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Week of June 16th

My dear community,

We’ve added a few partnerships lately and I wanted to provide a recap. If you haven’t already, check out Sun and Swell (add hyperlink) pantry staples. Use code SOMETHINGGOOD for $10 off your first order. (and a 25% off your first order popup happens when you go to the website) They are an SB family company supplying you staples with compostable packaging and fresh from the farmer products.
We’ve also partnered with Native Pastures, a company in the Santa Ynez valley providing pasture raised meats. They’ve put together a few packages to try out which can be added on as a subscription (weekly, bi-monthly or monthly) or you can purchase them one time in our CSA store. We know you will taste the difference and sustainably raised meat is the only way to go if you choose to eat it. We will also be offering single cuts in the store coming soon. We’ve also gotten a hold of some really good and crunchy granola made by a local woman here in Buellton. It’s available in the store moving forward.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have. We want to be completely transparent with our partnership and their practices.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BLACKBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
RED TOMATOES
STRAWBERRIES
YELLOW ONIONS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BIG BOX ADD: STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, GREEN BEANS, ARUGULA, CARROTS

Just the Basics:
BLACKBERRIES
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED TOMATOES
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH

JUICE FEAST:
BLACKBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
STRAWBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BLUEBERRIES
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH and BLACKBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER

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Week of June 9th

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED BEETS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BASIL
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
CHERRY TOMATOES or BLUEBERRIES from Joe Occupinti Farms
GREEN BEANS
BIG BOX ADD: STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CUCUMBERS, HASS AVOCADOS

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN BEANS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
HASS AVOCADOS
FENNEL
ITALIAN PARSLEY

FRUIT EXPANSION: DOUBLE STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE LETTUCE

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Week of June 2nd

My dear community,

I’m always looking for ways to make a wider range of products available to the community. It’s why we started raising free range chickens for organic eggs and planted an orchard for organic fruit. Now we’re happy to offer a meat option as well. We teamed up with a friend who owns Native Pastures in the Santa Ynez Valley. They use organic practices with free range cows, pigs and chickens (for eggs) that are finished on organic grain. While they have their own CSA boxes through their website, we’ve teamed up to offer three smaller packages that can be added on as a subscription to your veggie box. As we move through this new project I’m open and available to all questions and feedback you have. We will have a FAQ section on our website to help navigate through this process. While we understand this isn’t for everyone, we are happy to make a great local meat source available to those for whom it is while maintaining alignment with our philosophies and practices.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
CROOKNECK SQUASH
SPINACH (baby or bunched)
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
RED TOMATOES
HASS AVOCADOS
GREEN BEANS
LEEKS
BIG BOX ADD: double SUGAR SNAP PEAS, BLUEBERRIES, CARROTS, LACINATO KALE

Just the Basics:
CARROTS
CROOKNECK SQUASH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
RED TOMATOES

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
HASS AVOCADOS
LACINATO KALE
ITALIAN PARSLEY
ROMAINE LETTUCE

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from WHITNEY RANCH and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE OF THE WEEK: ROMAINE

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Week of May 26th

My dear community,

I wanted to take this time to remind everyone the Save the San Marcos Foothills Foundation still needs your support. The Foothills Forever Campaign has raised over $10 million in just 10 weeks, and with solid community support they are in the home stretch to raise the needed $10.6 million by June 1st to acquire the property. If it’s possible to donate or pass this message along it would be so appreciated. Let’s help keep this space open for all the animals that live there and our future generations to enjoy it.

We’ve added a few things to our CSA store that I know you will enjoy. I purchased a few cases of cold pressed olive oil from Mosby Winery here in Buellton. The olives are grown and pressed right here on their property and it’s some of the best olive oil I’ve ever tasted. I also added a gluten free granola made by Julia Crookston (former owner of Goodland Kitchen). We’ve also introduced a Spicy Harrisa Hummus to the line up. Hope you enjoy. It’s not too late to add extra items to your box this week. All bread orders need to be placed by Sunday, but all other orders will be processed in the current week.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:/
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
BASIL
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN BEANS
RED TOMATOES
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
RED BOR KALE
YELLOW ONIONS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, RED TOMATOES

Just the Basics:
CARROTS
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN BEANS
RED TOMATOES
PERSIAN CUCUMBERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: DOUBLE STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: LITTLE GEM

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Week of May 18th

My dear community,

We are in full swing here as all things spring have emerged. With so many delicious and nutritious foods coming from the farm I’m looking for how to further connect our community. Local food security not only provides nourishment but means keeps money right here in our community. Supporting organic growers means investing in the future of our land.

Not to mention that we are literally what we eat – so why not encourage everyone to eat nutritious food. We offer a $25 credit to any member who refers a friend who stays subscribed for a minimum of 3 weeks. Now is an especially bountiful time to join our CSA program as many new products come in. With over 170 acres of organically farmed land, we make sure you get to eat the rainbow and reap the diverse health benefits.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED SPRING ONIONS
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS
GREEN BEANS
HASS AVOCADOS
RED TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, WHITE CAULIFLOWER, CILANTRO, RED BEETS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
CILANTRO
RED BEETS
CELERY
HASS AVOCADOS

JUST the BASICS
CARROTS
ZUCCHINI
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN BEANS
RED TOMATOES

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF

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Week of May 12th

My dear community,

Spring and summer’s vegetables are less hearty so I’m circling back with tips for quick and easy prep. Wash and dry (or spin) and chop lettuce and toss it with some chopped herbs and put into a bag, ready to go. I know I’m more likely to eat a salad that week vs. just setting a head of lettuce in the veggie drawer. Chop cauliflower florets up, drizzle them with olive oil, paprika and nutritional yeast and pop them in the oven. In just 15 mins at 375 you’ll have really tasty, delicately crisp and delicious cauliflower you can add to almost anything or just eat alone. Fry zucchini in a cast iron pan (the pan makes a difference) with coconut oil for a crisp finish on both sides. It only takes about 5 mins per side. Blend herbs into dressing and/or place in a glass of water on your counter top or the front of the fridge to remind yourself to use them. Snap off carrot tops and store with the tips submerged in water for a quick anytime snack for anyone. Plan to use your kale in a salad, soup or bake chips the first few nights to avoid it yellowing or drying out. For me, small tips and tricks like these can make the difference between making an unhealthy decision for lunch or eating a rounded meal. I hope they help you too. Eating more fruits and vegetables are the building blocks for our health. A variety of veggies (and cutting out processed foods) can provide adequate fiber to feed our guts and keep our microbiome happy. We believe this weekly box is part of the big picture of good health and feels more important now than ever.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BROCCOLI
LACINATO KALE
RED TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: BUNCHED SPINACH, CARROTS, CROOKNECK SQUASH, LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, CUCUMBERS

FRUIT EXPANSION: STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: LITTLE GEM

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
CUCUMBERS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
BLUEBERRIES
HASS AVOCADOS
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH
CUCUMBERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of May 5th

My dear community,

Living on the farm and dealing with day to day life I’m constantly thinking about what the future will look like. We are already established with organic farming practices, a huge composting system and a forward thinking attitude that connects the practices of today with the future of our earth tomorrow. As the demand for stricter practices for insurance purposes mount, small farms continue to get pushed to the wayside for lack of labor (We would need to hire staff just for compliance paperwork) or willingness to comply. I can speak for our farm when I say that we do not want to turn our farm into steel tables, white clean houses and needless record keeping for the sake of selling to big box grocery stores. Keeping our soils healthy is directly related to keeping our bodies healthy. It’s been said that there’s only 60 years left of topsoil left if we continue degrading at the rate we are going.
That’s why it’s our mission to keep our farm small and go above organic and implement regenerative farming practices more and more until it’s all second nature. The food we eat is the underlying blocks our health is built on – it literally makes up who we are. The places we spend our money send powerful messages and we appreciate you supporting our farm.

On a side note – we have plenty of sugar snap peas at $6/lb. If you’d like to add them to your order just shoot me a quick email. In addition – if you see anything on the list below that you want added to your box but is not listed in the store please let me know.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
SWEET SPRING ONIONS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
CHINESE WHITE RADISH from SUNRISE ORGANICS FARMS **different from last week. these are very sweet
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
GREEN CURLY KALE
RED BEETS
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROT, BROCCOLI, BLUEBERRIES, SUNBURST SQUASH from SUNRISE ORGANICS FARMS

FRUIT EXPANSION: DOUBLE STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BROCCOLI
STRAWBERRIES
ZUCCHINI
SUGAR SNAP PEAS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
CELERY
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
GREEN KALE
RED BEETS
BLUEBERRIES
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of April 28th

My dear community,

With last year under our belt it’s been my underlying mission to make sure people are advocating for their own health. The human body is profoundly strong, powerful and resilient. This feels like a really good time reiterate having a healthy immune system and understanding our body’s natural defense systems and how to fortify them for optimal health. I believe it’s important to pair modern medicine with healthy eating habits including an array of nutrient packed vegetables. We are literally made up of more bacteria than human cells and those bacteria can thrive when we optimize our food. Check out this cool article with a little more information on all the bacteria that make up our bodies. I hope this snippet of information stokes curiosity and empowers you to create the your foundation of health. Our CSA boxes are your weekly farmacy and medicine has never been so delicious.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LEEKS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
CHINESE TURNIPS from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES from OCCUPINTI FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: RED BUTTER LETTUCE, CARROTS, STRAWBERRIES, ARUGULA, one more TBD

FRUIT EXPANSION: DOUBLE STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED BUTTER

Just the Basics
CARROTS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED LEAF LETTUCE
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
STRAWBERRIES
BROCCOLI

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS x2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
STRAWBERRIES
BUNCHED SPINACH
BLUEBERRIES
LACINATO KALE
CELERY x2
ITALIAN PARSLEY

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Week of April 21st

My dear community,

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of local food and what it means to me. It all starts in the soil. Our soils have more microorganisms in one teaspoon than all the people living on the earth. Highly complex systems are what drives our produce to not only taste so good, but to also be higher in vitamins and minerals. All those microorganisms also help sequester carbon and keep it in the ground where it best belongs. Most processes on our farm are done by hand. Each little seed gets placed into a seed flat to help it get a good start on the process. We have an easier time helping plants get a head start when they are in a greenhouse protected from birds and rodents. Each tiny plant is then hand planted into the soil and weeded by hand. We use organic pesticides, like essential oils and beneficial bugs, but the key is having healthy soil to begin with. As the plants grow to maturity each is picked by hand and packed into boxes the day before (or the day of) our CSA production. Local food is about creating sustainability with the earth and within our own communities. Food that’s grown locally is using local water and keeping hard earned dollars in the hands of our neighbors. However local food looks to you – thank you so much for considering it. It feels more important than ever that we are supporting the communities we live in.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LEEKS
RED BEETS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
WHITE CAULIFLOWER (might be purple tipped as cauliflower doesn’t like the sun)
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH
GREEN KOHLRABI
BIG BOX ADD: ROMAINE LETTUCE, BROCCOLI, CARROTS, SPRING ONIONS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREEN ZUCCHINI
STRAWBERRIES
CAULIFLOWER
BUNCHED SPINACH

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES
CILANTRO
BUNCHED SPINACH x2
CELERY x2
LACINATO KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: DOUBLE STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE

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Week of April 14th

My dear community,

Spring is here and we are welcoming strawberries and zucchini this week. Even though we planted zucchini a month earlier this year, we still didn’t receive any significant amount of squash until now. Although we try and test the boundaries of the seasons, surrendering to mother nature is really the way to go.

Friendly reminder veggie pro-tips: storing your veggies correctly will help them last one to two weeks in your fridge no problem. We are picking within 24 hours of you receiving them. That means the produce didn’t sit in a warehouse, on a truck and then on a store shelf. It’s coming straight to your kitchen from our farm. Wash your greens, spin them dry and put them in an airtight container. Removing the tops off your carrots, beets, etc. help keep the moisture in the roots. Strawberries can be lined between paper towels in an airtight container (if you can resist eating them that fast). If they’re not put away correctly in the fridge, however, they will start to wilt. I pulled a bunch of spinach out that I hastily threw onto a fridge shelf last night. It was pretty wilted and if someone else saw it they probably would have suggested tossing it into the compost.:) But I plunged it in a cool bath of water and within 30 minutes it was perky, beautifully green and good as fresh. If I bring a new box home and I still have greens in my fridge, I toss them in the freezer for a smoothie. Having my lettuce cleaned, chopped and ready to go helps me eat more salads as well. Prepping your veggies ahead of time makes a seamless transition to your mouth when time is tight. Hope you enjoy the bounty this week.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
BUNCHED SPINACH
CARROTS
BROCCOLI
STRAWBERRIES
FENNEL
GREEN ZUCCHINI
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LEEKS
LACINATO KALE
BOX ADD: CARROTS, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, RED BEETS

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
BROCCOLI
STRAWBERRIES
ZUCCHINI
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
RED LEAF LETTUCE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
ROMAINE LETTUCE
KALE
FENNEL
BLUEBERRIES
PINK LADY APPLES
RED BEETS
STRAWBERRIES

FRUIT EXPANSION: BLUEBERRIES from OCCIPINTI FARMS and STRAWBERRIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: GREEN LEAF

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