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Box Contents 6/19/24 – 6/21/24

2024-06-17T18:06:22+00:00June 17, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Apricots, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Corn, Peaches, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Garlic Medium: Apricots, Green Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Peaches, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Garlic Large: Apricots, Green Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Peaches, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Garlic

Drought in Mexico = Higher Produce Prices

2024-06-12T17:58:31+00:00June 12, 2024|

An old friend of mine who lives in New York City called me on Sunday, demanding to know "Why are Cucumbers six dollars in the store right now? Why is produce soooo expensive?".  My response was, "How much time do you have?" First things first:  It's not because of inflation, at least not the inflation that everyone has been talking about for almost two years now.  As I've mentioned in previous newsletters, fresh produce [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/12/24 – 6/14/24

2024-06-10T19:56:57+00:00June 10, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Apricots, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Zucchini Medium: Apricots, Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Valencia Oranges Large: Apricots, Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Valencia Oranges

Apricot Nut Crumble

2024-06-05T18:03:54+00:00June 5, 2024|

This is a super-easy to make desert that really allows the flavor and jammy texture of the Apricots.  You can also substitute Strawberries for half the 'cots. Preheat the oven to 375. Pit and slice 1 lb. of unpeeled Apricots.  Toss in a bowl with 1 T. sugar and 1 T. wheat or rice flour.  Arrange in a 9" pie pan or brownie pan. Chop 1 C. almonds or walnuts (or a combination) in [MORE ...]

A Blast from the Past: Apricots

2024-06-05T17:56:01+00:00June 5, 2024|

We have a bumper crop of Apricots this year: a real "branch-breaker".  It's definitely the biggest crop we've ever had, which is all the more surprising because we've had hardly any 'cots at all the last several years.  We've gotten more fruit off one tree this year than we got from all 300 trees in 2022, for example. When I first started working at Terra Firma, Apricot harvest was a big deal every year.  [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/5/24 – 6/7/24

2024-06-03T20:16:52+00:00June 3, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Cucumbers, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Zucchini, Apricots, Yellow Onions Medium: Carrots, Cucumbers, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Zucchini, Apricots, Yellow Onions Large: Carrots, Cucumbers, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Zucchini, Apricots, Yellow Onions, Walnuts

Straight Lines and Robots

2024-05-29T16:45:10+00:00May 29, 2024|

Straight lines don't occur much in nature, but our current human civilization depends on them and agriculture is no exception.  From wheat to vegetables to trees, farmers grow crops in straight, orderly lines so they can better manage everything from planting to harvest. If you've ever tried to make a straight line longer than a dozen feet or so, you probably know it's not that easy.  Extending that straight line hundreds of feet or [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/29/24 – 5/31/24

2024-05-27T19:00:17+00:00May 27, 2024|

Box Contents 5/22/24 – 5/24-24 Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Garlic, Little Gem Lettuce, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, Strawberries, Zucchini Medium: Carrots, Garlic, Little Gem Lettuce, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, English Peas, Strawberries, Zucchini Large: Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Little Gem Lettuce, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, English Peas, Strawberries, Zucchini

Overlap Season

2024-05-22T18:01:52+00:00May 22, 2024|

From, most farmers' perspective, Terra Firma is an "excessively diversified" farm -- we grow too many crops.  Depending on the time of year, it doesn't always feel that way -- for example, as recently as February when we were unable to plant and had fewer and fewer items to harvest.  But it definitely feels that way this week. Late spring is different here every year, it seems.  Summer almost always comes by mid- June, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/22/24 – 5/24-24

2024-05-20T18:16:53+00:00May 20, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Arugula, Carrots, Lettuce, English Peas, Strawberries, Peaches, Fresh Red Onions Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Lettuce, Zucchini, Strawberries, Peaches, Fresh Red Onions Large: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Lettuce, English Peas, Spinach, Zucchini, Strawberries, Peaches, Fresh Red Onions

Tip-Toeing into Summer

2024-05-15T17:57:13+00:00May 15, 2024|

It's feeling like Summer this week, with sunny and very warm weather here with just enough cool air trickling in from the foggy Bay to keep it from getting too hot.  If it gets hot too early in the Spring it can be very stressful at Terra Firma, since most of the items we are harvesting don't enjoy heat.  But if it stays cold, like it did last year, our summer crops don't thrive [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/15/24 – 5/17/24

2024-05-13T17:43:39+00:00May 13, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Asparagus, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Red Fresh Onions, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Medium: Asparagus, Carrots, Red Butter Lettuce, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Red Fresh Onions, Peaches, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Red Butter Lettuce, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Red Fresh Onions, Peaches, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas

Dust-icane Days

2024-05-08T16:45:49+00:00May 8, 2024|

It is windy out today: very windy. We're talking about 40 mile-per-hour gusts creating rolling dust clouds, blowing unsecured objects away, and ripping leaves off trees and vegetable plants. It was windy yesterday too, and will be tomorrow as well, but today is a true "gale" -- the peak of the dry storm.  A "Dusticane". We get these winds, which funnel along the east side of the Coast Range -- accelerating as they go [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/8/24 – 5/10/24

2024-05-06T20:23:47+00:00May 6, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Cilantro, Strawberries, Potatoes Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Spring Onions, Strawberries, English Peas, Potatoes Large: Arugula, Apples, Asparagus, Carrots, Cilantro, Spring Onions, Strawberries, English Peas, Potatoes

A Berry Good Year?

2024-05-02T02:24:27+00:00May 2, 2024|

We are in the midst of one of our best strawberry seasons we can remember -- the second in a row.  Harvest started early, despite a few hiccups, and has continued for an entire month.  Although we are working with two "new to us" varieties, we've been happy with the quality and flavor of the berries and hope you have been as well.  As always, the flavor of strawberries depends on the weather, and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/1/24 – 5/3/24

2024-04-29T20:27:43+00:00April 29, 2024|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Arugula, Asparagus, Little Gem Lettuce, English Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Little Gem Lettuce, English Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, Mandarins Large: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Baby Kale, Little Gem Lettuce, English Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, Mandarins

The Asparagus Season that almost wasn’t

2024-04-24T18:14:20+00:00April 24, 2024|

A few of you have emailed us lately wondering if you missed Asparagus season. It's not a bad question -- we have been wondering the same thing ourselves. Asparagus is one of only a few perennial vegetables, the roots residing in the same field for a decade or longer. Most years, the spears start pushing out of the ground in March -- early or late, depending on how warm it is -- and get [MORE ...]

Gingery Spring Stir-Fry

2024-04-24T18:13:29+00:00April 24, 2024|

Once you have the vegetables prepped, this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to cook Soak 1 bunch of Asparagus, then spin dry and trim off the bases.  Cut into bite-sized pieces. Alternately, you can use half a bunch of Asparagus and 1 C. trimmed Snap Peas. Trim 1 stem of Green Garlic and then dice it to make 1/2 C. (You can save the uncut part for another use). Soak 4 C. spinach [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/24/24 – 4/26/24

2024-04-22T20:07:09+00:00April 22, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Asparagus, Carrots, Green Garlic, English Peas, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Green Garlic, Mandarins, English Peas, Snap Peas, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Large: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Green Garlic, Mandarins, English Peas, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries

What’s Going on the Berry Patch?

2024-04-17T19:22:08+00:00April 17, 2024|

Strawberries are uquituous in the produce aisles and always rank in the top 5 fruit and vegetable items that Americans eat -- about 8 pounds per year.  Like many familiar things, though, most people don't know much about the details.  It is our job at Terra Firma to make sure our CSA subscribers know the details, at least some of them. As with much of fresh produce farming, growing the right variety of strawberry [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/17/24 – 4/19/24

2024-04-16T16:07:01+00:00April 16, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Gold Beets, Green Cabbage, Leeks, Mandarins, Snap Peas, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Medium: Apples, Gold Beets, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Mandarins, English Peas, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Large: Apples, Gold Beets, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Mandarins, Snap Peas, English Peas, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Baby Kale

Box Contents 4/10/24 – 4/12/24

2024-04-08T20:12:21+00:00April 8, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Leeks, Lemons, Mandarins,  Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Strawberries, Rainbow Chard Medium: Arugula, Carrots, Leeks, Lemons, Mandarins, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Strawberries, Rainbow Chard Large: Arugula, Carrots, Leeks, Lemons, Mandarins, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Strawberries, Rainbow Chard

Pea, Cabbage and Leek Risotto

2024-04-03T23:37:06+00:00April 3, 2024|

Cabbage and Leeks are slow-cooked with the rice and the peas get tossed in at the end. Trim the leaves off of 1-2 Leeks.  Cut the leek shanks into 2" pieces, then cut them in half lengthwise.  Use a sharp knife to cut each section into julienne strips.  You want 2 packed Cups. Cut a cabbage in half and then thinly slice it to make 2 C. Heat a quart of vegetable broth (or [MORE ...]

Finding More Ways for Farmers to Fight Climate Change

2024-04-03T16:57:18+00:00April 3, 2024|

There are a wide variety of opinions regarding the contribution that agriculture makes worldwide to climate change.  Environmentalists tend to emphasize the role of farmers and ranchers as CO2 emitters, as if humanity has another way to feed itself other than by growing crops and livestock.  After spending years on the defensive, the agricultural community has finally shifted to a focus on the role that farming plays in offsetting everyone else's carbon emissions, and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/1/24

2024-04-01T20:02:40+00:00April 1, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Snap Peas, Spinach Medium: Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach Large: Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Snap Peas, Pistachios, Potatoes, Strawberries, Spinach

A Whole New Look for April?

2024-03-27T17:29:39+00:00March 27, 2024|

The arrival of Spring rarely coincides with the arrival of our spring crops at Terra Firma. There's almost always two to four weeks of "lag time" that the plants need to respond to the changes in the season. Several of our spring-harvested crops are planted in the fall and spend all winter growing, and we never know when harvest will start. It depends quite a bit on how warm or cold it is in [MORE ...]

Green Garlic Aioli

2024-03-27T17:25:53+00:00March 27, 2024|

This is an easy and flavorful dip that uses the entire Garlic plant. For the right texture,  it is very important to slowly drizzle the olive oil as you make the emulsion. Rinse and trim the bottoms off 3-4 stems of Green Garlic.  Using a sharp knife, roughly chop all of the garlic. Separate one egg into whites and yolk.  This recipe uses only the yolk.  In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/27/24 – 3/29/24

2024-03-25T20:31:18+00:00March 25, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Mandarins, Spinach, Butternut Squash, Walnuts , Rainbow Chard Medium: Carrots, Green Garlic, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Watermelon Radish, Spinach, Butternut Squash, Walnuts, Rainbow Chard Large: Carrots, Green Garlic, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Spinach, Butternut Squash, Walnuts, Rainbow Chard

Happy Spring Equinox

2024-03-20T17:20:26+00:00March 20, 2024|

We're currently having the longest stretch of dry weather since December, and we are taking advantage of it! In the past week, we've planted Potatoes, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Peas, and Salad Greens.  Our first Peppers will go in the ground tomorrow. Weather conditions during and immediately after planting can have a dramatic impact on the success of our crops. Believe it or not, just a decade or so ago, few people other than farmers [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/20/24 – 3/22/24

2024-03-18T20:49:11+00:00March 18, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Spinach Medium: Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Spinach Large: Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Spinach

Box Contents 3/13/24 – 3/15/24

2024-03-12T17:12:32+00:00March 12, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Apples, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Gold Nugget Mandarins, Potatoes Medium: Apples, Red Beets, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Gold Nugget Mandarins, Potatoes Large: Apples, Red Beets, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Gold Nugget Mandarins, [MORE ...]

Will Work for Feed

2024-03-07T03:42:24+00:00March 7, 2024|

Last week had a decent stretch of dry weather that allowed us to squeeze in a few plantings before the arrival of March 1st -- but just barely.   Even as recently as last Monday, it appeared unlikely that the fields would dry out enough for us to much.  Then Mother Nature gave us the gift of two windy nights. Since January, it's been so moist and muddy that even after a warm, sunny day, [MORE ...]

Easy Kimchi

2024-03-06T16:24:14+00:00March 6, 2024|

Cabbage naturally contains the "good bacteria" that cause fermentation.  To make homemade Kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut) , you soak the cabbage in a brine first, and then ferment it for a few days with spices.  This recipe uses an entire head of cabbage, but you can easily halve it to make a smaller batch.  You can also use 2 different types of cabbage if you them, such as Red and Savoy. Cut 1 head of [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/6/24 – 3/8/24

2024-03-04T20:44:51+00:00March 4, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Oroblanco Grapefruit, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Leeks Large: Broccoli, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Oroblanco Grapefruit, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/28/24 – 3/1/23

2024-02-26T17:39:28+00:00February 26, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Red Butter Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash, Pink Lady Apples, Leeks, Rainbow Chard Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash, Pink Lady Apples, Leeks, Rainbow Chard Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Butternut Squash, Pink [MORE ...]

Kung Pao-Style Tofu

2024-02-21T19:21:28+00:00February 21, 2024|

This vegan stir fry heavily features chopped Celery.  Combined with the tofu and the tangy sauce, the celery provides a delicious crunch.  Note: Traditional Kung Pao dishes use Sichuan peppercorns, which cause a numbing feeling in your mouth.  I omitted these from this recipe, but feel free to add them yourself if you like. Dice 12 oz. extra firm tofu and marinate in a mixture of 2 T. tamari and 1 T. sesame oil [MORE ...]

First time since 2019?

2024-02-21T19:18:28+00:00February 21, 2024|

Lake Berryessa, Terra Firma's primary source of irrigation water, is filling fast right now. It has passed the highest level it reached last year, 430 feet above sea level -- and is now headed for another milestone. Once the water level hits 440 feet, it begins to automatically spill out of the lake, through a giant concrete tower called "The Glory Hole". At this time, the water is just shy of 335 feet, or [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/21/24 – 2/23/24

2024-02-19T18:36:14+00:00February 19, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Celery, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Potatoes, Navel Oranges, Watermelon Radish Medium: Carrots, Celery, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Pistachios, Potatoes, Navel Oranges, Watermelon Radish Large: Carrots, Celery, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Pistachios, Potatoes, Navel Oranges, Watermelon Radish, Little Gem Lettuce

Weeds, Mud, and Price of Organic

2024-02-14T19:42:41+00:00February 14, 2024|

Where organic farming has succeeded wildly in marketing itself, it failed just as wildly at explaining itself. Most Americans, when surveyed, say they would buy organic products if they cost the same as conventional. This reveals a fundamental lack of understanding about the nature of organic: it will likely always be more expensive. The biggest reason? Weeds. Conventional farmers have generally controlled weeds with synthetic herbicides for over 50 years. But in 2024, forty [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/14/24 – 2/16/24

2024-02-12T18:19:39+00:00February 12, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Navel Oranges

Kale Salad with Roasted Beets, Delicata and Walnuts

2024-02-07T19:05:42+00:00February 7, 2024|

Slice 1 Delicata Squash in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.  You can discard them or wash them, dry them, roast them and use as an additional salad topping.  Dice the entire squash then toss with 2 T. olive oil, 1 t. salt, and a dash of red chile flakes. Scrub 1 Large or 2 Medium Beets (optional), trim the ends, then cut into dice the same size as the Delicata.  Toss with [MORE ...]

Post-Storm Update

2024-02-07T18:54:07+00:00February 7, 2024|

Like many areas of California, we had some crazy weather here at the farm over the weekend.  Not only did we experience the widespread damaging windstorm that many other areas saw on Sunday, but prior to the wind's arrival, we got over 4" of rain in just 12 hours.  For a short period, we had the highest daily rainfall of any site in California.  Definitely not a distinction that I was happy about at [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/31/24 – 2/2/24

2024-01-29T20:27:12+00:00January 29, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Carrots, Fennel, Pistachios, Navel Oranges, Red Butter Lettuce Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Fennel, Dino Kale, Leeks, Pistachios, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Red Butter Lettuce Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Fennel, Dino Kale, Leeks, Pistachios, Potatoes, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Red Butter Lettuce

Creamy Red Cabbage-Potato Soup

2024-01-24T19:42:43+00:00January 24, 2024|

An Eastern-European style soup that gets an extra kick from sour cream or yogurt and vinegar. Clean, trim and then dice 1 large or 2 smaller Leeks. Saute in a large, heavy-bottomed pot in 3 T. olive oil until they begin to soften. Cut 1 Cabbage (red or green) in half from top to bottom.  Remove the core from 1 half, then place face down on a cutting board and shred it finely with [MORE ...]

Which is the Real “Wettest January Ever”?

2024-01-24T19:03:47+00:00January 24, 2024|

Last January was the wettest January we had had in several years. This January is also the wettest January we have had in years. But that is where the similarities end. January 2024 brought a number of incredibly wet storms that flooded our fields for weeks, although other areas saw much worse flooding. The storms were very cold, and the periods between them saw multiple nights of below-freezing temperatures. As a result, our crops [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/24/24 – 1/26/24

2024-01-22T18:53:29+00:00January 22, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Rainbow Chard, Meyer Lemons, Pistachios, Potatoes, Navel Oranges Medium: Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Pistachios, Potatoes, Navel Oranges Large: Apples, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Pistachios, Potatoes, Navel Oranges

Kale Minestra Soup

2024-01-17T19:28:36+00:00January 17, 2024|

A chunky, flavorful vegan soup with Cannellini Beans and Italian herbs.  You can use either dry or canned beans, see notes below. If you are using dry beans: Soak 1 C. cannellini or other white beans overnight the night before making the soup, then drain and rinse. Clean 2 Leeks, removing the darkest leaves and dicing the rest of the leek. Wash and trim the bottoms and leaves off 6-9 Celery stems, then dice.  [MORE ...]

Community S(o)upported Agriculture

2024-01-17T18:50:41+00:00January 17, 2024|

You may not know it, but January is "National Soup Month"-- until this morning, I didn't even know there was a National Soup Month at all.  But I wasn't surprised to learn that it is January.  Just look at the weather forecast for this weekend:  four straight days of rain. There is no "National CSA Month", but if there were one, it would also be January.  The first month of the year seems to [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/17/24 – 1/19/24

2024-01-15T18:20:38+00:00January 15, 2024|

Here are your tentative weekly contents! Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Large: Apples, Red Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes

How to Prep and Cook Butternut Squash

2024-01-10T19:32:37+00:00January 10, 2024|

Butternut squash is one of my favorite vegetables both to grow and to eat, and so I have a vested interest in educating people in how to use it.  But I still encounter people who don't.  One example is a local restaurant that serves it as a side-dish, steamed and still chalky-crunchy.  An acquaintance I talked to recently also told me "I always just steam it.  It's kind of boring."  And a family member [MORE ...]

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