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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 ...]

A New Year and a New Look at a New(ish) Law

2024-01-10T18:44:51+00:00January 10, 2024|

Happy New Year and welcome to Terra Firma's 2024 CSA! We are excited to see that we are delivering quite a few more boxes this week then we did the last week in December.  If you're a new subscriber, welcome! And if you're an existing member who hasn't gotten a box in a few weeks or months, we're glad to see you back. If you've been a subscriber since before 2016, you may remember [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/10/24 – 1/12/24

2024-01-09T16:59:11+00:00January 9, 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, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach, Dino Kale Large: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Watermelon Radish, Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach, Dino Kale

Happy Holidays from TFF!

2023-12-20T15:32:20+00:00December 20, 2023|

This week will be our final delivery of CSA boxes for 2023. Our next delivery will be on Weds., January 10th, 2024. Last week I talked a bit about the "Nut Recession of 2023" that resulted when an oversupply of nuts ran smack into a fall in demand due to Covid, inflation and a recession in China. Walnut growers have suffered the brunt of this recession because unlike almonds and pistachios, they can be [MORE ...]

Box Contents 12/19/23

2023-12-18T19:59:20+00:00December 18, 2023|

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: Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Delicata Squash, Medium: Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Delicata Squash, Walnuts, Potatoes Large: Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Delicata Squash, Walnuts, Potatoes, Broccoli

Beet and Carrot “Oven Fries”

2023-12-13T19:19:07+00:00December 13, 2023|

This is a very simple recipe.  The key is to cut the vegetables into similar sizes/shapes so they cook evenly. Preheat the oven to 375. Rinse and scrub 1 lb. of Carrots and 1 lb. of Beets.  Trim off the ends of the carrots and the top and bottom part of the beets. Cut the carrots into 2" lengths, then cut each piece into halves, quarters or even eighths lengthwise -- depending on the [MORE ...]

Are we back to “Normal” yet?

2023-12-13T19:05:53+00:00December 13, 2023|

December tends to be a good time for looking back at and evaluating the year that has gone, and that is also true for farmers. It's been a tough four years since 2020, and we've had droughts, flooding, fires and of course "plague". 2023 seemed like a good candidate for a return to a semblance of normalcy, but instead we ended up with a societal case of "Long Covid". One obvious symptom was the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 12/13/23 – 12/15/23

2023-12-11T19:31:58+00:00December 11, 2023|

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, Savoy Cabbage, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Medium: Beets, Broccoli, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Potatoes Large: Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach, Potatoes, Fennel

Thai-Style Butternut Soup

2023-12-06T19:29:28+00:00December 6, 2023|

This soup balances the creamy sweetness of the Butternut with aromatic Thai spices, tangy lemon, and cilantro.  You can also make it by peeling and dicing the butternut and then cooking in the broth, but roasting the squash is easily and adds depth of flavor. Heat the oven to 400.  Carefully cut 1 Butternut in half lengthwise and then place face-down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. While the squash is cooking, [MORE ...]

December Heatwave?

2023-12-06T19:09:54+00:00December 6, 2023|

December is usually our coldest and often the wettest month of the year here at TFF, with alternating rain and freezing morning temperatures.  But so far this year, it has continued November's trend of sunny, dry and warm: it even hit 74 briefly on Monday, which set a record for that date.  This would seem bizarre no matter what, but it stands particularly in contrast to last December which featured weeks where the high [MORE ...]

Box Contents 12/6/23 – 12/8/23

2023-12-04T20:58:02+00:00December 4, 2023|

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: Arugula, Broccoli, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Butternut Squash Medium: Arugula, Broccoli, Carrots, Cilantro, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Butternut Squash Large: Arugula, Broccoli, Carrots, Cilantro, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Butternut Squash

Countdown to 2024

2023-11-29T18:49:22+00:00November 29, 2023|

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday last week -- I know for sure all of us here at Terra Firma did. Thanksgiving is an important "hard stop" for us marking the end of our busy season and allows us to rest up to get through the next month until our longer year-end break. Speaking of which: Terra Firma will be closed the last week of December and the first week of [MORE ...]

Lemony Braised Leeks and Carrots

2023-11-29T18:36:19+00:00November 29, 2023|

This is a culinary "flavor bomb" that you can serve with a vegetarian entree like risotto as well as with non-vegetarian options like fish or chicken.  The leeks will cook down to a fraction of their pre-cooked volume, so don't skimp.  This is a simple recipe but you should feel free to add herbs or spices of your choice such as thyme, rosemary, parsley or red chile flakes. Preheat the oven to 400. Cut [MORE ...]

Box Contents 11/29/23 – 12/1/23

2023-11-27T21:33:11+00:00November 27, 2023|

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, Broccoli, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Watermelon Radish Large: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Watermelon Radish

Box Contents 11/15/23 – 11/17/23

2023-11-14T16:29:10+00:00November 14, 2023|

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: Arugula, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Yellow Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach Medium: Apples, Arugula, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Yellow Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Apples, Arugula, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Fennel, Grapes, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Yellow Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach

Thanksgiving Pre-Game Huddle

2023-11-09T02:22:00+00:00November 9, 2023|

Our team has started our "Countdown to Thanksgiving" here at Terra Firma, by far the busiest three-day week of the year for us...actually, the only one. Most of the preparation will happen before you receive your boxes that week, but some of you have a very important role to play in making sure we can get a CSA box to everyone who wants one before the holiday: If you normally pick up your box [MORE ...]

Roasted Green Bean-Arugula Salad

2023-11-01T17:51:25+00:00November 1, 2023|

Smokey, roasted Green Beans plus sweet, crunchy peppers and nutty, peppery Arugula and lots of Garlic. Preheat the oven to 425. Peel and mince 1-2 cloves of garlic.  Peel and core 2 Gypsy peppers and cut them into thin julienne strips. Wash and spin dry 2 C. or more of Arugula leaves. Trim 1/2 lb. of Green Beans and toss with 1 T. olive oil and 1/2 t. salt.  Place in a large cast-iron [MORE ...]

November is Co-vember at TFF

2023-11-01T17:25:20+00:00November 1, 2023|

Happy Halloween, and welcome to November. We are just about done planting vegetables for the year at Terra Firma, which means it's time for planting something else: winter cover crops. Most farmers in California leave their fields fallow during the winter, exposed to the wind and rain that erode the soil and cause runoff into both ground and surface water. "Cover crops" are just what they sound like: plants that cover the soil and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 11/1/23 – 11/3/23

2023-10-30T18:27:52+00:00October 30, 2023|

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: Rainbow Chard, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Carrots, Baby Arugula, Fuji Apples, Broccoli, Green Beans Medium: Rainbow Chard, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Carrots, Baby Arugula, Fuji Apples, Broccoli, Green Beans Large: Rainbow Chard, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Carrots, Baby Arugula, Fuji Apples, [MORE ...]

Soy-Glazed Futsu Squash

2023-10-25T17:41:59+00:00October 25, 2023|

Preheat the oven to 350. Rinse 1 medium or 2 small Futsu squash.  Cut in half from top to bottom, following the ridges in the squash.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp.  Use a large knife to carefully cut the squash into wedge-shaped segments following the shape of the squash. Make a glaze with 1/2 C. tamari, 2 T. sesame oil, and 1/2 t. black pepper.  If you like, add 1/2 t. ginger powder [MORE ...]

Surprise Rain

2023-10-25T17:34:55+00:00October 25, 2023|

Overnight, people in Acapulco, MX found themselves in the midst of a Category 5 hurricane that no one had prepared for. As of this morning, there is still little information about the impacts, but they are expected to be potentially devastating. Just twelve hours before Hurricane Otis made landfall in Mexico, it had been forecast to achieve Category 1 status -- one fifth the strength it ended up achieving. Globally, governments spend hundreds of [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/25/23 – 10/27/23

2023-10-23T19:37:46+00:00October 23, 2023|

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: Green Beans, Broccoli, Grapes, Dino Kale, Yellow Onions, Black Futsu Squash, Arugula Medium: Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Grapes, Dino Kale, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Pistachios, Black Futsu Squash, Arugula Large: Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Grapes, Dino Kale, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Pistachios, Black Futsu Squash, Tomatoes, Arugula

Reducing the Plastic in your Boxes

2023-10-18T17:45:16+00:00October 18, 2023|

As recently as a hundred years ago, fresh produce was a luxury that was unattainable to most people in the world. A handful of "new technologies" made it possible to transport it from farms to cities without it turning into compost on the way: fossil fuels, refrigeration, and plastic. Fast forward to the 21st century and all three of those have been implicated in climate change and other environmental damage. And yet the consumption [MORE ...]

Easy Refrigerator Dilly Beans

2023-10-18T17:42:33+00:00October 18, 2023|

This recipe has no sugar in it -- these pickles are tart and tangy.  It does not require any heat-treatment or other preservation method but the pickles should be eaten within two weeks.  If you want to preserve them, I have included directions but it is optional. In a medium sized pot, combine 1 1/2 C. white vinegar with 3 C. water.  Bring to a boil, then let cool to room temperature. Wash 2 [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/18/23 – 10/20/23

2023-10-16T20:25:55+00:00October 16, 2023|

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: Green Beans, Carrots, Gypsy Peppers, Fuyu Persimmons, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries Medium: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Gypsy Peppers, Fuyu Persimmons, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Cilantro, Tomatoes Large: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Gypsy Peppers, Fuyu Persimmons, Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Baby Kale, Cilantro, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Garlic

Box Contents 10/11/23 – 10/13/23

2023-10-09T20:51:45+00:00October 9, 2023|

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: Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Romaine Lettuce, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Romaine Lettuce, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Baby Spinach, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Romaine Lettuce, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Baby Spinach, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cucumbers

A Little Help from our BFFs (Best Friend Farms)

2023-10-04T17:23:23+00:00October 4, 2023|

The transition from summer vegetables to fall and winter ones is not often a smooth one here. Many years, hot weather sticks around until late October. Other years, fall arrives early in the form of a soaking rain that promptly ends the season for summer crops like tomatoes. Early Fall is also challenging a season for fruit. Apples love classic autumn weather, which is perhaps why they don't do particularly well here. Grapes are [MORE ...]

Pluot Galette

2023-10-04T17:12:14+00:00October 4, 2023|

This is a rustic tart with an unsweetened dough.  The recipe is originally from Jacques Pepin and is hard to improve on.  Do not peel the pluots, as their skins add tartness and color to the pastry. For the dough:  Dice 3/4 C. cold butter into small cubes.  Add to a food processor with 3/4 C. all-purpose flour.  Process for 5 seconds.  Drizzle in 2 T. ice water and process another 5 seconds, until [MORE ...]

Box Contents 10/4/23 – 10/6/23

2023-10-02T18:11:24+00:00October 2, 2023|

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: Basil, Green Beans, Carrots, Eggplant, Dino Kale, Pluots, Tomatoes Medium: Basil, Green Beans, Carrots, Eggplant, Pluots, Delicata Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes Large: Basil, Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Dino Kale, Gypsy Peppers, Pluots, Delicata Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes

How to Slay a Drought in 12 Months

2023-09-27T17:24:27+00:00September 27, 2023|

A year ago, California was still deep in drought. Reservoirs and wells across the state were low or completely dry and water restrictions were in place. To paraphrase Steinbeck, it seemed that the drought was going to last forever. A year later, the drought has been vanquised. During periods of drought, a vicious cycle starts where dryness begets more dryness. Dry air pulls water from the landscape, from trees and plants, and from reservoirs. [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/27/23 – 9/29/23

2023-09-25T19:15:52+00:00September 25, 2023|

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: Green Beans, Carrots, Grapes, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Medium: Green Beans, Carrots, Garlic, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Apples Large: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Apples

Short Newsletter for the Shorter Days

2023-09-20T16:22:40+00:00September 20, 2023|

Friday marks the official start of Autumn, and by next week the nights will be longer than the days. In recent years, this change was hardly noticeable here with the seemingly endless summer weather lasting well into October and even November. But beginning this week last year -- when we had a soaking rain just prior to the Equinox -- something changed. And if anything, fall seems to have already started this year. Believe [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/20/23 – 9/22/23

2023-09-18T18:20:11+00:00September 18, 2023|

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: Green Beans, Carrots,  Pluots, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Medium: Green Beans, Carrots, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Dino Kale, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Pluots, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: Green Beans, Carrots, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Grapes, Dino Kale, Yellow Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Pluots, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon

30 years and counting

2023-09-14T00:33:29+00:00September 13, 2023|

Yesterday was my birthday, 57 to be exact.  I wouldn't normally mention that in the newsletter, but this year marks a full thirty years that I have been farming, all of them right here. I moved from New York to California in September of 1992, and moved to Winters after spending six months in San Francisco.  And while when I arrived here I had already lived 27 years, the reality is that almost the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/13/23 – 9/15/23

2023-09-11T16:36:55+00:00September 11, 2023|

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, Red Grapes, Piel De Sapo Melon, Red Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Early Girl Tomatoes, Zucchini Medium: Carrots, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Piel De Sapo Melon, Red Onions, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Delicata Squash, Early Girl Tomatoes, Zucchini, Red Beets Large: Carrots, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Piel De Sapo Melon, Red Onions, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 9/6/23 – 9/8/23

2023-09-04T17:21:34+00:00September 4, 2023|

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: Basil, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Early Girl Tomatoes, Green Beans Medium: Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Green Beans Large: Cucumbers, Grapes, Yellow Onions, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Watermelon, [MORE ...]

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