Monthly Archives: March 2021

Week of March 31st

My dear community,

As we round the corner into spring it may feel like the CSA box is taking time to catch up. But as the days (and especially nights) warm up we will be able to harvest enough spring things to change up the vibes in the box. Speaking of spring – I’ve been spending my days with the newest members of our farm family. Two baby neubian goats were born into this world last week. A very calming reminder of everything that there is so much good in this world. Looking forward to spending time with the momma and babies and eventually getting into goat milk and all the products that can come from it.
Do you know (and love) any local products that we should sell in our CSA store? Drop me a line and let me know. Through the craziness of a pandemic or just making everyday life a little more simple – we’re here to help.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
RED BEETS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
DILL
LEEKS
GREEN CABBAGE
LACINATO KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, RADISHES, TANGELOS, HASS AVOCADOS from GREENSPOT FARMING

Just the Basics:
CARROTS
RED BEETS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BUNCHED SPINACH
PINK LADY APPLES
WHITE CAULIFLOWER

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED BEETS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN CABBAGE
LACINATO KALE
BUNCHED SPINACH
PINK LADY APPLES
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY

FRUIT EXPANSION: PINK LADY APPLES and PIXIE TANGERINES from OJAI PIXIES
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE

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Week of March 24th

My dear community,

Just a quick note to say thanks. We so appreciate you being a part of our CSA program and spreading the word. For every member that signs up with a referal (and stays on for at least 6 weeks), we will pass the love back your way via a $25 credit on your account. As we all get back to the new normal we really appreciate you continuing to support local food. Regardless if our day feels normal and calm, or seriously nuts, it’s reassuring to know that a box of freshly picked produce is coming just for you. A lot of this world is experiencing food deserts and might not know where their next meal is coming from. Food banks can’t necessarily stock up with fresh produce. I give thanks for all that we have.

Be good to eachother.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LEEKS
COLLARD GREENS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
BUNCHED ARUGULA
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
EASTER EGG RADISHES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, LACINATO KALE, RED BEETS

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
RED LEAF LETTUCE
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
PINK LADY APPLES
SUGAR SNAP PEAS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
BUNCHED SPINACH
ROMAINE LETTUCE
COLLARD GREENS
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
LACINATO KALE
RED BEETS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CELERY
FENNEL

FRUIT EXPANION: PINK LADY APPLES and Pixie Tangerines from OJAI PIXIE
LETTUCE of the WEEK: ROMAINE LETTUCE

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Week of March 17th

My dear community,

I was looking at one of our early summer peach trees that already developed leaves. With those leaves came an onset of leaf curl, which is actually a fungus which will ultimately deform, but only slight effect the flavor of the peaches. I was curious why we didn’t spray (with organic materials and oils of course) the trees earlier in the season. But as a whole we want to stay away from reacting to problems. Ideally we want to learn which trees are experiencing difficulties and grow them from the root up for heartier resistance in the future. I think this holds true across the farm. If we can maintain healthy soil and compost, we are less likely to need external inputs and can work with nature instead of against it.
We’ve already planted corn, zucchini and we are starting on melons this week. Winter veggies will be a thing of the past before we know it, though a lot of those greens will hang on for the ride. Sugar snap peas weren’t plump enough to go into the boxes this week, but they will be a staple soon enough. Please enjoy all the offerings your box has this week and try a new recipe. Fennel always pushes me out of my comfort zone to a happy place, with the bulb roasted and covered in parmesan cheese and the fronds great in salads.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
RED CHARD
SALAD MIX
FENNEL
LEEKS
RED BEETS
RED CABBAGE
BROCCOLI from SUNRISE ORGANICS
BABY SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: HASS AVOCADOS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, KOHLRABI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CARROTS

Just the Basics:
CARROTS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
SALAD MIX
RED BEETS
BROCCOLI
BABY SPINACH

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
RED CHARD
ROMAINE LETTUCE
FENNEL
RED BEETS
RED CABBAGE
BABY SPINACH
CELERY
CILANTRO
PINK LADY APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD

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Week of March 10th

My dear community,

I was very excited when I heard over the weekend that zucchini and sugar snap peas are a few weeks out! Then strawberries and tomatoes will follow soon after. The bounty of spring time is nearly upon us. I appreciate everyone who shared countless ways to make all our greens into delicious nourishing recipes. I made a delicious soup that got my whole family into chard last week . Even my 1 year old was slurping down the leftovers for breakfast. An easy and forgiving recipe:

cook down an onion and 2 cloves of garlic in 1/4 cup ghee for about 10 mins
add a whole head of chopped cauliflower with a crushed bay leaf and cook another 10 mins
add a quart of bone broth (see our CSA store for Wishbone Wellbeing Bone Broth) and the washed and chopped chard leaves
as the soup heats add 1 cup of full fat coconut milk and use an immersion blender to mix it all up
of course substitute as desired- this can easily be vegetarian or vegan, switch out or omit the cauliflower, or you could make it even heartier by adding beans or cheese, served over rice…
It was super filling and satisfying. Having chard come in the CSA box when I wouldn’t normally buy it pushes me outside my comfort zone and in turn I reap the benefits of the nutritional powerhouse that is chard – it’s an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. Receiving your box within 24 hours of the vegetables being picked, growing the varieties that taste best in our experience and in the appropriate season helps set our vegetables apart from all else. ENJOY!

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
RED BEETS
GREEN CABBAGE
HASS AVOCADOS from GREEN SPOT FARMING
EAST EGG RADISHES from SUNRISE ORGANICS
LEEKS
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN CURLY KALE
BIG BOX ADD: SALAD MIX, CARROTS, BRUSSELS SPROUTS (or tangerines), GARNET YAMS, BABY SPINACH from SUNRISE ORGANICS

JUST the BASICS:
CARROTS
CAULIFLOWER
HASS AVOCADOS
FUJI APPLE
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN CURLY KALE

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS X2
RED BEETS
FUJI APPLES
ROMAINE LETTUCE
GREEN CURLY KALE
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY
FENNEL
BABY SPINACH

FRUIT EXPANSION: FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARDS and GOLDEN NUGGET TANGERINES from FRUIT FAIRY FARMS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE

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Week of March 3rd

My dear community,

A few of our CSA members along with many other members of our community have been involved in the San Marcos Foothills sit-in protest to prevent development and save this sacred space. Save San Marcos Foothills had a meeting with an attorney and the developer’s team last Thursday and their attorney has been trying to work out a deal with the developer ever since. It has been quite a process. “We will be at the foothills until we have a deal. At this point, we are holding vigil to prevent the grading of the road, for which there was a permit we could not appeal.” The group was there early this morning to make sure no bull dozers entered. “I am trying to imagine a world in which the people of greater Santa Barbara and Goleta, and maybe the wider world via social media, get a chance to buy this property. I am holding on to that,” says Jill, one of our members who stood so vigilantly against the developement. If you have space to go support them or donate money to the cause, please visit https://www.savesanmarcosfoothills.org/. There are better housing solutions that need to be looked at first before destroying big open spaces for luxury condos.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
CARROTS
CILANTRO
LEEKS
RED CHARD
CAULIFLOWER
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED KOHLRABI
BRUSSEL SPROUTS
FUJI APPLES
BABY SPINACH
BIG BOX ADD: BROCCOLI, CARROTS, SALAD MIX, BRUSSELS, one more TBD

Just the Basics:
CARROTS
CAULIFLOWER
ROMAINE LETTUCE
BRUSSEL SPROUTS
FUJI APPLES
BABY SPINACH

JUICE Feast:
CARROTS
BABY SPINACH
RED CHARD
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
FENNEL
CELERY
CILANTRO
FUJI APPLES from CUYAMA ORCHARD

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