Monthly Archives: May 2015

Week of May 27th – Our farm in a jar

We finally have come across the resources to can up the farm. We are talking marinara sauce, pickles and preserves to start with. We are going to start canning this week so keep an eye out for it in the store in the weeks to come. 100% organic goodness in a jar. Picked and canned at the peak of ripeness, with no shelf stabilizers or preservatives. All ingredients you can pronounce and happily feed to your family sold exclusively through our CSA program.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Raisin Pecan granola this week for you in her kitchen right here in Goleta. Support local business, munch some amazing granola and get your breakfast supplies right here in our CSA store.

CSA for May 27th
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
CARROTS
FRENCH GREEN BEANS
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
STRAWBERRIES
CILANTRO
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
SUNBURST SQUASH
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: LACINATO KALE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, RED POTATOES from ELLWOOD CANYON FARMS

Fruit Expansion includes: Blueberries and Strawberries

*Blueberries have a short season so we try and get as many as we can while we can. Next year we will be happy to include blackberries and raspberries from our farm!
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Week of May 20th

Excuse the lack of blogging while I take this month to move. We are up to about 200 chickens now that require constant attention which has left me slacking on the social media. We look forward to providing eggs to all of our CSA customers that want them and local restraunts as well. The more people we can reach to use local produce, the better.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Coconut Seed OR Pumpkin Pecan granola this week. Check out her ridiculously good cookies too. Peanut butter chocolate oatmeal or cran-chocolate almond cookies. Seriously good stuff. Get enough to share :)

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
YELLOW BEANS
YELLOW STRAIGHT NECK SQUASH
BABY SPINACH OR RAINBOW CHARD
SWEET YELLOW SPRING ONIONS
BASIL
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
BIG BOX ADD: BUTTER LETTUCE, STRAWBERRIES, HASS AVOCADOS from VINCENT FARMS, CARROTS, SPINACH OR CHARD

Fruit Expansion Contains: Blueberries from Whitney Ranch and Strawberries (while they last!)
Stuffed Summer Squash

Ingredients: Serves 4
3-5 squash, depending on size (yellow summer squash works well)
1 lb ground meat (I use lean grassfed beef, but turkey or lamb would work, too)
1/2 yellow onion (about 1 cup chopped)
2 large garlic cloves (1 tbsp minced)
3-4 medium tomatoes (about 1 cup roughly chopped)
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
3/4 tsp dried marjoram (or oregano)
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme (if using dried thyme, reduce to 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 tsp salt (1/4 for onion, 1/2 for meat)
1/8 tsp black pepper few slices Havarti cheese, or other easily melting variety of cheese
1 tbsp ghee or olive oil (I use 1/2 of each)
*extra drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper for baking squash*extra basil, for garnish
(Check out the full recipe here at Rubies and Radishes)

Blue Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans Poached Egg and Basil Dressing

(I don’t always have potatoes at my house, but usually have brown rice or quinoa. Try that if you find yourself in the same boat.)
Ingredients:
3-5 Adirondack blue potatoes, cut into cubes
1 lb yellow wax beans, trimmed
eggs (1 per person)
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Basil Dressing:
1 1/2 cups basil leaves, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dijon style mustard
pinch of fine sea salt
(For full recipe visit Dishing Up the Dirt)

Thai Quinoa Salad

(This power salad combines protein-packed grains with the healing nutrients from fresh veggies for a lime infused flavor bomb with crunch in each bite.)
Ingredients: Serves 4
1 cup quinoa
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 cucumber, chopped
1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
6 green onions, chopped
1-2 cups shredded red cabbage
4 teaspoons fish sauce (or soy sauce)
3 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped basil
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Foodie Crush)

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BABY SPINACH
CUCUMBERS
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
FUJI APPLES from HASS FARMS
CILANTRO and MINT

I’ve been obsessed with this juice I created. Try it out:
1 head fennel w/green tops
1 cucumber
1 fuji apple
1 lemon (whole thing)
1 bunch mint
1 knob ginger
huge handful of spinach

#somethinggoodorganics with your juice recipes

Week of May 13th

Red tomatoes (cherries too), green beans, peppers, artichokes, potatoes and cantaloupe and watermelon in the near future. We are doing extra plantings of broccoli so hopefully we will see that soon. It’s been too long, but we have been having problems with it all year.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up a few different flavors of granola this week. Choose between Cranberry Cashew and Walnut Spice in certified gluten free or organic. Lots of delicious things to choose from. Cindy wanted to remind you that her cookies should be stored in the fridge to keep them fresh. They are baked the fresh to order, but are really good cold too. Freeze a banana, grind it up in a food processor with cinnamon and top it on the cookie. YES!!! Nothing short of glorious. Access our CSA store here.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED RUSSIAN KALE
GREEN BUTTER LETTUCE
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
CUCUMBERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GOLD BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: BABY SPINACH from FRECKER FARMS, CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, STRAWBERRIES

Fruit Expansion Includes: Blueberries from Whitney Ranch and Strawberries
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Week of May 6th

We had a great weekend here at the farm! The workers have been pulling 10 hour days and working 7 days a week for the past 3 months trying to keep up with everything. We were able to throw them a pig roast on Saturday. My husband roasted a pig and one of our own turkeys underground. I made a tub of guacamole and one of the worker’s wives made the biggest, best tasting bowl of mole I’ve ever had. At around 3:30 on Saturday, after everyone was done, we congregated on the farm and all ate together. It was great to show appreciation to the people who make this happen for us everyday. If you eat today, thank a farmer!! The weekend was also full of other things like putting plastic up on green houses, stringing up blackberries, picking all the veggies for the 8 farmers markets we visited yesterday and more.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some new creations in her kitchen here in Goleta. Fresh baked cookies are now available in two flavors, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal and Cran-Chocolate Almond Oatmeal. Made with organic ingredients, these cookies are freshly baked, soft and chewy. Find them under the granola tab in our store. And speaking of granola – pick yourself up a bag of Raisin Pecan this week made with certified organic or certified gluten free ingredients.
All of our turkeys are laying eggs now, so we’ve reduced the price on the eggs. The eggs taste just like a chicken egg, but are about 25-50% larger. They live intermingled with the chickens are eat the same diet.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BASIL
CUCUMBERS
LEEKS
GREEN KALE
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BIG BOX ADD: STRAWBERRIES, CARROTS, SPRING ONIONS, BLUERBERRIES, GREEN BUTTER LETTUCE

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: Blueberries from Whitney Ranch and Strawberries
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