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Week of September 30th

My dear community,

If you’ve been a member for a while you know we’ve sporadically partnered with outside brands besides Deux Bakery. When Babba Hummus recently approached me I didn’t really have to think twice. The thought of me opening my CSA box after a long day and immediately dipping some veggies in their amazing hummus sounded too good to pass up. So, we are trying out their top four sellers which will be available in our CSA store by tomorrow (Tuesday). If you currently buy their hummus and want to see another flavor in the store please let me know.
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was moving all my business and personal finances away from banks that support fossil fuels. It’s been quite a journey, and I’m still in the process, but I’m a lot more informed about what I’m doing now. If you’d like to learn more feel free to shoot me an email. If you already have, I will get back to you in the next few days – and THANK YOU for being with me on this journey.
At the farm, I’m in the process of building a few chicken tractors- which is an implement to move chickens around on pasture. This allows them to constantly feed on new grass while they spread their manure on the ground. My goal for the future of our farm is to step up beyond organic and have as many regenerative practices as possible.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS
JONOGOLD APPLES from Gopher Glenn Farms
RED TOMATOES
PURPLE CHEROKEE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
RED ONIONS
A MELON
RED LEAF LETTUCE
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX: EGGPLANT, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, CARROTS, BROCCOLI

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACK MISSION FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS and JONOGOLD APPLES from GOPHER GLENN ORGANIC APPLE FARM
LETTUCE of the Week: ROMAINE

JUICE FEAST:
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS x2
JONOGOLD APPLES from Gopher Glenn Farms
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
A MELON
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
LIMES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of September 23rd

My dear community,

I couldn’t let this week go without a heartfelt note about Notorious RBG. The world lost a force. Despite so many odds, she rose above and fought for it all, doing so much for gender equality and women’s rights, and known of course for her passionate dissents while serving as the second ever female appointed Supreme Court justice. Make sure to get out and vote and tell them Ruth sent you.

We’re experiencing a shift here in Buellton. It went from oven-like temperatures in green houses to really cold nights. We are picking our apple orchard but the trees are still very young with not much to yield. I have a friend who helps run Gopher Glenn Organic Apple Farm. They picked and dropped off delicious, crispy Jonogold apples for us to enjoy. I’m looking forward to learning how to prune all our fruit trees this year.

Several of you inquired about what I’m doing with my bank as I mentioned last week. I will give an update about this next week.

Enjoy all the fruits and veggies. May they serve as medicine and keep you and your family nourished.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
A MELON (*always depends on harvest which happens Tuesdays)
JONOGOLD APPLES from GOPHER GLENN FARMS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CILANTRO
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, HASS AVOCADOS, WATERMELON, GREEN KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: JONOGOLD & FUJI APPLES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
JONOGOLD APPLES
CARROTS x2
WATERMELON
LACINATO KALE
CILANTRO
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
GREEN CURLY KALE

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Week of September 16th

My dear community,

You may have noticed some squishy/rotten strawberries in your box last week. We did our best to weed them out but the heat accelerated ripening after picking so much that it would have been impossible to find them all. I’m still seeing damage to our berries, tomatoes and red peppers from that unforgiving heat wave. Our red bell peppers fried on the plant so we are welcoming green ones this week as the other plants recuperate. There are farms all throughout the west with crops covered in ash and smoke filled skies so we’re feeling relatively lucky. Firefighters are working for over 30 days straight at a time to fight the fires. I’m trying to do what I can to help make a change from home. Money seems to speak louder than words so I’ve decided to divert all cash flow from the CSA as well as my own personal finances into a bank that doesn’t support fossil fuels. I don’t feel like there’s time to debate climate change anymore. We need to take action in any way we are able in our lives. Thanks for supporting your local farm, by the way. We do our best to assure the food you receive in your box comes with minimal impact and we are constantly learning and improving.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CANTALOUPE
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
YELLOW ONIONS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
LACINTO KALE
RED TOMATOES
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
GREEN BELL PEPPERS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, CAULIFLOWER, HEIRLOOMS + CILANTRO

FRUIT EXPANSION: RED GRAPES from COSECHA FARMING
****FIGS WERE NOT AVAILABLE AS THE IMPACT FROM THE FIRE DESTRUCTION RUINED THE CROP. HALF PRICE FOR FRUIT EXPANSIONS
Lettuce of the Week: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
MELON
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS x2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
LACINTO KALE
CELERY x2
CILANTRO

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Week of September 9th

My dear community,

To say it’s been hot is an understatement. Tomatoes are turning into mush on the vine, which the tops of the plants are burning up and cucumbers are cooking in the greenhouses. Luckily we planned ahead and were able to harvest plenty of heirlooms for this week.
The thought that this may be how the future looks for us is a bit overwhelming. Climate change is glaring at us so hard it cannot be ignored. This is just a tiny blip of heat compared to what could be. Nature is very amazing and powerful.
After transitioning from a desk job for the majority of my 20s to farm life in my 30s I’ve experienced inconsistencies in the weather we used to be able to rely on. I’ll be up early tomorrow before the heat of the day picking apples and wilting in the shade towards the afternoon.
If you need me Wednesday afternoon I will be in the Pacific Ocean. Sending lots of love with our boxes as always.

Also wanted to include a reminder to vote. Here’s a site where you can track your CA ballot every step of the way:
https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CANTELOUPE
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
STRAWBERRIES
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
CARROTS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
COLLARD GREENS
BIG BOX: RED LEAF, GREEN BEANS, CILANTRO, CARROTS, BI-COLORED CORN

FRUIT EXPANSION: RASPBERRIES and BOSC PEARS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
LACINATO KALE
CARROTS x2
CELERY
CILANTRO
RED BELL PEPPERS
STRAWBERRIES
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
BOSC PEARS

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Week of Sept 2nd

My dear community,

A few weeks ago our ice machine at the farm broke which came with the lesson that broccoli does not like the heat. Within a matter of hours mine turned from bright green to yellow. We should have better luck with the broccoli this week as our ice machine is back up and running. There are so many ways to use broccoli, and get kids to love it. Roasting broccoli with olive oil and topping it with a squeeze of lemon juice and Parmesan is a favorite side in our household.
As the days get shorter we’re starting to plant the greenhouses for the winter. Tomatoes and cucumbers will have an extended season due to the extra heat the houses provide. We’ve been working on moving green houses to and from different locations which kept us busy this week. We’ve accumulated new equipment so we’ve decided to expand the operation a little bit.

We just planted cauliflower and I’m really looking forward to it in December.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BROCCOLI
CANTALOUPE
CARROTS
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
GREEN BEANS
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF, CARROTS, PEARS, CUCUMBERS, BASIL

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

JUICE FEAST:
CANTALOUPE
CARROTS
CELERY
DINO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BOSC PEARS
CUCUMBERS
STRAWBERRIES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of August 26th

My dear community

A few things regarding our pickup locations:

*Adams Elementary- we’re back and delivering outside again. We are hoping with the increased number of people around campus it will minimize theft. So far so good.

*Cold Springs Elementary- the school staff is asking for carrot tops and scraps for the school bunny. A labeled bucket will be left out for this. Thanks in advance from the bunnies.

A lot more of the same happening this week with hot temperatures ripening everything faster than we can keep up with. We’ve been picking like crazy and weeding our way through the hot temperatures. In the orchard we’ve finished picking our peaches for the year. Apples and pears are on the way.

We just welcomed 30 new chicks to try to meet the demand of eggs in the near future. Our previous flock has just started laying. As chickens begin laying they produce small eggs called pullets. After a few months those pullets turn into what we know as regular size eggs. I’m hoping we will be able to start fulfilling new egg subscriptions in the next few weeks. It’s been such a pleasure to provide them to our CSA members. If you are interested in a dozen of our small pullets for $5/dozen just let me know.

With summer abundance, I turn to canning. I love making my own sauce year round, so canned over 30 quarts of tomatoes last week. What have you preserved over the summer?

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
A MELON
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
ITALIAN PARSLEY
RED ONIONS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
HASS AVOCADOS
BIG BOX ADD: ORANGE KABOCHA SQUASH, CARROTS, EGGPLANT, RASPBERRIES, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE

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

JUICE FEAST:
GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CARROTS
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS

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Week of August 19th

My dear community:

We are back on for pick-up at Adams Elementary School. If you switched from here last week and wish to resume at Adam’s Elementary, please shoot me a quick email today. It can be as simple as putting “Switch back to Adams Elementary” in the subject line. Please let me know ASAP so we can plan accordingly.

You may notice the box looks a little smaller this week. It’s not because there are less items, we are substituting in another item for lettuce for the first time in a long time. Between some burnt crops (it’s like a heatwave!) and some misplantings we are short this week. Think of it as an opportunity to play around with different kinds of salads. I made a wonderful chopped cucumber, onion, cherry tomato, garbanzo bean, basil and feta salad last night, dressed with a simple olive oil and balsamic blend. I look forward to making it again tonight.

With triple digit temperatures starting last week we are stuck at the mercy of the weather. Of course we always are – but it’s definitely apparent right now. It’s been about 100 degrees up here in Buellton (as the SYV community knows) where a majority of our crops are growing. We had a crazy lightning and thunderstorm on Saturday that dumped rain on us. We had to scramble to get all our onions out of the field and put them next to fans – which was run by a generator, and then we lost power for 24 hours. We just have to roll with the punches. Hope everyone is staying cool and enjoy your dose of fruits and veggies this week.

CSA Contains:
CANTALOUPE
BROCCOLI
CARROTS
GREEN BEANS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
YELLOW ONIONS
MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: CELERY, CARROTS, BASIL, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, HASS AVOCADOS

FRUIT EXPANSION: RASPBERRIES and PLUOTS (or just double raspberry)
LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CANTALOUPE
CARROTS x2
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
CELERY x2
RED BELL PEPPERS
GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of August 12th

My dear community members,

Our CSA box is kind of like a healthy alternative trick or treat bag this week, loaded with all the best sweets. We are picking our melons tomorrow but won’t know which we’ll put in the boxes until Wednesday morning once we sort them out. I hope you get a chance to slow down and enjoy the flavors of summer that are coming straight off the farm.

Updates on two drop locations:
*Adams Elementary School is being relocated to one of our other locations, per request, this week and possibly next. The auditorium is being cleared of rodents. We hope to resume next week but will keep you updated here on the blog.

*UCSB – We are having issues with non-members opening up boxes and/or taking whole boxes. We are going to try and deliver around the corner from our usual spot to see if that helps. We will send you a more specific detailed email if you pick up here. If you can offer a suggestion for a better spot, we’re all ears!

If you’ve moved to a different pickup location because of either of these two issues, and wish to return – you will need to log into your account to update your location.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
STRAWBERRIES
BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
CANTELOUPE (could be canary or galia)
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
HEIRLOOMS TOMATOES
LUNCHBOX PEPPERS (super sweet)
HASS AVOCADOS
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: BASIL, RED BUTTER LETTUCE, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, STRAWBERRIES, RED BELL PEPPERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES
BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
CARROTS
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
CUCUMBERS
RED BELL PEPPERS
CANTELOUPE
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Week of August 5th

My dear community,

A few quick notes for this week:

*If you received a CSA box last week with an orange kabocha squash it needs about 2 more weeks to cure (NOT in the refrigerator). These squash were picked a little prematurely without my knowledge, but will surely ripen in a matter of weeks.

*We are in the process of putting Bragg cookbooks in all the boxes. They are gifts from Patricia Bragg and hopefully will inspire some delicious things. She’s written 10 different cookbooks – so look forward to a few more.

*We’ve been picking peppers we’re unable to use in the boxes and feeding them to the animals. Don’t be surprised to see red yolks in our eggs this week- a testament to the freshness and the direct product of what the chickens eat. The goats and pigs especially love the peppers and I was surprised to even see the geese going for them. Everyone eats well on the farm! We are anticipating some new kids in the near future as well and I hope to start making goat cheese and my dream- goat milk ice cream.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
MIXED POTATOES
RED BELL PEPPERS
WATERMELON – MIGHT HAVE A YELLOW SKIN
BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
CHERRY TOMATOES
COLLARD GREENS
RED TOMATOES
LEMON CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: HASS AVOCADOS, BROCCOLI, CARROTS, ANAHEIM PEPPERS, GREEN ZUCCHINI

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: LITTLE GEM LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS
WATERMELON
BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
COLLARD GREENS
CUCUMBERS
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
STRAWBERRIES

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Week of July 29th

My dear community,

Sometimes things seem to happen all at once – in this case summer bounty has arrived in abundance. We go from picking the first box of melons to watching mountains of them quickly reach the sky in the morning pick. We go from looking for an eggplant for dinner to realizing we actually need to pick, and suddenly we’ve packed 100 boxes full of eggplants. Sweet peppers vibrantly confetti the ground as far as the eye can see. Stone fruit ripens with little more than a day’s notice. It all goes by in a blur so I’m trying to take moments to really savor it.
Check out our recipes below to dig into your orange kabocha (darker in flesh color and richer in flavor than butternut)- one of my favorite squashes. Hope you enjoy it too.

Be gentle with yourself. Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES
CANTELOPE
BROCCOLI
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
ORANGE KABOCHA SQUASH
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN BEANS, CARROTS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, BLACKBERRIES

Fruit Expansion: BLACKBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES
Lettuce of the Week: Red Leaf

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY x2
CANTELOPE
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
RED BELL PEPPERS
BLACKBERRIES
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE

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