November 16, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Equal Exchange


Know Your Farmer: Equal Exchange

An Honest & Fair Food Movement 

Equal Exchange was founded in 1986 with an idea of creating a food trading model that was honest and fair, and values each part of the supply chain. Equal Exchange is a forward-thinking company, who cares deeply for the justice of small farmers, the organic food movement, and sustainable ways to bring their products to their consumers, while thinking about the environmental impact and how to ensure a happier planet. Sounds like a perfect partner for us to link arms with, right? 

Know Your Farmer: Equal Exchange
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The three founders started their business with one fairly traded coffee partner from Nicaragua. They have successfully expanded their partnerships with small-scale farms throughout the world. By building long-term partnerships with small-scale farmers, Equal Exchange is giving farmers access to the global market, which in turn, provides farmers with economic power, better lives, and healthier communities.

This sounds exactly like the fair trade certification, right? Well here is the thing. Consumers have been overloaded with certifications, and the fair trade movement has been watered down in favor of corporate interests. So, Equal Exchange stays tried and true to the original ideology behind fair trade and continue to challenge the status-que trade model that supports multi-national corporations.

Know Your Farmer: Equal Exchange
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Equal Exchange partners with farmers who all have unique stories, with a history of ambition, struggle and success. They also help the farmers improve their practices to ensure a higher quality product for the consumer. They are also taking a powerful step in building a democratic brand that connects small farmers in the South to consumers in the North. The cooperative structure encourages farmers to share information about cultivation practices that improve harvest and yield.

Equal Exchange embraces this cooperative structure within their own business model as well. They are now the largest democratic worker co-op in the country, where all the employees have an equal stake and an equal vote in the business. 

Know Your Farmer - Equal Exchange

By supporting Equal Exchange, you join a movement to reshape our food system – to make it better for farmers, consumers, and the earth – pay farmers more and give the customer a better value for a high-quality product. From coffee, to chocolate, to tea, to baking cocoa, you have a variety of items you can add to your farm box today!

Stay connected to Equal Exchange by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

How To Add a Equal Exchange 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 2 pm, 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.


(Header Image Photo Credit - Equal Exchange)




November 15, 2018

Holiday Baking Essentials

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, we want to help make your preparation as smooth and stress-free as possible so that you can focus on what’s important: spending quality time with your friends and family, and of course, enjoying delicious food. Skip the hectic last-minute dash to the grocery store and easily add all of your holiday baking essentials to your Farm Fresh To You delivery.

The Essentials

We have you covered with all of the baking basics: flour, rolled oatsyeast, butter, heavy whipping cream, buttermilk, and eggs. And for all of the chocolate fanatics out there, we have fair trade baking cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate chips from Equal Exchange. If you like to mix in a little something extra, we have a selection of nuts, raisins and dried cranberries to take your baked goods to the next level.

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Close in flavor to the cream bottled by small dairies in Europe, this organic heavy whipping cream from Straus Family Creamery is pure and simple with no added stabilizers. With 35% butterfat, you’ll really taste the difference in, and the true flavor of, the cows’ healthy diet.

Holiday Baking Essentials
This yeast from Bob’s Red Mill is perfect for freshly baked dinner rolls, hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls and more. If you’re looking for a deliciously soft and buttery side dish, check out our recipe for these Fluffy Spelt Dinner Rolls.

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These Organic Chocolate Chips are fantastic to add to homemade baked goods, morning pancakes, trail mix, or just to pop in your mouth when you get that chocolate craving. The cacao comes from small-scale farmers in Peru, and the sugar is from farmers in Paraguay.

Holiday Baking Essentials

Organic Maple Walnuts
These homegrown organic Chandler walnuts have been slow-roasted with organic maple syrup to create the perfect crunchy snack. With just two simple ingredients and a slightly sweet flavor, these are the perfect addition to all of your favorite holiday baked goods.

Quick & Easy

For many people, pumpkin pie is the staple of holiday desserts. We have sugar pie pumpkins available in our Online Market Stand that you can steam and puree yourself, or if you want something simple and fast, we have pre-made pumpkin pie filling and organic pie dough that you can put together in no time. Don't have time for baking? We have a selection of ready-to-eat baked sweets that are sure to be crowd pleasers at your holiday party.

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This pumpkin pie filling is very smooth and silky. Fill your pie shell with a mixture of pureed sweet, winter squash and just the right amount of warm fall spices. The filling also has cream, eggs and a bit of brown sugar, so all you need to do is roll, pour and bake!

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This pre-made pie dough from Full Belly Farm will save some time for the busy baker without compromising flavor. It’s rich, flaky and versatile, and your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of fresh baked goods in no time.

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Northern California CSA Members:
Made by Upper Crust Baking Co, this traditional French Apple Tart is the perfect not-too-sweet dessert. The handmade sugar cookie crust is topped with fresh granny smith apple wedges that have been sprinkled with sugar to get a beautiful caramelization. The result is a delicate balance of sweet and tart flavors.

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This 1 pound pumpkin tea cake loaf is slightly spicy, not overly sweet, and uses stone milled Frassinetto flour for a soft, moist texture. It makes for a delicious morning treat or the perfect pairing for your after-dinner coffee or tea.

Fun For Kids (AND adults!)

We love decorating gingerbread houses and sugar cookies for the holidays, but we don’t love artificial ingredients and food dyes. We’ve found the perfect solution with India Tree's line of dye-free decorative sprinkles and food coloring. Made with natural plant-based food coloring, you can use these along with royal icing or a sugar glaze for beautiful cookies, cupcakes and more.

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How To Add Baking Essential Farms Products 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 2 pm, 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.

November 9, 2018

Know Your Farmer - Laura Ann's Jam

Know Your Farmer: Laura Ann's Jams

Eat. Drink. Jam.

Laura Ann Masura has taken a unique path to get where she is today. Her career began as a punk rocker drummer, but when her band broke up, she discovered a different kind of jam-session by reacquainting herself with the preserving skills she was taught by her grandmother.

November 8, 2018

Essential Items for a Farm Fresh Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Essentials

Whether you're preparing for a traditional turkey dinner or a not-so-traditional, modern meal, we've got many of the items you need to create a Thanksgiving dinner to remember. Save the hectic trip to the store, and add them items you need to your Farm Fresh To You delivery.

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Thanksgiving Essentials

Whet your guests' appetites with any of these simple-but-delicious hors d'oeuvres: whole Castelvetrano olives, organic dried fruit & nuts, crunchy cassava crackers, olive oil and sel gris flatbread crackers, or choose from a selection of our salsas and dips.

Create a diverse and decadent cheese plate with any of our traditionally-made cheeses or dairy-alternative cheeses.

Veggies

Thanksgiving Essentials

Add the perfect accompaniments to your holiday meal, like fresh organic green beans, sweet potatoes, kale, Brussels sprouts, fresh cranberries, Satsuma mandarins, Maitake or Chanterelle mushrooms...the list goes on. We've also added many new items to our collection of farm products that will enhance your veggies, salads and side dishes.

Thanksgiving Essentials

This special oil from Flatlands Oil & Mill combines the unique citrus flavor of Yuzu and the traditional California Mission olive. The result is a smooth, floral oil with hints of pine, hops and green tea. Its wonderful flavor brightens salad dressings and is perfect for dipping freshly-baked bread. Look for the many other olive oils and vinegars we carry.

We also have stocks & broths, maple syrups, nutritional yeast and other salts & spices, as well as organic bread crumbs & Italian nut crumbs to complement your veggie dishes.

Rice, Grains & Pastas

Thanksgiving Essentials

Grains and pastas add a nutty, healthy addition to your Thanksgiving spread. We offer organic red cornmeal, organic farro, rainbow quinoa, golden couscous and variety of tasty and unique pastas.

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This locally grown organic wild rice has a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture that pairs well with the earthy, autumnal flavors and colors of harvest-time foods. For a subtler flavor, some like to blend wild rice with brown rice in stuffing and pilafs. Wild rice bursts open when it’s cooked, so you can tell at a glance when it’s done.

Main Course

Thanksgiving Essentials

Pasture-Raised Turkey
We are thrilled to offer Pasture-Raised Turkey from Ferndale Farms. They have been raising turkeys on their family farm since 1939. Ferndale turkeys are grown in harmony with the seasons. They are pasture-raised during the summer months and grown in a free-range environment during the winter months. Because of this artful approach, Ferndale produces slow-growing turkeys with robust immune systems that don't need any antibiotics or other unnatural additives or interventions. You will absolutely be able to taste the difference!

Try roasting your turkey (ham, chicken, fish, and more) in a unique and innovative, parchment bag.   The unbleached totally chlorine-free grease-proof paper seals in the juices to create delicious, tender, and moist meat.


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Turkey Alternatives
As a centerpiece, appetizer or even sliced in a sandwich with your Thanksgiving leftovers, this Vegan Celebration Roast is perfect choice for your holiday meal. Field Roast starts this vegetarian roast with a rich and savory sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain "meat," fresh-cut butternut squash, mushrooms and Granny Smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. Then the stuffing is surrounded with their most luxurious grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice.

Some of our other, less traditional Thanksgiving meat offerings include whole, free-range duck, organic whole fryer chicken, pork sirloin roast, lamb or even seafood.

What will you be gracing your Thanksgiving table with this year? Let us know in the comments below!

How To Add a Thanksgiving Essential Farms Products 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 2 pm, 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.

Know Your Farmer: Bellwether Farms

Know Your Farmer: Bellwether Farms

Grassy Pastures Lead Sheep to Award Winning Cheese

Cindy Callahan, founder of Bellwether Farms in Sonoma, CA, decided to bring some sheep to pasture as a natural way to control the growing grass. She was a nurse, and in her 50’s, so a career in cheese was not top of mind. However, a casual suggestion by a friend to milk the sheep opened Cindy’s eyes to the potential of a sheep dairy farm. She embraced the challenge, bringing the rest of her family along for the eventful ride. There are so many reasons we are grateful to be a part of Bellwether Farms’ ride of a lifetime.

October 31, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Creekside Farms

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The leaves have turned, the air is crisp and we can almost smell Thanksgiving dinner in the air. With the holidays right around the corner, many of us are looking for simple ways to add that warm and cozy feeling to our homes. The addition of a wreath to the family door is often the tell-tale sign that the holidays are upon us. And this year, our family will be hanging a beautiful, artisan wreath from Creekside Farms on our door.

October 29, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Frog's Bakery

Know Your Farmer: Frog's Bakery

Available in southern California Farm Boxes. 
Since 2010, Frogs Bakery has been turning flour, water and yeast into works of art – for both the eyes, and the palate! Though they originally opened their doors in Tuscon, AZ, it wasn’t long before their products gained popularity, and they realized they needed to expand. In 2013, the team built a new production bakery and moved their operations to Gardena, CA where they are located today.

October 25, 2018

A Hint Of Orange

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Farm News

My favorite season is in full stride. The worn foliage of the oaks has delivered precious acorns that sit freshly over a base of leaves from last season. The sky is blue with the occasional puffy white clouds, floating to the east with the gentle breeze.

October 24, 2018

Know Your Farmer - Full Belly Farm

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We are so pleased to introduce you to one of our favorite Capay Valley neighbors and friends, Full Belly Farm. This family/friend owned and operated farm was started back in 1985 by Paul Muller, his wife Dru Rivers and friends Judith Redmond and Andrew Brait. This like minded foursome bonded over a yearning to grow a diverse range of organic produce for their local community. The group chose the picturesque Capay Valley of Yolo County to plant roots and fittingly named their place Full Belly Farm.

October 17, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Chivas Goat Milk Soaps


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If you've never tried goat soaps from Donna and Lauren Johanson, our favorite Mother-Daughter duo at Chivas Skin Care, you're in for a real treat!

October 16, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Upper Crust Baking Co.

Know Your Farmer: Upper Crust Baking Co.

Eat Local Bread! 

Flour. Water. Yeast. Salt. This handful of ingredients makes up the base of bread dough, from baguettes to brioche, and while it seems simple enough, the factors that influence a great loaf of bread are myriad.

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.

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.

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.

September 18, 2018

Know Your Farmer - Cru Chocolate

Know Your Farmer

Growing connections from cacao farms to chocolate loving communities

With passion, craftsmanship, and creativity, two engineers turned entrepreneurs have brought the first bean-to-bar business to the Sacramento area. Cru Chocolate was founded by Karla McNeil-Rueda and Eddie Houston in 2016, and we are grateful to have them join our community.

September 5, 2018

DIY Mason Jar Butter

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There is nothing better than homemade butter. OK there may be something better, but right now all I can think about is rustic bread smothered in creamy, delicious butter. If people knew how easy it is to make this staple, my guess is that everyone would do it.

August 13, 2018

Fire Landscape

Fire Landscape

Farm News

A huge red fire ball looms over the farm late in the afternoon. As it sets to the west, it disappears behind the thick layer of smoke, but it is still light. The haze of the days and the inability to see the hills that normally surround us have become normal this summer. Somewhere a fire burns, taking decades of brush and undergrowth and turning it to ash. We are reminded that as far away as it is from our farm, it really is not that far away from any of us.

July 12, 2018

5 Farm Fresh Salad Dressings for Summer

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One way to motivate yourself to eat more salad this summer is to have a tasty, homemade dressing drizzled on top. Freshly made avocado ranch dressing can turn a boring green salad into something exquisite.

July 5, 2018

Canyon Fire

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Farm News

With the summer harvest on us, we were watching the weather closely – hot, low humidity and windy. A note of caution was sent to the irrigation team as these are the conditions that are ideal for drying out crops. Late in the afternoon, rumblings of a fire up the valley were heard. The rumblings soon turned into fact and a huge plume of smoke could be seen rising into the sky; it looked like a cloud. Turns out the weather that dries out crops grows wild fires too.

June 19, 2018

The Purple Flower With Power

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We have been growing lavender on our Capay Organic farm for several years now, so we know about lavender’s reputation for relaxation and its ability to help with a good night's sleep. More recently we've come to know some of its lesser known qualities including its ability to disinfect, its anti-inflammatory effects and even some of its healing properties. Below are a few quick and helpful recipes for using dried lavender in your cooking, cleaning and home remedies.

June 1, 2018

COMING TO MY SENSES BOOK GIVEAWAY

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If you’re anything like the crew around here, you’re in love with food - the freshness, the seasons, the flavor and the traditions that encompass it. And when we aren’t cooking food or eating food, we like to read about it.

May 14, 2018

Farm Spring

Your Farm News in Photos - Farm Spring

Farm News

The hustle and bustle of the farm is intense this time of year. All of my beautiful cover crops that were grown over the winter need to be incorporated into the top soil before we can plant the next crops. I was proud to see that my kids were not as tall as the cover crops this year – had I turned them loose in the middle, they likely would have never found their way out of the maze of grasses and legumes! With the tall, green tops come thick, deep roots. With all of that come more organic matter for the soil, more carbon sequestered from the atmosphere – more good stuff. Also with that comes a need for it to break down and be fully incorporated into the soil so that we can inject our drip tape and run our transplants, seeders and cultivators.

May 1, 2018

3 Amazing Uses for Fresh Aloe Vera

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Aloe is well known for healing sunburns, but that isn’t its only superpower. Aloe has been consumed and used cosmetically for thousands of years. In fact, ancient Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality,” and Cleopatra is said to have used aloe as a daily skin moisturizer. Keep reading for three of our favorite ways to use fresh aloe.

April 25, 2018

How to Harvest the Gel from an Aloe Leaf

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Did you know that you can add aloe leaves to your Farm Fresh To You delivery when you Customize Your Box? You've probably used aloe vera gel to heal your skin after too much time in the sun, but did you know that you can also consume it? Aloe is rich in vitamins A, C and E, which can help boost your immune system. But before you can enjoy it's many benefits, you're going to need to learn how to harvest it. See below for our 5 easy steps.

April 20, 2018

8 Easy Earth Day Resolutions + Giveaway

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Who says New Year's is the only time for resolutions? Earth Day is every April 22nd and it’s the perfect occasion to adopt a new habit for the greater good of our planet. At Farm Fresh To You, we take our responsibility as stewards of the land seriously by using these sustainable farming practices, but we also have some great tips for conserving natural resources at home. Here are 8 easy ways that we can help save the Earth by saving water, saving energy and minimizing waste.

April 11, 2018

What Should You Do With Your Crystallized Honey?

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Sometimes people feel uneasy when they discover their honey has crystallized. Let us reassure you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the honey. We even suggest you try your crystallized honey as is! Crystallization is a natural phenomenon that preserves the flavor. Many people (us included) prefer the crystallized form because it is easier to spread on toast, biscuits and other morning goodies. Plus, you may find yourself loving that slightly grainy and crunchy texture too. However, if you are not a fan of this natural occurance, you can de-crystallize your honey back into its liquid form by following these easy steps we've provided below.

March 21, 2018

Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

From the Fields - Thaddeus
 
Mandarins are so good. I remember in high school, a teacher asked me what my favorite crop was, and without hesitation, I responded “Satsuma Mandarins.” The smell of the petite, white blossoms in the spring is without a doubt the best smell in the world. The fruit, easy to peel, easy to eat and healthy for our body, is also amazing. Couple all of that with the fact we harvest them during a time of year when our farm doesn’t have a ton of other fruit options, and you can begin to understand my love for this crop.

March 5, 2018

KNOW YOUR FARMER: GIRL MEETS DIRT

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Photo by Girl Meets Dirt.
Girl Meets Dirt fruit preserves encompass all that’s good in the food world. In addition to being an artisan product, made on a fairytale-like island, from ripe, seasonal fruit that is often picked from century-old orchards, these preserves have unique and unexpected flavors that set them apart from anything else we’ve tried – and we keep going back for more.

February 8, 2018

Tomato Season

Tomato Season

Farm News

Technically there are four seasons on the farm – spring is always the first when I think of the chronological order of the season. Everything is green, plans are new - spring always gives the most hope for the upcoming farming season. Spring gives way to summer with the heat.

January 9, 2018

Let's Talk About our Food System


Let's Talk About our Food System

Farm News

As summer turned to fall, our lettuce seed was tucked into soil in a plastic tray under a greenhouse. The tiny seeds germinated. For 35 days, they grew until their roots were confined by the limited soil in the transplant tray.