Monthly Archives: March 2017

Week of March 29th

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
LEEKS
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS
HASS AVOCADOS from ORTEGA RIDGE RANCH
BLUEBERRIES from GOLETA FARMING
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, FENNEL

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES

Beet, Banana, and Oat Smoothie

Ingredients: Serves 1
1 small or 1/2 large banana, peeled and frozen
1 small cooked beet, diced (about 1/3 cup)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1-2 tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 ice cubes
(Find the full recipe and instructions here at Turnip the Oven)

Or check out Julia’s Beet, Banana, and Raspberry Smoothie. I like this blog because she gives recipes to moms who only have 1 hand to cook. That’s me!!

Kale, Lentil & Roasted Beet Salad

(A simple kale salad with lentils, roasted leeks and beets, and toasted pecans in a tahini-lemon dressing! Seriously satisfying and so healthy.)
Ingredients: Serves 3
3 leeks (ends trimmed, sliced lengthwise then chopped, thoroughly rinsed and dried)
1 beet (rinsed clean, dried and quartered – remove any rough skin)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 cup green lentils, rinsed clean
1 cup vegetable stock (or sub water)
4 big handfuls kale, baby spinach, or spring greens
TAHINI DRESSING
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
3-4 Tbsp good olive oil
Pinch each salt and pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Minimalist Baker)

One-Pot Root Vegetable + Lentil Quinoa Stew

Ingredients:
9 cups chopped mixed root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, potatoes, beets, etc.)
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or dried herbs of choice; thyme, rosemary, parsley, oregano, basil, etc.)
1 teaspoon salt + pepper
1 – 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 cup green or brown lentils
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 teaspoon miso paste (optional)*
1/3 cup red quinoa (or variety of choice), uncooked
4 – 5 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
Olive oil, fresh herbs and grated cashews* to garnish
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Simply Quinoa)

Baked Egg in Avocado

(Has anyone ever tried this before? I have to admit I haven’t but it looks amazing. I’d love to put it over a bed of spinach with a little dressing. Any recipe that throws together this easily is my kind of recipe.)
Ingredients:
Avocado
2 Eggs
Sea salt & pepper
Seasoning, optional
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Bravo Paleo)

JUICE FEAST CONTAINS:
CARROTS
FENNEL
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN KALE
LEEKS
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES from FRECKER FARMS
HASS AVOCADOS from ORTEGA RIDGE RANCH
BLUEBERRIES from GOLETA FARMING
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANIC FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, FENNEL

Week of March 22

It seems like all we have growing on the farm this week is cabbage. It’s so easy to slice up really thin and stir fry up into noodles! I love cabbage, but even I’m in need of a little change. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of change this week. I guess it’s time to make due with kale this week while we patiently await sugar snap peas, strawberries and zucchini in the near future!!!! Luckily the greens are extremely beneficial to our health. Let me know what you end up doing with your kale. #somethinggoodorganics and show us your recipes on Instagram.

CSA Contains:
GREEN KALE
CHIOGGIA BEETS
SALAD MIX
BABY SPINACH
LEEKS
HASS AVOCADOS
BLUEBERRIES
RAINBOW CARROTS
CILANTRO
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, RAINBOW CARROTS, RADISHES, GREEN CABBAGE, EXTRA AVOS

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: BLUEBERRIES from GOLETA FARMING and FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

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Week of March 15

It’s still winter! Did you know that?! Hard to tell when it’s 80 degrees out. The farm is still experiencing the aftermath from the rain we had over the past few months. It prevented us from planting and so now we are catching up in vegetable variety. Luckily we get to partner with a few local farms in the area to bring us some delicious items to the table. We’ve been mending greenhouses and tilling the farm this week. Lots of new crops have recently been planted so I’ve been watching the workers weed the fields by hand!
I’ve been taking half of my greens and tossing them in the freezer for smoothies. 80 degree winters definitely call for smoothies. This prevents the greens from going bad and I can use them on my own schedule throughout the week instead of trying to eat a whole bunch of collard greens in one night. Good thing collards are loaded with antioxidants and cancer preventative nutrients. Blended up with a banana helps balance out any bitter taste. Might as well throw some frozen blueberries in there too :)
You can use fennel anywhere celery is called for. It adds an excellent crunch to egg or tuna salads or shave it on top of a sandwich. Fennel is full of cancer fighting minerals and can help reduce inflammation. It’s been recognized since ancient times for it’s medicinal uses.
And on a sweeter note, Samuel and I are anxiously awaiting the strawberries up here in Buellton. Here’s a picture from this morning when we were romping around out in the field cheering them along.

Know someone who could use more vegetables in their life? Consider giving the gift of health. We sell one month certificates upon request.

CSA Contains:
FENNEL from FRECKER FARMS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CHIOGGIA BEETS from SUNRISE ORGANICES
HAAS AVOCADOS from ORTEGA RIDGE RANCH
LEEKS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
RED CABBAGE
CARROTS
BLUEBERRIES from GOLETA FARMING
COLLARD GREENS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, YELLOW ONIONS from FINLEY FARMS, SALAD MIX,

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Week of March 8th

We are struggling here lately to find a variety of vegetables to send out in our shares. The past few months of rain have been hard on the farm. We love the rain, but it prevents us from planting which is now affecting us heavily. We’ve also had a lot of crop failure, unfortunately, like our sugar snap peas which didn’t turn out as planned. We hope you enjoy what’s in the box. Your box is filled with health and vibrant, delicious veggies.
The chickens are back in action! We have enough eggs now to fill all our subscriptions and a few extra in our CSA store. Pop in and grab a dozen. They are really delicious, organic and come from happy chickens.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN CABBAGE
RED BEETS
GREEN KALE
RED DANDELION GREENS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
YELLOW ONIONS from FINLEY FARMS
BLUEBERRIES from GOLETA FARMING
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
RED CHARD
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, TANGERINES from VINCENT FARMS, CARROTS, KOHLRABI

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: PAPAYAS from GOLDEN STATE PAPAYA and TANGERINES from VINCENT FARMS Continue reading