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Week of July 1st

My dear community,

Part of running the CSA is being flexible with the farm- veggies don’t ripen on our schedule. We are still solidifying the box this week as we wait to see if a tractor part comes in. Our potato digging has been on hold in anticipation.

I’ve been thinking about climate change and politics and science aside, I can tell you from my perspective things have definitely changed, and that change makes our work ever more difficult and ever more important. I appreciate your support of local farms however that looks for you. You can find us at local grocery stores, especially one location operations, farmers markets and of course this CSA program which inspires me to be a better farmer every week. It drives me towards regenerative agriculture figuring out every way I can leave this land a little better off for the next generation. The CSA is a passion project and I’m thankful every week for everyone who takes the time to cook a little more at home and try new foods that they might not otherwise pick.

Be good to each other.

CSA contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
MIXED POTATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CELERY
RED RADISHES
HASS AVOCADOS
STRAWBERRIES
BIG BOX: CARROTS, CAULIFLOWER, ROMAINE LETTUCE, LACINATO KALE, STRAWBERRIES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES & STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE fEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
CELERY X 2
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BUNCHED SPINACH x2

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Week of June 24th

My dear community members,

With June solstice behind us, as gloomy as the weather predictably was, we are happy to welcome summer! As I navigate each new moment, I’m gaining a better understanding of what showing up and supporting truly means as it applies to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and every other beautiful way we differ as humans on this shared special planet. Regardless of any of our differences, there is a place for each of us in this world and around my table. In the best way I know how (through food), I celebrate life this week with a box of epic food. From the pages of the seed catalogues, hand planted, raised, and hand picked especially with you in mind, to packing your box, it makes me so happy to get this produce to your table. Hopefully you get to try something new, vegetables you may not have purchased otherwise and create something nourishing for you and your loved ones.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

-James Baldwin

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF
STRAWBERRIES
RED TOMATOES
RADISHES
GREEN BEANS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED ONIONS
ACORN SQUASH
COLLARD GREENS
BIG BOX: CARROTS, RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CUCUMBERS, BROCCOLI, HASS AVOCADOS

Fruit Expansion: Yellow Peaches from Givens Orchard & Strawberries
Lettuce of the Week: RED LEAF

Juice Feast:
CARROTS x2
CUCUMBERS
CELERY x2
LACINATO KALE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMAMA ORCHARDS
STRAWBERRIES
ITALIAN PARSLEY
COLLARD GREENS

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Week of June 17th

My dear community members,

Throughout these last 3 months of pandemic uncertainty coupled with a racial justice movement and other pressing social and global issues we feel a magnifying glass all around us. Through such immense collective pain, reflecting on what we’re grateful for can help us remain grounded and aligned with the reality we no longer have to imagine, but rather, have an opportunity to co-create. Share with me what you’re gratfeul for during this time we’ve been gifted. I’m grateful we’re shifting away from the actions of the mind and into the actions of the heart. I’m grateful to share the bounty of our farm. I’m grateful to be able to facilitate this program and in turn I’d like to give back to more organizations that support black communities so we can rise up together. The CSA program has already been donating monthly to an organization called Lunch on Me. It’s a non-profit dedicated to ending starvation while providing opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit of L.A.’s homeless community. If you have any other organizations you’d like us to consider please share.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED CHERRIES TOMATOES
LACINATO KALE
MIXED POTATOES
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
YELLOW SPRING ONIONS
STRAWBERRIES
WHITE NECTARINES from FRUIT FAIRY FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN ZUCCHINI, ROMAINE LETTUCE, HASS AVOCADOS, RED TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and WHITE NECTARINES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY x2
LACINATO KALE x2
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
STRAWBERRIES
WHITE NECTARINES from FRUIT FAIRY FARMS
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Week of June 10

My dear community members,

As our new member rush has slowed down and we’ve hit our new stride with the CSA, we are able to extend our store hours to midnight on Sunday. We continually try to accommodate all orders and always encourage eating more fruits and vegetables. Speaking of hitting a stride, tomatoes are coming in strong and I’m happy to introduce Mountain Magic tomatoes to anyone who hasn’t had them. They are a smaller, full bodied tomato with an incredible flavor. One of my favorites and a specialty of the farm. Roast them with green beans tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and sprinkle with parmesan cheese for an easy and quick side dish.
Aside from everything else that’s happening out there, we’ve been working overtime here on the farm to keep up. Weeds seem to pop up overnight and we are picking zucchini 4 days a week. Blackberries have set hard and we are anxiously awaiting for them to ripen and for raspberries to catch up. Green peppers have just started to roll out (which means the sweet peppers are on the horizon) and melon vines are starting to stretch across the field. Lots of summer produce is on the horizon. It’s hard to believe summer is almost here.

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization.”

-Mahatma Ghandi

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
GREEN BEANS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
CELERY
CILANTRO or BASIL
YELLOW SPRING ONIONS
BIG BOX: CAULIFLOWER, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN KALE, RED BEETS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Lettuce of the Week: Romaine
Fruit Expansion: Strawberries and Blackberries

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
CELERY x2
CILANTRO
GREEN KALE x2
RED BEETS

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Week of June 3rd

My dear community members,

Happy June. We’ve been digging new potatoes for the CSA boxes and I’m really excited to share them. Yellow, red and purple (my favorite) potatoes are coming your way. Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (which are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer), these humble little potatoes are a great addition to your meals this week. They are really tender and delicious simply steamed. Fresh dill compliments potatoes beautifully. There are so many versions of potato salad and everyone has their own favorite recipe. Have you tried one with avocado? Check this recipe out.

Fresh greens query! I want to hear your suggestions for different types of greens to add to the mix of romaine and red leaf lettuces. While those are two staples I really enjoy I’ve been brainstorming others that would be delicious for salads. Spinach, dandelion and arugula are a few that come to mind that are intermittently in the box but let me know if you’ve been craving anything in particular.

This has been an especially heavy week. Be good to each other. We need it now more than ever.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
MIXED POTATOES
GREENS BEANS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
DILL
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
EASTER EGG RADISHES
HASS AVOCADOS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, LACINATO KALE, STRAWBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and BLACKBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS X2
CELERY X2
LACINATO KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BLACKBERRIES
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO

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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 (you may have received Italian Parsley)
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES (you may have received double strawberries)
FAVA BEANS from Sunrise Organics
BIG BOX: CARROTS, BLACKBERRIES (or strawberries), RED LEAF LETTUCE, RADISHES, CAULIFLOWER from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS

FRUIT: BLACKBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES (or blueberries)
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE x2
STRAWBERRIES
CILANTRO
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES
FENNEL
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.

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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.

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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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