January 17, 2017

5 Winter Soups to Warm You Up

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Winter has definitely arrived with a vengeance this year! But do not worry, we have the cure-all for these grey stormy days and that is a simmering pot of soup on the stove. Soups like Sweet & Spicy Vegetable Pasta Stew and Onion Soup Gratine, which we promise will warm you from head to toe. We want to make sure you stay warm and nourished this cold season, so here are 5 winter soups that are sure to keep the chill at bay. 

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LEMON SOUP WITH WHITE BEANS, PASTA & KALE
This healthy and light-flavored soup is comforting yet hearty enough to be a meal. This soup would also be a great refreshing meal when you just can't look at another holiday cookie and need something nourishing. Click here to get the recipe.


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ONION SOUP GRATINE
The slow caramelization of the onions, leeks and shallots gives this French onion-like soup a rich and complex flavor. Gratine, (in French) means to top with a browned crust, typically bread and cheese. Cooking this soup takes some time (and a little patience), but it will be worth every minute. Click here to get the recipe.

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RED LENTIL SOUP WITH POTATOES
This simple red lentil soup with potatoes is comforting and filling. Serve with a piece of rustic bread for dipping if desired. Click here for the recipe.

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SWEET AND SPICY VEGETABLE PASTA STEW
For this sweet and spicy version of a vegetable and pasta stew, we have teamed up with Holly, one of our CSA members, to mix up a delicious combination of organic seasonal produce and California artisan-made pasta from Baia Pasta. With a base of sweet potatoes as the heart of this stew and pasta to fill you up, no need to worry about any meat when you dip your spoon into this bowl! For those chilly winter nights, or when you want a reminder of the winter season, enjoy this comforting and veggie packed stew! Click here for the recipe.

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NANTES YOUR AVERAGE CARROT & BUTTERNUT SOUP
Named after our farm's delicious Nantes carrots, this flavorful soup personifies the flavors of fall that we crave. This recipe produces a wonderful, rich and silky soup that will have your family asking for seconds. Paired with a loaf of rustic bread and an apple, walnut and blue cheese salad, this simple soup is transformed into a stunning meal. Click here for the recipe.

Rain!


FARM NEWS

There is a thought about the weather report that farmers use - if the forecasted storm is early, it is going to be a good one; if it is late, it will not amount to much. The big storm that was forecasted showed up early and did not disappoint! There is a fall check list of things that we do before the winter to be prepared for a storm like this. To the south of the farm, there is a hill that marks the south end of the Capay Valley. It rolls gently and is speckled with oak trees and grass that is colored with the season. All of the water that falls onto this hill goes down toward our farm; it crosses the highway under a 24-inch culvert and enters our farm. It is here that we start the preparation by making an effort to guide this water effectively through our farm to its northern border where it finds a confluence with Cache Creek.

The ditches we pulled between the fig and apricot orchard worked; the culvert that guided the water down and 10-foot bench did so without eroding the hill away, and all of this murky brown water went down where the pipe under the canal caused a bottleneck. At this bottleneck, the pounding rain and runoff from the hills and farm combined to make a lake that covered half of next year’s first tomato field and the bottom of our events site!



I walked the path of the water from the north of the canal to the creek. The pipe under the canal that was the bottleneck was running at full capacity with rushing brown water following our ditch down to the creek. The creek was the most impressive. Not yet at the top of the levee, it roared with huge waves and full-size trees floating by at a speed faster than I could walk. Normally something I can walk across without getting wet, it was over 15 feet deep and flowing with such force I don’t think a white water master would attempt to navigate it!

When the storm passed, the farm was left wet, but undamaged, and the blue skies that followed were amazing. The “lake” at the event site slowly drained to the creek, which is still roaring, but not as loudly as it was. There is nothing thirsty on the farm, and any rain we get from here on out will run off our saturated soils and head straight for the creek.

With the slow winter on the farm, we are looking at our growing plans for next year and reviewing the cash needed to make it all happen. Several years ago, our farm started a Green Loan Program, an innovative investment program allowing our customers to participate in a mutually beneficial partnership. To learn more about our Green Loan Program, please email greenloan@farmfreshtoyou.com. Thank you for considering our program as a secure way to let your money grow while building a better food system.

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January 11, 2017

Share Your Farm with Friends — Giveaway

Refer-A-Friend Giveaway
Each time you recommend our Farm Fresh To You service to your friends and family, we want you both to enjoy a bunch of savings with our Refer-A-Friend program — and from now until February 14th, you can also enter to win 6 free boxes and so much more in our Share Your Farm With Friends Giveaway!