers reach out with donations to the food bank so we are making an official drop to them (again!) next Wednesday. Please let me know if you’d like to donate to the cause and send fresh produce over to feed the community who might not be as lucky as we are. Just shoot me a quick email and let me know the amount you’d like to donate. We can deduct it from your account directly to make it easy.
We hope you are having an excellent holiday and we look forward to stocking your fridge with all the goodness from our local community. From our Farm to your Family!

CSA Contains:
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
GREEN CABBAGE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
LEEKS
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, KOHLRABI, TANGERINES, CHERRY TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS & SATSUMA TANGERINES

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Week of December 13

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the fires that have spread throughout California. We have canceled all home and school deliveries this week, but we are trying to provide healthy food to those of you that would like it. Our Farm and Whole Foods pickups will be available. A heartfelt thanks to our Firefighters, their families and all the workers who are still in the field making sure we eat this week. Stay safe and take care of each other!

CSA Contains:
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
ARUGULA
GREEN KALE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
YELLOW ONIONS
CHERRY TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CHERRY TOMATOES, CABBAGE, CILANTRO

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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