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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 22nd. Earth Day - A dedicated day to improving the place we all call home.

Celebrate Earth Day!

The world is slowly waking up to the realization that the way we have lived for the last 50 years may not be sustainable. More and more of us are beginning to realize that humans are part of the ecosystem, part of a delicate relationship with all living things. And realizing the way we live is causing harm to the planet.

We understand why the organic movement has grown from a few students in 60’s, to a worldwide movement encompassing millions of consumers and producers.

Farming Organically Since 1976

As organic farmers, we pledge to act as stewards of our precious resources and protect and maintain the soil, water, plants and animals of our farm while continuing to look for new ways to farm and distribute our harvests creatively to benefit the land and people of our planet.

Know Your Farmer

Around here, we believe that the best way to care for the earth is to get out there and enjoy it – because if you love it, you’ll do all you can to protect it. So what will you do this Earth Day (and for the next 365 days) to enjoy it, love it and protect it?
PLANT A TREE – This year’s Earth Day theme is Trees for the Earth. Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to fight climate change and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all. Learn more.
 
PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY CLEAN UP – Help take care of your neighbor parks, school gardens, creeks, and beaches.

VISIT A FARM – Our mission is to connect people with the farmers and the land that grows their food by offering farm tours and events from March through October. We hope to see you at the farm in 2016! Learn more.
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Your belief in and support of our organic family farm strengthens our vision and belief that we are headed in the right direction! We are on our way to a better place, but there is always room for improvement. We challenge you this Earth Day to take a moment and make a conscious decision to take one more step to make this an even healthier, more sustainable world to live in. Here are just a few ideas to encourage you.You can find them on our Earth Day Pinterest Board too!

  • START A COMPOST PILE – Composting is a great way to combat food waste by keeping it out of landfills and waterways. It enriches soil with nutrients and helps boost plant immunity. Anyone can build a compost pile, whether it’s in your yard or under the kitchen sink. Learn more about how to compost at home.
  • TOP TIPS TO SAVE THE EARTH – Small changes we make as individuals can end up making a huge impact on our environment. For instance, just by adjusting your thermostat by 1 degree can save you 10% on your energy consumption.
  • HOW TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY – It’s amazing how many opportunities you will find to celebrate this wonderful world we live in! Learn ways you can show appreciation every day, once a week, every month and once a year.
  • GET KIDS INVOLVED – It's so important that we teach our children about being kind to the Earth and environment. Live by example. Show them how lifestyle changes can make a positive impact every day of the year. There are plenty of ways you can make lasting impressions on future generations: Create an Earth Day “tip jar” and fill it with some of these ideas to get you started.
  • MAKE AN EARTH DAY PLEDGE - The idea is to make a promise of some kind to honor the planet we live on. There are many ways you can choose to do this: pledge to make changes, pledge your gratitude, pledge your love, pledge to protect, etc.

We cannot thank you enough for your belief in organic and sustainable farming and for your support of a better future for generations to come. Happy Earth Day to you and your family from everyone here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Transition Time

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Have you ever heard a CSA farmer complain that spring is the hardest time to fill the box? Does that sound like an odd comment, considering that everything is growing like crazy outside our windows right now?

Farm News

So here’s the rub - while nature and all our domesticated farm plants are taking off with the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, harvesting from those new plants is still a few weeks off because they are not fully mature. Since we are fortunate enough to have a nearly year-round growing season in California, we are still harvesting from our established plants, but they are almost done. We’re in the “tweens” you might say - the awkward in-between period where we are preparing for the unfolding of summer, but still holding on to a bit of the past… a perennial teenage time.

What it means for our boxes is a couple things. First, you are still seeing winter standbys like beets, potatoes, carrots and broccoli. These plants grow well, although much more slowly, during the cooler months and appreciate not having the bright sun burning down on them all day (unlike tomatoes and eggplant which love the hot summer days, but that’s another story).

Farm News

Our Nantes carrots, if you’ve tasted them, are about the best carrot in the world, but even as we pull them out of the ground, their tops or greens are looking a bit worn. This time of year, the carrot and beet greens get a little limp, yellow or ragged sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that the root underneath is any less tasty or healthy. We might “top” them (a practice of cutting off the greens) before we put them in your box since they aren’t as pretty, but we hope you enjoy eating them just as much.

Second, it means we get to feature more produce from our farming partners. We love to support our neighboring farmers, some of whom are small or just getting started, by sharing their harvests with you. It also give us the chance to provide you with more choice and variety since their favorite crops may be different than ours. A win-win situation! I’ve been reminded to tell you that on the website under “info” for each item we offer in the box, it tells you where it was grown or made.

Farm News

Third, and something you may or may not have noticed, is that the size of the produce you get from week to week can vary quite a bit. My beets this week were huge, but my carrots were small. Why is that? During the winter rains, we can only get into the fields to harvest when the fields aren’t too wet, so sometimes we harvest early (smaller) or later after the rains (veggies grow bigger.) In the spring, it can be a matter of having enough time, frankly.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade

Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade

This strawberry kiwi lemonade makes us feel like summer is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited!

Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade
(serves 4)

Ingredients:
3 kiwis, peeled
1/2 cup strawberries, stems removed
2 tablespoons honey
handful of mint leaves
2 lemons, juiced
2-3 cups sparkling water (or water)
ice

Directions:

Put the kiwis, strawberries, honey and mint in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the puree into a pitcher and add in the lemon juice and sparkling water or water (note: the sparkling water will cause the drink to fizz, so don't pour the sparkling water too fast). Stir to combine. Taste and add more honey or water if desired.

Fill glasses with ice and pour the lemonade over the top. Garnish with strawberries and kiwi slices.

How To Add Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade 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, March 23, 2016

Lemongrass Iced Tea

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Though this refreshing drink doesn't use any tea leaves, we love the mild lemony flavor. It's perfect for a hot day and the mint or basil leaves are a great addition!

Lemongrass Iced Tea
(makes approximately 4 cups)

Ingredients:
4 cups water
2-3 lemongrass stalks
1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)
1 lime
basil or mint

Directions:

Using the back of a large knife, crush the lemongrass stalks to release the aromatics.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Drop in the lemongrass stalks and boil for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.

Stir in the honey and remove from heat. Pour into a large glass container and refrigerate 1-2 hours until cool.

Fill glasses with ice and pour in the tea. Garnish with lime wedges and basil or mint leaves.

How To Add Lemongrass, Honey and Basil 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, March 9, 2016

DIY All-Natural Egg Dye

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Eggs To Dye For!
We’ve been wanting to share an all-natural egg-dye tutorial with our members for years now but something always seems to get in the way – either the kids are such big helpers that the dye colors get too mixed up and we are unable to take a blog-worthy photograph or we forget the camera or it’s the day before Easter. But this year, we got all our eggs in a row and pulled together a few egg dye options using produce you can find in your deliveries when you customize your box.

We hard boiled 24 eggs in preparation for egg dyeing.

Choose Your Colors & Ingredients
Red/pink: beet root (4 cups of chopped)
Orange: yellow onion skin (4 cups)
Yellow: turmeric (3 tablespoons shredded)
Blue: red cabbage (4 cups chopped)
Brown: 1 quart of very strong black coffee (instead of water)

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Let's Get Cookin’
Once you have selected a dye, place the ingredients in a pot using the amount listed above. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar (white, apple cider, any kind) and 1 quart of water to a pot. Add additional water if the ingredients are not sufficiently covered. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Let the ingredients simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the dye and put it into a bowl. Wait for the mixture to become room temperature before you begin to dye your eggs.

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How Long To Keep Eggs In The Dye Bath?
Natural dyes do require a little more patience than the grocery store dye kits. To give you an idea of the color intensity to expect from your natural dyes, we have created a chart for you to reference (see above). In general, it can take five minutes to four hours, so it really depends on your time, patience and determination.

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Brown Eggs Versus White Eggs
Although we initially started out only dyeing white eggs, we wanted to see how brown eggs would hold up to the same dye bath. You can see a comparison of how the white/brown eggs absorbed the dye bath for the red cabbage and onion skin. And if I do say so myself, they look pretty darn good!

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What If I Don't Have Time For This?
No worries, we can help! Right now you can add this Natural Egg Dye kit to your next Farm Fresh To You delivery when you customize your box. The kiddos get a kick out of coloring eggs and we love the eco-friendly and non-toxic dyes with minimum muss and fuss. Each kit comes with 4 packages of dyes made from fruits, herbs and veggies (including beets, turmeric and spinach) and can make 5-6 different color combinations. See our egg dyeing experience with this kit here.

How To Add Eggs, Produce Ingredients & The Natural Egg Dye Kit 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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Garden Juice

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The beets are the highlight of this juice, but the carrots and apples add just enough sweetness that you won't be able to set this juice down. We love the color variation when we use golden beets versus red beets (though both taste the same).

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Spring Garden Juice
(makes 1 juice)

Ingredients:
1 bunch small beets (or 2 large beets), any color
1 bunch carrots
2 apples (we used Fuji)
1/4 bunch dandelion greens
2 celery stalks

Directions:

Blender/Food Processor Directions: Trim the tops and bottoms off the beets and carrots. Peel the beets and roughly chop the beets and carrots. Peel and core the apples and roughly chop. Chop the dandelion greens. Trim the tops and bottoms off the celery and chop the celery. Add the prepared fruits and vegetables to a food processor or blender and purée with a little bit of water until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Juicer Directions: Trim the tops and bottoms off the beets and cut the beets into quarters. Feed the beets down the chute one at a time until processed. Trim the tops off the carrots and feed the carrots down the chute until processed. Add the dandelion greens, followed by the celery stalks. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

How To Add Fruits and Vegetables For Juicing To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. On the second page of customizations, you’ll find “Produce by the Case” and can stock up if you want a larger batch of produce for juices. 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.