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Box Contents 5/18/22 – 5/20/22

2022-05-16T18:52:42+00:00May 16, 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: Arugula, Carrots, Lettuce, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, zucchini Medium: Arugula, Carrots, Lettuce, Onions, Peaches, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries Large: Arugula, Carrots, Lettuce, Onions, Peaches, [MORE ...]

Smart Phones vs. Tractors

2022-05-11T17:24:33+00:00May 11, 2022|

  Arguably smart phones are the most important technology of our lifetimes, and they have become globally ubiquituous.  They have probably reshaped our economy and society more than any invention since the automobile.  But in many ways, they are more similar to another revolutionary 4-wheeled technology that few people give much thought to anymore...the farm tractor. Smart phones can be used as telephones, of course.  But since they can emails and texts, they are [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/11/22 – 5/13/22

2022-05-09T19:31:56+00:00May 9, 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: Asparagus, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Green garlic Medium: Asparagus, Baby Kale, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Green garlic [MORE ...]

Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Veggies

2022-05-04T17:46:29+00:00May 4, 2022|

Crush 12 oz of firm or very firm tofu into crumbles, then marinate with 1 T. soy sauce and 1 t. sesame oil (or hot chili oil if you prefer). Separate the leaves of 1 head of Red Butter lettuce.  Soak them in cold water, then rinse the bases to remove any stubborn silt.  Wash again, then spin dry and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Peel and then thinly slice fresh onion to make 1 [MORE ...]

Summer (Planting) is Almost Over

2022-05-04T16:25:01+00:00May 4, 2022|

Believe it or not, we're more than halfway done with planting our summer crops at Terra Firma! The majority of our warm-season crops get planted in March and April, especially tomatoes and sweet corn.  Our first tomatoes already have green fruit on them and the corn is waist-high.  Both will be ready for harvest in just over a month.  Our first Zucchini, planted in late March, is almost ready to pick. Over the last [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/4/22 – 5/6/22

2022-05-02T20:07:13+00:00May 2, 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, Cilantro, Lettuce, Beets, Strawberries, Arugula, Spinach Medium:  Carrots, Red Onions, Snap Peas, Lettuce, Beets, Potatoes Strawberries, Arugula, Spinach Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Cilantro, Red Onions, [MORE ...]

Greening up for Spring

2022-04-27T17:51:35+00:00April 27, 2022|

The theme of winter 2022 was "False Starts". First there was the remarkable storm that made October the wettest ever, followed by a promisingly stormy December. After two years of terrible drought, it was exactly what we needed. Then the taps turned off completely, with shockingly low rainfall in the dead of winter that left us with the driest Jan-March period on record. It essentially cancelled out the earlier rains, leaving us in the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/27/22 – 4/29/22

2022-04-25T20:36:07+00:00April 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: Cilantro, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Strawberries Medium: Asparagus, Cilantro, Lettuce, Spring Onions,  Snap Peas, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Large: Asparagus, Cilantro, Baby Kale, [MORE ...]

Green Curry with Sweet potatoes and Peas

2022-04-20T16:59:26+00:00April 20, 2022|

This spicy Thai curry is nicely balanced by the sweet vegetables. You can use either Snap or Shelling peas for this recipe.  Add your favorite protein source to make a more filling dish. Separate the leaves from the stems of 2-3 Spring onions and set aside for later.  Remove any skin from the bulb and stem, then thinly slice them to make 2 C. Heat 1 T. coconut oil in a wok and add [MORE ...]

A Love Letter to Sweet Ann

2022-04-20T16:47:17+00:00April 20, 2022|

We have a new love at Terra Firma Farm, and her name is Sweet Ann. We'd been looking for a new berry for several years, spending hours on the internet scrolling through profiles and getting excited about promising new varieties: Great flavor! Firm but melting texture. Vigorous plants.  We would conduct trials where we grew a small amount of each, a sort of "Strawberry speed dating".  Few lived up to their promise.  Swipe left. [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/20/22 – 4/22/22

2022-04-18T17:38:42+00:00April 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: Red Cabbage, Green Garlic, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, Snap Peas Medium: Red Cabbage, Carrots, Green Garlic, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, [MORE ...]

Too Much Weather for April

2022-04-13T17:52:39+00:00April 13, 2022|

Twenty years ago, a friend of mine went to work for a farm on the San Mateo Coast.  She had been put in charge of a new ranch they had expanded to, right on the ocean just north of Santa Cruz.  She called me in a panic to describe a problem:  all their crops were being damaged by the constant strong wind that the area experiences.  I remember quite clearly being incredulous at the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/13/22 – 4/15/22

2022-04-12T14:20:34+00:00April 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:  Asparagus, Carrots, Strawberries, Red Butter Lettuce, Gold Beets, Spring Onions Medium: Apples, Asparagus, Carrots, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Strawberries, Baby Kale, Gold Beets, Spring Onions Large: [MORE ...]

Arugula Salad with Garlicky Roasted Spring Vegetables

2022-04-06T18:00:51+00:00April 6, 2022|

Potatoes and Asparagus have different cooking times in the oven, so they are separately roasted and then tossed with arugula in this warm salad. Heat the oven to 400. Soak 1/2 lb. of arugula in a cool water bath, then drain and spin dry. Chop 1 stem of green garlic, white and green parts both. Scrub 1 lb. of potatoes and then cut into 2" by 1/2" pieces ("fries").  Toss with 1 T. olive [MORE ...]

What’s in a Name: “Regenerative”?

2022-04-06T17:14:49+00:00April 6, 2022|

You may have come across the term "Regenerative Agriculture" and wondered what it means. Unlike "Organic", there is no legal definition and certainly no official efforts to provide certification for farmers who want to use the term to market their products -- yet. Farming practices that are considered "regenerative" include providing wildlife habitat, generating green energy through solar or wind, and reducing or eliminating tillage. Also included on the list are soil-building, through growing [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/6/22 – 4/8/22

2022-04-05T15:16:58+00:00April 4, 2022|

Small: Arugula, Asparagus, Green Garlic,  Mandarins, Potatoes Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, Green Garlic, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Potatoes Large: Arugula, Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, Green Garlic, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Strawberries

Lemon Risotto with Asparagus, Chard and Spring Onions

2022-03-30T16:22:34+00:00March 30, 2022|

This is a very simple risotto that gets topped with quickly sauteed or stir-fried vegetables. For the risotto: Bring 6 C. of vegetable or mushroom broth to a simmer. Clean and chop 3-4 Spring onions. Separate the greens from the white parts. In a separate saucepan, toast 1 C. arborio rice in 2 T. olive oil over medium-low heat until translucent. Add 1/2 C. white wine or broth and stir until it is absorbed. [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/30/22 – 4/1/22

2022-03-28T17:57:18+00:00March 28, 2022|

Small: Apples, Asparagus, Carrots, Chard,  Mandarins, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon Radish Medium: Apples, Asparagus, Carrots, Chard, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon Radish Large: Apples, Asparagus, Carrots, Chard, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Walnuts, Watermelon Radish

Spring, Exposed!

2022-03-23T18:04:19+00:00March 23, 2022|

Spring is a season of hope and promise, but historically, it has also been a time of scarce food supplies, hunger and even starvation.  Last week I wrote about how fossil-fuel powered shipping allowed perishable food to be shipped from areas of abundance to places without.  But for most of human history, people outside the tropics relied on crops harvested in the fall and for stored through winter and early spring.  When those supplies [MORE ...]

Beet Brownies

2022-03-23T18:01:21+00:00March 23, 2022|

The cooked beets add moisture and color to the brownies while also dramatically increasing their nutritional content.  Still plenty of calories though. Puree peeled, cooked beets to make 1 C. Melt 1 C. of salted butter.  Add 3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 1/4 C. granulated sugar to combine. Meanwhile, beat 2 eggs with a hand or stationary blender for 2 minutes, until frothy. Combine the eggs with the butter/flour mixture and stir [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/23/22 – 3/25/22

2022-03-21T20:32:13+00:00March 21, 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: Asparagus, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spinach, Meyer Lemon Medium: Apples, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Spinach, Meyer Lemons Large: Apples, Asparagus, [MORE ...]

Irish Potatoes and Cabbage with Leeks (Colcannon)

2022-03-16T17:25:56+00:00March 16, 2022|

I grew up eating my Irish-born grandmother's corned beef and cabbage, and must confess that I am not a fan of either the meat or the mushy cabbage.  For me, this is a better alternative for St. Patrick's Day and it's vegetarian to boot.  This is dish can be called "homey" or "comfort food", but can easily be jazzed up serving it with something completely non-Irish like salsa or tabasco sauce. Scrub 2 lbs. [MORE ...]

Beware of Flying Asparagus

2022-03-16T16:46:47+00:00March 16, 2022|

Asparagus grows all over in the world in temperate areas, including most of the continental U.S.  It's a perennial crop that starts producing when spring arrives, pushing up spears when the soil starts to warm (and the ground thaws, in places with cold winters).  Once summer arrives, the spears get tough and chewy, and the season ends.  Historically it was only available for a few months in any given area, during a time when [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/16/22 – 3/18/22

2022-03-14T17:07:41+00:00March 14, 2022|

Box Contents 3/9/22 – 3/11/22 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: Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, Mandarins, Potatoes Medium: Apples, Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Leeks Large: Apples, Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, [MORE ...]

The Perils of Fake Spring

2022-03-09T18:50:41+00:00March 9, 2022|

February 2022, aka "Fakeout February", was a great example of how careful farmers have to be to avoid getting suckered by the weather.  That's always been true but it's becoming even more important as climate change strengthens its grip.  The record-setting warm temperatures early in the month tricked fruit and nut trees into bloom, only to be followed by record-setting cold that wiped out the crops. In the case of trees already planted in [MORE ...]

Spaghetti Squash Salad

2022-03-09T17:37:18+00:00March 9, 2022|

This is an Asian-style pasta salad made with spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Cut one Spaghetti squash in half around it's "waist".  Bake at 400 degrees until the squash can easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Mince Spring Onions (whites and greens) to make 1 C.  Toss with the juice of 1/2 lemon and allow to steep. Use a fork to remove the cooked squash from the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/9/22 – 3/11/22

2022-03-07T22:38:16+00:00March 7, 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, Rainbow Chard, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spaghetti Squash, Purple Daikon Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spaghetti Squash, Purple Daikon, Navel [MORE ...]

Vegetarian Bubble ‘n Squeak

2022-03-02T19:06:29+00:00March 2, 2022|

A vegetarian, oven-based version of the traditional Irish recipe of potatoes and kale with lots of sharp cheddar.  The "squeak" in this case comes from the sound the kale leaves make when you're preparing them, and the "bubble" comes from the cheese. Heat the oven to 400. Wash and dice 2 lbs. of potatoes (preferably red, but yellow are fine too). Toss the potatoes in a large cast iron skillet with 1/2 t. salt [MORE ...]

The Answer to Last Week’s Question is:

2022-03-02T18:54:47+00:00March 2, 2022|

Last week's newsletter was titled "How Cold is Too Cold?".  Well, this week we know.  The answer is "24 degrees". We've been growing apricots and peaches at Terra Firma for over 30 years.  In that time, we've never seen a freeze destroy the crop.  Older farmers had told stories about it happening so I've always known it was a possibility.  And we've had plenty of close calls.  But this time was different. Last Wednesday [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/2/22 – 3/4/22

2022-02-28T21:31:30+00:00February 28, 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, Broccoli, Spring Onions, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Meyer Lemons, Dino Kale Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Spring Onions, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Meyer Lemons, Dino Kale, Lettuce [MORE ...]

How Cold is “Too Cold”

2022-02-23T16:20:00+00:00February 23, 2022|

One of the head scratchers that climate change brings is that despite overall temperatures rising, some daily low temperatures in the winter are actually getting colder in California.  That is especially true in drought years: clouds and precipitation (both rain and snow) actually keep the air warmer than it might be otherwise at night.  Water falling from the sky can't get much colder than 32 degrees.  And the wind that normally accompanies storms stirs [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/23/22 – 2/25/22

2022-02-22T15:52:43+00:00February 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: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Butternut Squash Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash Large: Apples, [MORE ...]

White Bean Stew with Charred Broccoli

2022-02-16T18:11:23+00:00February 16, 2022|

This is a quick weeknight recipe that relies on the charred goodness of the roasted broccoli add flavor to the tomato-white bean combo. Preheat the oven to 400. Separate the stems and florets of 1 bunch of Broccoli.  Cut the florets into small pieces.  Peel the stems and then cut into strips. Trim, clean and slice 1 leek.  Toss with the broccoli in a bowl with 2 T. olive oil and 1/4 t. salt.  [MORE ...]

When is Organic not Organic?

2022-02-16T17:52:09+00:00February 16, 2022|

Two news stories jumped out at me this week on Monday morning.  The first, from the New York Times, was a story on organic cotton production in India and the likelihood that much of it is fradulent.  The second was the news that the USDA just banned the importation of all Mexican avocados (including organic ones) due to U.S. safety inspectors receiving death threats -- the industry is largely controlled by drug cartels now. [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/16/22 – 2/18/22

2022-02-14T21:16:12+00:00February 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: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Large: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer [MORE ...]

Testing, Testing, Tetsu

2022-02-09T18:20:58+00:00February 9, 2022|

We are always on the lookout at Terra Firma for some new vegetable that meets our criteria for addition to the team. Of course it has to grow well here, taste good, and offer value to our CSA subscribers. Variety is nice, but not if it sits in your fridge or on your counter and doesn't get eaten. Seed catalogs are full of items that don't meet these standards. The best example is the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/9/22 – 2/11/22

2022-02-07T20:30:44+00:00February 7, 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, Red Cabbage, Carrots,  Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges Medium: Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce,  Navel Oranges, Tetsukabuto [MORE ...]

Sesame-Soy Chard Salad

2022-02-02T19:23:32+00:00February 2, 2022|

The chard is sauteed first, then dressed with a soy-sesame sauce.  You can serve this salad warm or cold. Remove the stems from 1 bunch of Chard and wash them.  Trim off the ends on each side and then finely chop the stems to make 1 C.  Discard the rest. Soak and drain the chard leaves, then shake them dry -- you want them a little wet.  Roughly chop. Finely minced 3-4 cloves of [MORE ...]

Spud Planting Time

2022-02-02T18:37:33+00:00February 2, 2022|

When I first interviewed to work at Terra Firma back early February of 1993, it was a warm sunny day and the crew was planting potatoes. It had been a pretty wet winter, and the ground was still muddy and cold. A week later, when I showed up for my first day of work, it started to rain and didn't stop much for a month. The potatoes never had a chance to sprout, and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/2/22 – 2/4/22

2022-01-31T18:59:49+00:00January 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: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Large: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, [MORE ...]

Kale Salad with Walnuts and Butternut

2022-01-26T18:27:55+00:00January 26, 2022|

This raw kale salad uses Lemon Juice to "marinate" or "cook" the leaves to tenderize them while infusing them with more flavor. The butternut is diced and roasted to make crunchy and tender "croutons". Make a dressing with the juice of 1 lemon and an equal amount  of olive oil.  Whisk in 1/2 t. salt.  Press 1 large peeled clove of garlic and add to the marinade.  Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Cut [MORE ...]

Omicron Staffing Shortages & TFF

2022-01-26T18:10:44+00:00January 26, 2022|

Right now, it seems that just about every employer is experiencing staffing shortages.  For most of them, it's a new experience.  But for many farmers, it's hard to even remember a time when they weren't short-staffed.  Farm work has never been a popular occupation during my lifetime, and it's safe to say it's gotten even less so in the last ten years.  A majority of ag workers in California are legal citizens of Mexico, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/26/22 – 1/28/22

2022-01-24T19:04:12+00:00January 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, Broccoli, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots,  Curly Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash, Walnuts Large: Apples, [MORE ...]

Tree Time!

2022-01-19T18:36:09+00:00January 19, 2022|

There's a farmer saying that vegetables are like babies, requiring constant attention.  We spend most of our time around here tending to the veggies, sometimes more than they deserve.  Yet our farm also relies heavily on so-called "permanent crops":  fruit and nut orchards and vineyards.  In fact, they make up a third of the acreage we farm and a very important component of your weekly CSA boxes. It's true that trees and vines  don't [MORE ...]

Chard Puttanesca

2022-01-19T17:27:53+00:00January 19, 2022|

This recipe features the same intense flavors as its pasta-sauce cousin:  garlic, olives and/or capers, and anchovies.  Miso paste would be an appropriate vegan substitute for the anchovies.  Chard stems are edible and sweet, with a texture like celery.  I don't always include them when I cook chard, but in this recipe they soak up the other flavors and make the whole  dish better. Rinse and shake dry 1 bunch of Chard.  Separate the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/19/22 – 1/21/22

2022-01-18T15:30:02+00:00January 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: Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Watermelon Radish, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Broccoli Medium: Beets, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Watermelon Radish, Navel Oranges, Potatoes [MORE ...]

2022 Deja Vu?

2022-01-12T19:08:32+00:00January 12, 2022|

With farming,there is always a little bit of "Groundhog Day".   Every year we follow a plan that is partially dictated by the crops and the  seasons, and partially by our own design -- but on paper it changes very little from year to year.  We may make small tweaks in the program, but it is essentially a pre-populated task list. Of course, a farm is not a computer program.  There are dozens of factors [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/12/22 – 1/14/22

2022-01-10T19:58:10+00:00January 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: Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Carrots, Potatoes, Broccoli Medium: Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Carrots, Potatoes, Cabbage, Broccoli Large: Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Lettuce, Fennel, [MORE ...]

Muddling Through Another Year

2021-12-21T19:09:46+00:00December 21, 2021|

This time last year, most of us were hunkering down for the holidays, missing our far-away loved ones, and worrying about, well, everything.  A year later, most of us have gotten our vaccines and now even our booster shots, and we were looking forward to a happier, more relaxed -- a more "normal" -- holiday season.  Then Omicron (the Greek word for "Grinch") showed up. As humans, we crave certainty, "normalcy", and stability.  Agriculture [MORE ...]

Parsnip-Leek Bread Pudding

2021-12-21T18:48:27+00:00December 21, 2021|

This savory vegetarian bread pudding is a nice alternative (or addition to) stuffing.  Recipe is from Martha Stewart. Peel  and trim 1 lb. parsnips.  Parboil until they are tender then cool under water.  Slice in half and remove the cores if they are woody (not easily pierced with a knife).  Chop into cubes. Trim, clean and dice 1 large or 2 small Leeks. Trim and dice 3 stalks of celery. Wash and trim 1/2 [MORE ...]

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