Monthly Archives: August 2015

Week of September 2

We are resuming deliveries to Mountain View School this coming Wednesday. If you previously picked up there or would like to pick up there moving forward please log into your account and change the pick up location. I’m here to help if you need it.

CSA Box Contains:
RED BELL PEPPERS
CILANTRO
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
CANTALOUPE
RED ONIONS
HASS AVOCADOS from VINCENT FARMS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
DELICATA SQUASH
CARROTS
BIG BOX ADD: RED CHERRY TOMATOES, CARROTS, GREEN CURLY KALE, BLACKBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES

Fruit Expansion includes: Blackberries and Raspberries

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Week of August 26th

CSA Contents this week:
GREEN BEANS
CARROTS
LEEKS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
RED BELL PEPPERS
ASSORTED MELONS (I’m reserving all the cool kinds we have up here in Buellton, like Galia, honeydew, piel de sappo and more especially for the CSA)
HASS AVOCADOS from VINCENT FARMS (They have been ripening for 2 weeks for our shares!)
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, RED ROMAINE LETTUCE, LACINATO KALE, RED CHERRY TOMATOES

Fruit Expansion Includes: Lona Grapes for Vincent Farms or Strawberries from Sunrise Farms and Blackberries and/or Raspberries
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Week of August 19th – Waste Less, Save More

If you are reading this blog I imagine you subscribe to our CSA program here at John Givens Farm. All the produce is selected especially for you and picked within hours of receiving it. If you are finding that your produce is going bad in your fridge within a week (or even 2) of receipt, definitely keep reading and ask me if I don’t cover a vegetable you’ve experienced difficulty with in the past. I’m focusing mainly on leafy greens because I’ve found you can make them last up to two weeks in the fridge. Even if you plan on devouring them within a few days, it’s nice to pull crisp, fresh lettuce and other greens that are ready to eat.
I’m not a fan of plastic bags, although they somehow end to pile up in my house. I’ve invested in a few nice plastic containers that are usable pretty much for my lifetime. Take the time to chop and wash your greens the day that you receive them. Discard any parts that you don’t plan on using. Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the greens in an even layer on top, and cover it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. The greens should not be packed in.The paper towels here serve to absorb extra liquid that would turn the greens mushy. And did you know you can compost paper towels? A plastic box protects the greens from other foods in your refrigerator.
Alternatively, you can blow a puff of air inside a clean bag that holds your washed greens. This is supposed to provide enough carbon dioxide to keep the greens fresh for a week and no paper towels are needed. Make sure to store squash, peppers, cucumbers, carrots in the crisper section. Tomatoes and onions sit on your counter top unless you have cut into them. Put the other half in the fridge, but use within a few days. All those veggies should go into your mouth and none should go into the trash. Waste less, save more!!!

Cindy is back in action with granola this week. Choose your flavor in gluten free or organic. We also are starting to offer fresh picked berries from the farm in our CSA Store. Feedback is appreciated.

CSA Contains:
AMBROSIA MELON
LACINATO KALE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
CIPPOLINI ONIONS (a caramelizing onion, super sweet when cooked)
SWEET RED CARMEN PEPPERS
YELLOW CROOKNECK SQUASH
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
BUNCHED MINT
RED ROMAINE LETTUCE
BIG BOX ADD: YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CANARY MELON, CARROTS, RED BELL PEPPERS

Fruit Expansion Includes: Concord Grapes from Vincent Farms and a basket of blackberries or raspberries

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Week of August 12th

NO granola or cookies this week. Cindy will be back at it next week. Lots of delicious eggs in our CSA store and other breads and goodies. Hope you enjoy the special watermelon we are putting in the box this week. A golden rind with a sweet pink center, a happy place in the midst of summertime!

CSA Contains:
GOLDEN CROWN WATERMELONS
YELLOW BELL PEPPERS
GREEN KALE
CARROTS
RED ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CUCUMBERS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
YELLOW ONIONS
GREEN BEANS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, AMBROSIA MELON or PEACHES from FAIRHILL FARMS, AVOCADOS from GOODLAND ORGANICS

Fruit Expansion Includes: Blackberries and/or Raspberries
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Week of August 5th

What a weekend! Trying to collect all the vegetables and fruit that are unsuitable for sale is a big job. Those chickens are living the summer life. Their coops are filled with roma tomatoes, spaghetti and acorn squash, melons of all varieties and any greens I can find (which are in short supply during the summer). My little VW Rabbit is filled with dust, dirt, veggie juices and seeds! We are also grinding our own corn from last year for these ladies.
I wanted to raise some awareness, although this might be old news, never hurts repeating. Organic chicken feed costs a lot of money, at least 2x that of conventional grain. To keep a chicken happy it really needs to be outdoors with sufficient space (not just called “free-range” in a building with an access to an outdoor lot which is typical of any big store brand). After helping butcher a few chickens this weekend for food for ourselves and friends it re-grounded me to the process. It’s SO easy to walk into the store and just pick up the cheapest deal available. But consider who is absorbing the costs? The earth, the farmers and our future. Shop local meat when available and cut down on animal protein in general. Better for the environment and your pocket book. Ok – off the soap box and back to work. Enjoy the summer goodies this week! Don’t cook the canary melon;) it’s not a spaghetti squash.

CSA for the first week of August includes:
CARROTS
CUCUMBERS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, mixed varieties
RED ITALIAN SWEET PEPPERS
CANARY MELON
ITALIAN PARSLEY
RED LEAF LETTUCE
YUKON GOLD POTATOES, freshly dug
DELICATA SQUASH
GREEN BEANS
BIG BOX ADD: YELLOW ONIONS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, RED CHERRY TOMATOES, STRAWBERRIES or A melon

What you might have found in your fruit expansion this week: STRAWBERRIES, YELLOW PEACHES from Fairhill Farms, BLACKBERRIES, RASPBERRIES

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