Monthly Archives: March 2015

Week of April 1st

We are planting our new fields up in Buellton now and I’m looking forward to melons coming a lot earlier this year. We usually have them late August, but now those sweet cantaloupes and juicy watermelons will be arriving as early as June. Cucumbers are out this week and we welcome the season into the shares.
For our egg subscribers – we can reuse the egg cartons if you want to return them to us. If you pick up here at the farm, look for the empty basket labeled “egg return.”

CSA for April 1st Contains:
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
DILL
GREEN ZUCCHINI
SWEET SPRING ONIONS from FRECKER FARMS
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, CHERIMOYAS from GOODLAND ORGANICS, RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CAULIFLOWER from ELLWOOD CANYON FARMS

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls with Beet Greens and Avocado

Ingredients: Serves 4
1 large sweet potato, roasted
1 tablespoon grapeseed, coconut or olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bunches beet greens, washed and chopped (about 3 to 5 ounces)*
5 ounces baby spinach
4 to 8 eggs (fried, scrambled, or poached)
1 large avocado, sliced
Salt and cracked pepper to taste
For Serving:
Sunflower seeds
Chia Seeds
Hot Sauce
Salsa
Sour Cream/Greek yogurt
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and pat dry the sweet potato. Poke holes in it using a fork, wrap it in foil, and bake in the oven for 60 to to 70 minutes, or until very soft and juices are seeping out. Remove potato from the oven and allow it to cool before removing the foil. Slice it into thick slices and set aside until ready to use.
In a large skillet, add the oil and heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chopped greens and spinach and cover the skillet with a lid. Allow greens to cook until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Divide greens between 4 bowls. Add sweet potato slices, avocado, and fried eggs. Serve with sunflower seeds, chia seeds, salsa, and/or a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
(Recipe and photo from the Roasted Root)

Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad

(This salad has the rich, warm flavors of cumin, turmeric and paprika and offers protein for a complete, filling meal.)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 of a 15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium zucchini, chopped into small chunks
2 green onions, white and green parts chopped
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Cook quinoa according to package and set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl mix chickpeas, zucchini, green onions and dill together.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, tumeric, cumin and paprika for the dressing. Add the quinoa to the zucchini and chickpea mixture and combine. Mix in dressing and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh dill.
(Recipe and photo from A Cedar Spoon)

Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Ingredients: Serves 2
1 bunch lacinato kale, sliced into very thin ribbons, then give it a rough chop
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup cubed brioche bread (or any croutons you dig)
1 pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
2 tsp Dijon mustard (even stone ground is fabulous)
2 tsp anchovy paste (or 3 anchovy fillets + 2 cloves minced garlic)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced (seasoning totally up to you!)
Directions:
Start with your croutons. Heat the Tbs. of oil in a small sauté pan. Add the cubed brioche and a pinch of salt; sauté until it starts to brown and crisp up. It happens fast! Don’t leave it.
In a large mixing bowl (or right in your wooden salad serving bowl), add the egg yolk, mustard, anchovy paste and worcestershire sauce. Whisk it until nice and smooth. Then add the olive oil and whisk it all again. Looking good, right? Now add the cheese. Whisk it all up. Holy face. Taste it. But prepare to glory faint. The rest is super easy. Add the kale and croutons. Toss toss toss until the silky, salty, fabulous dressing coats every last thing. Top with sliced grill chicken and faint again.
(Recipe and photo from Bev Cooks)

JUICE FEAST CONTAINS:
RED AND GOLD LOOSE BEETS
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS x2
STRAWBERRIES
PARSLEY/MINT
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
FUJI APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARDS
PINK GRAPEFRUIT from SOMMERS RANCH
CHERIMOYAS from GOODLAND ORGANICS (great for smoothies, helps the greens go down!)

Week of March 25th – the farm box essentials

Every week our farm box is loaded with sweet carrots and crispy fresh lettuce. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and appreciate the process. Every 10 days -2 weeks a few guys sit at a table and hand seed the lettuce into flats of soil. baby lettuce The flats then sit in a special area covered in plastic to create heat and are taken care of daily. Those flats are then hand sown into the ground and weeded with a hoe when necessary. Approximately 3 months later each head is handpicked and packed into a box for our CSA the day of or before you receive it. The carrot seeds are dropped into the ground via tractor, but are sown into the ground every 2 weeks as well so we can sustain a consistent supply.
I saw the first cucumber come out of our green house today. Most of them are teeny tiny, but it’s fun to know they are coming soon.
the first cucumbers
Granola of the week is Cranberry Cashew, my favorite! Baked fresh to order, its made right here in Goleta. Shop for it here in our CSA store.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
FAVA BEANS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
LEEKS
GREEN KALE
CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN CABBAGE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BIG BOX: SPINACH, RED BEETS, CARROTS, ROMAINE, STRAWBERRIES

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Week of 3/18 – Spring on the horizon

Spring is on the horizon according to the vegetables, although today feels more like summer. With this kind of unexpected heat, problems can arise. Zucchinis are growing at such a rapid rate the workers need to stay late to get all the squash out of the field. I honestly have never seen people work as hard as these guys do to make sure we all get fed. Next time you eat – be sure to thank a farmer!
Cindy Dollar is making some granola fresh to order and offering Pumpkin Pecan and Cranberry Cashew this week. Choose a flavor in Certified Organic or Gluten Free.

CSA for this week contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BUNCHED SPINACH
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CILANTRO
LEEKS
GOLD BEETS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, FAVA BEANS, STRAWBERRIES, CARROTS, RAINBOW CHARD

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Week of March 11th – Chickens Galore, and all about them

It’s really important to know where your food comes from and how it’s grown. So let’s talk eggs, specifically the ones you buy from Something Good Organics.

Our chickens reside in a large coop that’s enclosed from top to bottom. We’d love to do complete free range, but the predators around the farm haven’t allowed us to do it successfully. Ideally chickens have 10 sq feet per bird. In this coop, each chicken has about 50 sq feet each with the enclosed area having about 5000 sq feet total. They also have a coop and outside boxes to lay their eggs in, whichever they prefer that day. The chickens are fed organic layer pellets from Modesto Milling Company. Check out the ingredients here. Their food is supplemented with organic scratch (whole seeds for them to forage). Scratch is used for added energy for egg laying. I also supplement with kelp that provides many added benefits like bright glossy plumage, strong development of bone structure, increased weight gain and overall alertness and health. Additionally, kelp provides uniform shell texture and structure to maintain proper intestinal flora and bacteria in the chicken. And last but not least my chickens are fed scraps from the farm daily. They are getting 4-5 bins of greens everyday! I also clean their coop from top to bottom once a week, but clean out their laying boxes daily. This helps the health of the chicken, but also keeps the eggs clean upon harvest. We take raising chickens seriously and the health and happiness of them is very important. We have at least 10 different kinds at this point in time, which is why the dozens of eggs come in a beautiful variety of colors. A day in the life of a chicken on this farm is pretty grand. Pictures will follow – the internet here at the farm is painfully slow!

Don’t forget to support your local bread and granola makers. I really have been enjoying the bread from Deux bakery. The bread has a crisp crust and freshly baked taste. Much different from the bread that I purchase in the store. It’s baked the same day you receive your vegetables and sometimes brought to the farm still hot! It hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for some unknown amount of time.
Cindy Dollar, our local granola maker, is cooking up some Coconut Seed granola this week. Purchase your local, artisan goods here.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN CABBAGE
FRESH DILL
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
GREEN CURLY KALE
RED BEETS
RADISHES
BUNCHED SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, CARROTS, CHERIMOYAS from GOODLAND ORGANICS*, STRAWBERRIES, one more item TBD

FRUIT EXPANSION INCLUDES: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and STRAWBERRIES

*Note regarding cherimoyas. They should be soft like an avocado before consumed.
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Week of March 4th – Sweet Strawberries!

We were really excited to see rain coming this weekend. A lot of planning and work comes along with this much needed watering. We seeded radishes, cilantro, curly and flat leaf parsley, our last crop of red and gold beets and we planted our first crop of carrots up in Buellton on the new property. The farm somehow also squeezed in picking for 10 farmers markets this weekend. I see zucchini coming up fast and look forward to having it in our shares soon. It’s one of my favorite vegetables due to its excellent versatility and nutrient content. We welcome strawberries to our shares this week any many weeks to come! Enjoy them picked at their peak ripeness for the best flavor.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Raisin Pecan granola in Organic and Gluten free options. It’s made right here in Goleta and fresh to order. Grab your bag here!!!

CSA Shares Contain:
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
RAINBOW CHARD
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
GREEN CABBAGE
RED BEETS
CILANTRO
STRAWBERRIES
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, STRAWBERRIES, CARROTS, BABY SPINACH, KENNY GRAPEFRUIT from VINCENT FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION INCLUDES: GRANNY SMITH APPLES from SMIT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES
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