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
(Photo Credit - Equal Exchange)

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.

hors d'oeuvres

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.


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.