The new ranch we are farming on in Buellton used to be an Icelandic Pony ranch. Nothing was growing here before we came, but the horses were definitely leaving a lot of compostable materials that are benefiting our crops now. We don’t have a lot of leafy greens up here because it runs about 10 degrees hotter here during the day. I see lots of spaghetti and butternut squash, onions, garlic, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and other summer crops. We are also fortunate enough to have over 100 boxes of bees from San Marcos Ranch on the farm. The bees bring a lot of good vibes to the farm to say the very least. I catch swarms of them up in trees and buzzing through crops. Check out some recent pictures I took of the farm today.
Lot’s of tomatoes coming our way.
A view from the top of the hill where our orchard will go.
Boxes and boxes of glorious bees!
The center road of the farm is lined with trees creating shade for the workers, the chickens and makes for a beautiful picture.
The CSA van doing a little off the clock work hauling overgrown produce to chickens.
We have lots of eggs in our CSA store right now. Check them out for only $4/dozen. I anticipate the quantity of eggs to continue to increase throughout the summer so you should see them in our CSA store moving forward. Please feel free to check in with me if you don’t see them available.
Cindy Dollar has added a new addition to her granola line up. Try out the new flavor Blueberry Almond! You can also choose from cran-cashew, raisin pecan or coconut seed. Don’t forget about the fresh baked cookies. Perfect for a weekend BBQ.
CSA Box Contains:
RED LEAF LETTUCE
FRENCH GREEN BEANS
PABLANO CHILE PEPPERS
RED AND YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, CUCUMBERS, GREEN BELL PEPPERS, LACINATO KALE
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Cranberry Cashew granola right here in Goleta. It’s some of the tastiest granola around AND you are supporting your local community with every bite. Check it out here along with many other delicious things.
RED AND YELLOW ONIONS
AVOCADOS from RAO RANCH (they’ve been ripening for a week. THE BEST avos I’ve ever had)
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN BEANS, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, GREEN ACORN SQUASH
FRUIT EXPANSION INCLUDES: LATE LANE NAVAL ORANGES from VINCENT FARMS and STRAWBERRIES
I’m truly amazed at what the California fertile soil can produce. I’ve been harvesting heads of red leaf lettuce that are so big that they can’t even fit in boxes to be sold. They aren’t going to waste though! We complete the cycle by making sure the animals are eating their veggies too! Our chickens in Buellton are all relocated and they are sitting pretty in big paddocks to roam in. A big mobile coop is in the works so we can move them from field to field. While the chickens enjoy new territory, bugs and grasses, we get to enjoy all the benefits they bring to a farm. As I get settled in the town of Buellton I will definitely get some pictures posted. It’s been extremely chaotic, but an amazing experience. Looking forward to raising broiler chickens, goats for milk and cheese and pigs, along with new crops like blackberries and raspberries!
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Raisin Pecan granola for us this week. Try out a bag and get a bag for a friend. Check it out here in our CSA store!
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT from SOMMERS RANCH
BIG BOX ADD: SUGAR SNAP PEAS, RED CHERRY TOMATOES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES
Fruit Expansion Includes: Kiwis and Strawberries
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Coconut Seed Granola in her kitchen in Goleta. She also has some outstanding cran-almond chocolate and peanut butter chocolate cookies that are baked to order.
I took some of our strawberries and made some ridiculous jam. It’s in the CSA store if you’d like to try it out. I’ve finally made the big move up to Buellton onto our new property. A bittersweet goodbye to Goleta, which will always have my heart, and an open mind to all the wonderful things that will come in our new home. As soon as we are settled the canning will commence and we will be able to offer all sorts of new delicious things from the farm. We plan on getting goats and pigs and look forward to planting a fruit orchard in the new year. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Enjoy all the goodness for our farm in your share.
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
PIXIE TANGERINES from SOMMERS RANCH (change of plans. we are gapping in cucumbers this week. see the according recipe below.
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN BEANS, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, RED & YELLOW CHERRIES from Nicholas Family Farms, RED LEAF LETTUCE
Fruit Expansion: Strawberries and Cherries from Nicholas Family Farms
We have a new Santa Barbara delivery girl. Please say hi to Amy if you see her dropping off delicious vegetables at your house! I will be taking over our Goleta deliveries while my delivery boy, River goes out to travel the world for a few months. Hope everyone is off to a great start in this new month.
Tomatoes of all kinds are just beginning to trickle off the farm. I hope to see them in the shares very soon.
Cindy Dollar is cooking up some Cranberry Cashew granola Wednesday for us. Don’t forget she also has some ridiculously delicious cookies baked fresh to order. THIS WEEK ONLY – get $.50 off a 1/2 doz or $1 off your 1 dozen cookies. The discount will be taken after the order is placed. ENJOY!
CSA share contains:
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN CURLY KALE
BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
BIG BOX ADD: RIPE HASS AVOCADOS & KENNY GRAPEFRUITS from VINCENT FARMS, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, ROMAINE LETTUCE
FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH
*Hope no one has been getting bored of berries. We are using them as long as we can. The fruit expansion is about to get a summer make over, so enjoy!