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It’s (not) so Easy…to get Power from the Sun

2022-11-30T16:29:52+00:00November 30, 2022|

Over the years, when anyone would ask if we have any solar power at Terra Firma, I would respond: "Of course, our entire farm runs on solar power, like all farms". I was referring rather cheekily to the fact that plants use sunlight to create the foods that humans (and other creatures) consume to power ourselves and our society. Agriculture is far and away humanity's largest application of power from the sun. But no, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 11/30/22 – 12/2/22

2022-11-29T18:10:03+00:00November 29, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA Thanksgiving contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Carrots, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Cilantro, Garlic, Mandarins, Purple Daikon Radish, Arugula, Potatoes, Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Cilantro, Garlic, Mandarins, Purple Daikon Radish, Arugula, Baby Spinach, Potatoes, Dino Kale

Giving Thanks and Staying Thankful

2022-11-22T18:28:16+00:00November 22, 2022|

For many people, this will be the first "normal" Thanksgiving they've had since 2019.  Whether that means you're traveling out of town or out of state, or staying home, I hope you're enjoying the holiday the way you want to, with the people you want to. Like many small business owners, I am thankful just to have kept  the doors open and the lights on.  The last three years have been the most challenging [MORE ...]

Preparing for the Holiday

2022-11-16T18:38:16+00:00November 16, 2022|

Thanksgiving is next week, and as always we are re-arranging our delivery schedule in an effort to get all of our subscribers their boxes prior to the holiday. -- Wednesday deliveries remain unchanged. -- Thursday and Friday boxes will arrive instead on Tuesday of next week, November 22nd. If you are planning on adding-on to your CSA with items from the TFF Web Store, please get your orders in by midnight this Thursday, November [MORE ...]

Box Contents Thanksgiving Week 2022 11/22/22 – 11/23/22

2022-11-16T16:06:56+00:00November 16, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA Thanksgiving contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Mandarins, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, Little Gem Lettuce, Broccoli Medium: Mandarins, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Little Gem Lettuce, Broccoli Large: Mandarins, Apples, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Little Gem Lettuce, Broccoli, Pomegranates

Box Contents 11/16/22 – 11/18/22

2022-11-14T21:32:26+00:00November 14, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Broccoli, Carrots, Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Delicata Squash Medium: Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Fennel, Leeks, Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Delicata Squash, Baby Kale or Dino Kale [MORE ...]

Zesty Root Gratin

2022-11-09T18:43:58+00:00November 9, 2022|

This recipe combines beets and potatoes with Leeks and citrus zest for a tasty, beautiful and warming winter dish.  Note that you should eat the mandarins immediately after removing their zest or they will dry out. Remove the leaves from 2-3 leeks.  Cut the shanks in half lengthwise then clean under running water to remove any soil between the layers. Slice the leeks lengthwise, then cut the slices into 2" lengths. Preheat the oven [MORE ...]

Citrus Season Opener

2022-11-09T18:22:08+00:00November 9, 2022|

In just a few days, the early November rainstorms have changed the environment here on the farm completely. The air is chilly, crisp and damp and the bright sun feels good on your face. The soil is soft and moist instead of hard and dusty. If I had to pick one item we grow that personifies (produc-ifies?) this wonderful time of year, it would be Satsuma Mandarins. When you pierce the rind with your [MORE ...]

Box Contents 11/9/22 – 11/11/22

2022-11-08T17:22:35+00:00November 8, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Apples, Green Cabbage, Leek, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Green Beans Medium: Apples, Red Beets, Broccoli, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Apples, [MORE ...]

Carrots are Back!

2022-11-02T17:18:51+00:00November 2, 2022|

If you've been wondering "Where are the Carrots?" in your boxes, today is your lucky day. Carrots have always been one of our signature crops at Terra Firma.  While they are a staple vegetable for most people, anyone who's ever tasted ours knows that TFF carrots are not just a staple:  they are special. For decades, we have been growing French carrot varieties generally called "Nantes".  This type of carrot has no chewy core, and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 11/2/22 – 11/4/22

2022-10-31T19:51:29+00:00October 31, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Broccoli, Cabbage, Garlic, Fuyu Persimmons, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Medium: Broccoli, Cabbage, Garlic, Baby Kale, Gypsy Peppers, Fuyu Persimmons, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Broccoli, Cabbage, Garlic, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/26/22 – 10/28/22

2022-10-24T19:41:00+00:00October 24, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Apples, Green Beans, Broccoli, Baby Spinach, Delicata Squash, Tomatoes Medium: Apples, Green Beans, Broccoli, Gypsy Peppers, Baby Spinach, Delicata Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: Apples, Green [MORE ...]

Beantober

2022-10-19T17:57:31+00:00October 19, 2022|

Legumes are a huge family of plants, including a wide variety of common human food crops including beans, peas, lentils, and garbanzos. Important livestock crops including alfalfa and clover are also legumes. Legumes are a critical part of any farm's crop rotation. Unlike any other family of plant, they provide their own fertilizer through an evolved relationship with specific soil bacteria that colonize their roots. Those bacteria pull nitrogen from the air and "fix" it in the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/19/22 – 10/21/22

2022-10-17T20:04:25+00:00October 17, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Apples, Green Beans, Grapes, Onions, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Broccoli Medium: Apples, Green Beans, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Tomatoes, Broccoli Large: Apples, Green [MORE ...]

Delicata-Kale Bowls with Chipotle-Yogurt Sauce

2022-10-12T18:04:45+00:00October 12, 2022|

The base for this bowl is roasted Delicata, which also serves to wilt the Kale. Slice 1 Large or 2 smaller Delicata in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds and pulp. (You can reserve the seeds and toast them if you like). Place the cut sides down and then slice into 1/2" thick half rounds. Brush the bottom of a cookie sheet with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Arrange the delicata slices [MORE ...]

Not just for Winter anymore

2022-10-12T17:48:05+00:00October 12, 2022|

Fall is harvest time for Winter Squash at Terra Firma. Despite its name, Winter Squash is a grown in the summer: planted around Memorial Day and picked after Labor Day. We're about two-thirds done with this year's harvest, which we hope to wrap up before the next rain or by Halloween, whichever comes first. While it can be grown in many places, Winter Squash is almost perfectly adapted for the region where we farm. It loves [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/12/22 – 10/14/22

2022-10-10T20:50:33+00:00October 10, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Grapes, Kale, Tomatoes, Delicata Squash, Cabbage Medium: Grapes, Kale, Onions, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Delicata Squash, Arugula, Cabbage Large: Grapes, Kale, Onions, Fuyu Persimmons, Tomatoes, Roma [MORE ...]

Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Salad

2022-10-05T18:19:54+00:00October 5, 2022|

This Italian-inspired salad resembles Caponata but substitutes Green Beans for the traditional Celery.  You can use fresh raw tomatoes instead of the cooked Romas if you prefer, just before serving. Cut 1 large or 2 smaller eggplants into 1" thick slices.  On a large plate, mix together 2 T. olive oil with 1 T. soy sauce.  Coat both sides of each slice with the mixture by dipping one side in it, and then brushing [MORE ...]

Grappling with Food Inflation

2022-10-05T18:03:19+00:00October 5, 2022|

During the last year or so, inflation has made the weekly trip to the supermarket an experience in unpleasant surprise, as prices for most goods have been going up on a regular basis -- sometimes dramatically.  A majority of humans living today have never experienced significant inflation in their adult lives, and seeing prices for basic goods constantly rising creates a deep feeling of anxiety and unease. For farmers, though, a trip to the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/5/22 – 10/7/22

2022-10-03T20:17:12+00:00October 3, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Green Beans,  Eggplant, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Tomatoes Medium: Green Beans, Eggplant, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: Green Beans, Bunched Red Beets, [MORE ...]

Seared Green Beans & Kale with Tomatoes

2022-09-28T17:29:58+00:00September 28, 2022|

Green Beans and Kale both take nicely to high-heat cooking for just the right amount of time.  It breaks down their tough exteriors and allows other flavors to penetrate.  The raw tomatoes add sweetness and juice. Trim 1/2 lb. of Green Beans and cut in pieces. Remove the stems from 1 bunch of Kale, then chop roughly. Peel and mince 3-4 cloves of garlic (2 T. minced). Core and dice tomatoes to make 2 [MORE ...]

The Best Water is Free Water

2022-09-28T16:56:36+00:00September 28, 2022|

Many supermarkets now have an entire aisle or half an isle dedicated to water. Dozens of different brands of plain old water, plus many processed in special ways that they claim makes them "healthier". One of the newest health kicks is drinking "alkaline" water, which supposedly has numerous health benefits. Meanwhile my dentist tells me that the carbonated water I drink (made with my own tap water) is too acidic for my teeth. A quick explainer: Purified [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/28/22 – 9/30/22

2022-09-26T19:36:38+00:00September 26, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Apples, Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Roma Tomatoes Medium: Apples, Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Dino Kale [MORE ...]

Pluot Tart Tartin

2022-09-21T17:57:58+00:00September 21, 2022|

Baking really brings out the complex flavors of pluots and highlights their beautiful color.  This is a gorgeous and delicious dessert that is quite simple to make. Make the dough:  Cut 8 oz. of cold butter into small chunks.  Combine with 2 C. all-purpose flour in a large bowl and work together with your fingers (or use a pastry blender).  You should end up with pea-sized pieces of dough. In a small bowl, whisk [MORE ...]

More Crazy Weather

2022-09-21T17:34:01+00:00September 21, 2022|

Two weeks ago, we cancelled work for the first time ever in September due to extreme heat.  And now in another "first" for September, we have cancelled work -- for not one but three days -- due to rain. If you live in certain parts of the Bay Area, you may not know that many parts of Northern California -- including Terra Firma -- experienced quite a bit of rain over the last four [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/21/22 – 9/23/22

2022-09-19T19:27:22+00:00September 19, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Pluots, Grapes, Black Futsu Squash, Tomatoes, Gypsy Peppers, Garlic Medium: Chard,  Pluots, Watermelon, Grapes, Black Futsu Squash, Tomatoes, Gypsy Peppers, Garlic, Carrots Large: Chard, Red [MORE ...]

Baigan Bharta (Tomato-Eggplant Curry)

2022-09-14T18:12:21+00:00September 14, 2022|

Eggplant is commonly served undercooked, which I feel is one of the reasons people don't like it.  It should never be crunchy (in my opinion) but melt in your mouth.  However you cook your eggplant, make sure to err on the side of too much cooking time, rather than too-little. For this recipe, simply roast your eggplant whole in the oven or on the grill until it is completely soft. If you like, you [MORE ...]

Berry Late than Never

2022-09-14T17:48:20+00:00September 14, 2022|

Strawberries are a crop that is planted once a year, in the fall, and harvested the following spring. At Terra Firma, we traditionally plant on or around September 1st, give or take a week depending on the weather. But this year we started Monday the 12th and are just finishing today, making it the latest ever we've gotten the berries in the ground. It's a labor intensive job. We use some type of planter [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/14/22 – 9/16/22

2022-09-12T16:51:36+00:00September 12, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Apples, Eggplant, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Roma Tomatoes, Green Beans Medium: Apples, Eggplant, Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Green Beans, Large: Apples, [MORE ...]

Green Bean Salad with Roasted San Marzanos

2022-09-07T17:57:21+00:00September 7, 2022|

To keep your house cool, this recipe uses the microwave to parboil the Green Beans and the grill to roast the tomatoes.  Do not try to roast any "regular" tomatoes with the romas, as it will make a big mess when the juice is released and burns. Heat the grill to medium-high. Slice 1 pound of San Marzano tomatoes in half lengthwise. Cover the bottom of a large cast iron skillet or heavy baking [MORE ...]

A September to Remember…or Forget

2022-09-07T17:38:21+00:00September 7, 2022|

Unless you live within a mile or two of the Pacific Ocean, you likely experienced -- or are still experiencing -- some of the hottest September temperatures your location has ever had this week.  I hope everyone is figuring out some way to stay cool, especially folks who live in places where they rarely need air conditioning. As I mentioned last week, we were originally anticipating a "convenient" record-breaking heat that would last just [MORE ...]

Three Day Weekends & Heatwaves

2022-08-31T17:47:20+00:00August 31, 2022|

For most farmers, there's not much to like about Holidays Weekends during the summer.  You can't put a farm on hold during the hottest time of year:  the crops just keep growing.  At a minimum, you have to keep watering them.  And if you're harvesting -- as we pretty much always are -- you can't stop for three days.  Heck, sometimes we can't even stop for two days.  Even in a regular week, we [MORE ...]

Grilled Delicata & Zucchini Tacos

2022-08-31T17:50:12+00:00August 31, 2022|

Two great squashes that taste great when grilled! The Delicata is sweet and creamy, and the Zucchini is...not.  You can make separate tacos, or mix them together.  The marinade is the same. Cut 1 Delicata squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and pulp.  Slice each half crosswise in half-inch thick or thicker slices -- if you slice them too thin they will burn. Trim 2 zucchini and then use a sharp [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/31/22 – 9/2/22

2022-08-29T19:52:15+00:00August 29, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Carrots, Cucumber, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Delicata Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Medium: Carrots, Cucumber, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Delicata Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: [MORE ...]

Oven Roasted Tomato & Pepper Sauce

2022-08-24T18:24:58+00:00August 24, 2022|

This is a sheet-pan and blender recipe that makes a thick, flavorful sauce that can be used to top pasta or for dipping.  No peeling is required for the tomatoes or peppers; just the garlic. Heat the oven to 350. Brush a baking sheet or large cast iron skillet liberally with 1 T. olive oil mixed with 1/2 t. salt. Cut 2 lbs. of tomatoes in half (removing the cores first) and then place [MORE ...]

Middlemen Meddling with Melons

2022-08-24T17:38:46+00:00August 24, 2022|

One of the reasons most frequently listed to join a CSA or shop at a farmers' market is to "eliminate the middleman".  This concept is most often thought of in economic terms:  buying direct means that the farmer gets a much larger percentage of the value of their crop.  But middlemen also prevent communication between farmers and consumers.  And they have interests that are not only different, but often in conflict with, the grower [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/24/22 – 8/26/22

2022-08-22T18:06:32+00:00August 22, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Garlic, Grapes, Peaches, Potato, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Garlic, Grapes, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatos, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cucumbers Large: Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Gypsy Peppers, Potatos, Zucchini, Tomatoes, [MORE ...]

The Coming (ARk)Storm

2022-08-17T17:59:31+00:00August 17, 2022|

Many CSA subscribers probably heard about last week's report on how Climate Change is increasing the probability of an ARkstorm:  a month-long series of atmospheric rivers that would cause extensive flooding throughout the state but especially in the Central Valley.  The most recent ARkstorm was in 1862, and left Sacramento and much of the rest of the valley under water for a month.  From a purely statistical perspective, we are "overdue" for another one. [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/17/22 – 8/19/22

2022-08-15T18:49:33+00:00August 15, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Carrots, Melon, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Beets, Carrots, Grapes, Melon, Red Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes Large: Beets, Carrots, Grapes, Melon, Red [MORE ...]

The Drought South of the Border

2022-08-10T18:14:25+00:00August 10, 2022|

A few weeks back I wrote a newsletter discussing California's critical role in supplying tomatoes to the U.S. and the world.  But it's not just tomatoes.  Our state currently grows more than two-thirds of all the domestically grown fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S.  100% of that produce is produced with at least some irrigation. But every year, American farmers produce a smaller percentage of the nation's fresh produce: 53% of fresh fruit [MORE ...]

Burmese-Style Tomato & Cucumber Salad

2022-08-10T14:27:44+00:00August 10, 2022|

This recipe adds flavor and crunch in the form of fried garlic slices and toasted seeds and nuts.  A by-product of this recipe is the garlic-flavored oil which you can save and use in a salad dressing or other recipe.  The fried garlic itself will keep for a week at room temperature; you can make extra and use it again later. Peel and trim 3-5 cloves of garlic.  Slice them lengthwise thinly to get [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/10/22 – 8/12/22

2022-08-08T18:43:51+00:00August 8, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Cucumber, Grapes. Yellow Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Watermelon Large: Cucumber, Grapes. Yellow [MORE ...]

A Look Behind the Scenes

2022-08-03T16:57:33+00:00August 3, 2022|

August is a transition month on the farm. You won't see it in your boxes, which are still stuffed with all the goodies of summer. But we start planting our fall and winter crops this week, and things really ramp up as Labor Day approaches. It's awkward timing, to say the least. For one thing, it's really hot. Most of our fall crops -- broccoli, cabbage, greens, carrots, spinach, celery -- don't like hot [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/3/22 – 8/5/22

2022-08-01T20:11:07+00:00August 1, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Corn, Cucumber, Garlic, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots Medium: Corn, Cucumber, Garlic, Grapes, Melon, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Tomatoes Large: Corn, Cucumber, Garlic, Grapes, Melon, Peaches, [MORE ...]

What Goes Up Usually Comes Down

2022-07-27T17:35:32+00:00July 27, 2022|

When people talk about the housing issue in California, they mention a combination of high prices, lack of supply, low interest rates, and an influx of money from investors seeking better returns on their money.  These same four factors, as well as a critical fifth one -- water supply -- have played a very similar role in the price and availability of farmland in our state. For ten years, the price of agricultural land [MORE ...]

Box Contents 7/27/22 – 7/29/22

2022-07-25T19:55:59+00:00July 25, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Grapes, Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes,  Tomatoes, Galia Melon Medium: Cucumbers, Grapes, Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes Large: Cucumbers, Grapes, Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, [MORE ...]

Sweet Corn and Pepper Stir-fry

2022-07-20T17:10:16+00:00July 20, 2022|

This simple summer dish can be augmented and modified with the herbs and spices of your choosing but this gives it a pan-Asian treatment.  You can also add the protein of your choice. Peel and slice 1 large onion or smaller onions to make 2 C. Core and slice 3 Gypsy peppers lengthwise. Trim and cut 1 Zucchini or other summer squash in 2" strips (roughly the same size as the pepper slices). Peel [MORE ...]

Sweet Peppers for a Hotter Climate

2022-07-20T16:56:47+00:00July 20, 2022|

Growing up in New York, my family used to go to Italian festivals once or twice a year.  One of the highlights was the food trucks serving hot Italian sausage subs topped with a pile of sauteed onions and sweet peppers.  But the sweet peppers, prominently displayed strung from strings over the counter, were not bell peppers.  They were long and pointy, like hot peppers but not hot, and they had thin flesh that [MORE ...]

Box Contents 7/20/22 – 7/22/22

2022-07-18T20:12:38+00:00July 18, 2022|

Here are your tentative weekly CSA contents! We post these every Monday, but please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. The list that Pablito shares in the Wednesday newsletter is what you will actually receive. Happy eating! Small: Corn, Cucumber, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Corn, Cucumber, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Galia Melon Large: Corn, Cucumber, Yellow [MORE ...]

Heirlooms, Hybrids and Viruses

2022-07-13T17:49:27+00:00July 13, 2022|

Last week I took a macro look at California Tomatoes. This week, I'm zooming in to talk about Terra Firma's tomatoes and how the last three years have affected how we grow them. For twenty years, heirloom tomatoes were our biggest single crop at Terra Firma, some years generating almost half our annual income and taking up most of our time and energy from the time for most of the year.   This year, we've [MORE ...]

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