December 31, 2018

Living In The Moment

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A big rain came through the farm a few weeks ago. The parched earth soaked up the water without leaving a drop to run off into the creek. Today, the change from that big drink of water is visible. The hills, once bright white with sun-bleached, dry grass are now rustic with wet, brown grass and a base layer of green sprouts on their way up to dominate the landscape. The fall prep for the farm went well, and fields were adequately prepped with needed tillage and seeding of cover crops. I walked through them this morning. The fields were dark with moisture, but for the most part, nothing stuck to my feet. On the field floor, the cover crop’s vetch, favas and grain are a few inches tall. Behind them, the weed seeds have just germinated and are less than half an inch off the ground. As I walk to imagine the cover crops over taking the weeds and eventually choking them out, preventing them from adding however many millions of weed seeds to the farm.

Chard

The crews are in good spirits. With the holiday approaching, there is a festivity in the air. Being rained out has given every one reason for a rest. Today, they bunch kales and chards, making an effort to avoid the occasional mud puddle that for whatever reason still lingers. On the other end of the farm, the crews are making their run at the last of the Satsuma mandarins.

Mandarins

Each year, we balance the weather and ripeness of the orchards to try to have everything harvested and sold by each year’s end. The delicate Satsuma variety of mandarins is susceptible to getting a brown rot issue with too much moisture. So far, this year everything has gone well, but if we are not done soon, problems will show up. Right now, it is looking like we will be done the first week of January, which should be okay. Behind the Satsumas, the Clementines then Murcott mandarins wait on the tree – both later varieties that are much sturdier with the cold and wet weather.

Family

It is this time of year that I muse about another trip around the sun and think about life. In my life, I have learned that I need to make a conscious effort to live for this month, this week, this day, this minute. I am too easily distracted by looking back and looking forward. With each trip around the sun, I become more aware of the reality that life is not the past or the future, but in this moment. I like to think that I become a better person, turning my new awareness into action. With that in mind, I will ask myself and encourage our loyal customers to enjoy the end of this year for what it is – precious minutes, living life. 

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support. Make sure to find us on Instagram (@farmfreshtoyou) and @farmerthaddeus

December 28, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Fishpeople

Know Your Farmer: Fishpeople

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After a successful career in the textile and apparel industry, Duncan Berry moved to the central coast of Oregon with the idea of starting an environmental consulting business. He was passionate about protecting and restoring Oregon’s natural resources. He had grown up salmon fishing on his family’s fishing boat, so an interest in marine life came naturally to him. He became increasingly involved in marine reserve projects as well as environmental policy. It was at a sustainability-focused roundtable with Oregon’s governor that he met Kipp Baratoff, who had a background in finance and operations. Together, they recognized that the way the fishing industry was operating at the time was inefficient and harmful to the environment. Ocean habitats were in danger, as were the coastal communities where economies depended on the industry. With the goal of revolutionizing the relationship between consumers and the sea, they co-founded Fishpeople in 2012.

Know Your Farmer: Fishpeople


Transparency, sustainability and community are at the foundation of Fishpeople. Berry and Baratoff wanted to educate consumers about where their seafood was coming from and how exactly it got to their kitchen. From the beginning, they wanted to be a consumer-need-driven company. In the planning stages, they talked to fishermen, processors, distributors, grocers and consumers in an effort to thoroughly examine each step of the supply chain. They wanted to understand the existing problems so that they could come up with a solution that would resolve them. Through this investigation, they found that there was a growing demand for safe, high quality, responsibly sourced seafood that is also healthy and easy to prepare. Shoppers wanted delicious, nutritious seafood without the hassle of having to cook fish. Fishpeople saw its opportunity to create gourmet, on-the-go meal options that were ethical and traceable.

Know Your Farmer: Fishpeople


Today, Fishpeople is based out of Portland with its processing facility located in the coastal town of Toledo. They have fostered relationships with each of their suppliers so that they are able to offer pure, simple ingredients that are free of artificial colors, flavors, antibiotics and preservatives. Even as they’ve expanded to include easy meal kits, delicious seafood soups and healthy salmon jerky snacks, their goal has stayed consistent. They have remained passionate and steadfast about sustaining the oceans’ ecosystems while sustaining the economic health of coastal fishing communities. Each product has a batch number on its (recyclable) packaging that customers can use to find out the source and producer of each ingredient in their specific meal. From fish and vegetables to herbs and spices, transparency is at the core of how Fishpeople operates.

How To Add Fishpeople Products 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.

 Header image photo credit: Fishpeople

December 13, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Jacobsen Salt Co.



GREAT SALT EVERYDAY

When Ben Jacobsen lived in Scandinavia, he discovered the magic of finishing salt — how it can be the single most effective and affordable way one can elevate food. He instantly became mesmerized by how "good salt" can elevate each bite of food. His appreciation for salt quickly turned into a pursuit for making the best salt in America.


Photo credit Jacobsen Salt Co.

Jacobsen returned to the Pacific Northwest and immersed himself in the salt making process. His journey began by scouting a source. He visited more than two dozen sites along the coast of Oregon and Washington, finally choosing Netarts Bay, Oregon for it's clean, clear and high salinity waters. After his two-and-a-half year journey, Jacobsen Salt Co. was founded in 2011, and is the first company to harvest sea salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark built their salt works in 1805. Since then it has transformed from a local, small business to a nationally recognized brand.


Photo credit Jacobsen Salt Co.

Jacobsen Salt Co. has garnered worldwide favor for their craftsmanship, beautiful presentation and pure taste by professional chefs and home cooks alike.


Photo credit Jacobsen Salt Co.

Each salt flake is hand-harvested, hand-graded and sorted using harvesting equipment they custom fabricated. The results are salts with a signature clean, bright, briny flavor and a unique flaky crunch.


KNOW YOUR SALT

Flake Finishing Salt
These pyramidal shaped flakes are bright and briny with a delicate crisp texture; perfect on savory and sweet dishes alike. Use our finishing salts at the end of the cooking process to add bursts of salt and texture to items like grilled steaks, seared fish fillets, sautéed vegetables, or cookies. Think of this as a topping salt.



Pure Kosher Sea Salt
Our Pure Kosher Sea Salt is the workhorse in your kitchen. This salt has a delicate, small-grained texture similar to a fleur de sel. It's perfect for everyday use and can be used for seasoning, brining, baking, boiling, pickling, or as a finishing salt. Kosher salt is excellent for using during the cooking process.



Flavored Salts
Jacobsen Salt Co. has paired dynamic 
flavors with their carefully hand-harvested sea salt to bring your 
favorite meals and new culinary endeavors to a new level. From Infused Cherrywood Smoked Salt to Classic Steak Seasoning Salt, we're sure you'll find the perfect match to your culinary needs.


BEYOND SALT

Beyond their wide variety of pure and infused salts, Jacobsen Salt Co. has created sweets that will satisfy any sweet tooth, such as salty honey nut chews, salty caramels and salty black licorice chews. This holiday season impress your guests with Jacobsen’s salts to bring your culinary game to the next level. From salt gift sets, to steak seasoning salt and sea salt slide tins for the go, you have a variety of items you can add to your farm box today!

How To Add Jacobsen Salt Co. Products 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.

December 10, 2018

Farm-tastic Gifts to Fulfill Your List


As much as this season is about being joyous and grateful, the gifting process can be time consuming. We can help you continue to feel the joy and beat the crowds by delivering gifts directly to your door. We have an eclectic gift selection for all those fabulous people in your life: the green thumb, the foodie, the salty chef, the sweet tooth and more. When you Customize Your Box, you can easily check off all those gifts on your list!


For the Fabulous Foodie

Foodies tend to be a little more adventurous, while appreciating classic flavor pairings too. We offer high-quality, healthy and tasty options for you to choose from. Here are some fabulous suggestions your foodie friends will get excited about.

The Spontaneous Spread
White Truffle Olive Oil, Organic Rosemary Walnuts, & Castelvetrano Olives

These fantastic specialty food items provide an excellent addition to an impromptu charcuterie or cheese plate. Each item comes from a family-owned-and-operated business with an emphasis on high-quality and superior taste. The white truffle adds a special taste twist, the rosemary walnuts give an unexpected hint of fresh herbs, and the olives give a mild briney, nutty and buttery flavor - all pairing well with a variety of cheeses and cured meats.

The Dynamic Duo 
Cabernet VinegarChampagne Vinegar
These gourmet vinegars were inspired when BR Cohn decided to expand his portfolio from just wine to olive oils and vinegars too.  Both vinegars are slowly aged for 18 to 22 months according to the 500-year-old Orleans method, then bottled to retain the delicate flavors. The Cabernet vinegar has depth, with a hint of sweetness while the Champagne vinegar has an inviting bouquet and a balanced tartness.

Salty or Sweet
Pinot Noir Salt & Salty Black Licorice Chews
These unusual flavor combinations are developed by Jacobson Co., who produces artisan hand-harvested sea salts, with the motto that salt done right brings out the natural flavors of each food. These two items will appeal to both the salty and sweet side. The Pinot Noir Salt, with notes of vanilla and red fruit, can be used to finish a veggie or meat dish, or sprinkled on vanilla ice cream with hot fudge. The Salty Black Licorice is an unusual twist to the salty caramel classic paring. Dark, intriguing and delicious, we think it’s a taste worth acquiring.



For the Fun Guy (or Gal) & Green Thumb

The DIY grow kits offered during the holiday are fun for all ages! The truth of the matter is, you really don’t need to have a green thumb at all. From growing your own mushroom farm, to fostering indoor tomatoes, you're friends will enjoy the entire process.

Tree Oyster Mushroom Mini Farm
This mushroom mini-farm from Far West Fungi is a fun way to incorporate even more fresh produce into the kitchen. Lightly mist the mini-farm, and oyster mushrooms will grow right out of the box they’re packaged in. With proper care, three to four harvests can be grown over a two-month period.

Ready To Grow Tomato Kit
An easy and simple way to grow organic cherry tomatoes inside the home at any time of year. Just plant the seed, add water once a week, and place in a sunny spot. The perfect project for anyone who does or does not have a green thumb.


For the Salty Chef

Watch out for that salty chef in the kitchen. With the perfect salt combinations, you are sure to put a smile on their face and change that salty attitude into a joyful disposition. And you may even be rewarded with the perfect, flavorful meal.

Six Vial Salt Gift Set
With a nod to culinary science, this hip salt set includes Rosemary Salt, Habanero Salt, Pinot Noir Salt, Black Garlic Salt, Salt and Pepper Blend and Pure Flake Finishing Salt in a wooden stand. Some chefs will be inspired by their senses alone, however pairing notes with suggested combinations for each salt are also provided.

Spicy Salt Gift Set
For those who like it spicy, chili lime, ghost chili, and habanero salts should do the trick. These salts are hand-harvested directly from Oregon’s water in Netarts Bay, giving the salts a clean, bright, briny flavor, with a unique flaky crunch.


Easy Gifting Needs
If you need thoughtful gift, but simply do not have the time to curate yourself, we offer five gift baskets that we carefully selected, representing favorite artisan farm products. The baskets themselves are made of recycled paper with recycled paper stuffing inside. Below we have highlighted two of our most popular. We also have the ever popular Farm Fresh To You eGift Card to gift fresh fruits & veggies.

The Farm Favorites Gift Basket
This gift basket contains a collection of our favorite local artisan products including Moon Shine Trading Company Square Honeycomb, Full Belly Farm Organic sun-dried peaches and sun-dried tomatoes, sprouted creamy almond butter from The Philosophers Stoneground,  Chivas Goat Milk Soap, Capay Organic jams (Candystripe Fig & Blenheim Apricot), as well as our home-grown Capay Organic Pistachios (roasted & salted).

The Breakfast Gift Basket
This gift basket contains a collection of our favorite local artisan products including Lover's Lane Amber Honey, Spread the Love Raspberry Preserve and Smooth Almond Butter , Laura Ann's Jams Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam, Pachamama Organic Breakfast Blend Coffee, Equal Exchange English Breakfast Tea, Old Dog Ranch Candied Walnuts, From the Fields Organic Chai Currant Oatmeal (gluten free), Noble Bourbon Aged syrup and Vanilla Chamomile syrup.

Farm Fresh To You eGift Cards
If you love your Farm Fresh To You’s farm box and it adds value to your life, then why not introduce organic service to the ones you love? With our Gift of Health eGift Cards, giving a unique and healthful gift is simple. You choose the gift amount and they select the organic produce box that best fits their needs. Give the gift of organic, fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables delivered to their door!

How To Add Farm Gifts 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.

December 3, 2018

Know Your Farmer: Clover Sonoma


Farm Fresh To You: Clover Sonoma

Iconic Clo the Cow Brings Prosperity

We all love the iconic Clo the Cow with her magnificent smile and witty puns. The more you learn about Clover Sonoma, the more you will love them too. Let’s jump into a quick history lesson to see why Clover is a great company to partner with!

It all started in 1916, when the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery began distributing dairy products under the Clover Brand to stores and residential customers in the area. As Petaluma and the surrounding towns of Sonoma and Marin counties continued to grow, so did the Co-op.

In 1975, the biggest fire the town of Petaluma had ever seen struck the Co-op, destroying their processing and bottling operations. When the Co-op made the difficult decision not to rebuild their facility, the current owners of Clover Stornetta purchased the wholesale distribution business from Cal Co-op and Stornetta’s Dairy in Sonoma in 1977. 

In September 2000, Clover Stornetta Farms became the first dairy in the U.S. to be certified by the American Humane Association for their animal welfare program, American Humane Certified. Fast forwarding quite a bit to 2017, Clover changed its name from Clover Stornetta Farms to Clover Sonoma to be more inclusive all their farms in that farm-family.

Know Your Farmer: Clover Sonoma
Clover President & CEO Marcus Benedetti - Photo Credit Clover Sonoma

Currently, this company is now three generations strong. They strongly believe in supporting local businesses, family farms, and making sustainable choices that are good for generations to come, not just the next quarterly profits. They work hard to ensure the following certifications are being upheld: USDA Organic, American Humane Certified, B-Corp Certified, Non-GMO Certified, Clover Promise of Excellence, and North Coast Excellence Certified.

They have moved beyond industry sustainable practices in relation to the land, by improving soil condition, protecting water quality and maintaining the land for forage and wildlife, so that the land can continue to produce year after year.

Farm Fresh To You: Clover Sonoma
Photo Credit Clover Sonoma

What about the cows? Clover dairy cows are taken care of like family. Healthy cows are happy cows and their quality of life directly impacts the quality and taste of the milk. The cows have open pasture with plenty of walking area, a diet of fresh grass, hay and grains, and clean bedding when they go to sleep. Now that’s the life!

The secret to superior milk is not so secret to Cloverʼs family of farms. They know that practicing sustainable agriculture, humane treatment of their cows, keeping small herds on spacious land, and absolute zero use of the synthetic growth hormone, rBST are all contributing factors. Love is also at the heart of everything cLOVEr does.

Farm Fresh To You: Clover Sonoma

As Farm Fresh To You members, you can add several of Clover’s products to deliveries -  including 2% milk, whole milk, heavy whipping cream, half & half, buttermilk, chocolate milk, butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. During this time of year, we also offer Clover’s Eggnog for the holidays. It’s rich, creamy, and subtly sweet. Clover assures you that it will “make your taste buds jingle.”

How To Add Clover Sonoma Products 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.