Week of December 2nd

My dear community,

The holidays are here and so is our annual break. A quick reminder that we will not be making CSA boxes the last 2 week of the year- December 23 through 30th. You do not have to put your box on hold – it’s been done for you. If you have a bi-monthly “Schedule B” subscription and you wish to have a box on January 6th, send me a quick email after December 16th to make the change. Alternatively you can log into your account here at www.farmigo.com/account/somethinggoodorganics, click on the “change” button next to your subscription and follow the prompts to switch to “Schedule A”. This must be done after your box is delivered the week of December 16th.

New product announcement! In continuing to highlight locally made outstanding goods- we’ve added Ojai Jelly to our store. We hope you enjoy its spicy and sweet goodness as much as we do. Check out her story and more here on the Ojai Jelly website.

We are here for your holiday shopping. We can put together a multitude of local goodies and deliver it as a gift. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you don’t see a gift certificate combination that fits your style in our CSA store. We’re happy to help.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS
RED BELL PEPPERS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LEEKS
ARUGULA
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: RED BEETS, CARROTS, RED BUTTER LETTUCE, BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISA FARMS,

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and FUYU PERSIMMONS from
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED BELL PEPPERS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED BEETS
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMAM ORCHARDS
CILANTRO
ROMAINE LETTUCE

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Week of November 25th – Happy Thanksgiving

My dear community,

A reminder about this week:

All Thursday deliveries will be delivered on Wednesday to your usual spot. Please wait until your delivery confirmation email as delivery times will vary.

No Friday deliveries. If you would like to pick up a box they will be at the Buellton farm Thursday morning as early as 8a.

No deliveries to Whole Foods. If you moved to another location- make sure to log into your account before Sunday, click on the “change” button next to your location and follow the prompts to move back to Whole Foods for next week.

We have a few extra cartons of blueberries for sale if anyone would like to grab one at $5. We can accomodate any other last minute needs until 5pm today via email.

The holidays always have my mind wrapping up the year and I’m reflecting on what a whirlwind it has been. It’s been one challenge after another and I’m sure there’s still a lot more adversity on our path. Being part of this community and feeling the support that’s given to each other has been a light for me. It makes all the sleepless nights, confusing days and painful moments worth it. I’m so grateful to all of you who have messaged, called, texted and otherwise held me up in a time that I didn’t realize I needed it so much. I’m thankful for each and every one of you, and can’t believe how lucky I am to provide this nourishing food to you and your loved ones.

Lastly, a quick note about our annual break. We will be closed December 23rd – January 1st (no boxes the last 2 weeks of the year). I will be taking this time to raise a new flock of chickens and making sure they are super cozy in this cold season and doing a little hibernating myself. You do not need to put your box on hold.

Happy Thanksgiving!

CSA Contains:
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BROCCOLI
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
SALAD MIX from SUNRISE ORGANICS
GARNET YAMS
LACINATO KALE
FUYU PERSIMMONS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, LEEKS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, RED BELL PEPPERS, GREEN ZUCCHINI

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUYU PERSIMMONS and BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
CELERY x2
ITALIAN PARSLEY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:
For the Sweet Potato filling:
2½–2¾ lbs. sweet potatoes (about 4 garnet or jewel medium sweet potatoes)*
¼ cup maple syrup (omit for Whole30)
⅓ cup milk of choice (unsweetened almond milk for Whole30)
1½ Tbsp. butter, melted (ghee or coconut oil for Whole30)
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. chili powder
2 whole eggs (omit for egg-free)
For the Topping:
1 cup pecans (½ cup chopped + ½ cup pecan halves)
3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (no-sugar bacon for Whole3o)
1 Tbsp. butter, melted (ghee or coconut oil for Whole30)
½ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Real Food RDs)

Best Paleo Stuffing (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil or refined coconut oil
3 cups onion diced
2 cups celery diced
1 cup mushrooms diced
1 cup apple cored and diced
¼ cup dried cranberries or dates, chopped
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley chopped
4 teaspoons poultry seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups almond flour
3 eggs whisked
(Find the full recipe and directions here at 40 Aprons)

Kale, Persimmon, & Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:
1 head kale, destemmed and chopped
1 1/2 cups perfectly cooked quinoa
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 large avocado, sliced
1 large (or 2 small) ripe fuyu persimmons, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
for maple-tahini vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon hot water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Camille Styles)

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Lemons and Almonds

Ingredients:
2 heads of broccoli
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
4 very thin slices of lemon, each cut into 8 tiny triangles (whatever you change about this recipe make sure you don’t leave out the lemon slices. They’re the best part!)
FOR THE LEMONY DRESSING
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon honey (or sub maple syrup for vegan)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at The Endless Meal)

Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (you should get about 5–6 cups)
2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bunch of curly kale, washed, stem removed and chopped (you should get 7–8 cups)
Juice of 1/2 a large lemon
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 large avocado, pitted and diced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped red onion
LEMON TAHINI DRESSING:
1/2 cup tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3–6 tablespoons warm water, depending on how thick you want the dressing
(Find the full recipe and directions here at She Likes Food)

Week of November 18th

My dear community,

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I want to explain the holiday delivery schedule. We will only be making boxes on Wednesday, 11/25. If you plan on skipping Thanksgiving week, please log into your account now to place your hold.

If you receive your box on Thursday, we will be offering Wednesday pickup/delivery at your usual location. If you do not place your account on hold we will proceed with delivering your box on Wednesday and will notify you when it’s delivered.

We will not be delivering on Friday but please reach out to me to schedule your pickup for Wednesday evening or Thursday morning at our Buellton farm.

We are now offering dinner rolls from Deux Bakery over the holiday season for you to enjoy. Please let me know if there’s anything special we can request that will make your holiday shopping a little easier. We are also offering gift certificates in our CSA store. We are here to help you give the gift of veggies and health to anyone in Santa Barbara County.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
GARNET YAMS
FUJI APPLES or Persimmons or Avocados
RED BEETS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, NAPPA CABBAGE, ITALIAN PARSLEY, LEEKS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES and FUYU PERSIMMONS
LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: RED LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CELERY
RED BELL PEPPERS
FUJI APPLES
RED BEETS
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of November 11th

My dear community,

Our first freeze hit us really hard last night. Combined with wind damage from the weekend, tomatoes took the biggest hit. The wind blew down the stakes and the frostbitten ground turned the tomatoes to sauce. I’m curling up with a big bowl of soup tonight and getting ready for boxes filled with winter greens. The farm has a sense of peace blanketed over it like it’s getting ready for a slumber. And although we will continue to grow things through the winter, half of the farm will be dedicated to cover crops – sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground where it belongs.
Along with the wind came a good omen of rain on Saturday. I woke up to rain on my window and a prospect of hope along with it. We can come together as a country despite our views. We can keep this earth in balance and preserve it for future generations. I hope that as our farm inevitably gets smaller due to governmental rules and regulations (see 2 blog posts back about GAP) that we can continue to thrive. Now the real work begins!

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
CELERY
LEEKS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
BIG: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS, RED BEETS, BUNCHED SPINACH, RED TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from BELLA VISTA FARMS and FUJI APPLES
Lettuce of the Week: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CUCUMBERS
CARROTS
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED BEETS
FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLENN ORGANICS

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Week of November 4th

My dear community,

I’m reflecting on what’s happening on the farm as I try to stay present during this election. We were able to donate a bunch of beautiful pumpkins to local schools this past week. A lot of kids were very happy. This week we are harvesting sweet potatoes for the boxes. They taste so much better than those bought in a store and are extremely sweet when roasted until really soft. As the farm here in Buellton hits low nighttime temperatures of 36 degrees, our farm in Goleta maintains a temperate climate. This allows for variety throughout the year and extended growing seasons. I am looking to enjoy this slower time of year, but with flocks of growing chickens, trees to prune and countries to reunite, we still have a lot of work to do.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
GREEN ZUCCHINI
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
GARNET YAMS
BABY SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BEETS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
YELLOW ONIONS from FINLEY FARMS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CARROTS, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, ITALIAN PARSLEY, ONE MORE TBD

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES and POMEGRANATES
LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST
FENNEL
CELERY
FUJI APPLES
ITALIAN PARSLEY
LACINATO KALE
BABY SPINACH
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LIMES
CARROTS

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Week of October 28th

My dear community,

Envisioning the future of our farm and what the next 10 years look like gives me sincere gratitude for our CSA subscribers and farmers’ market support. Times are getting tougher for farmers to stay in the field. The government has implemented programs like Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) which may seem like a helpful act for farms to practice safe and secure implementations from dirt to table, but it comes with many challenges. Within the last 5 years, insurance companies insist on compliance or they won’t offer you coverage. If compliance isn’t adhered to, you aren’t able to sell to any grocery stores. Practices like keeping produce boxes off the ground, inability to reuse boxes, eradicating any wooden surfaces in favor of stainless steel, keeping animals off the farm and the compost pile completely separate if not totally disassembled- are just the tip of the iceberg. This turns farming into an administrative job, can be a complete nightmare and seems to cater to big ag. As a small farm we strive to farm regeneratively with earth’s longevity in mind which in turn provides us with a high level of food safety. Because of measures like GAP being put into place I see our farm getting smaller and more like Apricot Lane Farms, maybe you’ve seen their documentary The Biggest Little Farm. Through diversity, innate care for our planet earth and soil restoration will bring the greatest rewards. They won’t necessarily be fiscal, but a different type of investment for future generations. Thanks for supporting local food – it makes all the difference.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
ARUGULA
CELERY
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN BEANS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CARROTS
RED CABBAGE
RED BELL PEPPERS
FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANIC APPLE FARM
BIG BOX: BABY SPINACH, MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CUCUMBERS, CARROTS
*You may have received avocados in your Large share instead of baby spinach

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES and POMEGRANATES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
RED CABBAGE
BABY SPINACH
CUCUMBERS
FENNEL
FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANIC APPLE FARM
LACINATO KALE

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Week of October 21st

My dear community,

We are squeezing in one more round of sweet, juicy cantaloupe before the melon season officially ends. I found an unexpected recipe for cantaloupe sorbet below (see the last recipe in our lineup this week). As the weather cools down we are planting brassicas anticipating winter’s arrival. We are constantly checking the weather, hopeful for rain in the forecast.

I was discussing the ups and downs of farm work with John Givens and he mentioned the loss of various baby plants to mildew just as they went in the ground. He was also losing the growing zucchini in a greenhouse battle. Crows flew in just to pull the plant out of the ground. He was setting gopher traps but other animals pulled the trap out of the ground to check it out before he had a chance to catch anything. We also lost 15 goats recently to some bobcats. It reminded me of the Biggest Little Farm documentary- permaculture farms are really like that. With some hard work and a lot of patience comes our offering to you in our boxes. So many delicious varieties and extended seasons come with the mild climate Santa Barbara Country has to offer. With pure love from our family to yours.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
YELLOW ONIONS
CELERY
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
BROCCOLI
CARROTS
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CANTALOUPE
RED TOMATOES
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
(You may have received a combo of mountain magic, cherry tomatoes and/or red tomatoes)
BIG BOX: ROMAINE LETTUCE, BUNCHED SPINACH, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, CARROTS, SWEET BI-COLORED CORN

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANIC APPLE FARM & EARLY WONDER POMEGRANATES from COMACHE CREEK
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE

JUICE FEAST:
CELERY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLENN
CARROTS
RED BELL PEPPERS
CANTALOUPE
BUNCHED SPINACH
LACINATO KALE
CUCUMBERS
FENNEL

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Week of October 14th

My dear community,

Hints of fall have crept in. Nights are colder but daytime remains warm enough to ripen a bell pepper into beautiful shades of red. Whenever I see cabbage and bell peppers in the same recipe it throws me off, as I try and only use seasonal veggies, but we are in the brief overlap of summer and fall and we get both veggies in the same week. All we need are a few cold days in November and those colorful summer veggies will go back into hibernation and our boxes turn into vibrant shades of green. These nuances aren’t always so apparent if you shop at a conventional grocery store. But eating locally and seasonally means enjoying produce at its peak and exactly how it’s supposed to taste. We grow all our varieties for taste not for shipping. That means more flavor for you.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN CABBAGE
RED TOMATOES
GARNET YAMS
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
HASS AVOCADOS from FRECKER FARMS
ROMAINE LETTUCE from FRECKER FARMS
BUNCHED SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS
FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANIC FARM
BIG BOX ADD: CANTALOUPE, CILANTRO, BROCCOLI, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, CARROTS

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from GOPHER GLENN ORGANIC APPLE FARMS and MISSION FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS
LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: GREEN LEAF

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS X2
CELERY
GREEN CABAGE
RED BELL PEPPERS
BUNCHED SPINACH
FUJI APPLES
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE
CILANTRO

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Week of October 5th

My dear community,

I wanted to remind everyone that we are now selling Baba Hummus in our CSA store. Dip those veggies right into that delicious hummus as soon as you open your box. Now that’s my kind of fast food.

I’ve spent this past week appreciating my new bank, one that scrutinizes all loans making sure they are good for the community. It made me realize that I let filing paperwork slip over the last year after our baby Seth was born. It seemed like a big task to tackle at first, but staring at smoke filled skies and a struggling democracy has made the endeavor that much more enjoyable out of necessity.

We’ve been really short on eggs lately. If you’re a current subscriber chances are we’ve had to issue a credit lately. That will change but is taking more time than I thought. Our newest flock is delayed in starting to lay as our older flock slows down for the season. We have almost 100 new chicks growing and hope to fill all egg needs towards the new year. I’m putting so much more thought and effort into how I can build and nourish our land here. Check out our Instagram story to see the new chicken tractor being built and check back to see it in action.

Lastly I wanted to mention that we grew our first crop of garnet yams here in Buellton this year. They aren’t the giants we’ve had in the boxes before but I’ve actually found the smaller ones roast up quickly and have such a sweet earthy flavor. I’m excited to share them with you.

Be good to each other.

CSA Conains:
BUNCHED SPINACH from Sunrise Organics
RED ONIONS
GARNET YAMS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CARROTS
RED or GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
CANTELOUPE
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS, STRAWBERRIES from Blosser Urban Garden, AVOCADOS from FRECKER FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION: JONOGOLD APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANIC APPLE FARM and BROWN TURKEY FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS
LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: ROMAINE

JUICE FEAST:
LIMES
CARROTS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
MELONS
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
JONOGOLD APPLES

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Week of September 30th

My dear community,

If you’ve been a member for a while you know we’ve sporadically partnered with outside brands besides Deux Bakery. When Babba Hummus recently approached me I didn’t really have to think twice. The thought of me opening my CSA box after a long day and immediately dipping some veggies in their amazing hummus sounded too good to pass up. So, we are trying out their top four sellers which will be available in our CSA store by tomorrow (Tuesday). If you currently buy their hummus and want to see another flavor in the store please let me know.
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was moving all my business and personal finances away from banks that support fossil fuels. It’s been quite a journey, and I’m still in the process, but I’m a lot more informed about what I’m doing now. If you’d like to learn more feel free to shoot me an email. If you already have, I will get back to you in the next few days – and THANK YOU for being with me on this journey.
At the farm, I’m in the process of building a few chicken tractors- which is an implement to move chickens around on pasture. This allows them to constantly feed on new grass while they spread their manure on the ground. My goal for the future of our farm is to step up beyond organic and have as many regenerative practices as possible.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS
JONOGOLD APPLES from Gopher Glenn Farms
RED TOMATOES
PURPLE CHEROKEE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
ARUGULA
A MELON
RED LEAF LETTUCE
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX: EGGPLANT, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, CARROTS, BROCCOLI

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACK MISSION FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS and JONOGOLD APPLES from GOPHER GLENN ORGANIC APPLE FARM
LETTUCE of the Week: ROMAINE

JUICE FEAST:
BABY SPINACH
CARROTS x2
JONOGOLD APPLES from Gopher Glenn Farms
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
A MELON
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
LIMES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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