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Week of November 14th – Holiday Announcements

We WILL BE making CSA boxes next week. If you need to skip your share please log into your account here, click on the “delivery hold” tab and enter the dates you need to skip. The sooner we know the better so we can plan accordingly. I also wanted to mention we will be skipping weeks of December 19th -26th. You do not need to do anything for those weeks, your account has already been placed on hold. We are taking a few weeks to take a break and regroup for the new year. Looking forward to making 2019 the best yet.
We will also be collecting CSA donations for the Lompoc Homeless Shelter this year. Any donations can be deducted from your account and will be matched by us to buy bulk produce for the shelter. They have been trying to provide more fresh produce and we’d love to help them make this happen.
I’ve been reading a lot into Ayurveda recently. I feel like I’m behind the curve. It’s based on two guiding principles: 1) The mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power than the mind to heal and transform the body. Ayurveda provides us with the language to explain what our bodies already know. It speaks a lot about the vibration of foods. Just like people and places have a certain vibration, so does food. And freshly picked veggies are the highest and most alkaline of all food. There’s an Ayurvedic proverb that says “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” I am very grateful to be bringing you these healing and nurturing foods. From our farm to your table. Enjoy.

CSA Contains:
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CARROTS
RED BEETS
RED TOMATOES
GREEN KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMAMA ORCHARDS
DILL
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, CHERRY TOMATOES, GOLD ZUCCHINI, GREEN CABBAGE

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUYU PERSIMMONS from FRECKER FARMS and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS (limited this week as everything froze)

JUICE FEAST:
RED CABBAGE
CARROTS
RED BEETS
RED TOMATOES
GREEN KALE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMAMA ORCHARDS
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE

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Week of November 7th – REMEMBER TO VOTE

“Vote with your fork” is a common saying in the local food movement. And it’s an act that can have very real impacts for local farmers–we all feel it in a positive way when you vote with your fork and choose local, organic food. But you can do more. You can vote with your voice, too.
Tomorrow, make your actions count double: VOTE with your VOICE and your fork. Because both matter.
We are already starting to plan for our Thanksgiving CSA box on the 21st/22nd. If you are going to be out of town or do not need your box that week please put your share on hold NOW. That would really help us plan for picking.
I will post food photos for the recipes below asap! My photo editor likes to stop working on Monday afternoons :/
Don’t forget the GIFT OF A CSA box for the holidays. We will include a bi-weekly rustic country french bread with your gift of health. You can purchase certificates in our CSA store or send me an email to set it up. Include a plantable card from Green Field Paper for $4 extra.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN BEANS from FRECKER FARMS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
ARUGULA
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
RED BELL PEPPERS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS from SUNRISE ORGANICS, PURPLE CABBAGE from FRECKER FARMS, CILANTRO

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS and FUYU PERSIMMONS from GIVENS ORCHARD

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
PURPLE CABBAGE
CILANTRO
RED BELL PEPPERS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CELERY

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Week of October 31st

Happiest Halloween to all. Hope these vegetables balance out any sugar intake that may occur 😀 We will be going to sleep early Wednesday night so eat an extra butterfinger for me. I’m not a huge fan of candy, but I can definitely get down with a butterfinger or peanut butter cup on occasion.
The farm has been having a lot of trouble storing onions. We usually grow onions during the summer and then store them in our barn for the year. The weather doesn’t want to cooperate and we’ve up throwing a lot into our compost piles. The heavy fog and damp air cause the onions tend to go moldy or sprout. So I’m loading the CSA boxes with the good onions that remain for as long as I can. Pretty soon they will be gone until next year. So if you find yourself with more onions than you can use, just put them in a dry, dark space until you need them.
We are also quickly going to run out of things like zucchini (our last crop got a bad case of mildew), tomatoes and red bell peppers. This is why we are having a repeat this week of some familiar things.

CSA Contains:
CELERY
RED TOMATOES
BROCCOLI
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, LACINATO KALE, RED CHERRY TOMATOES, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

FRUIT EXPANSION: POMEGRANATES from OLSON FAMILY FARMS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
RED TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
RED BELL PEPPERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
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Week of October 24th

CSA Contains:
BROCCOLI
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
GREEN CURLY KALE
CILANTRO
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CUCUMBERS, CELERY, CARROTS, YELLOW ONIONS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES AND FUJI APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
CARROTS
CUCUMBERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
JUMBO GARNET YAMS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
GREEN CURLY KALE
CILANTRO
ROMAINE LETTUCE

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Week of October 17th

We are sneaking one more week of melons into the CSA box. Enjoy these super fresh, vine ripened, unlike anything you can buy in the store – cantaloupes. I tend to cringe when I see those slices of melon in the store. The ones that are pre-cut and tucked away into plastic containers. They look like melon, might even smell like melon, but they are far from tasting like the real thing. Enjoy these final bites of summer.
A heads up about the basil. We will be picking it Wednesday morning, but basil is very fickle and will wilt in an instant. To keep basil fresh, trim the stems and place them in a glass or jar of water, just like cut flowers. It does best at room temperature, so no need to put it in the fridge.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ARUGULA
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
YELLOW ONIONS
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
BASIL
CANTALOUPE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS, ZUCCHINI, RED TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
FUJI APPLES
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CANTALOUPE
RED BELL PEPPERS
CELERY
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE

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Week of October 10th

I’ve been cooking a lot with the cippolini onions. They are so sweet and tender when you cook them down. It can be as simple as frying them in some oil/butter/ghee for 5-10 minutes until translucent and golden brown and then cracking a few eggs over them for breakfast.
When you get your cilantro, snip off the ends, remove the twist tie and put them in a glass of water. Make sure to change the water every other day and consume the bunch within 5 days. A great way to use a whole bunch of cilantro is in a dressing. Cut off the stalks to the cilantro and put in a blender with a few cloves of garlic, lemon, salt and pepper, a little honey or maple syrup and a few big glugs of good olive oil. Whizz it up and enjoy over roasted veggies or a big salad. It’s that easy to boost your nutritional value and get some serious detoxification benefits as well.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
RED TOMATOES
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
CIPPOLINI ONION
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, EASTER EGG RADISHES, CHERRY TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CELERY
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CUCUMBERS
CILANTRO
RED TOMATOES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

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Week of October 3rd – Seasons are Changing

I can’t believe it’s already October, but I can definitely feel the crispness to the air up here in Buellton. And with that chill comes a startling halt to a lot of warm weather crops. Keep an eye on the blog as it may change with what we can actually pick this week. If we get melons it will definitely be the last week for them.
I listen to a lot of health related podcasts to keep up on the latest findings in health. I always knew it was important to eat a variety of vegetables to get the most diverse nutrients, but I recently learned that one key facet of good gut health that is a fairly new discovery — is eating an ample and diverse amount of produce. It is a key to healthy gut function because of its influence on gut bacteria. I find when I go to the store I tend to buy the same things, so it’s cool to have such a variety of things in our CSA boxes every week.
And my last note is for broccoli. I’ve been reading and hearing so many amazing detoxification benefits that this vegetable provides. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine found that broccoli contains a potent sulphur-containing chemical called sulforaphane that can turn on our genes and cause them to produce both antioxidant, and detoxification enzymes. When we eat raw broccoli, our chewing enables the release of an enzyme, myrosinase, which is trapped in the cell walls of this plant. Eating the vegetables raw, or lightly steamed is best, as it will preserve the enzyme activity, and having healthy bacteria in your intestines will help as well. Check out a recipe below for a delicious raw broccoli salad. I tried it and my whole family enjoyed it!

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS
RED TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
YELLOW ONIONS
BROCCOLI
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES, ACORN SQUASH, LACINATO KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: GALA APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARD and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GALA APPLES
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CANARY MELON
GREEN KALE
CELERY
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Week of September 26th

Have you ever tried a Piel de Sapo melon? It literally translates to skin of the toad. It is low in calories, high in vitamin C and potassium, making it great for meals, snacks or desserts. It has a thick green outer rind resembling the skin of a toad, a juicy white flesh, and a taste somewhere between a honeydew and a pear.

CSA Contains:
RED BELL PEPPERS
YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
PIEL DE SAPO MELON
BROCCOLI
GREEN BEANS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, RED TOMATOES, CILANTRO, MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: PEARS from VINCENT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED TOMATOES
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
WATERMELON
GALA APPLES
CILANTRO
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
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Week of September 19th

Did you know that a cup of red bell pepper contains 3x as much vitamin C as an orange? Yum.

CSA Contains:
RED BELL PEPPERS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CANTELOUPE
CIPOLLINI ONIONS
CUCUMBERS
GREEN BEANS from FRECKER FARMS
RED TOMATOES
BIG BOX: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS, CHERRY TOMATOES, LACINATO KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: GALA APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS

JUICE FEAST Contains:
RED BELL PEPPERS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GALA APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
WATERMELON
CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
LACINATO KALE
CILANTRO

Late Summer Harvest Bowls with Kale Pesto

Ingredients:
FOR THE BOWLS
2 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups cooked farro or brown rice (about 1 cup dry)
FOR THE KALE PESTO
3 cups chopped lacinato kale, stems removed (about 1 bunch)
1/2 cup raw pecans (or other nut of choice)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Making Thyme for Health)

Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
FOR THE SALAD:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ lb. green beans, trimmed and snapped into 2-inch pieces
1 (15 oz) can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 cup chopped seedless cucumber
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
FOR THE DRESSING:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Two Peas and Their Pod)

Orange Marinated Chicken Bowls with Rice

Ingredients:
FOR THE CHICKEN:
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
3 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
FOR THE BOWLS:
1 batch Orange-Turmeric Tahini Sauce
3 Tbsp avocado oil or olive oil, divided
4 medium zucchini grated
4 large carrots peeled and chopped
sea salt to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
(Find the full recipe and details here at The Roasted Root)

Cipollini Onion Hummus

Ingredients:
1⁄3 cup plus 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
3 small cipollini onions (about half a pound), thinly sliced or chopped
1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
juice of 1 lemon (approx 1⁄4 cup)
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
4 tbsp. tahini
1⁄2 tsp. salt
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Savuer)

Week of September 12

What makes a shallot so special? Shallots are not only delicious, they’re also good for you! Shallots contain vitamins A, C, E, and, and important minerals like selenium, which help keep your skin and hair healthy. Shallots caramelize like an onion, although their mild flavor is closer to garlic. One nice thing about shallots is that they do not give one bad breath, the way onions and garlic do and they are more easy to digest. Try adding thinly sliced onions to your favorite oil based salad dressing and let them marinate overnight. It adds a fantastic flavor and crunch to your next salad.

CSA Contains:
BROCCOLI
CANARY MELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
SHALLOTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, CUCUMBERS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, GREEN KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: CONCORD or IONA GRAPES from VINCENT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
GREEN KALE
WATERMELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS
RED BELL PEPPERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CARROTS
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE

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