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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 ...]

Solano County in the News?

2023-08-30T17:37:33+00:00August 30, 2023|

Terra Firma Farm is technically located in Winters, which is a town in Yolo County. But most of the land we farm as well as our packing facilities reside in Solano County, just south of Putah Creek from Winters proper.  We started out farming exclusively in Yolo County, but over the years we have moved about 80%  of our production over the county line.  We like it here. Solano County is actually part of [MORE ...]

Potato Salad with Roasted Green Beans

2023-08-30T15:37:50+00:00August 30, 2023|

This is a vegan Nicoise-type salad with boiled potatoes, but the green beans are roasted with garlic. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Wash 1 lb. of Potatoes and drop into the water whole.  Boil for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced with a knife.  Prepare a cold-water bath. When the potatoes are done, drain, rinse and then plunge into the cold water.  When they are cool, dice [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/30/23 – 9/1/23

2023-08-28T16:31:13+00:00August 28, 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: Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Garlic, Summer Royal Grapes, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes Medium: Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Garlic, Summer Royal Grapes, Melon or Watermelon, Yellow Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes Large: Green Beans, Painted Serpent Cucumbers, Garlic, Summer Royal Grapes, Melon or Watermelon, [MORE ...]

Adapting to Longer Summers at TFF

2023-08-23T16:02:20+00:00August 23, 2023|

One of the frustrations of CSA farming is the mismatch between supply and demand in the summer.  Most years, the peak production of summer crops like tomatoes and peaches falls almost exactly during the long summer break when most kids are out of school and families tend to leave town.  Like most CSAs, Terra Firma sees a seasonal dip in the number of subscribers receiving boxes every summer, and a corresponding increase when schools [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/23/23 – 8/25/23

2023-08-21T20:19:57+00:00August 21, 2023|

Box Contents 8/16/23 – 8/18/23 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: Cucumbers, Grapes, Peaches, Red Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes Medium: Basil, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Red Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes Large: Basil, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Red Onions, Gypsy Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes

Humidity, Organic Farming and California

2023-08-16T18:01:39+00:00August 16, 2023|

For six months of most years, California is a very dry place.  Sometimes our climate is called "Mediterrean", but that's a misnomer because many places adjacent to that body of water actually get regular summer rainfall.  In the Golden State outside of the mountains, we get an average of close to zero. So how can it be that California produces more agricultural bounty than any other state in the U.S. ? As so many [MORE ...]

Beet, Melon, and Tomato Salad

2023-08-16T17:30:09+00:00August 16, 2023|

With three sweet items in this salad, you don't want to use sweet vinegar.  Lime juice, mint and feta provide a nice contrast that will keep this from being cloyingly sweet.  Alternately, you could go with cilantro, Tajin and Cotija cheese for a Mexican vibe.  You can use watermelon or any muskmelon for this recipe. Bake 3 beets at 350 in foil or boil them until fork-tender.  Allow to cool, then peel and cut [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/16/23 – 8/18/23

2023-08-14T20:40:27+00:00August 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: Red Beets, Corn, Melon, Yellow  Onions, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Red Beets, Corn, Melon, Yellow  Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cucumbers Large: Red Beets, Corn, Melon, Yellow  Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cucumbers

Achieving Groundwater Sustainability the Local Way

2023-08-09T17:40:13+00:00August 9, 2023|

A few years back, during the height of the drought, it seemed that everyone knew that farmers in general -- and almond farmers in particular -- were using too much of California's water. Fast forward to 2023. The drought is over, having been spectacularly eradicated by one of the wettest winters in our state's history, and thousands of acres of almond orchards in the "driest" part of the Central Valley are under the water [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/9/23 – 8/11/23

2023-08-07T20:01:03+00:00August 7, 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 Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Nectarines, Peaches, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Green Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Nectarines, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes Large: Green Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Melon, Nectarines, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes

Mel-August

2023-08-02T16:40:04+00:00August 2, 2023|

If watermelons and sweet corn are the symbols of July at Terra Firma, then Melons are a sure sign of August. Melons, also known as Muskmelons, are part of the extended family that includes not just watermelons but cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash and pumpkins. Botanically, they are most similar to cucumbers as they share similar-looking seeds, flowers and leaf shapes. While most supermarkets in the U.S. sell only cantelopes and honeydew, there are [MORE ...]

Box Contents 8/2/23 – 8/4/23

2023-07-31T20:08:28+00:00July 31, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Basil, Corn, Melon, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Tomatoes Medium: Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Melon, Red Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Tomatoes, Potatoes Large: Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Melon, Red Onions, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Potatoes

It isn’t Summer until the Melons are ready

2023-07-26T14:44:19+00:00July 26, 2023|

Watermelons and Muskmelons are two of our most important summer crops here at Terra Firma. Both crops like hot weather more than anything else we grow; the hotter it gets, the bigger and more lush the plants get, and the better the melons taste. Our muskmelon season is fairly short, primarily late July and August. And while we grow several varieties -- cantelopes, orange honeydew, Galia and Piel de Sapo -- you will likely [MORE ...]

Box Contents 7/26/23 – 7/28-23

2023-07-24T20:36:36+00:00July 24, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Gold Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Watermelon Medium: Gold Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Galia Melon, Large: Gold Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Galia Melon, Gypsy Peppers

Box Contents 7/19/23 – 7/21/23

2023-07-17T20:10:48+00:00July 17, 2023|

Small: Carrots, Corn, Garlic, Melon, Potatoes, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes Medium: Basil, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Melon, Potatoes, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes Large: Basil, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Melon, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes

Tofu-Green Bean Salad

2023-07-12T18:07:46+00:00July 12, 2023|

This is a Thai-style composed salad with both cooked and raw ingredients. Marinate 12 oz of firm or very firm Tofu with 1 T. soy sauce and 1 t. hot sesame oil for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, trim 1/2 lb. of Green Beans.   Toss with 1  T. olive oil and 1/2 t. salt and roast in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 or on the grill.  (Alternately, you can parboil the beans [MORE ...]

Heat Waves and Baby Grapes

2023-07-12T18:06:17+00:00July 12, 2023|

If you consume any media at all, you have probably heard about the devastating floods on the East Coast and the unrelenting heat in Arizona, Texas and other southwestern areas. We have been pretty lucky in California this summer to mostly avoid extreme weather lately, but we did have two days of near-record heat here in the Sacramento area over the 4th of July weekend. Saturday it hit 108 and Sunday was 109. That [MORE ...]

Box Contents 7/12/23 – 7/14/23

2023-07-10T21:17:33+00:00July 10, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Green Beans, Corn, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Red Onions Medium: Green Beans, Corn, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Black Prince Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onions Large: Green Beans, Corn, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Early Girl Tomatoes, Black Prince Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cucumbers

A Day late but just as Sweet

2023-07-05T17:45:37+00:00July 5, 2023|

Sweet Corn is the quintessential 4th of July food, and as I mentioned last week, we take a lot of pride in harvesting it before July 4th each year. Ideally in time to get our CSA subscribers in time for the holiday. This year the timing of the calendar and the holiday meant that that didn't happen. Instead, you're getting corn today, July 5th (or later). Turns out it's not really that easy to [MORE ...]

Box Contents 7/5/23 – 7/7/23

2023-07-03T20:25:50+00:00July 3, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Corn, Cucumbers, Onions, Yellow Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes Medium: Corn, Cucumbers, Onions, White Donut Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon Large: Corn, Cucumbers, Nectarines, Onions, White Donut Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Head over Heels for Green Beans?

2023-06-28T17:20:32+00:00June 28, 2023|

One of the most common questions we get at Terra Firma is "Do you rotate your crops?". I understand why people ask the question, especially since the media so often uses the term "monoculture" when they are talking about agriculture. But for us, it's roughly akin to asking the average person if they eat, sleep and breath. Here's a fact that might surprise you: almost all farmers in California rotate their annual crops. (Perennial [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/28/23 – 6/30/23

2023-06-26T19:59:29+00:00June 26, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Nectarines, Zucchini, Strawberries Medium: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Nectarines, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries Large: Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Nectarines, Peaches, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries

Which Solstice is it, anyway?

2023-06-21T18:04:07+00:00June 21, 2023|

Today is the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. Beginning tomorrow, the days will begin getting shorter and the nights longer. But on the farm, it feels like it's still May. In fact, this week's CSA box list is almost identical to a box we would normally pack on May 20th instead of June 20th. The peach varieties we are harvesting this week usually ripen in May. And while our strawberries and [MORE ...]

New Potatoes and Beets with Aioli

2023-06-21T18:03:06+00:00June 21, 2023|

This is one of the best ways to enjoy newly harvested root vegetables and new-crop garlic.  Cooking the beets and potatoes separately is a must although the method is the same. To make the aioli:  Separate the cloves from 1 head of garlic -- 12 small cloves or 6 large ones -- and then peel them. Chop the garlic roughly, then add along with 1/2 t. salt to a mini-food processor (or use a [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/21/23 – 6/23/23

2023-06-19T19:56:14+00:00June 19, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Carrots, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries Medium: Bunched Red Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Nectarines, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries Large: Bunched Red Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Nectarines, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries

The Tomatoes Made it!

2023-06-14T17:36:43+00:00June 14, 2023|

In the March 22nd newsletter, I told you how we had been forced by the endless wet weather that month to hand-plant our entire first planting of tomatoes. The first of those tomatoes make their appearance in your boxes today...taaaadaaa. Looking back now at that newsletter, I realize how many important details I left out that illustrate how desperate we were to get the tomatoes planted. Of course both of the days we were [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/14/23 – 6/16/23

2023-06-12T20:09:14+00:00June 12, 2023|

Please bear in mind the contents may change slightly, as things are always in flux on the farm. Small: Cucumber, Nectarines, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries Medium: Cucumbers, Nectarines, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Zucchini, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes Large: Carrots, Cucumbers, Nectarines, Yellow Onions, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Zucchini, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes

June Gloom? What the Heck?

2023-06-07T17:29:32+00:00June 7, 2023|

For many Californians, including many TFF subscribers, June can be a gloomy time with chilly wind, fog or marine layer clouds blocking the sun. In contrast, June on the farm is normally the sunniest month of the year. Although we occasionally see glimpses of it, the fog never makes it to our location. And the long days before and after the Summer Solstice mean the sun is at its highest point and the days [MORE ...]

Berry Peachy Crumble

2023-06-07T17:28:02+00:00June 7, 2023|

This is one of the easiest, most delicious desserts you can make.  Most of the sugar comes from the fruit.  I added a little lemon juice, but you can leave it out if you like things purely sweet. Preheat the oven to 400. Butter a 9" square brownie pan or round pie pan. Peel 1 pound peaches and then cut them into chunks (If you use Nectarines, don't peel them).  Discard the pits. Remove [MORE ...]

Box Contents 6/7/23 – 6/9/23

2023-06-05T20:35:13+00:00June 5, 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: Asparagus, Carrots, Peaches, Zucchini, Strawberries, Snap Peas, Garlic Medium: Asparagus, Carrots, Nectarine, Peaches, Zucchini, Strawberries, Snap Peas, Garlic Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Painted Serpent, Nectarine, Peaches, Zucchini, Strawberries, Potatoes, Snap Peas, Garlic

Peach Season 2023: Better than last year!

2023-05-31T17:11:09+00:00May 31, 2023|

You might remember that for Terra Firma, last year was "the Year of No Peaches". A days-long hard freeze in February of 2022 wiped out almost our entire crop of "Stone Fruit" : Apricots, Peaches and Nectarines. Stone fruit is one of our farm's cornerstones. We grow 30 varieties that generally ripen over a five month season. Since we started growing Peaches in 2006, we've never lost the entire crop like we did last [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/31/23 – 6/2/23

2023-05-29T20:02:05+00:00May 29, 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: Lettuce, Onions, Shelling Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries Medium: Asparagus, Lettuce, Onions, Shelling Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries, Peaches, Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Lettuce, Onions, Shelling Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries, Peaches, Snap Peas

“No Electric Truck for you, Small Farmer!”

2023-05-24T17:49:24+00:00May 24, 2023|

Farming is expensive. It takes lots of money and equipment to prepare the soil and plant crops. Believe it or not, many farmers of the most commonly grown crops in the U.S. can't even afford the equipment to harvest them. They pay a contractor harvester to do so. And only a tiny number of farmers actually transport their crops to market. The big trucks required are a huge investment. So by default or by [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/24/23 – 5/26/23

2023-05-22T22:47:18+00:00May 22, 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, Lettuce, Peas,  Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries, Spring Onions Medium: Carrots, Lettuce, Peas,  Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries, Spring Onions Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Lettuce, Peas, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Strawberries, Arugula

2023 is like a Dream…

2023-05-17T16:09:19+00:00May 17, 2023|

You've probably had dreams where you are racing -- to catch a flight, or finish a project, or get to an event -- but things keep popping up to keep you from getting there. You wake up in a panic when you miss your flight, deadline, meeting, etc. In Terra Firma's stress dream, now reality, we are finally getting caught up with our spring preparations to-do list for April 15th. But then we look [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/17/23 – 5/19/23

2023-05-15T20:22:45+00:00May 15, 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: Asparagus, Cilantro, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Strawberries Medium: Carrots, Cilantro, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach or Arugula, Strawberries Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Cilantro, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach or Arugula, Strawberries

Strawberry Season Opener

2023-05-10T17:56:25+00:00May 10, 2023|

Strawberry season starts this week! Two things immediately jump out about this year's berries. First, they are late -- very late. Today is the latest calendar date we've ever put the first strawberries in our CSA boxes. That follows the coldest winter and spring we've had in Northern California in twenty years. The second thing you'll notice right away is that the berries are HUGE, absolutely the biggest we've ever harvested. This is the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/10/23 – 5/12/23

2023-05-08T22:15:29+00:00May 8, 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, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach, Strawberries Medium: Arugula, Asparagus, Carrots, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach, Strawberries, Valencia Oranges Large: Arugula, Carrots, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Spinach, Strawberries, Valencia Oranges, English Peas, Mandarins

Oh Hail, no!

2023-05-03T17:28:34+00:00May 3, 2023|

There's one weather phenomenon that terrifies every farmer, worldwide, no matter what crop they grow or where they grow it: Hail. It's hard to imagine anything more damaging to growing crops than rock-hard pieces of ice falling miles from the sky at hundreds of miles per hour. And while golf- or baseball -sized hail makes national headlines, even teeny-tiny hailstones can easily destroy many crops. Maybe you're thinking, "Why is hail any different from [MORE ...]

Masala Roasted Potatoes and Snap Peas with Cilantro Chutney

2023-05-04T01:17:29+00:00May 3, 2023|

You can also cook this on the stovetop if you prefer.  For the cilantro chutney, use the entire bunch of cilantro, including the stems but not the roots. Preheat oven to 425. Wash and dice 1 lb. of potatoes. Wash 2 or more Spring Onions.  Cut the tops off and reserve for the chutney.  Slice the bulbs and stems in half rounds. Remove the strings from 1 C. Snap Peas and cut them into [MORE ...]

Box Contents 5/3/23 – 5/5/23

2023-05-02T17:04:46+00:00May 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: Carrots, Cilantro, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Valencia Oranges, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes Medium: Carrots, Cilantro, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Potatoes Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Cilantro, Lettuce, Mandarins, Spring Onions, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Potatoes

Water Aplenty for Irrigation Season

2023-04-26T16:33:10+00:00April 26, 2023|

It's hard to believe that just four weeks ago today, it was pouring rain while I wrote the newsletter. The high temperature that day was 54 degrees. Yesterday it was sunny and hot, reaching 88 degrees and today is likely to hit 90. That change has been as sudden for the crops as it has been for us humans. Over the course of those four weeks, we went from checking fields every day to [MORE ...]

Potato-Asparagus Salad with Green Garlic

2023-04-26T16:31:37+00:00April 26, 2023|

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash 1 lb. of Potatoes.  Drop into the boiling water and simmer until they are fork tender, 10-15 minutes depending on the size.  Drain and cool in a water bath. Boil another pot of salted water. Trim 1 bunch of Asparagus and soak to remove any silt. Drop into the boiling water.  When it returns to a boil, immediately drain the asparagus and cool [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/26/23 – 4/28/23

2023-04-24T20:31:46+00:00April 24, 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: Asparagus, Green Garlic, Mandarins, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Medium: Asparagus, Carrots, Green Garlic, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Asparagus, Carrots, Green Garlic, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Sugar Snap Peas, Potatoes, Baby Spinach

Europeans Helping us out with Spinach Harvest?

2023-04-19T17:45:16+00:00April 19, 2023|

Over our thirty years of farming at Terra Firma, we have continually striven to improve our farming: growing nicer crops more efficiently while making our employees' jobs easier and reducing our carbon footprint. In the last five years, labor regulations in California have dramatically raised the cost of employment. And since the pandemic began, it has been difficult to find enough workers. In response, we have focused on mechanizing harvest of some of our [MORE ...]

Box Contents 4/19/23 – 4/21/23

2023-04-17T19:55:06+00:00April 17, 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: Asparagus, Carrots, Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach Medium: Asparagus, Carrots, Chard, Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Mandarins, Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach

Roasted Beet, Leek & Asparagus Salad

2023-04-12T15:27:26+00:00April 12, 2023|

Beets take a while to cook, so it's best to prepare them ahead of time.  The Asparagus cooks much more quickly. Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the leaves off 1 bunch of Beets.  Scrub the roots with a brush, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Trim the leaves off 1 Leek, then slice the shank in half lengthwise and wash carefully between the layers.  Cut the shank halves in 2 inch sections, then cut [MORE ...]

Waking up from a long Winter Slumber

2023-04-12T15:01:38+00:00April 12, 2023|

Despite the pessimistic title of my last newsletter, over the weekend a seasonal switch was flipped and just like that, Spring Arrived. The change over just a few days is not just visible but palpable. On Thursday my sinuses started throbbing; the next day I noticed the bare branches of walnut and pistachio trees had begun to push out their first flowers -- the last of our tree crops to bloom each year. The [MORE ...]

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