June 22, 2017

Recipe Roundup: Summer Time Grilling

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Move over meat   it’s time to grill some fruit and vegetables. Vegetables cook quickly and are so yummy with just a hint of smoke from the grill. In honor of the first official week of Summer, we thought we would put together a compilation of our farm's favorite summer go-to grill recipes. Feel free to share some of your favorite grill recipes in the comments below.

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GRILLED STONE FRUIT

Plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots are all delicious grilled. Add to a green salad, serve over Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey, or with vanilla ice cream and a reduction of balsamic vinegar. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED BABY BOK CHOY WITH MISO BUTTER

Boiling or steaming bok choy often results in a watery, stringy vegetable. But grilling halved heads of bok choy slathered with miso butter leads to pure flavor. Be sure to keep the heat at medium so the paste can caramelize without burning. Our first few attempts at grilling bok choy (we used Shanghai bok choy) resulted in charred leaves that were too crisp to enjoy. Now we separate the leaves from the stalks and use them raw in a salad that wilts under the heat of the grilled vegetable. Use white or yellow miso paste in this recipe. If you use a darker miso, know that it will be saltier. Make this side dish when you are already firing up the grill for the main course. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED SUMMER SALAD

Grilled summer vegetables with pieces of crunchy French bread and a light dressing makes this salad one of our new favorite recipes! Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED MEXICAN STREET CORN

Bring the best of Mexican street food to your summer BBQ with this delicious grilled sweet corn recipe. With just a few ingredients and quick prep, your guests will be transported south of the border in no time. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED SNAP PEAS

Simple to make and simply delicious! The great thing about this dish is that it can be served warm or cold. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED PARMESAN PEPPERS

All you need is garlic, thyme, Parmesan, olive oil, a little salt & pepper, your sweet gypsy peppers and a grill. This recipe is sure to please - even the pickiest of eaters. Click here for the recipe.

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ARUGULA SALAD WITH GRILLED PEACHES

The natural sweetness of the grilled peaches, the smooth, velvety texture of avocado and the peppery flavor of the arugula are the perfect blend in this summer salad. Enjoy for lunch or a light dinner. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED ARTICHOKES

Finishing artichokes on the grill gives them a taste of summer. Try this twist on the typical steamed artichoke, you won't regret it. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED SPRING ONIONS

A simple yet delicious side dish that goes well with just about everything. Click here for the recipe.

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GRILLED CAESAR SALAD

If you're a fan of Caesar salad, you'll love this grilled version. Your greens are still crisp, but you get that smoky grilled flavor that takes this classic salad to a whole new level. Click here for the recipe.



June 12, 2017

Rural Retreats: Places to Stay on our Farm and GIVEAWAY!

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Enjoy the rural and relaxing lifestyle of our Capay Organic farm. Come out to the farm for an event and stay overnight, or have your own private stay on the farm any time of year. We have four lovely, family-friendly retreats to choose from. Explore the farm and find wine-tasting, dining and nature activities throughout Yolo County and Capay Valley.

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Capay Organic Heart-of-the-Farm Cabin

Enjoy your stay in this one bedroom, one bathroom farm cabin, situated in the heart of our working organic fruit and vegetable farm. The cabin is within a very short walk to our event site, making this the perfect place to stay when visiting the farm for a tour. Large windows overlook the fields. A newly remodeled kitchen is perfect for prepping all your favorite farm-fresh veggies.

For more information and an opportunity to book the Heart-of-the-Farm Cabin, click here.

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Kathy’s Farmhouse in the Capay Valley

The original Capay farmhouse built by farm founders, Kathleen Barsotti and Martin Barnes, is the home where they raised their four sons while working on the farm. Now you can enjoy this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home located on our second-generation organic family farm close to organic fruit and vegetable fields. The house has large windows looking out over a beautiful flower garden. The perfect place to relax and enjoy farm life.

For more information and an opportunity to book Kathy's Farmhouse, click here.

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Johnny’s Organic Farm Stay in the Capay Valley

Enjoy some time with zero neighbors within sight! This bright and open three-bedroom, two-bathroom house on the farm has an open floor plan that makes it ideal for large groups to hang out and make and share meals together. The large patio and yard is great for grilling and dining outdoors while looking out across Capay Organic vegetable fields or watching a sunset on the farm. Take a walk around the farm to pick vegetables for your meal. Enjoy the occasional tractor sighting while relaxing in the hammock or take short treks and enjoy local food, wine and recreation spots in the area.

For more information and an opportunity to book Johnny's Organic Farm Stay, click here.

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Hilltop Retreat with Gorgeous Capay Valley Views

Enjoy a large four-bedroom, three-bathroom, custom-built family home on 20 acres with beautiful views of the Capay Valley and overlooking our farm, Capay Organic. The home was designed and built by architect, Frank Barsotti (father of farm founder Kathleen Barsotti). The home has large windows (many floor to ceiling), so you are surrounded by the beauty of the valley. Take a hike on the hills behind the home for more amazing views or walk across the street to the farm for a tour or to pick fruits and vegetables for your meals.

For more information and an opportunity to book Hilltop Retreat, click here.

Capay Tomato

Quintessential Summer Celebration

Capay Tomato Festival & Farmstay Giveaway!


Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to our 10th Annual Capay Tomato Festival and a 2-night stay in our Heart-of-the-Farm Cabin, check in Friday, July 21st and check out Sunday, July 23rd.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this blog answering the question below.

Share your favorite memory of our farm (from previous visits or a story from our Farm News)
or tell us about any place you love to visit to enjoy nature.

Enter by Wednesday, July 5th at 1:00 p.m. for a chance to win. For additional chances to win - share about our Capay Tomato event on social media using the hashtag #farmstayinCapay.

No purchase required. Winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on the blog Wednesday, July 5th. by 5:00 p.m. Giveaway valued at $340.00, not redeemable for cash, date of stay cannot be changed. Giveaway is limited to the Heart of the Farm Cabin only.  Cabin accommodates up to 4 guests. No pets allowed. Good Luck!



The Answer is Always Yes

The Answer is Always Yes

Farm News

I’m a Yes-kind of person. Early on in my Suzie’s Farm career, I wrote a blog post called The Answer Is Always Yes. It opened the door to many opportunities, meetings, engagements and relationships. It felt a little crazy at times, like the plates were wobbling, like the train was careening off the tracks but it was fun and adventurous and worth it. Life felt full of purpose and mission. I believed it then. I still believe in Yes. Saying Yes to Life is what the farm does.

June 6, 2017

Summer's Bounty

Summer's Bounty

FARM NEWS

The canal is running as fast and full as it is able to. The rain water from last winter is sitting, flowing out of the reservoir, down the creek, into the canals, and ultimately to the thirsty farms that are filled with this season’s crops.