September 27, 2018

October Unprocessed + Giveaway

October Unprocessed + Giveaway
Fall has finally arrived, and once again, we are gearing up for our annual October Unprocessed challenge. For those of you who aren’t one of the 30,000 participants, October Unprocessed is a movement started in 2009 by Andrew Wilder. The thought behind the movement is simple: "what happens if you stop eating processed foods for one month?" Wilder reported that in his case, he felt less lethargic, he felt more energetic, he had fewer cravings for sweet and salty snacks, and he was more creative in the kitchen.

Although it may sound intimidating to some, this is certainly not a diet so much as a mindful eating exercise. It is not meant to be restrictive at all, but instead is intended to make participants more aware of what they are putting into their bodies. Our daily food choices directly impact our health and our mood, so why not choose real, whole foods?

October Unprocessed + Giveaway

The only “rule” is to try to eliminate processed foods. However, even the term “unprocessed” can cause confusion. For the purpose of simplicity, Wilder offers this definition, “Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.” In other words, a food would be considered processed if the label lists ingredients that you wouldn’t find in your kitchen and wouldn’t be able to make yourself (think artificial coloring, flavoring, preservatives or pretty much any ingredient that is unrecognizable).

Our hope for this experiment is that you are able to try some new recipes at home and become more thoughtful about your food choices. To get you started, we’re doing a giveaway featuring this LKLY hand-woven basket, and we’re filling it with some of our favorite unprocessed snacks!

October Unprocessed + Giveaway

How to Enter our Giveaway

For a chance to win this LKLY Designs small-sized orange basket with handles (valued at $46) and a variety of our favorite October Unprocessed snacks, simply leave a comment below answering this question by Monday, October 15th (one entry per person please):

Why are you participating in October Unprocessed and what do you think the biggest challenge will be for you?

No purchase required. Winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on the blog Monday, October 15th by 5:00 p.m. Giveaway not redeemable for cash. Good Luck!

September 26, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Steamboat Acres

Know Your Farmer - Steamboat Acres
In January of 1848, 170 years ago, a carpenter named James Marshall found gold in the American River, kicking off the California Gold Rush. Hundreds of thousands of people migrated west with hopes of getting rich, and members of the Neuharth family were among them. Although they didn’t strike gold, they did strike rich, fertile soil at the Sacramento Delta. At that time, the Delta was a primary mode of transportation through Northern California, and it was critical in transporting both people and goods between Sacramento and San Francisco. Recognizing this advantageous location, the Neuharth family planted their roots on Sutter Island, where the Sacramento River and Steamboat Slough merge together. Their certified organic farm, Steamboat Acres, has been growing ever since.

Know Your Farmer - Steamboat Acres

Nestled in quaint Courtland, California, the Bartlett Pear Capital of the World, Steamboat Acres is a 300-acre farm that is primarily focused on certified organic pears. Some of their pear trees are over 100 years old. They also grow a wide variety of squash, gourds and pumpkins, as well as wine grapes that are used by local wineries.

Know Your Farmer - Steamboat Acres

Beyond just growing produce, the Neuharth family have been key influencers in growing the agricultural region. Steamboat Acres is a founding member of the Sacramento River Delta Grown Association. Through agri-tourism and agri-education, the association aims to promote agricultural sustainability and profitability of local farmers while preserving natural resources, environmental ecosystems, and rural heritage. Tim Neuharth, the fifth-generation farmer of the family, recalls a radio segment in the 1980’s that examined the state of the farming industry. One caller in particular caught his attention when she declared, “I don’t really care what happens to farmers. I get my food at Safeway!” Recognizing the disconnect between consumers and their food source, the Neuharth family became very passionate about educating others about the importance of supporting local farmers and eating locally.

Know Your Farmer - Steamboat Acres

Tim’s son, Michael Neuharth, and his daughter-in-law, Tara Neuharth, both are very active in the family business now. They continue to promote agri-tourism and agri-education by holding events on the farm throughout the year that are open to the public, as well as regularly giving school tours to help educate children about where their food comes from and the importance of farming. Michael and Tara are hopeful that their toddler, Raylan, will one day take over the family business and become the seventh-generation farmer to look after the land.

Know Your Farmer - Steamboat Acres

For more information about the farm and farm events, you can follow Steamboat Acres on Facebook or go to their website. You can also visit their cafe, Steamboat Landing, for delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods featuring farm fresh ingredients.

How To Add Steamboat Acres Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 2:00 p.m., 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.


September 20, 2018

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting


The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

We'll be celebrating the crush season on our farm this weekend at our Capay Crush Festival! One of the many activities planned is wine tasting. We'll be enjoying wines from the following local wineries: Capay Valley Vineyards, Seka Hills, Sundstrom Hill Winery, Matchbook and Berryessa Gap.

For some, wine tasting may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! Wine tasting is what you make of it - all you have to do is keep an open mind, and try not to read too much into it. Make it enjoyable!

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

To get you started, we'll introduce you to 5 Steps of Wine Tasting. Every wine has its own unique subtleties to discover. By using these newly acquired tools, you'll quickly learn just how fun and interesting wine tasting can be. 

THE 5 S's OF WINE TASTING: SEE, SWIRL, SNIFF, SIP & SAVOR

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

SEE:

Before you bring your glass to your lips for your first sip, take a moment to visually inspect your wine. Notice its depth of color, clarity, and viscosity (texture). The best way to evaluate your wine is to look at it against a white surface. The contrast will help you to see the subtle difference between various wines.

SWIRL:

Gently swirl the wine in your glass by holding the stem and moving the glass in small circles. Do this for 5-6 seconds to increase the surface area of the wine, which releases more of the wine's aroma.

The Begginers Guide to Wine Tasting

SNIFF:

Get your nose in there and take a nice, big inhale. Sometimes it helps to close your eyes. Let your mind conjure up familiar scents you've recognized from what you've just smelled: fruits, herbs, oak, earthiness. With practice, you'll be able to come up with more and more descriptive words for what you smell and taste in a wine (i.e.geranium, cut green grass, horsey).

When you take a sip, hold the wine in your mouth for a bit. Give it a swish around to warm the wine and release more of its flavors. Notice how it feels, what flavors you taste - and how they differ than some of the smells you noted. Note if the wine has a long finish, a lingering flavor in your nose and mouth after you've swallowed. Take another sip and see if it differs from your first experience as you will notice the flavor of wines will change the longer they are exposed to air and as they warm.

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

SIP:

There is more than just flavor that can be tasted in a wine. After you've had a few tasting experiences under your belt, you'll be able to pick up nuances of what the grape varietal is, where the grapes were grown, how high the sugar and alcohol content is, the levels of acidity and tannins, and so much more.

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

SAVOR:

Now you have all of the components to summarize your opinion of the wine you just tasted, and if you are tasting various wines at the same time, information that will help you compare the differences and similarities of the wines. Compare your opinions with the other people who are tasting with you. Their suggestions may turn you to new ideas you may not have thought of on your own.

The Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting

HOST YOUR OWN WINE TASTING

For those of you who can't make it to the farm for Capay Crush, how about hosting a wine tasting of your own with friends? You can keep as as informal as you want, or spice things up with a blind tasting. You can pair wines with fresh fruit, cheese, dried fruits and jams like this recipe with ingredients you can include in your Farm Fresh To You delivery when you Customize Your Box. 

How To Add Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 2:00 p.m., 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.