December 27, 2019

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit
Grapefruit offers a refreshing, bright flavor with a hint of sweetness to many dishes. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes to help brighten up your winter days.

Broiled Grapefruit with Greek Yogurt

Not overly sweet, this recipe is a grapefruit-lover's delight. The warm grapefruit pairs well with the cold, honey-sweetened yogurt and adding crunchy granola or nuts makes for a more substantial breakfast or healthy snack. It's the perfect addition to your next brunch!

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Grapefruit and Yogurt Cake

Deliciously moist with a tangy flavor from the yogurt and grapefruit. Though this makes a great dessert, it’s also great for breakfast alongside a hot cup of lemon herbal tea.

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Grapefruitini

Sweet and tart, this refreshing citrus drink is perfect for your next gathering or for ringing in the new year! The tart grapefruit flavor is perfectly balanced by the sugared rim.

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Grapefruit and Ginger Tart

With a chocolate-lined crust and gingery mascarpone filling, this grapefruit tart is as delicious as it is pretty.

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

Our new favorite salad! The tart and slightly bitter grapefruit is balanced by the creamy and rich avocado - a match made in heaven! It also makes a great packed lunch if you add the avocado separately (the kale can withstand being dressed and doesn’t get soggy).

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Mixed Grapefruit & Roasted Beet Salad

Earthy beets and tangy grapefruit pair perfectly with briny capers and a sweet-savory balsamic reduction in this colorful salad.

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

Grapefruit and Avocado Tacos

These colorful vegan tacos are as pretty as they are delicious. We love the balance of the tart grapefruit and the creamy avocado. This flavorful combination is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe Roundup: Grapefruit

How To Add Farm Stand 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 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. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

December 19, 2019

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

Quick and Easy: Just Add Booze

Keep a few of these mixers on hand for quick and easy cocktails that taste fancy and delicious but require no effort. All you have to do is add the spirit of your choice!

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

Spindrift
Perfect for mixing with vodka, tequila, gin or any clear spirit!

Dry Soda
Step up your vodka soda with these slightly sweetened botanical bubblies by Dry Soda.

Bloody Mary Mix
The ultimate Sunday morning (or Christmas morning) drink.

Mulling Spices
These mulling spices are great for mulled wine, sangria or hot apple cider and whiskey!

For the Novice Mixologist

These cocktails are slightly more involved, but they're still easy to throw together without getting stuck in the kitchen all night. Your friends and family will definitely be impressed!

Sparkling Apple Cider Bourbon

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

This super simple cocktail idea from Spindrift tastes like fall and is perfect for sipping by the fire on a brisk day.
Pour the cider and bourbon over ice, top with lemon Spindrift and garnish with thinly sliced apple.

Pomegranate Jalapeno Shrub Margarita

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

This slightly spicy shrub makes for a perfect margarita mixer! If you want to make it look extra fancy, garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Combine pomegranate jalapeno shrub, tequila, triple sec, orange juice and lime juice if using. Stir to combine. Add ice and serve.

For the Cocktail Connoisseur

Ready to take your skills to the next level? These drinks are made with fresh ingredients and are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Prepare the simple syrups ahead of time so that you can enjoy celebrating with your friends and family.

Rosemary Grapefruit Refresher

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

For the rosemary simple syrup:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 c Rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup Sugar
For the drink:
  • 2-3 oz Gin or vodka
  • Grapefruit spindrift (or 3 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and sparkling water)
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary simple syrup

To make the simple syrup: Combine water, sugar and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about one minute until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for about 30 minutes.

To make the cocktail: Combine gin or vodka, grapefruit spindrift and rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Pour in a glass over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Pear and Ginger Sparkler

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

For the ginger honey simple syrup:
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
For the drink:
  • Ginger honey simple syrup
  • 2 pears, peeled and pureed
  • Champagne or Prosecco

To make the simple syrup: Heat the honey, water and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the honey dissolves into the water. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for about 30 minutes.

To make the cocktail: Combine 1 ounce of ginger honey syrup and 1 ounce of peach puree to a champagne glass. Top with champagne or prosecco. Optional: garnish with thinly sliced pear, crystallized ginger or lemon wedges.

Winter Sangria

Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails
  • 1 Bottle red wine
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 oz Orange juice
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving over ice.

Make sure to check out more cocktail and mocktail recipes on our website!

How To Add Farm Stand 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 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. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

December 11, 2019

Spice It Up: Cloves

Spice It Up: Cloves

About

Cloves are made from the unopened flower buds of the clove tree, a small tropical member of the evergreen family. The tree is native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, also known as the “Spice Islands”, although it’s also grown in Madagascar and Tanzania. When the flower buds change from a pale green color to a bright red color, they are harvested and dried. Named after its distinctive shape, the word clove comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail. The dried flower buds can be used for cooking and seasoning as well as medicinal purposes

Spice It Up: Cloves

History

The history of cloves is similar to the history of nutmeg and mace. Cloves were extremely popular throughout Europe, leading the Portuguese and Dutch to fight for control of the islands that grew these spices. The spice trade was incredibly lucrative, with nutmeg and cloves leading the market. Cloves were worth their weight in gold. Their value only began to decrease once the French introduced the clove tree to Mauritius in 1770, followed by Guiana, Brazil and the West Indies. Today, 80% of commercial clove still comes from Indonesia.

Cooking With Cloves

Clove is a pungent warm spice with a sweet yet astringent flavor that is great for both sweet and savory dishes. Although it’s a warm spice that is often grouped with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, cloves have a much more powerful flavor so they are typically used in much smaller quantities. The intense flavor comes from the compound eugenol, which is also used for medicinal purposes. Cloves are very common in traditional Indian dishes and are used to flavor sauces, soups and rice. It’s also very popular in Mexican cuisine, in which it's typically paired with cumin or cinnamon.

Spice It Up: Cloves

Other uses

Eugenol is the main element in the essential oil that is made from cloves. The oil is popular for adding to perfumes, flavoring synthetic vanilla and it’s also an important incense element in Chinese and Japanese cultures. Eugenol is thought to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties and it has historically been used in dentistry. It’s commonly found in over-the-counter medicines, throat sprays and mouthwashes. Because of its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, it’s also thought to be effective in healing skin ailments and blemishes. Beyond medicinal uses, clove oil has been used as a natural herbicide and even a mosquito repellent. Plus, cloves are commonly smoked in cigarettes called kretek in Indonesia.

Spice It Up: Cloves

Buying and Storing

You can find cloves in the grocery store either ground or whole. Whole cloves tend to maintain their flavor and potency longer than ground cloves. When stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, whole cloves will keep for around a year while ground cloves will only keep for up to six months. Because cloves have a hard, woody texture, they are not eaten whole and are normally removed before serving, but you can always grind them into a powder using a coffee grinder.

Spice It Up: Cloves

Spice It Up: Easy Ways To Use Cloves

  • Add ground cloves and curry powder to sauteed veggies with meat or tofu
  • Add cloves and cinnamon sticks to apple cider when heating it on the stove (just make sure to strain them out)
  • Pierce an onion with whole cloves and to soups, broths or braised dishes to impart flavor without having to grind the cloves or pick them out later
  • Spice up a fruit compote with ground cloves and serve over breakfast waffles or alongside a creamy cheese as an appetizer
  • Add ground cloves with walnuts and raisins to your favorite stuffing recipe

How To Add Farm Stand 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 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. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

December 9, 2019

Spice It Up: Vanilla


The word vanilla is sometimes used for things that are boring, blah or basic. However, true food lovers know that vanilla is anything but plain. Its complex flavor profile, laborious growing process and interesting history all contribute to what makes this spice so intriguing.
Spice It Up: Vanilla

About

It grows as a vine and can be up to 300 feet long. The vine features pale green-yellow flowers that, when pollinated, grow a fruit that looks like a string bean. It takes about nine months for a vanilla pod to ripen, and then it must undergo a long and tedious curing process. The little specks that you can see in high-quality vanilla bean ice cream are the tiny black speeds that fill vanilla pods.

Spice It Up: Vanilla

History

Vanilla is native to South and Central America. The Totonacs are credited for first harvesting vanilla, but its production was taken over by the Aztecs when they conquered the Totonacs, and then the Spanish when they conquered the Aztecs. The Spanish brought both vanilla and cacao back to Europe where it was grown in gardens, but the vanilla never produced fruit. Later they learned that this is because the Melipona bee was needed to pollinate the flowers, but that species didn’t live in Europe. Years later on the island of Reunion, a tedious technique for hand-pollinating the flower was discovered, making Reunion and its neighboring island, Madagascar, very popular for their vanilla industry. About 75 percent of vanilla today still comes from Madagascar or Reunion. Up until the 17th century, vanilla was mostly just used as an additive for drinking chocolate. It wasn’t until the 1780s that the French began using vanilla to flavor ice cream, a recipe created by Thomas Jefferson. By the late 1800s, vanilla was in high demand, partially in thanks to its use in cola beverages.

Spice It Up: Vanilla

Harvesting

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world due to its labor-intensive production. The vast majority of vanilla that is sold in today’s marketplace is hand-pollinated. Growers must be very skilled in order to do this, as the flowers only have about one to two days in their growth cycle in which they can be pollinated, otherwise they will wither and die. After harvesting, the beans go through a tedious curing process that consists of alternating between sun drying during the day and sweating at night for up to thirty days. The entire process, from planting the seed to the finished product, takes about one year. It takes around five to seven pounds of vanilla beans to create one pound of processed vanilla. All of this contributes to vanilla’s high cost of about $300 per pound.

Spice It Up: Vanilla

Vanilla vs. Vanillin

Because of its high cost, 99% of vanilla-flavored products on the market don’t contain vanilla. Vanilla is made up of about 250 chemical compounds that contribute to its flavor. The most significant component of vanilla’s fragrance is vanillin, a compound that is fairly easy to create artificially and is about twenty times less expensive. Most vanilla extracts that you find in the grocery store are made with vanillin, unless they say “pure vanilla extract”. Vanillin isn’t unhealthy or dangerous to consume, and it does taste extremely similar, however, its flavor is not as strong or as complex as pure vanilla extract.

How To Add Farm Stand 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 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. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

November 27, 2019

Easy Party Appetizers

Easy Party Appetizers
With the holidays just around the corner, you'll likely find that your calendar is filling up quickly. Whether it's a family gathering, an ugly sweater party, an office potluck, or friends coming into town, the season is filled with festivities. When you don't want to show up empty-handed, and you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen, we've got you covered! These appetizers are easy, require only a few ingredients, can be put together last minute and will definitely be popular at parties. We like to keep some of these items on hand for any last-minute events that may pop up, or for surprise guests that may pop in.

November 21, 2019

Spice It Up: Nutmeg

Spice It Up: Nutmeg

Nutmeg and Mace

Nutmeg comes from an Indonesian tropical evergreen tree that actually produces two spices, nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is the pit, or seed, of the fruit, and mace is the lacy bright red webbing that surrounds the shell of the pit. The mace is typically removed, dried and ground into a spicy and pungent powder that is used for baking and is often found in doughnuts. The nutmeg seed is dried slowly over an eight week period and can either be left whole or grated into a powder. Cultivating nutmeg is a true test of patience as the nutmeg tree takes seven to nine years to produce fruit after being planted.

November 14, 2019

Breakfast Gift Basket Giveaway

Breakfast Basket GiveawayWe’ve all heard it a million times before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you’re grabbing breakfast on the go or treating yourself to a decadent brunch, this Breakfast Gift Basket will have you covered. It’s the perfect gift for any breakfast-lover in your life, regardless if they’re a rise-and-shine morning person or a lounge-in-bed-all-day kind of person. These breakfast items are all hand-crafted with time and care by artisanal food makers. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

Ultimate Guide to a Farm-To-Table Thanksgiving

Ultimate Guide to a Farm-To-Table Thanksgiving

Whether you're preparing for a traditional turkey dinner, or a not-so-traditional, modern meal, we've got you covered.

It takes hard work—and maybe lack of sleep!—to pull off an "effortless" Thanksgiving meal. So this year we've decided to help you save time, and pull together the ultimate Thanksgiving meal with this easy guide.

November 8, 2019

Spice It Up: Cinnamon


The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and the air is getting cooler. Fall is in full swing and one of our favorite things about the season is the delicious food that comes with it. Butternut squash soup, persimmons sliced on our salads, pumpkin-flavored everything… and although it’s technically available year-round, we absolutely love the abundance of cinnamon that comes with the cooler weather. Whether it’s sprinkled over oatmeal, folded into baked goods, or steeped in hot apple cider, we can’t get enough of this delicious spice!

November 5, 2019

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook a Spaghetti Squash

Is it just us, or does spaghetti squash feel like one of the best-kept secrets in produce? It's spaghetti... that's squash... and all you have to do is cook the squash. Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions below.

October 31, 2019

Know Your Farmer: ReGrained

Upcycling with ReGrained

Upcycling with ReGrained


ReGrained founders Daniel Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz met as undergrad students at UCLA. Like most college students on a budget, they were looking to save money so they learned how to brew their own beer. They quickly discovered that each batch of beer also produced a grain that looked and smelled like oatmeal. In the beginning, they threw all of it away, as most brewers do.

October 30, 2019

Fig Folly

Fig Folly
 From the Fields - Thaddeus

Precious heat units are beginning to disappear. The hot summer days have come to an end, and our farm finds both of its feet solidly planted into fall. The cool nights have turned the fig orchard yellow, some of their leaves fully browning and falling to the ground. I chuckle at the memory of when these fig trees were my responsibility for the first time.

October 18, 2019

Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats
Spooky season is upon us! With Halloween right around the corner, you may find yourself surrounded by tricks and treats, particularly treats. Between costume party desserts, the candy bowl at work, and the kids' trick-or-treating goodies, we think it's time to celebrate the season with some healthy Halloween snacks.

September 20, 2019

Wine and Cheese: The Perfect Pair

Wine and Cheese Pairings

5 Tips for a Perfect Pairing

1. Pair intense wine with equally intense cheese
Bolder, more intense, fuller flavored cheeses can stand up to the higher tannins of big-bodied wines. Wines with less than 12% ABV will taste better with a lighter, more delicate cheese.

August 29, 2019

Office Lunch Inspiration

Adult Lunch Inspiration

The back-to-school shopping is done, the supplies are secured, and the school forms are (hopefully) signed. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our back-to-school lunch ideas. But don’t worry – we didn’t save all the good ideas for the kids!

Summer's End


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Farm News 

Our first planting of heirloom tomatoes is nearing the end of its season. Seeded in the greenhouse in January, these tiny transplants were tucked into the field in March and have been producing fruit since June.

August 22, 2019

Simple & Stylish Party Secrets to Wow Your Friends

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Time for some classy upgrades to the typical hot dogs and hamburgers. Instead, we teamed up with with Veronica Leslie of HealthDoll.Co to provide you with some easy, yet stylish fare to excite your friends, while keeping your prep time minimal before and during your party. We will help you make cocktails (and mocktails), appetizers, main dishes and dessert that will prove a memorable experience for all. And you’ll have enough energy to enjoy your own party, too!

August 7, 2019

Olive Oil Tasting Tips

Pouring Olive Oil

The highest grade an olive oil can receive is “Extra Virgin,” but what does that really mean? Extra virgin olive oil is made by crushing fresh olives, and then applying mechanical pressure to extract their rich, flavorful oils.

July 25, 2019

Back To School Lunch Ideas

Back To School
Time is flying this summer! You still have a few more weeks of freedom, but back-to-school is just around the corner. We know life can get hectic, and school lunches can get boring. We want to help! Here are some quick ideas you can prep ahead to make mornings a little easier, and keep tummies full of healthy - and fun! - meals.

July 19, 2019

Recipe Roundup: Watermelon

Watermelon

Summertime and watermelons go hand-in-hand. Watermelons make for a sweet, juicy delicious treat; especially on a hot day.

July 4, 2019

Guide to Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes
For most people, summer conjures up images of warm weather, pool parties, summer camp and beach trips. For us (and for the other serious foodies out there), summer means one thing: heirloom tomatoes! We wait all year for these flavorful juicy fruits to ripen and be harvested, so they can finally make their way into your farm box. We only have a few months to savor these little gems; make the most of them using our heirloom tomato guide!

July 1, 2019

Easy Ways To Enjoy Grilled Summer Veggies


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Once you have your desired veggies in hand, fire up the grill and get ready to chill. Preparing veggies is quick and easy during grilling season, perfect to throw on the grill for a sweet and smoky flavor. Some of our favorite veggies for the outdoor barbecue are asparagus, zucchini, whole garlic, mushrooms (choose your favs), green onions, whole garlic, tomatoes (shh! I know it’s really a fruit), and sweet corn. For dessert (make some room veggies!), add a couple of nectarines or peaches for a perfect ending to your evening.

June 24, 2019

Summer Harvest

Apricot Tree

Farm News

Our apricots are here! All that pruning, cover-crop growing, blossoming and irrigation came together to put out an amazing set of fruit on our trees. This is among the first stone fruit of the California season and is certainly the first piece of stone fruit being harvested from our farm. The Royal Blenheim apricot is an heirloom variety, one of the originals!

June 19, 2019

Here's to a Scrumptious Summer!

Variety of colorful fruits, vegetables and berries. Healthy diet concept. Vegetarian organic food set over wooden table. Top view.

Summer is finally here! The temperature has been rising, excitement has been building, and our mouths have been watering in anticipation of all of the beautiful summer produce that is coming our way. Bright juicy peaches, vibrant strawberries, deep red plums, multi-hued heirloom tomatoes, vivid green peppers, a rainbow of summer squash…the list goes on and on.

June 13, 2019

Let’s Make Cool Treats

Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream with Blueberries

Summer is around the corner and temps are on the rise. There are many easy and refreshing treats you can make to help you beat the heat. You can incorporate our seasonal fruits like strawberries, plums, peaches, kiwi, watermelon, lemon, and blueberries too.

How to Care for Stone Fruit & Recipe Roundup

How to Care for Your Stone Fruit & Recipe Roundup

During stone fruit season, we’re often asked how to best store fresh apricots, peaches, nectarines,  plums, pluots, peacotums and apriums. Keep these helpful tips in mind:

June 6, 2019

Cooking With Scraps Book Giveaway!

Cooking With Scraps
When author Lindsay-Jean Hard was working on her master’s degree, the city she was living in only accepted #1 and #2 plastics for recycling. All other recyclables were simply thrown away. Frustrated by this, Lindsay set up recycling bins throughout her building with signs showing which items could be thrown away in each bin.

May 21, 2019

Busy Farm Days

Oak Tree

Farm News

I will miss the puffy white clouds that meander without cause over the last days of spring. The hills that the clouds stain with their dark shadows are no longer green with the moisture of spring. I suppose technically they are green, but they are not the pure green of grass that has water. They are kind of green with patches of golden grass forming here and there. However, the oak trees are green. Their explosion of new leaves from the spring have matured, and soon, they will be the only green patches on the hills.

May 15, 2019

Lettuce Get Inspired | National Salad Month

Salad Blog Main

We may typically take the easy route and make what my mother-in-law likes to call the “honeymoon salad” because it’s lettuce alone (get it, let us alone). This month let’s stretch ourselves just a little to make more delicious and nutritious salads that challenge the traditional idea of a salad and that may even leave out the lettuce altogether–see ya later lettuce, have a good honeymoon.

May 13, 2019

Let’s Veg Out Together!

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An abundance of springtime fruits and veggies are available to add to your farm box this week! What a perfect time to showcase vibrant produce for National Vegetarian Week. An increasing number of people are interested in plant-based meals, some for the nutritional benefit, some looking to add a sustainable practice, and others in search of economic value. Practicing plant-based living can feel great, while promoting health and well-being. Whether you are a vegetarian, meat-eater, pescatarian, flexitarian or vegan, eating more veggie food is a delicious way to do your part for the environment too. We have seven suggested activities you can do to veg out!