April 25, 2017

A Dozen Egg Recipes You'll Love

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The humble egg is a major player in everything from breakfast scrambles to Nicoise salad, to a delicious and savory quiche. We’ve selected a dozen of our family’s favorite egg recipes to share with our members to offer a little egg inspiration in the kitchen.

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1) THE PERFECT HARD BOILED EGG

Hard-boiled eggs can be tricky. If you cook them too long, the yolk turns green. An overcooked yolk is like overcooked asparagus -- nobody wants that! If you don't cook your eggs long enough, then you get a soft-boiled egg (which is delicious, except for when you're aiming for a hard-boiled egg). Our technique results in a perfect hard-boiled egg, every time. Click here for the recipe.

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2) GREEN GARLIC SCRAMBLED EGG TOAST

Green garlic is a lot milder than garlic, so it's a perfect choice to go in scrambled eggs because the garlic flavor isn't strong. Click here for the recipe.

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3) SPICY KALE SALAD WITH MISO-MUSHROOM OMELET

This meal is quick to make, light, and yet satisfying (especially with a hunk of bread). The omelet turns it into a single-serving meal. Click here for the recipe.

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4) NICOISE SALAD

Nicoise salad is so easy to make and you can switch up the ingredients for what’s in season. This salad is great on its own, but you can add tuna or salmon and serve as dinner. Click here for the recipe.

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5) KALE AND POTATO BREAKFAST HASH

This breakfast hash is easy to make and looks so pretty, it's sure to wow any brunch guests. Click here for the recipe.

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6) CALIFORNIA RAMEN

This soul-satisfying dish is deliciously brothy, chock full of flavorful veggies and has the perfect little kick of heat from the Sriracha! The recipe may have many steps, but this labor of love is well worth the effort! Click here for the recipe.

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7) PAD THAI WITH GREEN GARLIC AND ASPARAGUS

We couldn't believe how delicious this pad thai turned out and the green garlic flavor is the star of the show. The asparagus is a fun and nutritious addition. Click here for the recipe.

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8) AVOCADO DEVILED EGGS

You won't even miss the mayo in this tasty twist on the traditional deviled egg. The creaminess of the avocado and the refreshing taste of lime make this dish unforgettable. Click here for the recipe.

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9) ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, BROCCOLI AND POTATO SKILLET QUICHE

This easy quiche goes from your oven to the table. It’s full of healthy veggies and is perfect for a rainy day. Click here for the recipe.

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10) RADISH SALAD WITH APPLE, AVOCADO AND EGG

Not sure what to do with radishes? This salad is perfectly balanced due to the crunch of the radishes and apple, the creaminess of the avocado and the delicious dressing. Click here for the recipe.

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11) EGG BHURJI

Scrambled eggs are a classic American breakfast dish, but there are many flavor-packed versions worldwide that we also like. We both adore the bright flavors of India and this Indian take on scrambled eggs. The bold spices are addictive and are perfectly complemented by a finish of fragrant cilantro. Serve the eggs with grilled naan for a hearty breakfast. Click here for the recipe.

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12) EGG SALAD SANDWICH

This egg salad sandwich is filling and delicious. It would also be good in a lettuce wrap, if desired. Click here for the recipe.

How To Add Eggs 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 our egg selection. 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.

March 28, 2017

Five Farm Fresh Easter Recipes

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We’ve gathered a few tasty farm fresh recipes that would be perfect to serve on Easter Sunday! From a delicious beverage, to a brunch course, and even a dessert, we’ve included some of spring’s best and brightest ingredients. Just in case you haven’t had the time to plan your Easter menu, take a look at the recipes below. They are all delicious and some of our family’s favorite.

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STRAWBERRY KIWI LEMONADE

Update your lemonade with the seasons by adding strawberry and kiwi - a match made in fruit heaven. This strawberry kiwi lemonade lets us know that spring is finally here and we couldn't be more excited! Click here for the recipe.

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AVOCADO DEVILED EGGS

After a few hours of natural Easter egg dyeing, you may find yourself on hard-boiled-egg overload. Well, don't forget to make use of those delicious little "devils". Try our updated rendition of this traditional classic. We promise, you won't even miss the mayo. The creaminess of the avocado and the refreshing taste of lime make this dish unforgettable. Click here for the recipe.

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ASPARAGUS, POTATO AND LEEK SALAD

This colorful and delicious springtime salad is a great dish to take to your next picnic, potluck or BBQ. It can be served cold or at room temp. The tangy bite of the Dijon vinaigrette dressing, crispness of the green beans and asparagus, and the buttery-rich flavor of the pecans just might get you to go back for seconds. Click here for the recipe.

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CARAMELIZED SHALLOT, CHARD AND MUSHROOM QUICHE

Sweet caramelized shallots and salty white cheddar pair perfectly with earthy Swiss chard and mushrooms in this hearty quiche recipe. The great thing about quiche is that it makes for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Don't forget that we offer a DIY quiche recipe kit in your online farmstand, which includes all the quiche essentials (organic dough, eggs, half & half, and cheddar cheese). You can add the quiche kit and some of your favorite produce items when you customize your box. Click here for the recipe.

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LEMON AND KIWI CHEESECAKE BARS

What better way to highlight the wonderful flavor of lemon than in this creamy cheesecake? The kiwi fruit is what truly takes these bars to the next level though! Click here for the recipe.

How To Add Fruits and Veggies 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 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.



March 27, 2017

Wildlife Surprises

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Since I can remember, one of my favorite things about the farm has always been the wildlife. A dear childhood memory of mine is my mom waking me up with unusual cheer on her face with a surprise to show me. I followed her into the field, and we crept quietly up on a patch of bare ground, and she pointed at it. In the dirt clods, I saw nothing at first and then my eyes worked through the camouflage and there, as clear as day, were four neatly organized Killdeer eggs. It was an experience I treasure to this day.

The farm is full of treasures like this, and these gifts are the best reward for our conservation efforts. By Cache Creek, I have started to turn a pile of weeds into native plants, which builds habitat for countless new critters.

Last season, I planted a handful of grasses and flowers to see who would do well. With the swollen state of Cache Creek roaring beyond me, I was inspecting their progress after one season. The structure of the Deer Grass was amazing. The vigor of the Creeping Wild Rye unique. A memory of native bugs swarming the yellow flowers of the Gum Plant made me happy to see that she had done well, and already the Yarrow was shooting up new flowers for this season.

On my way back to the farm office, I was driving over the bridge of the canal, and I was caught off guard by a bird standing in the yard to my house – it looked like a Roadrunner – not the kind on Loony Toons, but like real Roadrunner, which I had seen before in the desert. “That’s weird, there is no way – that must be a pheasant,” I thought. I pulled my phone out and fumbled in a panic to get the camera on. I backed up and got a good look confirming the little guy wasn’t a hen pheasant and started snapping pictures as he zipped away.

I wasn’t ready to tell anyone what I had seen out of fear of being laughed out of the room. A week later, I had some local conservation professionals out to the farm to help me with my project – one of them was a wildlife biologist. “So, I think I saw a Roadrunner here – possible?” as I handed him the fuzzy picture on my phone. “Yes, they are here, not many of them, but they are here.” Awesome.

March 22, 2017

The Bustle of Spring

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The wet winter let the farm team build up a decent case of cabin fever, but that has worn off in a hurry. The tractors, implements and drivers that were sitting idle in the yard and shop due to wet fields, watching the mature fields of cover crops ready to be tilled into the ground, are now turning over cover crops and getting fields ready. There is a bustle of activity on the farm – spring vegetables were planted last week and are already getting irrigation from sprinklers due to the warm days (cool picture of it on my Instagram @farmerthaddeus - shown above). The tomato field is prepped and receiving its first little tomato plants, which are being tucked into the beautiful soil as I type; their drip tape already put into the ground and hooked up to the wells.

March 15, 2017

Recipe Roundup: Celery Root

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They say that we "eat with our eyes," and if that is true, then it's no shock that people often pass on celery root. It's an unattractive, bumpy, rough root vegetable with a pale brown skin. But inside, the creamy white center is packed with refreshing, crisp flavor. Think celery meets white turnip.

March 13, 2017

Come Out to the Farm

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Not only are we busy farming in these few weeks before spring, but we are also busy planning to have you, our customers, at our farms during this spring, summer and fall.

March 6, 2017

Spring Priorities

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The rain has been a blessing, but there comes a time that every farmer, including this one, is done with the rain and ready to start farming. There has been about a ten-day break in the storms rolling over the farm and that has been just enough time to being to get the tractors out the equipment yard and into the field.

March 1, 2017

Adopt a Young Fruit Tree Today!

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Ever thought of trying your hand at growing Farm Fresh fruit? If you answered yes, then you are in luck. We have a limited supply of young Black Jack Fig and Blenheim Apricot trees up for adoption in your online farm stand. These young whippersnappers will be delivered to your door in either 10” x 4” x 4” pot (Black Jack Fig) or wrapped in burlap or craft paper at the base (Blenheim Apricot).

February 16, 2017

4 Tips for Enjoying Cream-Top Milk

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If you’ve already purchased Straus’ milk, then you have probably noticed the solid cream top that gathers at the opening of your glass container. The cream in organic milk floats naturally to the top because it is not homogenized (the process of breaking down the fat molecules in milk so that they stay integrated).

February 8, 2017

Farm Fresh Dairy Delivered To Your Door

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Photo provided by Saint Benoît Creamery

We are excited to announce that our members can now add farm fresh dairy, including milk, half & half, whipping cream, sour cream, butter and yogurt, to their scheduled deliveries. We have to admit it is kind of a warm, nostalgic feeling to have your milk bottles delivered to your doorstep. We hope you try these top quality dairy products from some of California’s finest family-owned dairies including Saint Benoît Creamery and Straus Family Creamery.

February 6, 2017

Rolling with Mother Nature

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Rolling with Mother Nature
After years of drought, I had almost forgotten what rain, not to mention storms, can do to our farm. The heavens opened up, flooding some our fields with remarkable effects.

January 31, 2017

How I Got My Kids To Eat Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables A Day

by Cristina Margolis
Your kids just got home from school and they say they are STARVING, so they immediately begin rummaging through your pantry for a snack like a famished raccoon.  A bag of Cheetos, a Handi-Snack, and Goldfish crackers are now in their little paws...  I mean hands.  As you watch your children devour all of that processed food, you let out a sigh.  You know these snacks aren't the best choices for your growing children and you'd much rather have them eat a piece of fruit, but you just didn't have time to make it to the grocery store to restock on fresh produce.

If this scenario sounds familiar, Farm Fresh To You can help.  They deliver fresh fruits and vegetables, from their own organic family farm and other organic partners, right to your door.  I don't know about you, but anything that saves me a trip to the grocery store with my preschooler is a Godsend.  ("But Mommy, I wanna push the cart!")  Delivery is included and you can review and customize each order!


Before I started, I was reluctant to, because I like to pick out my own produce, but I am happy to report that every piece of produce that has come in that marvelous brown box has been to my satisfaction.  There have been no bruised bananas, no wilting lettuce, no moldy strawberries.  Nothing.  Everything that has been delivered to my family has been absolutely fresh with radiant colors and delicious taste.  You have the flexibility to suspend or cancel your deliveries at any time.  You just need to cancel online or by calling by 10am, two days prior to your delivery so they don’t prepare for the harvest and packing of your personalized box.

By using Farm Fresh To You, I feel good about what is going into my children's tummies and nurturing their growing bodies and minds.  All of the produce is 100% certified organic, pesticide free, healthy, and delicious.  Everyone knows that the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables is five per day, but to be honest (and I feel like a horrible mother for saying this), I never gave my children the recommended amount. Farm Fresh To You has changed that.  Because of the convenience Farm Fresh To You provides, not only do my children get five servings a day, they actually ask for more!  Their favorites are the blueberries, Fuji apples, Nantes carrots, Hass avocados, and Valencia oranges.

So how does this service work exactly?  It's actually very easy.
  1. Click Get a Farm Box (or Sign Up) to choose the box style that works for you.  Choose from six options: Fruit Only, Mixed Fruit and Veggie, No Cooking, Organic Snack Pack, Traditional CSA, and Veggie Only.   You then pick what size box you would like, which can range from as little as a Small to as big as a Monster (Large if you get the Snack Pack) depending on the box style.  You are able to change your box style and size as you please, which is absolutely wonderful.  Know that you are going to be busy this season?   Try their No Cook or Fruit Only boxes.
  2. You then pick your first delivery date (FYI, my family’s deliveries are always on Friday) and how frequently you would like your deliveries, but don't stress too much about this, because Farm Fresh To You understands how hectic and busy life can be, so they give you the flexibility to easily change your delivery frequency and skip deliveries altogether in your online account.
  3. The week prior to your delivery, you are sent an email to Customize Your Box. At this time, you can swap out produce items for similar items.  I especially love this feature, because if you have a picky eater like mine that will absolutely positively not put a beet in their mouth, you have the option to replace beets with carrots for example.  You can even create a "Never Send List" of items.  (Sorry, beets!  You’re outta here!)  You also have the option to add artisan farm products to your box, like pasture-raised eggs, organic dairy, hand-crafted jams, local honey, organic nuts, and even fresh flowers.
  4. You may be shocked at how excited your children will be to open their front door to you farm box!  Farm Fresh To You also provides a newsletter that contains recipes, produce tips, news about the farm, and information about upcoming farm events.
All in all, I am extremely happy with the incredible service Farm Fresh To You provides for my family and me.  We are currently signed up for the Mixed Fruit and Veggie box – regular size.  In one of our recent deliveries, we received:

  • 4 Valencia Oranges
  • 1 bunch Spring Onions
  • 6 ounces Blueberries
  • 1 Hass Avocado
  • 2 Fuji Apples
  • 1 head Red Leaf Lettuce
  • 1 lb Asparagus
  • 1 bunch Lacinato Kate
  • 1 bunch Nantes Carrots
  • 1 bunch Rainbow Chard

Not only does Farm Fresh To You save me a trip to the grocery store (and my sanity), it helps my family and I easily eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The best part of all is it makes me feel like a great mom for providing my children with the nourishment they require and deserve.

Try Farm Fresh To You Today!

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Use Promo Code: GET15OFF

January 30, 2017

How to Rehydrate Dried Mushrooms

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Keeping dried mushrooms on hand is a quick and useful way of having the delicious savory flavor of wild mushrooms whenever you want.

January 25, 2017

Your Local Farm Fresh Mushroom Guide

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Photo provided by Far West Fungi

Each variety of mushroom has its own unique flavor and personality. Many people believe that they don’t like mushrooms when in fact, they have only tried one variety! There are nearly 200 edible varieties of mushrooms and they all taste different.

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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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!

January 11, 2017

Share Your Farm with Friends — Giveaway

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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! 

January 5, 2017

Healthy Habits for the New Year

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We know that New Year's resolutions can be tricky and daunting, but we've got 5 simple habits to help you ring in the New Year and keep you happy and healthy in 2017!

January 2, 2017

Compost Season

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Compost Delivery
Just as fall beings to turn to winter, we place one large order. It shows up one huge trailer at a time pulled by the clattering of a diesel semi truck and for a whole day a set of these truck and trailers focuses only on our farm.