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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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Week of August 7th

CSA Contains:
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLACKBERRIES
AMBROSIA CANTALOUPE
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
FRESHLY DUG POTATOES
SWEET BI-COLORED CORN
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, CUCUMBERS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, RED TOMATOES, BASIL

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and BLACKBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
BLACKBERRIES
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
CELERY
WATERMELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of July 31st

CSA Contains:
BLACKBERRIES
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
SWEET MINI PEPPERS
RED ONIONS
SWEET BI-COLORED CORN
CUCUMBERS
YELLOW PEACHES
BABY SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARM
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, CANTALOUPE, CARROTS, ZUCCHINI, RED TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and YELLOW PEACHES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY
BLACKBERRIES
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
GOLDEN DORSET APPLES
BABY SPINACH
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Week of July 24th

I noticed last week that a lot of the stone fruit incurred bruising in transit to peoples homes. We like to pick stone fruit at the peak of ripeness so it’s full of flavor. When stone fruit is picked for the grocery stores, it’s picked unripe, and then layered in a lot of plastic packaging to prevent bruising. We are aiming higher and will try and continue to pick mostly ripe fruit, but we are sourcing different containers to pack them in so they arrive safely. Please plan on returning packaging to the farm, schools, or leave it outside your doorstep. Unfortunately we can not accept returns to Whole Foods.
We are including sweet corn in our boxes this week. Please note that organic corn can have a worm nestled in the top of the ear. This is a sign of life and health in the corn and you can simply cut off the top and enjoy the rest. If you’ve never looked into the complete array of pesticides and chemicals that conventional growers use on corn, you should read up on it and be outraged. Those toxic chemicals leach into the soil, our water and are spread by the winds through our air. This corn we grow just happens to be THE BEST I’ve ever had in my life which is just a bonus for corn that is grown with the soil in mind.
We’ve added new products to our CSA store. Please feel free to add products from Sun and Swell foods into your box. Clean cookie, assorted bites and savory snacks can be included with your deliveries. Sun and Swell is a local SB company and all their products are certified organic and PERFECT to satisfy the sweet and salty craving on the go.

CSA Contains:
GREEN BEANS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
ATHENA MELON
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SWEET BI-COLORED CORN
YELLOW ZUCCHINI
LACINATO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BLACKBERRIES
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, YELLOW PEACHES, CUCUMBERS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, RED LEAF LETTUCE

FRUIT EXPANSION: GREEN PLUMS from SUNRISE ORGANICS and YELLOW PEACHES

JUICE FEAST:
GOLDEN DORSET APPLES
CELERY x2
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
YELLOW PEACHES

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Week of July 17th

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will personally be picking your peaches for the CSA boxes. It’s a fine line between unripe and the birds eating the fruit so bear with me. The peaches will probably be best sitting on your counter for a day or two. But you can give them a gentle squeeze and if they give at all they are ready to go. ENJOY.
This CSA program has given us the ability to plant our orchard and grow organic fruit for the boxes. Not to mention the 300+ chickens that supply the eggs. THANKS for supporting what we do.

CSA Contains:
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED ONIONS
APRICOTS from SAN JULIAN RANCH or SANTA ROSA PLUMS from GIVENS ORCHARD
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
YELLOW PEACHES from GIVENS ORCHARD
GREEN ACORN SQUASH
GREEN CURLY KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, BI-COLORED SWEET CORN, ITALIAN PARSLEY

FRUIT EXPANSION: GREEN PLUMS from SUNRISE ORGANICS and APRICOTS from GIVENS ORCHARD

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
YELLOW PEACHES from GIVENS ORCHARD
APPLES from GIVENS ORCHARD
BUNCHED SPINACH
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Week of July 10th

Just a note about egg cartons. We accept all egg cartons back even if they are not our brand. We reuse them here at the farm. They just need to be fairly clean. Please be mindful of your drop off spot. We do not accept returns at Whole Foods and you should consult me before dropping them off at schools.

CSA Contains:
GREEN or PURPLE BEANS from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARM
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARM
CELERY
RED TOMATOES
BASIL
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARM
CHERRY TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, PEACHES, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: PEACHES and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARM

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
GREEN KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
CUCUMBERS
STRAWBERRIES
BEETS
GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of July 3rd

We will definitely have boxes available for all of our July 4th pickups. I hope everyone has a great weekend with friends and/or family. Please post anything delicious made and tag us on Instagram @somethinggoodorganics.

CSA Contains:
CELERY
CARROTS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED ONIONS
YELLOW ZUCCHINI
GREEN CURLY KALE
RASPBERRIES
CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: RED TOMATOES, GREEN ACORN SQUASH, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, BASIL, CARROTS

FRUIT EXPANSION: RASPBERRIES and YELLOW PEACHES

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY x2
CARROTS x2
RED TOMATOES
RED BEET
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN CURLY KALE
RASPBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of June 26th

We came up a bit short on apricots this week. If you don’t receive apricots or raspberries (for the large shares) you will receive double strawberries. We also switched from cauliflower to broccoli at the last minute due to harvesting issues. Cauliflower will be back next week!

CSA Contains:
RED TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
BASIL
CARROTS
APRICOTS from RANCHO SAN JULIAN
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BROCCOLI
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, RASPBERRIES, RED BEETS, RED ONIONS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and RASPBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
RED BEETS
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
APPLES
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Week of June 19th

I was listening to a podcast today and I heard Dr. Axe say, “Meals are medicine.” He talked not only about all the benefits of broccoli, kale and all the other vegetables, but also the potent healing properties of herbs and spices. By using healing herbs and spices, we can thrive and focus on our overall conditions, rather than on a particular ailment that typically arises from a lack of equilibrium of the mind, body and environment. I found Dr. Axe’s page with 101 Herbs and Spices for healing here to be quite interesting and enlightening.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BROCCOLI
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN BEANS
RED TOMATOES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
YELLOW SPRING ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, HASS AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE, RASPBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, GREEN ZUCCHINI

FRUIT EXPANSION: RASPBERRIES and BLACKBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES
RASPBERRIES
BLACKBERRIES
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH

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Week of June 12th

CSA Contains:
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN BEANS
BROCCOLI from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: HASS AVOCADOS, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, RED or GREEN CABBAGE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS

CSA Contains:
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
GREEN KALE
CARROTS
RED BEETS
SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
STRAWBERRIES
BLACKBERRIES
RED or GREEN CABBAGE

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