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.

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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

Week of March 1st

CSA CONTAINS:
BRUSSEL SPROUTS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CARROTS
LACINATO KALE
SALAD MIX
RED BEETS
LEEKS
CILANTRO
GARNET YAMS
HAAS AVOCADOS from ORTEGA RIDGE RANCH
BABY SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX: RED LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, FUJI APPLES, RED CHARD, BRUSSELS

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: Fuji APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and PAPAYA from GOLDEN STATE PAPAYA
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Week of Feb 22

The rain has been intense and awesome here on the farm. It’s brought some destructive winds and makes it hard to work in the mud though. The weather has brought a swift end to the satsuma tangerines. We are always so sad to see them go, but that means that strawberries aren’t far behind!
We’ve added onto our orchard this past weekend. Fruits like pears, pomegranates, figs, peaches, pluots and more are in our future. For now we are trying out a new local neighbor who grows bananas and papayas right next to our farm. Let me know what you think of them. We go through a lot of bananas in our household so I was very excited at the thought of getting them local.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
ARUGULA
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
GREEN CABBAGE
RADISHES
BUNCHED SPINACH
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
BANANAS from Golden State Papayas
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, CARROTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, LACINATO KALE

Fruit Expansion contains: Papayas and Bananas from Golden State Papayas
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Week of Feb 15th

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED BEETS
SHALLOTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CILANTRO
CAULIFLOWER from SUNRISE ORGANICS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, PURPLE KOHLRABI, CARROTS, FUJI APPLES,

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of Feb 8th

Winter is a hard time for our CSA boxes. The diversity is at an all time low while the boxes turn green with herbs and leafy veggies. There’s a reason we eat seasonally though. All the veggies in the box were meant to be eaten right now. So try out a new recipe and hang tight. I see things like zucchini, sugar snap peas and strawberries on the horizon.

CSA Contains:
LACINATO KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CARROTS
LEEKS
RADISHES
RED BEETS
FENNEL
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
RED CABBAGE
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF, CARROTS, BRUSSEL SPROUTS from SUNRISE ORGANICS, FUJI APPLES, GARNET YAMS from QUAL H. FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION Contains: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of Feb 1st

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
SHALLOTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
KOHLRABI
GREEN CABBAGE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, PINK CHARD, GOLD BEETS & RED BEETS

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of Jan 25th

We do not have any tangerines this week. The order was never delivered so we had to make a quick decision to switch to beets. On the bright side the beets were picked within hours of you receiving them. Enjoy.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
LEEKS
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CILANTRO
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H FARMS
BRUSSEL SPROUTS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
RED BEETS
COLLARD GREENS
BIG BOX ADD: RED LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, CAULIFLOWER, FENNEL, BRUSSELS

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS and FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS

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Week of January 18th

Our chickens have taken a break for the winter time. Our egg supply has dropped drastically and we don’t have enough to fill orders. We will randomly select people weekly to receive eggs as they are available. We will be back in action as soon as the weather warms up and the days get longer. At that time we also will be fulfilling our wait list, so make sure to sign up if you want them in the near future.
Speaking of chickens, perhaps I counted them before they hatched. When we went to harvest the brussel sprouts we came up short to fill the whole CSA. So we switched over to our green cabbage. The climate for cabbage is perfect right now. The cold weather makes the cabbage extra crisp and sweet. So roast it, stir fry it or juice it and enjoy.

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CSA Contains:
RED BEETS
CARROTS
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
GREEN CABBAGE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS, LEEKS, GARNET YAMS, BRUSSEL SPROUTS

FRUIT EXPANSION CONTAINS: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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Week of January 11th

It is extremely muddy on the farm this week. Thank goodness for the rain! If you are picking up your share at the farm be sure to drive extra slow and carefully. We hope you enjoy our winter selection of crops in your box this week. The celery has been extra tasty because of all the moisture its been getting. Winter means that all the crops grow at about 1/4 of the speed they would during the rest of the year and our variety is more limited. If you’ve created a tasty dish please share it with us on Instagram #Somethinggoodorganics or on our facebook page at John Givens Farm. Or just send it to me in an email and I’ll post it in the blog.

CSA contains:
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BRUSSEL SPROUTS from ELLWOOD CANYON FARMS
SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS
CILANTRO
RED CHARD
LEEKS
CELERY
GREEN KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, EXTRA SATSUMAS, RED BEETS, EXTRA BRUSSELS

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS

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