October 26, 2021

Atmospheric River

Atmospheric River

From the Fields - Thaddeus

Next to our farm there is a creek bed that winds out of the hills. Its banks show off the roots of oak trees and its deep spots untuck channels of gravel. It is clear that water has flown down it in times past. Appropriately named “Dry Creek,” it has contained little more than a puddle for the last eighteen months. Big rain this early in the winter season is very rare, but the speculation of the atmospheric river that was scheduled to pummel us was too good to resist. With awe, some farmers predicted the storm would deliver three, four, even five inches of water! I chuckled to myself, admiring the imagination of these folks. For context, during the peak heat of the season our crops use two inches of water, and if there were a bet to be made, I would have put my vegetables on two inches or less of rainwater.
 
As my rain gauge passed the four-inch mark I was impressed, and the storm still had twelve hours left in it! An old timer texted me and I was struck by the fact that I received a text from him. The text itself showed his wisdom, “That creek will start to run after four inches.” I walked down into the creek and then walked up it. There were trickles of water beginning to flow into it from the fields and hills that had quenched their year-long thirst and could absorb no more moisture. Within a few hours, the creek was flowing with a force of water that I warned the kids would drown them if they fell in. 


It was at that time when I realized this storm was really going to wreak some havoc. Roads started to flood. All the creeks swelled up, approaching their capacity. Irrigation pumps that were not removed became entangled with debris. Roads that connect our farm to the warehouse were closed. People not paying attention drove their vehicles off the pavement, into mud, where they are still stuck. In the morning, with the storm now passed, the blue skies and sunshine made it hard to believe what had just happened. Under these warm clear skies, with the backdrop of a flooded field, my rain gauge read six and one-half inches – all received in less than twenty four hours!
 
As you can imagine, our operations are responding to this weather event. Please be patient as we make some adjustments to our scheduling, and know that it will take a lot more that this for us to stop preparing and delivering your Farm Fresh To You boxes!

October 12, 2021

Nona Lim's Nourishing Recipes

Nona Lim's Nourishing Recipes 

Infused with Asian flavors and spices from Nona Lim’s childhood in Singapore, her soups, broths and noodles are the perfect meal to cozy up with. Whether you’re craving something savory and spicy, creamy and tangy, or warm and soothing, Nona Lim has you covered. We are excited to share some of her delicious recipes that use the perfect combination of produce from your farm box and products from Nona Lim.

Nona Lim's Nourishing Recipes
Photo credit: Nona Lim

Dan Dan Noodles

(Serves 2)
Ingredients:
Sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

Noodles & Toppings

10 oz Nona Lim Traditional Ramen Noodles (1 box)
Sautéed spinach
Chopped green onion
Chopped peanuts
Chili crisp

Directions:
In a medium bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients until well combined.

Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles.

Transfer drained noodles to the medium bowl and mix with the sauce and a small amount of chopped green onion.

Top noodles with chili crisp, sautéed spinach, chopped peanuts, cilantro, and chopped green onion. 

See how quick and easy it is to whip up this delicious Dan Dan recipe in their video.

Nona Lim's Nourishing Recipes
Photo credit: Nona Lim

Nona's Chicken Teriyaki Ramen

(Serves 2)
Ingredients:
13 oz Nona Lim Teriyaki Ramen Stir Fry Kit (1 box)
6 oz chicken, thinly sliced
1/2 cup green cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Optional Garnish: chopped green onions, sesame seeds

*Equipment: A large nonstick skillet, wok or cast iron skillet required for this recipe

Instructions:
Cut a small vent in noodle pouches and microwave until they are warm (30 to 60 sec). Leave noodles in pouch.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and stir-fry 3 to 4 min until cooked. Set chicken aside.

Add remaining oil. Add onion and stir-fry for 2-3 min. Add mushrooms and cabbage and stir-fry for another 2-3 min till tender.

Add chicken back into the skillet. Add noodles and Bachan’s Teriyaki sauce. Toss everything for 1 min.

Top with optional garnish. Serve and enjoy.

Nona Lim's Nourishing Recipes
Photo credit: Nona Lim

Nona’s Chicken Pad Thai

(Serves 2)
Ingredients:
13 oz Nona Lim Pad Thai Stir Fry Kit (1 box)
6 oz chicken (white or dark meat), thinly sliced, seasoned with salt and pepper
4 oz bean sprouts
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced

Optional garnish: Chopped green onions, crushed roasted peanuts, lime wedges

*Equipment: A large nonstick skillet, wok or cast iron skillet required for this recipe

Instructions:
Cut a small vent in noodle pouches and microwave until they are warm (30-60 seconds). Leave noodles in pouch.

For chicken, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet or wok over medium heat. Add garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes until cooked.

To prepare vegetables, add bean sprouts and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Add noodles and sauce to skillet or wok and toss everything for 1 minute, being careful to handle the noodles gently. If possible, toss ingredients using a wrist-flick motion to minimize handling the noodles with a utensil.

Once noodles and sauce are well incorporated, plate your Pad Thai, garnish with green onions, peanuts, and lime wedges. Enjoy!

Pro tip: when stir frying your Pad Thai noodles, be sure that the noodles are not cold before they hit the pan. Nona recommends microwaving the noodles in their packaging first, so that they separate and cook easily without breaking. Rice noodles should be handled gently even though stir frying traditionally requires fast cooking and high heat. If you're able to toss your ingredients without the use of utensils, go for it! If not, tongs or a wooden spoon work as well. For more tips, check out this page that outlines some of Nona's Do's and Don'ts for successful stir fry.

Learn more about Nona Lim and the inspiration behind her amazing products here.   

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 6 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.

Header image photo credit: Nona Lim.   

October 11, 2021

Three Trees Vegan Mac and Cheese

Three Trees Mac and Cheese

Whether you are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free or none of the above — you won't want to miss out on this decadent Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe from Three Trees. It is delicious as is, but if you're feeling adventurous, there is room to play around with additional ingredients like winter squash, fresh herbs, and spices. 

The key ingredient you won't want to leave out is Three Trees Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. Three trees is proud to be on the 100% organic clean ingredients list. They use only organic almonds and grind them with water, so there is no waste, more fiber, and it's naturally creamy. 

 

Three Trees Mac and Cheese
Photo credit: Three Trees

Vegan Mac and Cheese 

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
8 oz cooked gluten-free noodles
1/4 cup vegan butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups Three Trees Original Almond Milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2-1 teaspoon salt (more or less depending on preference)
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Tapioca slurry (1/2 tablespoon tapioca starch mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
1/4 cup gluten-free Italian breadcrumbs
 

Directions:
First, mince the garlic and preheat the oven to 400F. Then, cook the noodles.

While the noodles are cooking, add the vegan butter to a pan to melt.

Once melted, add in the minced garlic and saute in the vegan butter for 3-4 minutes until
fragrant.

Next, add the Three Trees Original Almond Milk to the pan, stirring as you add it.

Then, add in the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, paprika, and Dijon mustard. Stir to mix.

Once mixed, add in the tapioca slurry and mix the sauce together for 1-2 minutes until
thickened. Adding the tapioca slurry will give the vegan cheese a stretchy consistency.

Then, add the cooked gluten-free noodles to the pan and stir together until coated in the
vegan cheese sauce.

Remove the noodles from the heat and add to an 8* 8-inch pan. Then, top with the
gluten-free Italian breadcrumbs.

Add to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the breadcrumbs are lightly toasted.
Then, remove and enjoy!

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 6 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