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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 ...]

Box Contents 4/12/23 – 4/14/23

2023-04-10T20:40:33+00:00April 10, 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, Bunched Gold Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Lemons, Leeks, Mandarins Medium: Asparagus, Broccoli, Bunched Gold Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins Large: Asparagus, Bunched Gold Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Baby Spinach

Box Contents 4/5/23 – 4/7/23

2023-04-03T20:58:05+00:00April 3, 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, Rainbow Chard, Mandarins, Little Gem Lettuce, Walnuts, Potatoes Medium: Asparagus, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Little Gem Lettuce, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Walnuts, Potatoes Large: Asparagus, Broccoli, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Little Gem Lettuce, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Walnuts, Potatoes

Box Contents 3/29/23 – 3/31/23

2023-03-27T19:32:30+00:00March 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: Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Mandarins, Pistachios, Potatoes Medium: Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Mandarins, Naval Oranges, Pistachios, Potatoes Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Mandarins, Naval Oranges, Pistachios, Potatoes, Radish

Planting Tomatoes the Old Fashioned Way

2023-03-22T03:58:48+00:00March 22, 2023|

Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time on rainy days looking over farm records for the past 16 years -- as far back as I have them. Not once in that time period we were unable to plant a single crop for the entire month of March. Outside of the drought years, rain is fairly common for this time of year. We have an aspirational list of planting goals, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/22/23 – 3/24/23

2023-03-20T18:10:35+00:00March 20, 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, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Sweet Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Little Gem Lettuce Large: Gold Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Little Gem Lettuce

Asian-style Leek-Noodle Soup

2023-03-15T17:59:18+00:00March 15, 2023|

Fresh or dried shitake mushrooms help give this vegetarian soup tons of flavor. If using dried shitakes, soak 4-6 mushrooms in boiling water to rehydrate.  Reserve the water. Soak 4 oz. dried rice noodles in cold water. Thinly slice the rehydrated or fresh shitake mushrooms. Trim 1 Leek then slice in half lengthwise and rinse to clean.  Slice into very thin julienne strips, 1-2" long. Wash 1-2 carrots and cut into julienne strips. Mince [MORE ...]

Mud versus Flood

2023-03-15T17:07:24+00:00March 15, 2023|

Last week Governor Newsom issued a directive that would allow water managers to intentionally divert surplus water from rivers in the wet season into farm fields to recharge groundwater. Just a day or two later, the Pajaro River broke through a levee and flooded the small town of Pajaro as well as thousands of acres of prime, vegetable-growing farmland near Watsonville. It's very important to distinguish between these two phenomena. Carefully-planned, intentional flooding of [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/15/23 – 3/17/23

2023-03-13T19:14:15+00:00March 13, 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, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Medium: Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Red Grapefruit, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Large: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Red Grapefruit, Dino Kale, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes

Stuck in the Mud

2023-03-08T18:54:54+00:00March 8, 2023|

On a drizzly day last week a young man walked down my driveway calling out for help. It turned out that he had followed Google maps instructions to turn onto a dirt road through our farm fields and immediately gotten stuck in the mud.  Luckily for him, we were able to pull him out. Most Californians live in areas that are essentially waterproof. Wet weather is a minor inconvenience of short duration, unless it's [MORE ...]

Butternut Squash Muffins

2023-03-08T18:32:49+00:00March 8, 2023|

This is one of my favorite recipes for Butternut Squash: moist inside, crunchy outside and not overly sweet. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Cut 1 Butternut Squash in half lengthwise and bake face down on a cookie sheet until it is completely soft and browned around the edges.  Placing it on parchment paper makes clean-up easier. Allow the squash to cool, then scoop out and discard the seeds.  Remove the cooked squash from the [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/8/23 – 3/10/23

2023-03-06T21:06:57+00:00March 6, 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, Leeks, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Dino Kale Medium: Carrots, Leeks, Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Dino Kale Large: Apples, Carrots, Leeks, Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Radish, Butternut Squash, Dino Kale

Leek-Carrot Soup with Miso & Lime

2023-03-01T18:18:37+00:00March 1, 2023|

This recipe is from the New York Times.  If you have more time, try roasting the carrots and leeks in the oven at 375 degrees first instead of sauteing them -- the soup will develop a smokier, deeper flavor. Clean and dice 2 leeks, discarding the tough greens. Dice carrots to make 4 C. Heat 2 T. butter in a heavy-bottomed pot.  Add the leeks and carrots and saute for 5-10 minutes, until the [MORE ...]

The Humble Onion goes Premium

2023-03-01T17:59:47+00:00March 1, 2023|

There was a story last week in Bloomberg about a global shortage of onions that is causing price inflation and follow-on impacts for other farm products.  The shortage of wheat last year, caused at least partially by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, was widely publicized.  Onions are also a worldwide staple: the second most consumed vegetable in the world (the first is tomatoes), and they are a critical component of most cuisines worldwide. Some people [MORE ...]

Box Contents 3/1/23 – 3/3/23

2023-02-27T20:53:18+00:00February 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, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Radish Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Radish Large: Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Cabbage, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Radish

Origin Stories and Old Friends

2023-02-22T18:58:35+00:00February 22, 2023|

In the summer of 1988, after graduating from college, I accepted an invitation from my good friend Sam Wagner to come out to work on his family's farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We spent the summer cutting and baling hay on 320 acres of rolling farmland along the beautiful Brandywine River. It was hard and dirty work, but I loved every minute of it. At the end of the summer, I left Deborah's Rock Farm, [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/22/23 – 2/24/23

2023-02-20T20:23:08+00:00February 20, 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, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Sweet Potatoes Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Pistachios, Sweet Potatoes, Pistachios Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Little Gem Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Pistachios, Sweet Potatoes, Pistachios, Radishes, Spaghetti Squash

Broccoli: Good for you and Good for the Planet

2023-02-15T18:32:46+00:00February 15, 2023|

Broccoli is a mainstay of Terra Firma's CSA program and thus of our farm. We start transplanting it in early August and continue until about Halloween, just a few weeks after we normally begin harvesting it. Harvest lasts through winter and normally concludes sometime in March. If you pay attention to the broccoli in your boxes, you may have noticed that it changes over the course of this six month period. The heads look [MORE ...]

Baked Cheesy Broccoli Dip

2023-02-15T18:30:01+00:00February 15, 2023|

You've probably had a dip like this made with artichokes.  This one uses Broccoli, and is easier and quicker to make.  I'm not going to claim this is a "healthy" recipe but you can substitute soft tofu for the cream cheese if you like. Heat the oven to 375. Butter or oil a 9 inch square baking dish or similar. Cut the florets off 1 lb. of broccoli and cut or break into small [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/15/23 – 2/17/23

2023-02-13T20:50:34+00:00February 13, 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, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Medium: Red Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Leeks, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes Large: Red Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Tetsukabuto Squash

Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad

2023-02-08T18:35:32+00:00February 8, 2023|

In this recipe, cabbage wedges are tossed with a lemony marinade and then oven-roasted to caramelize and tenderize them.  This recipe is from the New York Times. Heat the oven to 450. Remove any wilted leaves from 1 head of cabbage.  Cut the cabbage in half through the core, from bottom to top.  Place the halves cut-side down and slice each into 6 evenly-sized wedges, held together by a section of the core. In [MORE ...]

California Coin Toss

2023-02-08T18:38:52+00:00February 8, 2023|

Since 2020, farming in the winter in Northern California hasn't been much different than farming in the desert valleys of Southern California and Arizona where most of the winter produce in supermarkets is grown.  It's been sunny, warm and dry during the day and a little frosty at night.  Rain was rare and unsubstantial, meaning we had to irrigate every few weeks.  The crops grew at a predictable pace, we had no gaps in [MORE ...]

Box Contents 2/8/23

2023-02-06T18:47:05+00:00February 6, 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, Cabbage, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Potatoes, Navel Oranges Medium: Apples, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Potatoes, Navel Oranges Large: Apples, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Potatoes, Navel Oranges, Radish, Rainbow Chard

Box Contents 2/1/23 – 2/3/23

2023-01-30T21:26:34+00:00January 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: Broccoli, Carrots, Pistachios, Butternut Squash, Rainbow Chard, Navel Oranges Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Leeks, Pistachios, Rainbow Chard, Butternut Squash, Navel Oranges, Purple Daikon Radish, Grapefruit Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Pistachios, Rainbow Chard, Butternut Squash, Navel Oranges, Purple Daikon Radish, Grapefruit, Red Beets

Baked Pasta with Leeks and Kale

2023-01-25T18:49:01+00:00January 25, 2023|

Baked pasta is an easy weeknight dish that will feed an entire household and can be readily adapted to the ingredients in your box.  You can cook the pasta ahead of time (or use leftovers), or just make the casserole ahead of schedule and reheat before serving.  Generally speaking, 1 C. dry pasta will make 1 large serving cooked.  I use a cast iron skillet to make this dish, sauteing the vegetables first in [MORE ...]

Drying Out

2023-01-25T18:28:53+00:00January 25, 2023|

Agriculture has a pretty unforgiving schedule most of year, and most everyone in the field looks forward to having a nice period in the winter to catch up on sleep, visit with friends and family, and relax.  But this winter has been the first of the decade at Terra Firma that we actually got to slow down and take a real break. For the last three years we've had barely any downtime, with warm [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/25/23 – 1/27/23

2023-01-23T19:35:35+00:00January 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: Apples, Carrots, Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Broccoli Medium: Apples, Carrots, Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Broccoli Large: Apples, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Red Butter Lettuce, Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Potatoes, Radishes, Broccoli

A Year’s Worth of Rain…in one Month

2023-01-18T16:56:19+00:00January 18, 2023|

The atmospheric firehose that has been pointed at California for a month has finally been turned off. We had a sunny day without rain yesterday for the first time in weeks. Here at Terra Firma and in many places in our state, we have gotten more than our total annual average rainfall now. Our local reservoir and source of irrigation water, Lake Berryessa, has added 200,000 acre feet of water since New Years: 54 [MORE ...]

Braised Leeks and Celery with Mushrooms

2023-01-18T16:52:23+00:00January 18, 2023|

Briciole is the Italian name for this dish but the preparation is common in France as well.  Braising Leeks in a little broth gives them a "melt in your mouth" quality, and they soak up whatever flavors you add to them.  It makes a great vegan topping for mashed potatoes, but you can also use it as the basis for a non-vegan roast of some sort. Preheat the oven to 350. (Alternately you can [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/18/23 – 1/20/23

2023-01-17T17:41:56+00:00January 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: Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Potatoes, Lettuce, Celery (Wednesday), Broccoli (Thursday/Friday) Medium: Apples, Carrots, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Potatoes, Cilantro, Lettuce, Celery (Wednesday), Broccoli (Thursday/Friday) Large: Apples, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Dino Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Potatoes, Cilantro, Lettuce, Celery (Wednesday), Broccoli (Thursday/Friday) *Due to [MORE ...]

Spaghetti Squash with Chard, Chickpeas and Lemon

2023-01-10T23:30:20+00:00January 10, 2023|

You can cook the spaghetti squash ahead of time and then put the rest of the recipe together in less than half an hour. To cook the squash: Heat the oven to 375.  Slice a spaghetti squash in half the short way.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp around them and discard.  Use a fork to poke a few holes in the shell of each half of the squash, then place face down and [MORE ...]

Oven Beet Fries

2023-01-04T18:43:41+00:00January 4, 2023|

These french-fry shaped roasted Beets get crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can prepare and serve alongside potato oven fries, but use a different pan to cook them to avoid turning the potatoes red.  Roasting beets in the oven allows you to skip the step of peeling them, but you should scrub them with a brush before cutting to remove soil that can be hard to see. Preheat the oven [MORE ...]

Happy Soup Year

2023-01-04T18:31:21+00:00January 4, 2023|

Welcome to 2023! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season, although I expect more than a few people got tangled up in the holiday travel disaster -- as my wife Marisa and I did. The holiday period saw extreme weather in many areas. California escaped most of it, but it now appears we are just late to joining the party. For the last four years, we've seen mostly warm and [MORE ...]

Box Contents 1/4/23 – 1/6/23

2023-01-02T17:07:06+00:00January 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: Red Beets, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Butternut Squash. Medium: Red Beets, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Pistachios, Potatoes, Butternut Squash. Large: Apples, Red Beets, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Pistachios, Potatoes, Purple Daikon Radish, Butternut Squash.

Ending 2022 on a High Note

2022-12-20T23:58:19+00:00December 20, 2022|

It's the end of the year, and thus time for the obligatory year-end retrospectives. 2022 was another rough year in a decade that has specialized in them. We still have Covid, but now we've also got inflation and war as well. Here at Terra Firma, we were surprised and saddened in June by the untimely death of our founder, Paul Holmes. Although he had retired in 2018, he had continued to help guide our [MORE ...]

Box Contents 12/21/22 – 12/23/22

2022-12-19T15:56:13+00:00December 19, 2022|

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, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Medium: Broccoli, Carrots, Curly Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach Large: Broccoli, Carrots, Curly Kale, Leeks, Meyer Lemons, Little Gem Lettuce, Mandarins, Potatoes, Baby Spinach

Winter Squash Crumble

2022-12-14T18:40:50+00:00December 14, 2022|

Crumbles are one of the easiest desserts to make.  This one uses winter squash puree instead of fruit.  This recipe will use about half of 1 butternut or Kabocha squash.  You can double it to use an entire squash, or use the other half for another recipe. Cut one winter squash in half and bake, face down, on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees until it is soft and brown around the edges.  Remove [MORE ...]

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