Friday, August 28, 2015

Purple Power Juice

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This juice with beets, carrots, apple and pear is a great juice to play around with varying flavors. Add more pears, apple or ginger if you don't want to taste the beets at all, or stick to just one apple and pear each with no ginger to taste the earthiness of the beets and carrots. Either way, this juice is delicious and a great way to get your fruit and veggies for the day!

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INGREDIENTS:
(serves 2)

2 beets
3 carrots
1 apple (we used Gala)
1 pear (we used Bartlett)
1/2 lemon
ginger (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Blender/Food Processor Directions: Peel the beets and and carrots and remove the stems. Cut the beets, carrots, apple and pear into small chunks and add them to the blender or food processor. Process with some water until smooth. Taste and add fresh-squeezed lemon juice and grated ginger if desired. The more ginger you add, the less you will taste the beets. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Juicer Directions: Cut the beets, apple and pear into sizes that will fit down the chute. Feed them down the chute one at a time until processed. Taste and add fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a knob of ginger if desired. The more ginger you add, the less you will taste the beets. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


How To Add Juicing Fruits and Vegetables 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 and smoothies. 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, August 27, 2015

Healthy Fundraising for your School

Looking for a fresh new way of fundraising for your school? It’s time to think outside the box, or in this case, inside the box!

Through our farm's Healthy Fundraiser, you can easily earn money for your school (year round!) while also promoting healthier eating habits. 

Healthy Fundraising for your School

HOW IT WORKS
We work with your school to choose the fundraising model that works best for your organization. Your school then shares their special promo code. When current or new Farm Fresh To You members use your school code, your school earns money. We will deliver fresh, organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables right to participants’ doorsteps.
Raise the much needed funds for your school, get your family and friends to eat healthier and support local farms all at the same time.

BENEFITS
Starting a healthy school fundraiser will build a strong connection with students for local farms and help to teach the next generation to value fresh produce as part of a healthy diet. Let’s Grow Healthy Students!
  • Healthy Fundraiser – Turn students into healthy eating advocators!
  • Supports Your Community – Fruits, veggies and farm products are sourced from local farms.
  • Simple – No points to redeem, no forms to mail in and no fees. We do all the work for you!
  • Convenient – When current or new Farm Fresh To You members use your special promo code, your school earns money – year round! 
Healthy Fundraising for your School
    GET STARTED
    If you're interested in learning more about this program for your school (*see limits below), please contact us at wellness@farmfreshtoyou.com. We can help work with your school to choose the best fundraising model and promo code. *Fundraising program is limited to schools in our California delivery areas. 

    Healthy Fundraising for your School


    Praise from our Partner Schools
    Sandy Hill Nursery School has been our Fundraising Partner since September of 2014. We recently presented their school with a "big check" at our Farm-to-Fork Summer Feast on the Farm at Suzie’s Farm in San Diego. Here’s what Lara had to say about participating in our Fundraising Program this past year.
    It has been such a pleasure working with the Farm Fresh To You family. With their support of the Healthy Schools fundraiser our nursery school raised over $1,200.00 this last school year (and still counting!). We found many parents registered for the Farm Fresh boxes as the high quality certified organic produce, customization option and direct home delivery made it an easy option for those interested in leading a healthy lifestyle while still balancing a busy schedule. 

    Our five year old son looks forward to the day our box arrives; we unpack the fruits and vegetables together and talk about the organic farming process of his food making it from the farm to our table. What a beautiful way to connect children to their food source and enable them with an opportunity to appreciate and respect the earth.  This has been a wonderful, educational experience for us all. Thank you Farm Fresh To You!
                     - Lara Wiseman, Parent at Sandy Hill Nursery School
    Healthy Fundraising for your School

    Golden Valley Charter School – Fundraising partner since August 2013
    “We love being rewarded for doing something that’s good for us and for our school!  With the Farm Fresh Program, we receive delicious, healthy, organic foods delivered to our door, while our school receives funding for important programs.” - Kim Mcilnay, Parent at Golden Valley Charter School

    Ever Tried A Shrub Cocktail?

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    Mixing cocktails can be fun or difficult, depending on your cocktail-mixing abilities. We love anything that makes mixing cocktails easier and these shrubs are perfect. A shrub is a syrup made from fruit and vinegar. The vinegar preserves the fruit, which is then used to mix cocktails or mocktails. (Check out our Homemade Plum Shrub here if you want to make your own). These shrubs from Happy Girl Kitchen Company are not only delicious and convenient for making cocktails, but they're awesome flavors too. Happy Girl Kitchen Company is located in Northern California and hand makes shrubs, jams, pickles and more. They work closely with area farmers and use organic produce for all their products. If you want a non-alcoholic drink, feel free to take out the alcohol (skip the mimosa, as Prosecco is a main ingredient). The drinks we've created taste good with and without the alcohol.

    STRAWBERRY GINGER MULE
    (makes one cocktail)

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    INGREDIENTS:

    2 ounces happy girl kitchen strawberry ginger shrub
    1 ounce vodka (optional)
    3 ounces or more ginger beer
    mint, lime and strawberries for garnish

    DIRECTIONS:
    Combine strawberry ginger shrub, vodka (if using) and ginger beer and stir to combine. Top with ice, mint leaves and a squeeze of lime. Cheers!

    ORANGEBAY ROSEMARY SHRUB RUM PUNCH
    (makes one cocktail)

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    INGREDIENTS:

    3 ounces Happy Girl Kitchen Orangebay Rosemary Shrub
    2 ounces rum (optional)
    club soda

    DIRECTIONS:
    Combine the Orangebay Shrub, rum (if using) and club soda and stir to combine. Top with ice and enjoy!

    GRAPEFRUIT SAGE MIMOSA
    (makes one cocktail)

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    INGREDIENTS:

    3 ounces Happy Girl Kitchen Orangebay Grapefruit Sage Shrub
    5 ounces chilled Prosecco

    DIRECTIONS:
    Pour the shrub into your favorite glass. Top with Prosecco and stir gently to combine. Garnish with grapefruit slices if desired. Cheers!

    POMEGRANATE JALAPENO MARGARITA
    (makes one cocktail)

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    INGREDIENTS:

    3 ounces Happy Girl Kitchen Pomegranate Jalapeno Shrub
    1 ounce tequila (optional)
    1/2 ounce triple sec (optional)
    1-2 oranges, squeezed
    lime juice (optional)

    DIRECTIONS:
    Combine Pomegranate Jalapeno Shrub, tequila, triple sec, orange juice and lime juice if using. Stir to combine. Add ice and serve.


    How To Add Happy Girl Kitchen Shrubs 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, August 24, 2015

    Summer's End

    From the Fields - Thaddeus

    It’s evening after the heat of a summer afternoon, and I am walking down the dusty, gravel road that curves along the canal through the farm. The canal is no longer full of water like it has been since May, but it still has water and is scheduled to be shut off in a week. This doesn’t worry me. Our peak water use passed with the month of August, and our wells will be sufficient to get us through fall.

    Beyond the canal, our first planting of heirloom tomatoes has been disassembled. The vines once supported by stakes and string that towered over six feet tall now lie on their sides in awkward lumps. Soon this field will be chopped, disked and planted to cover crop, and these tomato vines and their crop will be remembered only on my Excel sheet that tracks crop history by field: 2015 - C6 - Heirloom Tomatoes.

    On my left, a freshly planted field of kale is neatly organized. Each bed has three lines of little plants. The field has three different types of kale, and the plants have not yet grown into each other, leaving individual plants and the grid patterns of the field. Looking over the field, the color difference of the red, green and lacinato kale atop the rich dark soil is as beautiful as any rainbow that has stretched across our farm.
    Beyond this field, the hills rise with dry grass that is worn into a golden color from the summer sun. On the golden hills, dark oak trees stand with their crop of acorns that have started to fall. Watching over our farm, the oaks keep time of the seasons with the color of their leaves as they have done long before we were here.

    The sun is entering its golden hour, making magic with the colors and textures of the farm. In the fallen tomatoes, I see a coyote who already sees me. We look at each other, both wondering what the other will do until we both keep going about our evening activities mindful the other is still there.
    In the evening breeze, there is a particular smell that has blown in. It is the smell of something that has aged - musty and delicious. Soaking it in with deep breaths, I am happy that fall is close enough to smell. Check us out on Instagram @farmfreshtoyou and @farmerthaddeus).

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

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    This blueberry bliss smoothie is so delicious and makes a great breakfast or on-the-go-snack. This is a great recipe for kiddos, too. Though we used fresh fruit in this smoothie, freshly frozen fruit also works and results in a thicker smoothie consistency. (If you are freezing bananas, remove the peel and place in a resealable freezer bag. Once frozen, break in half and add to the blender or food processor).

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    INGREDIENTS:
    (serves 2)

    1 banana
    2 nectarines, pitted
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/4 cup or more apple juice, depending on your smoothie thickness preference (less apple juice = thicker smoothie). We used Solana Gold, available when you customize your box.

    DIRECTIONS:
    Put all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Add in more fruit or juice depending on how you like your smoothie consistency. Enjoy!

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    How To Add Smoothie Fruits and Apple Juice 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 smoothies. You will also find the Organic Gravenstein Aple Juice among "Other Farm Products." 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, August 20, 2015

    Chunky Cabbage Salsa

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    This refreshing salsa is one of our favorite ways to eat cabbage. The lime juice softens the cabbage, while still maintaining that delightful cabbage crunch. We like eating this on chips, but it's also fantastic topped on tacos.

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    INGREDIENTS:
    (makes approximately 10 cups salsa)

    1/2 head green cabbage, roughly chopped
    2-3 jalapeƱos, seeded (keep the seeds if you want more heat)
    1/2 onion, diced
    1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
    3 small heirloom tomatoes or 2 large, seeded and chopped
    2 limes, juiced (yields approx. 1/4 cup juice)
    salt, to taste

    DIRECTIONS:
    In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, jalapeƱo, onion, cilantro and tomatoes and toss well to combine (we used a big metal spoon). Pour the lime juice over the top and mix again. Season to taste with salt. Put the salsa in the fridge for an hour before enjoying so the flavors can marinate and the lime juice can soften the cabbage. (You can also enjoy right away, but the flavors will meld together better after sitting).


    How To Add Salsa Ingredients To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Click "Customize This Box" and add any salsa ingredients you need. 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, August 17, 2015

    Seedless Watermelons (non GMO!)

    From the Fields - Thaddeus

    At farmers markets as a child, the summer season was filled with Crimson Sweet Watermelons. They were the best tasting watermelon loaded with tons of black seeds, but their crisp flavor was divine. They were a hassle to move often weighing 15 to 20 pounds each. They were harvested into bins, loaded and unloaded one melon at a time by creating a melon chain and tossing them through three people from the bin into the van and then out of the van into the bin at the market stand. But they were SO good that samples of them would stop people in their tracks. Once customers would buy them, we often had to lug them to their vehicle.

    Some plant breeders recognized an opportunity. What if we could make a seedless watermelon that was small – a personal-sized, pure heart watermelon that tasted great. With this notion, generations and generations of watermelon were grown, selected, hand pollinated to another and so on. The results are two parent plants both of which produce seeds that if they were planted produce a melon identical to the parent. Both of which do not have the full set of qualities desired for the mini red seedless watermelon we grow. However, when these two are crossed, they create a hybrid seed (F1), which contains the genetics required to grow small, seedless watermelons.

    The process used to create this seed is traditional plant breeding. They are not Genetically Modified Organisms. These watermelons were created with the same type of plant breeding that had been used long before GMO technology existed. GMO seeds are created when a piece of DNA from one organism is teased into the DNA of another organism using techniques that would never happen naturally. Hybrid plants are created when plants are selected for specific traits generation after generation creating two parent plants that have very specific traits. Those two plants are grown and pollinated with each other. In the case of watermelons, this pollination is done by hand. The seeds created are then planted into production fields, yielding the F1 generation of fruit that we grow, harvest and sell.

    You can imagine the amount of time and effort it must have taken to breed a plant that does not create offspring. This is how capitalism works. If a demand for a product is large enough, it will be created. This watermelon’s inability to procreate due to is lack of seeds is the very trait that has caused its cultivation to exponentially expand and now this cultivar is thriving and more watermelons are being produced than ever before – ah, the irony.