Author Archives: Carolyn

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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Week of June 5th

I have to admit – I’ve never eaten a parsnip. In fact most veggies I’ve eaten are newer to me as of 10 years ago when I was rescued by the farm life. So when Tutti Frutti offered their parsnips for our CSA box I jumped on the opportunity to try something new. It’s all about diversity right?! With diversity comes an array of different nutrient complexes. Parsnips have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor (as I’m told) and they are an excellent source of many important nutrients, packing a big dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals into each serving. They are fantastic roasted and can sub for potatoes in a mash making them a lower starch, yet delicious dish.
Tomatoes are just starting to ripen on the farm as some of the first big tomatoes are trickling out behind our cherries. With the big rainy season this year, we got behind on planting and with these foggy days, what is planted, is not ripening as quickly. I’ve been surprised to see everything on the farm take a big leap in growth though over the past week. Fruit is ripening on the trees and melon vines are taking off. Hoping to see the first apricots come off the trees and into our fruit expansions soon.

CSA Contains:
CHERRY TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
YELLOW ONION
BUNCHED SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
PARSNIPS from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, GREEN ZUCCHINI, ARUGULA, LACINATO KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES FROM BELLA VISTA FARMS

CSA Contains:
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
FENNEL
BUNCHED SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
GREEN KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS

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Week of May 29th

Happiest Memorial day to all. We are remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in Armed Forces and super thankful to everyone that’s helped keep this country free.
I’m also thinking about all the workers here on the farm who don’t really get to celebrate many holidays throughout the year. These guys work 50+ hours a week regardless of the weather to make sure we are getting amazing food that is affordable. Enjoy!
We had to substitute green zucchini for cauliflower. At the last minute I was informed that what was left of the cauliflower crop had all turned yellow.

CSA Contains:
RADISHES
RED BEETS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
SPINACH
RED SPRING ONIONS
LACINATO KALE
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
BIG BOX: STRAWBERRIES, CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, BLACKBERRIES, HASS AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from Bella Visa Farms and BLACKBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
RED BEETS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
CUCUMBERS
FENNEL
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of May 22nd

As we move at full speed into summer time, the new products keep rolling out. We welcome spring onions to the line up this week and look forward to cucumbers, green beans, yellow zucchini and tomatoes, among others in the near future. For those of you who were expecting cucumbers as planned this week, they just weren’t ripening quick enough to get enough for our CSA this week.
It’s exciting to see watermelons and cantaloupe of all kinds starting to go into the ground. The very first tomatoes are starting to ripen up here in Buellton as they are just starting to trickle out in Goleta. We are definitely a bit behind schedule due to the heavy rains months ago.
Lets enjoy lots of strawberries this week and blueberries while they are going strong. I’ve found some really interesting recipes for smoothies and ice cream which can be indulgent treats with some healthy benefits added. I love paleo blueberry muffins and strawberry smoothies. I tend to lean towards the sweet side of things so it’s good to have some of those ideas ready to go.
I’m watching the apricots ripen on the tree and am really looking forward to having them in our fruit expansions. I’ve also been thinning a TON of peaches and early apples and am getting really excited about all our fruit this year. It will be our first year in real production with our little orchard.
If you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see in the box always let me know. Or send me pictures and/or recipes of what you’ve made so we can post it on our Instagram for inspiration. Hop over to our CSA store for some farm fresh eggs. The chickens have been hard at working making you some ingredients for a delicious breakfast.

CSA Contains:
RED SPRING ONIONS
BROCCOLI
SUGAR SNAP PEAS from TUTTI FRUTTI*
DOUBLE DOWN ON STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BABY SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS, CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, RED BEETS

*we were short on peas this week on the farm and I really had my heart set on another week so we are sourcing them from down the street

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS
DOUBLE DOWN ON STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
LACINATO KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from
RED BEETS

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Week of May 15th

CSA Contains:
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CARROTS, AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, STRAWBERRIES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CUCUMBERS

Kale and Wild Rice Salad

Ingredients:
For the Salad:
1 large bunch kale I like to use lacinato kale
1 teaspoon olive oil
Pinch of Kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 large apple chopped
1 avocado chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
3 ounces goat cheese crumbled
For the Dressing;
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Dash of salt and ground black pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Two Peas and Their Pod)

Ultimate Zucchini Salad

Ingredients:
4 medium zucchini
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 small garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Cooktoria)

Cajun Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri

Ingredients:
Cajun Cauliflower:
1 small head of cauliflower , sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices or chopped into medium size florets
2 tbsp cajun spice blend (2 tsp sweet paprika, 1/3 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1.5 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp onion powder, dash of pepper flakes
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt , if using store bought cajun blend, it might already be salted, so you will need 1/4 tsp
2 tsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice
Chimichurri sauce:
1 cup packed parsley or one bunch parsley leaves and tender stems, chopped
1/4 cup basil packed or use cilantro
6 cloves of raw garlic more the merrier
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp vinegar apple cider or balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp or more avocado for creaminess optional
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Veganricha)

Roasted Cauliflower Taco Recipe with Avocado Crema

Ingredients:
Cauliflower Taco
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 tbsp taco seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice (1 lime)
tortillas
cilantro
shredded cabbage (or sub red leaf here)
Avocado Crema
1 avocado
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro (sub parsley, i KNOW it’s not the same, but I truly feel it would be delicious)
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Modern Proper)

Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients:
1 medium head of cauliflower — cut into florets
2 tablespoons sesame oil — divided
3 eggs — beaten
½ cup white onions — diced
1 cup carrots — diced, replace carrots with orange bell pepper to make it low-carb
2 cloves garlic — minced
1 cup sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
fresh black pepper to taste
6 green onions
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Primavera Kitchen)

Spinach and Parsley Pesto

Ingredients:
1/4 cups pine nuts (I like cashews because they are cheaper and still super tasty)
2 garlic cloves
5 cups fresh spinach
2 cups fresh parsley
1/4 cup asiago cheese, grated
Zest of one lemon
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Girl Gone Gourmet)

Week of May 8th

I’m becoming very interested in Integrative Medicine lately. That’s an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. The fact that food can heal, reverse and prevent disease is something I’ve known for a long time. But to see it in action is truly amazing. If you have a minute, check out Minding Your Mitochondria, on YouTube. It’s about a doctor who reversed her progressive MS and is now living proof of the healing power and magical ways of something we do at least three times a day. And that’s eat delicious food.
As I walked the fields this morning I saw bright white onion bulbs starting to penetrate the soil. Rays of zucchini flowers are blossoming and little cucumbers are dangling from the neatly placed strings holding the plants up. All of this amazing food truly starts from the soil and that’s what we are very diligent about. We have about an acre of compost behind the scenes. That compost not only collects trash (manure, end of grape harvest, ect..) from the community, it sits quietly, hard at work, waiting to nourish the fields and the food we eat. Cheers to your health and the future of our food.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BEETS
DILL
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
BLUEBERRIES
ARUGULA
BUNCHED SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, LACINATO KALE, HASS AVOCADOS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BLUEBERRIES
FENNEL
GREEN KALE
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Week of May 1st

I’ve been out thinning our peach trees very excited at the prospect of peaches as early as June. We may have a few apricots as well for our fruit expansions. We are in the third year of our new orchard so it’s hard to predict how things will go. I’ve also seen a few cucumbers and spring onions come my way so we can look forward to new items mixing into our boxes soon.
We have avocados for our CSA boxes this week. They were picked on Friday, but they will ripen a lot quicker if you put them inside a brown paper bag (include a banana if you’d like to speed it up a bit). We also have more available in the CSA store if you’d like to stock up for Cinco de Mayo. If you see anything else on the list below that you’d like more of, feel free to email me. It can be a bit tedious managing the store items.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN CURLY KALE
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
CILANTRO
ARUGULA
HASS AVOCADOS from SPLENDID PRODUCE
BROCCOLI from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, ARTICHOKES from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS, STRAWBERRIES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
RED BEETS
GREEN CURLY KALE
CILANTRO
FENNEL from TUTTI FRUTTI FARMS
LACINATO KALE
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
HASS AVOCADOS
ONE MORE TBD

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:
For the salad:
1 head of broccoli, very finely chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds (can also use chopped roasted almonds)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 bunch green onions, chopped
¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
For the dressing:
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 large lemon, juiced
3-5 tablespoons warm water, to thin dressing
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, to sweeten
1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at The Ambitious Kitchen)

Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:
1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 + 1 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon honey
Juice of 1 1/2 lime
3 medium zucchini, spiralized or cut into noodles
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (or more to taste)
(Find the full ingredients and directions here at Eating Well 101 )

Zucchini & Carrot Waffles

Ingredients:
1/2 cup carrots grated
1 1/2 cups of zucchini grated
1/2 onion grated
1/2 cup almond flour
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
(Find the full recipe and directions here at My Life Cookbook)

Broccoli, Avocado and Lime Salad

Ingredients:
3 ripe avocados
1 1/2 broccoli head
a handful of fresh coriander (15g)

For the dressing
Juice of 3 limes (about 30ml juice)
2 tablespoons of tahini
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons of tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
2 teaspoons of honey or pure maple syrup
a sprinkling of salt
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Deliciously Ella)

Anything-Goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:
Per salad
½ medium bunch kale, preferably the Tuscan/lacinato variety, or several handfuls of your favorite greens
1 cup leftover cooked grains (I love long-grain brown rice, quinoa, farro or wheat berries…)
2 carrots, sliced into long ribbons with a julienne peeler or regular veggie peeler
1 radish, thinly sliced and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds, toasted
More ideas: halved cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, chopped bell pepper, whatever else strikes your fancy…
Green tahini dressing (yields about ¾ cup, so you’ll have plenty for future salads)
⅓ cup olive oil
⅓ cup lime juice (about 3 to 4 medium limes)
Handful of fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons tahini
1 ½ teaspoons honey or maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
¼ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes, optional for extra heat
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Cookie and Kate)

Week of April 24th

CSA Contains:
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
RED CABBAGE
BROCCOLI from TUTTI FRUTTI
GREEN ZUCCHINI
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GOLD BEETS
RADISHES
BIG BOX: ROMAINE LETTUCE, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, BUNCHED SPINACH

FRUIT EXPANSION: LOT OF STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
RED CABBAGE
BUNCHED SPINACH
ROMAINE LETTUCE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GOLD BEETS
NAVAL ORANGES
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
FENNEL from TUTTI FRUTTI
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Week of April 17th

CSA Contains:
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
SPINACH
LACINATO KALE from SUNRISE ORGANICS
DILL from SUNRISE ORGANICS
ARTICHOKES from TUTTI FRUTTI
TORPEDO ONIONS from TUTTI FRUTTI
RED BEETS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, STRAWBERRIES, GOLDEN BEETS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARD
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE from SUNRISE ORGANICS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
FENNEL
WASHINTON NAVEL ORANGES from VINCENT FARMS

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Week of April 10th

CSA Contains:
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
ARTICHOKES from TUTTI FRUTTI
CILANTRO
GOLDEN BEETS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
LEEKS
GREEN KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, STRAWBERRIES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST Contains:
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
FENNEL
CILANTRO
GOLDEN BEETS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN KALE
LACINATO KALE
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