Monthly Archives: November 2015

Week of Dec 2nd

Organic or Gluten Free Granola and Fresh Baked cookies can be added into your first share of the month. Choose from the following flavors. They make great gifts!

Cranberry Cashew and Almond Granola ORGANIC
Raisin Pecan: ORGANIC
Seasonal Pumpkin: Organic
Blueberry Almond Granola: GLUTEN FREE
Coconut Seed Granola: GLUTEN FREE

Winter time is hard for our CSA shares. They’ve turned green but we are looking forward to cabbage, tangerines and sugar snap peas.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CILANTRO
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
BUNCHED SPINACH
FENNEL
ARUGULA
ROMA TOMATOES
GOLDEN BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: RADISHES, RED CHERRY TOMATOES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS AND BERRIES

Fruit Expansion: Fuji Apples and Raspberries or Blackberries
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Week of November 25th – Happy Thanks Givens

LAST CHANCE FOR PIE. Wendy, from Deux Bakery, will be cooking up a storm Wednesday morning and your pie will be delivered fresh. We will not be accepting pie orders after today, so please let me know if you’d like to be included. You can add it via our CSA store or shoot me an email with flavor preference. If you don’t see a flavor you would like, please let me know as we are not bound by the list.
All shares are receiving a bounty of persimmons straight from our neighbors here in Buellton. Beautiful big fruit like a hachiya, but tastes sweet and crunchy like a fuyu. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Hope you enjoy with family and friends.
Start thinking about getting fresh granola with your share next week. The first of every month, Cindy Dollar, our local Goleta chef, will be cooking up Organic or Gluten Free granola and cookies. Check out the granola tab in our CSA store for a list of flavors to choose from. They make delicious gifts around the holidays.
We rolled the dice and tried to get green beans in plentiful supply for the holidays, but we lost this year. Hopefully you can switch it up and use all these delicious vegetables below to create a bounty for you, your family and friends. From all of us here at John Givens farm HAPPY THANKSGIVENS :)

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
RED BEETS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY/ROSEMARY
GREEN KALE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARMS
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD, BUNCHED SPINACH, GARNET YAMS

Fruit Expansion: Fuji Apples and Berries
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Week of November 18th

Deux bakery is baking up pies and now you can add them onto your order in our CSA store in the bread isle. Just make sure to specify the type you would like. These pies were a huge hit last year and we are looking forward to completing your holiday meal again this year with a local taste sensation.
We are already planning for our Thanksgiving shares for next week. If you are not going to be needing your share we ask that you put it on hold now to help us better prepare. We will post the CSA blog ASAP on Monday so you can plan everything else that you will need. Feel free to email me if you have questions prior. NO THANKSGIVING RUSH for these veggies :) No lines!! Just grab your share and go.
We have a lot of our small chicken eggs available in the store this week! Enjoy!
Living in Buellton has really made me appreciate the abilities we have to grow in Goleta all year round. It’s amazing that just 30 minutes north, the temperature can drop as much as 20 degrees, and feel like a totally different climate. It’s so important to support our local farmers, and within the midst of all the building frenzy in our sweet city of Goleta, keep our farmlands open. Our open lands seem to be claimed by condos and construction faster than ever these days.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
GREEN BEANS
BUNCHED SPINACH
CILANTRO
KOHLRABI
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
AVOCADOS from REGENERATIVE EARTH FARMS
RED BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, CELERY

FRUIT EXPANSION INCLUDES: FUJI APPLES and RASPBERRIES or BLACKBERRIES
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Week of November 11th

Here’s the lowdown. Need some pie for Thanksgiving? Deux bakery has you covered. Wendy will be baking pies fresh the morning of your CSA box on November 25th and she’s not skimping on the flavors. $25/pie. *Please note these pies are not available for pickup at Whole Foods. We just can’t squish pie it into your box.

EMAIL ME YOUR ORDERS. The $25 can be deducted from your account if appropriate. November 23rd is the deadline to put in your order for a pie.

Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple
Apple/Blueberry
Apple/Cranberry
Banana Cream
Blackberry (lattice top or whipped cream)
Butterscotch
Caramel Pie/ Turtle Pie with Pecans
Cherry Pie
Chocolate Cream
Coconut Cream
Coconut Lime Custard Pie
Cranberry Chiffon Pie
Lemon Meringue Custard
Lemon Cream
Lemon Tart/with Raspberries
Mincemeat with Apples and Raisin
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Traditional
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

CSA Box contains:
FRENCH BEANS
RED CHARD
ITALIAN PARSLEY
RED AND YELLOW BELL PEPPERS
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BEETS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, BUNCHED SPINACH, CUCUMBERS, PERSIMMONS from GOODLAND ORGANICS or FUJI APPLES

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and BLACKBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
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Week of November 4th – Granola and Pie

Last call for granola or fresh baked cookies for the month of November. Choose from any of these flavors:
Cranberry Cashew Granola ORGANIC
Raisin Pecan Granola: ORGANIC
Blueberry Almond Granola: GLUTEN FREE
Coconut Seed Granola: GLUTEN FREE
Pumpkin Spice Granola: ORGANIC
All products are made fresh to order right here in Goleta. Purchase them here in our CSA store.

We are also going to start taking orders for your Thanksgiving Pie from Deux Bakery. It was a big hit last year so we are bringing it back (ahem..I ordered a few myself). $25/pie baked fresh to order. I’m going to get a final list of flavors, but Wendy will basically make any pie that you can imagine. We will be creating our Thanksgiving CSA box, but we plan on closing down shop for the week of Christmas. Just a heads up.

I’m working on building a solar powered insectasarium. I might have made that word up :) I’m going to be harvesting local flies and bugs from the farm and housing them in a green house type structure. With the humidity and temperature kept at the right levels, the bugs will lay their eggs and we can harvest the larva for the chickens. Extremely high in protein, it will give the eggs, and the chickens a healthy boost. More on that (including pictures) to come. Hoping to have it up and running before the new year. It would be great if we could reduce the impact we have to the earth by using less grain and more farm food!

Lots of greens in your box this week. Keep them fresh by washing them, spinning them dry and getting them into an airtight container as soon as you get home. They should last for over a week giving you plenty of time to use them!

CSA Contains:
BUNCHED BEETS
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BUNCHED SPINACH
CELERY
CILANTRO
SALADETTE TOMATOES
GREEN BELL PEPPERS
ARUGULA
BIG BOX ADD: RASPBERRIES or BLACKBERRIES, YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, RED LEAF LETTUCE, PERSIMMONS from VINCENT FARMS, CARROTS

Fruit Expansion Includes: PERSIMMONS from Vincent Farms and Raspberries or Blackberries
**Persimmons go great on top of spinach salads!
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