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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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Week of April 3rd

CSA Contains:
STRAWBERRIES
CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
RADISHES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
ARTICHOKES from TUTTI FRUTTI
GREEN KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED CABBAGE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, CHIOGGIA BEETS from SUNRISE ORGANICS, STRAWBERRIES, RED LEAF LETTUCE, SPAGHETTI SQUASH from FRESH VENTURE FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
STRAWBERRIES
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
FENNEL
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED CABBAGE
CHIOGGIA BEETS

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Week of March 27th

When we buy chicks from a hatchery, we usually buy only females. Of course we get a few roosters from time to time and they’ve lived out their life pecking around with the ladies. I never gave it a second thought as to what happens to the males. The truth of the situation is that the males are usually crushed alive or drowned at birth. This is why I am so happy to support The Alchemist Farm. They have so many incredible practices that foster chickens health and happiness, and a rooster relocation program is one of them. They find people who want to raise roosters for food or pets so the birds get to live out at least a few happy months. There is so much that goes into a good egg from our farm. It starts at the birth of a chick and ends with that chicken roaming around in tall grass, eating vegetables and fruit with organic grain to supplement and being free to do everything that a chicken loves to do. We are loaded with chicken eggs, so feel free to add a subscription or just pop a dozen into your box this week via our CSA store.
I also wanted to let you know that our CSA program is now supporting a program called “Lunch on Me.” This program redirects a huge amount of food waste in LA to the homeless people who need it the most. They also create programs to help people get back on their feet. I was truly touched by the efforts of LaRayia Gaston who runs this program. I try and get as much leftover produce to our local shelters, but by supporting people who are dedicated to these kinds of missions it helps us all.
We are weeks away from strawberries. And our fruit orchard is in full bloom. Looking forward to all the apricots, peaches, pears and apples this year to name a few.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
SUGAR SNAP PEAS from ALANCANTAR ORGANICS
LEEKS
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
PURPLE SWEET POTATOES from QUAIL H. FARMS
GREEN KALE
SPINACH
GREEN CABBAGE
CILANTRO from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD:
CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS, CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS, HASS AVOCADOS from McCloskey Nursery

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and FUJI APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BEETS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
FENNEL
GREEN KALE
SPINACH
GREEN CABBAGE
CILANTRO from SUNRISE ORGANICS
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Week of March 20th

I recently stumbled upon some health issues. I attribute it to burning the candle at both ends, and maybe lighting a fire on the side too. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to your body until it takes your feet right from under you. I bring this up because I am more clear now, than ever, that food is medicine. If used correctly it can heal your body and possibly prevent you from ever getting into a position of bad health. As I embark on my road back to optimal health I’ll be sharing my story and food tips to nourish and heal the body. I’m positive that vegetables are the key to living a full life, in addition to healthy fats and high quality protein. It’s so important to connect with the earth, soak up this California sunshine and SMILE, because life is good.
This blog is sent out on Mondays. I know for a lot of people, it’s easiest to plan for the week on Saturday or Sunday. We are picking for 9 different farmers markets on Saturday and then when everyone is out selling, we spend the day with our family on Sunday. On Monday we get to regroup and see what is going to be best for the CSA. Then juggling a toddler, I get this blog out as soon as I possibly can 🙂 Thanks for continuing to support our farm, local and organic produce. I absolutely love our community.
Did you know that your cauliflower comes wrapped in it’s own leaves? We feed those leaves back to our chickens and make sure the boxes are returned to the supplier for reuse. It’s small things like that, that make a big difference to us.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
CAULIFLOWER from FRESH VENTURE FARMS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN CABBAGE
RAINBOW CHARD
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, GARNET YAMS, ENGLISH PEAS, FUJI APPLES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES and FUJI APPLES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from CENTRAL WEST PRODUCE
FUJI APPLES
GREEN CABBAGE
RAINBOW CHARD
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FENNEL
CELERY

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