Monday, May 23, 2016

Nourishing Each Other

We wanted you to meet one of our favorite farmers based in San Diego and hear about how your Farm Fresh To You deliveries are supporting small family farms. Even if you can’t make it down to San Diego for this dinner, please know that we are “cultivating” relationships like this with farmers throughout the state in order to bring you the most local, seasonal produce available. Stay tuned for more partner farm stories. - Thaddeus

Suzie's Farm

I’m Mexican and in my culture, like many other cultures, you gather the people that you love the most around you, and you feed them. Our farm provides the ingredients for everyone to do just that. We call our customers our “farmily” – we love growing food that feeds them and their families. We really can’t do it without them. Without our customers, including those who get our produce in their Farm Fresh To You boxes, all we’ve got is compost. We want to cultivate relationships with our customers and nourish each other.

Don Julio - Farm to Shaker

We will gather together to break bread for our second annual summer feast with our Farm Fresh To You circle on Saturday, July 30th, at our farm in San Diego.  Farm Fresh To You is an important partnership for us. In fact, it helps us stay in business. It gives us stability. If we know we can grow radishes and harvest them and definitely have a place to sell them, we will have seed money for the following week. Farming is a volatile business, but a dependable sales channel helps us tremendously.

Suzie's Dinner

At last year’s dinner, my favorite part was seeing the dinner guests reveling in the field. They got to reconnect with the land and to think about what it takes to get food on their plates. Being in the field also has a way of reinforcing your commitment to supporting a farm to our customers – I often say, “this is your farm too and because of you, we will stay in business.”

Suzie's Dinner

Chef Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro is returning for this year’s dinner. He is a chef truly dedicated to the movement of knowing your farm and where your food comes from.

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For us, these dinner are about feeding the spirit and the soul. We look forward to seeing you there.
 – Lucila De Alejandro, Suzie’s Farm, San Diego

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Farm Fresh Popsicle Recipes

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Few things taste like childhood summers like the flavor of wooden popsicle sticks, stained and chewed nearly to splinters in an attempt to extract every last drop of frozen goodness. The flavor of not worrying how many calories you’re consuming. Of not caring about the sticky stains on the front of your shirt from a popsicle that’s melting faster than you can eat it. Of not wondering how much your electrical bill is going to be every time you hear the air conditioner kick on. Mmmm, tastes like freedom.

Bring back the flavor of childhood with popsicles made from farm fresh produce. The zing of apricot and honey, the buzz of coffee and cherry, and the cool freshness of mint and cream are a modern twist on a classic confection. Whip up a few batches and stock your freezer with sweet memories this summer.

Popsicle molds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased in kitchen stores, as well as the kitchen section of many large retailers. Our favorites include the Norpro Ice Pop Maker and the Utspadd silicone ice pop molds. Each of the following recipes make about 6 to 8 popsicles depending on the size of the ice pop mold. Freeze leftover sweetened condensed milk in a mason jar to use for future recipes. Hope you enjoy!

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Apricot Honey Popsicle

Ingredients:
4-5 apricots, pitted and finely chopped (about 1 heaping cup)
1 cup full fat plain yogurt
⅓ cup honey
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Blend all ingredients. Fill popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.

Consider using figs in place of apricots later this summer when figs are in season.

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Strawberry & Cream Popsicle

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
10-12 large strawberries, gently mashed

Blend milk, cream, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in strawberries. Fill popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.

For Peaches & Cream popsicles, use 2-3 ripe peaches in lieu of strawberries, plus ¼ teaspoon almond extract.

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Creamy Mint Popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

In a mixing bowl, grind sugar and mint leaves with a wooden spoon for several minutes to release oils from mint. The sugar will take on a greenish hue and the mint will break down into smaller pieces. Add cream and milk. Stir to dissolve sugar. Place mixture in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight. Strain mixture and discard mint. Fill popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.

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Cherry Amaretto Popsicles

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups pitted cherries, roughly chopped (about 30)
1 ½ cups full fat plain yogurt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons amaretto

Combine yogurt, sugar, and amaretto and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in cherries. Fill popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.

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Coffee and Cherry Popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cup cold coffee
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pitted cherries

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Pulse until ingredients are mixed, leaving some small chunks of cherries. Fill popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.

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How To Add Popsicle Ingredients To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. The Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery. 

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

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The oats in this smoothie (and the Greek yogurt) make it a super filling and great on-the-go breakfast.

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
(serves 2)

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, stems removed
1/2 cup oats (cooked or uncooked)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup water or freshly-squeezed orange juice
honey (optional)
ice if desired
Directions:

Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

How To Add Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. The Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery. 

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring North Wind

From the Fields - Thaddeus
Your Farm News in Photos - Spring North Wind

It has been my experience that the changing of the seasons is gradually hinted at and then the next season is quickly blown closer with a stiff wind. Last week was no exception. The green grass of the hills and moist soil of spring all but disappeared in a few days. A steady, dry, north wind arrived for a several-day visit. Howling at night, it made our roof whistle. It moved everything that was not securely fastened. The wind settles an uneasy feeling in my bones, leaving me to wonder deep down what is happening outside that is out of my control.

Your Farm News in Photos - Spring North Wind

We escaped these days with little damage. The recently transplanted tomatoes, melons, peppers and eggplant had sufficient time to get their little roots far enough into new soil to secure enough water to battle the wind. The only trees that fell were old, or they only dropped a branch or two. No hay was cut, and lying with roots still holding in place, it escaped sabotage. When the calm days with blue skies returned, the hills where no longer green, but on their way to golden. The whole farm breathed a sigh of relief, took a long draw of water and started growing like crazy.

Your Farm News in Photos - Spring North Wind

Tomatoes are visibly increasing in size by the day. The rush to get stakes into the field and keep up with the stringing is on. Our spring vegetables are increasing ingredients by the day, and we are working to stay on top of the timely harvest of lettuces, radishes, beets, bok choy and carrots.

Your Farm News in Photos - Spring North Wind

The ground squirrels were out in force and in the creek under the setting sun, I spied a big old coyote who was fat from his diet of the squirrels and rabbits. The oak tree leaves are no longer light spring green, but have settled into their dark summer green. The canal is flowing as full as I have seen it in four years. The whole farming community is excited about a full allocation of water.

If the asparagus harvest was not still going, I would say summer had arrived.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another Good Morning Giveaway!

Good Morning Giveaway

This week we are excited to announce our newest coffee offering from Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, Espresso, which is currently available through the month of May in your online farm stand. This organic Espresso is carefully blended with their farmer's best Latin coffees, and a touch of Ethiopian to give it a bold flavor that still has complexity for the discerning palate. It stands up well in milk based drinks, but this roast is equally delicious brewed up long via pour over coffee, or even a drip coffee maker. To commemorate the occasion, we are giving away a bag of organic Espresso coffee and a copy of the book Connecting Worlds: The Coffee Trail by Olaf Hammelburg, which depicts the journey from farmer to consumer. See details below.

Coldbrew Coffee

We are well into Spring and rejoicing for the mild warm temperatures. Our recommendation for the upcoming warm weather is to grind your coffee coarse and make cold-brewed coffee. This iced coffee is so refreshing and easy to make. Bonus: No coffee maker needed.

Cold Brew Coffee
(makes 3 cups of coffee)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup ground coffee beans
water
ice cubes
sugar (optional)
milk or milk alternative (optional)

In a large jar with a lid, pour the coffee grinds in. Fill with approximately three cups water and refrigerate overnight.

Place a colander inside a large bowl. Pour the coffee into the colander and let it drain. You can also put a coffee filter in the colander for extra filtering.

Pour the filtered coffee back into a jar. Get your favorite glass and fill with ice. Pour the cold brew coffee over the ice and stir in milk or milk alternative if desired.

If you want to put sugar in your coffee, fill a small saucepan with a few tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil and quickly stir in the sugar until it melts. Stir the simple syrup into your iced coffee.

Here's How To Enter:

To win a copy of Connecting Worlds: The Coffee Trail and a bag of Pachamama’s Espresso coffee, simply leave a comment below answering this question by Monday, May 23, 2016 (one entry per-person please).

What Is Your Coffee Ritual?

No purchase required. Limit one entry per person, please. Entries will close on Monday, May 23, 2016. Winners are chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on our blog on Monday, May 23, 2016.

Thank you for all the amazing and thoughtful comments!  One thing is apparent, our customers appreciate their morning coffee ritual. 

The winner chosen at random is Ashely who said:

"Our favorite coffee ritual includes a light to medium freshly roasted and and freshly ground coffee. We use a beautiful hand made Costa Rican "chorreador" which is a simple way to make pour over coffee. It is used by most Costa Rican's daily. We have a fancy Italian espresso machine, but we found that pour overs give the best flavor. It also reminds us of our beautiful honeymoon where we drank the best coffee of our lives! It was always freshly roasted and right from the farms! We found that the best coffee does not need any milk or sugar and wont affect your gut."

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ginger Blueberry Mojito

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Sweet, spicy and refreshing - this recipe is irresistible! Once you try it, you'll want to enjoy it again and again. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ginger Blueberry Mojito
(makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:
For Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup:
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cold water

For the Mojito:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 lime, cut into wedges
20 to 24 fresh mint leaves
4 ounces ginger-infused simple syrup
4 ounces spiced rum
5 ounces club soda
ice cubes
blueberries, for garnish
mint leaves, for garnish
lime wedges, for garnish

Directions:

Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup:
You'll need 1/4 cup of grated fresh ginger, (we suggest you peel the whole ginger root, cut into smaller pieces, and use a food processor or blender to pulverize).

In a small pan, bring the ginger, sugar and cold water to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Cover and let it steep for 20 minutes.

Pour the mixture through a strainer and cool in the refrigerator. Makes enough for more than a pitcher.

Mojitos:
Place 1/2 cup of blueberries, 10-12 fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge in each glass. Muddle the ingredients by pressing it down lightly with the end of a wooden spoon and giving a gentle twist.

Add the rum, ginger-infused simple syrup and club soda. Add a couple of ice cubes and stir. Garnish each glass with some fresh blueberries, a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime.

How To Add Ginger Blueberry Mojito Ingredients To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. The Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery. 

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Choose the Fruits & Veggies You'd Rather Not Receive

 Farm Fresh To You Delivery

GET TO KNOW YOUR EXCLUSION LIST

We take special care to select the contents of your box using the season’s best mix of organic produce for your Box Type and Size each and every week. However, we know there are circumstances where you may choose to exclude items from your deliveries:  possibly due to an allergy, maybe you are already growing certain fruits or veggies in your own garden, or you just plain don't like certain items. 

As Farm Fresh To You members you can use your Exclusion List in your account to select any produce items you do not want included in your deliveries. You can update this list as often as you like, either online or by calling Customer Service (800.796.6009).

BONUS - if you really need something any particular week, but don't want to take it off your Exclusion List, you can still add anything that’s on your list to a delivery when you Customize Your Box (if it's available the week of your delivery).

How to Update Your Exclusion List

1. Log into your account online and click through to MY ACCOUNT.

2. Click the "Edit" link next to UPDATE YOUR EXCLUSION LIST.

3. Make any changes you want to your Exclusion List!
Use this list to mark the items you prefer NOT TO RECEIVE in your box. You can exclude an entire group of items like all asparagus, or specific varieties like just purple artichokes or only cinnamon basil (see example below). Please note: excluded items will remain saved on you make any changes to your list. 
Exclusion List


How Does the Exclusion List Actually Work?

Items on your Exclusion List will never be scheduled for your deliveries. If you update your list by removing a mark, for example, the item will be added back as okay to use in your future deliveries.  Remember, since we need time to harvest, pack and deliver your box, we need to receive all changes to your service, including to the Exclusion List, by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day for those changes to go into effect.

If an item that you've marked on your Exclusion List is one of the items we've scheduled that week for your type and size of box, then we will automatically provide you with an alternate item, typically substituting a fruit for a fruit and a vegetable for a vegetable.

Do you make the most of your Exclusion List? Log into your account online and make your updates today!