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.

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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).