Current and Past Presidents Dinner for Mamas Kitchen

Dining Details held a fundraiser on March 24th, 20009.  We helped them a little bit by donating some produce, but I’ll have to say they did all the work… and made $29,000 for Mama’s Kitchen.
At Mama’s Kitchen we believe that every person is entitled to the basic necessity of life – nutritious food. As a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization, we prepare and deliver food to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or other critical illnesses. – Read more about Mama’s Kitchen
Here are a few shots from the night & the link to the complete slide show: 
all photos courtesty of Dining Details. View entire slide show here.


Dining Details Plate



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Farmers' Market Report – Week of April 1st

Happy Monday!
How did everyone like their Fava’s? Amanda (our microgreen queen and your FM packer) made the mistake of eating one without removing the 2nd shell!! Ha ha, priceless! But yes, under that waxy shell, they are super sweet and fresh; not ONE BIT mealy. McGrath Farms and Coastal has more this week, supplies are goin’ good!
Another great new spring item is Polito Family Farm’s “Tom’s Terrific” Tangerines!! Trust me, you’re going to want this. I am not bringing in anymore Paige tangerines and bringing in these instead, that’s how TERRIFIC they are. We tried a sample last week and were in heaven. They are technically the Tahoe variety, originally developed via UC Riverside’s famous citrus breeding program. Easy to peel, 99% seedless, and JUUIIICCCYYY. Eat it over the sink and don’t say I didn’t warn you. $2.70 per LB, a little cheaper than the Paige. 🙂
Also, Weiser’s Bloomsdale Spinach was too small to cut, so this week will be Rutiz Farm! SNOW Peas available this week from Tutti Frutti Farm – SUPER SWEET!
The not-so-good news: Purplette Scallions from Rutiz Farm is gapping for the next 2 weeks. Harry’s Berries Baby Roma and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes will be gapping for about 3 months. Romanesco from 2 Peas in a Pod now will not be available for several weeks. The weather destroyed his new planting, and we must wait for the other field to come in. 🙁Baby Pink Turnips from Coastal Farm are still not available for 2 more weeks (I know I keep saying 2 weeks, sorry!), and Baby Broccoli is N/A for 2 weeks as they await their new planting. BUT, I am bring in the Weiser Farm Baby Green AND Purple Broccoli, which is a little larger than Coastal’s but equally delicious.
Until next week,
Laura
Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • Tom’s Terrific Tangerines from Polito Family Farm
  • Snow Peas from Tutti Frutti Farm
  • Red Spring Onions from Jaime Farm (not quite confirmed, but we’re hoping)
  • Red Spring Onions from Jaime Farms
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    Farmers' Market Report – Week of March 25th 2009

    Good afternoon, everyone!
    NEWSFLASH: Fava Beans are in, from both Coastal Farms and McGrath Farm!! Supplies are a little limited to start, but will do our best to fill all orders! All of the unique lettuces from Coleman and McGrath are still going very strong. Jerry’s Berries, a funny spinoff from the famous “Harry’s Berries”, except that he grows a “Galante” variety, which is very sweet but a naturally softer strawberry (pre-order only due to its shorter shelf life). Also, speaking of SPRING, Miner’s Lettuce is available from Flora Bella Farm, Persian Watercress, aka Shahe, from Rutiz Farm, and White Beets (bulk, large size) just started from Weiser Farm!
    Romanesco from 2 Peas in a Pod now will not be available for several weeks. The weather destroyed his new planting, and we must wait for the other field to come in. 🙁 Baby Pink Turnips from Coastal Farm are still not available for 2 more weeks, but her Baby Gold Turnips are!
    That’s it for this week. More spring stuff to come soon, I promise. 🙂
    Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!
    Laura

    WHAT’S NEW:

  • Fava Beans from Coastal & McGrath Farms
  • Fava Beans from Coastal Organics
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    Farmers' Market Report – Week of March 18th 2009

    Good afternoon, everyone!
    We have some exciting new items to share with you this week:
    Weiser Family Farms’ Baby Purple Broccoli, which is a specific seed variety called Red Arrow. It’s not purple all the way through, but the green stem and leaves contrast it very nicely. It has a mild flavor and the farmer recommends slicing thinly and serving raw, or do a very quick saute if desired to keep the color!!
    Jaime Farm just started up farm fresh eggs – they use a few different breeds of chickens, so these eggs will come assorted – brown, green, white, and blue-ish white. Beautiful!!! Please pre-order!
    Romanesco from 2 Peas in a Pod will not happen this week – he is in the midst of transitioning into his new field and are a little too small to harvest just yet. Also, Baby Pink Turnips from Coastal Farm are not available for 2-3 weeks, but her Baby Gold Turnips are! And, NO Fava’s until next week!! They’re so close, though, just one more week to size up.
    No worries, though, there’s plenty of other fabulous produce coming in – check out Jaime Farm’s BABY Rainbow Chard this week (about 5-6 in long) or Spring Onions!
    Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!
    Laura

    WHAT’S NEW:

  • Red Arrow Broccoli (purple) from Weiser Family Farm
  • Red Arrow Broccoli
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    Farmers' Market Report – Week of March 11th

    Happy Monday, all!
    Ugh, how about that darn daylight savings time? I am not thrilled to lose an hour of sleep, but at least we get more daylight – another sign that spring is coming, slowly but surely.
    After talking to a lot of my farmers, up-and-coming new items for springtime menu’s are: Jerry’s Berries Strawberries (Jerry Rutiz’s version; he uses the “Galante” variety, which is a softer berry but extremely sweet – coming in early April), fresh Fava Beans from various farms – next week, lots more peas and beets and artichokes, purple baby broccoli coming this weekend from Weiser Farm (limited to start!), etc. etc.! More to come, I’m sure.
    So, did you guys get our March Mushroom Madness specials? Dude. Check it out. Best prices of the year – and Kinoko Company is now officially producing all of this out of their San Marcos plant! No more Japan imports, except for the Enoki which requires a specialized technique. Brown and White Hon Shemeji, and Maitake $42.50 per case, King Trumpet $34.50 per case! Sorry, sorry, I know it’s not farmer’s market BUT it is local! Psst… first crop of Morel Mushrooms coming in this week, too. $33.50 per lb to start. You guys are the first to know. Feel special.
    Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests, feel free to ask!
    Laura

    WHAT’S NEW:

  • Purple Scallions from Rutiz Farm
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    FM Report – Week of March 4th

    Hey everyone!
    Wow, a lot of our northern Cali growers are experiencing some heavy rain for this whole week – we are so lucky to be living in sunny San Diego!! Feels like spring already, doesn’t it?
    Still a lot of baby beets, turnips, greens, and chards on the market so far. Hope you guys got a chance to check out those awesome Lyon artichokes with stem from Life’s A Choke; they are a variety from Southern France and are best broiled, steamed, marinated raw, stuffed, or baked! Let me know if you would like a sample!
    Also, I would like to stick the the new baby broccoli from Coastal (excellent quality and a nice, smaller size) and the super sweet English peas from Rutiz. I liked them a lot better, hope you did, too!
    Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!
    Laura

    WHAT’S NEW:

  • MICRO Mix Carrots from Weiser Family Farm (note – even smaller than the baby mix!)

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