Farmers' Market Bag 10-10-12


Blue Lake Beans – Gloria Tamai
Red Beets & Striped Beets – Weiser Farms
Red Chard – Be Wise Ranch
Leeks & Jicama – Rutiz Family Farms
Vulcan Lettuce OR Sierra Lettuce – Coleman Family Farms
WeeMee Pumpkin & Pippin Apples – Storum Orchard
Red Crimson Grapes – Smit Orchards
Organic Juicing Bag:
Julian Jonathan Apples – Raven Hill Orchard
Oro Blanco Grapefruit & Valencia Oranges – Polito Farms
Bearss Limes – Beck Grove
Golden Russet Bosc Pear – Frog Hollow Farms

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Catalina Offshore catch of the week: Swordfish

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Below are some great recipes courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina) & Mischa’s Cafe & Juice Bar (located just down the street from us!) for you to try out with the produce from your bag. Let us know on our Facebook Page or through twitter if you tried any of them!
Swiss Chard with Meyer lemon, Orange, Garlic and Parmigiano Gremolata
Serves 6 to 8
Gremolata
Shredded zest of 1 large Meyer lemon
Grated zest of 1 navel orange
1/2 cup tightly packed Italian parsley leaves
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1. In the food processor, mince the zests, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Stir half the mixture into the cooking broccoli (see step 3 below)
3. Add the cheese to the remaining mixture, and process again. Toss the finished beans with the cheese mixture.
4. Gremolata can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Red Swiss Chard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound Red Swiss chard, cut into 1-inch pieces, including the stems
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1. Lightly film the bottom of a 12-inch skillet with the oil. Heat over medium high heat, and add the chard, and sprinklings of salt and pepper, and sauté for 2 minutes, tossing to coat the chard.
2. Add the broth, cover and turn the heat to medium low. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until the chard is tender.
3. Stir the lemon gremolata mixture into the cooked chard.
4. Drain off any cooking liquid, and turn the chard into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the chard and serve.
Lettuce Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash, Crumbled Goat Cheese and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Serves 8
1 large acorn squash, quartered, and seeded
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment or a silicone baking liner.
2. Drizzle the oil, salt, and pepper over the inside of the squash, and bake for 40 minutes until the squash is tender.
3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
4. At this point, the squash can be kept at room temperature for about 6 hours.
5. When the squash is slightly cooled, remove the skin, and cut the squash into 1/-2 inch dice.
Assembly
4 heads lettuce, washed and spun dry in the salad spinner
Diced acorn squash (above)
6 ounces crumbled Goat cheese
1. Arrange the lettuce on 8 salad plates.
2. Divide the squash between the salad plates (depending on the squash you may have more than you need—6 to 8 pieces is a good number)
3. Top the squash with some of the goat cheese.
4. When ready to serve, drizzle the salads with the warm dressing.
Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Makes about 1 cup
6 strips bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons rice vinegar vinegar
2 shakes Tabasco
In a small skillet, cook the bacon until crisps, add the shallots, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until the shallots are softened. Add the sugar and mustard, and stir until the sugar is melted. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the Tabasco, and drizzle over the salads while still warm.
FMB JUICING RECIPES
Super Vitamin C
½ Oro Blanco grapefruit
1ea Valencia orange
Squeeze of Lime
1/4c sparkling water
Apple Zing
1ea Julian Jonathan apple
½ Oro Blanco grapefruit
squeeze of lime
Pear Perfect
1ea Oro Blanco grapefruit
1ea Golden Russet Bosc pear
½ lime
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If you haven’t joined yet, you can order a bag for next week on our FMB page!

Farmers’ Market Bag 3-31-10 #spFMB


So, here we are! It’s spring again & there are many lovely things in store for you… have you been keeping up with the Farmers’ Market Report?  It’s very informative and has loads of information about what is in season in California.  These are the fruits and veggies that are going to taste the best, since they have to travel the shortest distance to get to you!
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Italian Sorrento Lemons – Rancho Del Sol
Pencil Asparagus – Life’s a Choke
Easter Egg Radish – Jaime Farms
Baby Bunch Carrots & Baby Leeks – Coastal Organics
Grumolo Radicchio, Tarragon & Pirat Lettuce – Coleman Farms
Dill – Gloria Tamai Farms
Kara Kara Tangerines – Beck Groves
Sugar Snap Peas – Tutti Frutti Farms
Thanks again for all the support. We’d like to remind you that we’ve had to raise the price of the fish from Catalina Offshore by $2 to a total of $12/2# because of market conditions due to the Tsunami! We are one world 😉 Hopefully this doesn’t discourage anyone, because it’s still a really great price! If you haven’t joined yet, you can order a bag for next week on our FMB page!

Specialty Produce Farmers' Market Bag – 1/6/10


Fresh from the farm for only $20! Happy New Year!
This week’s bag contains:
Pink beets – Gloria Tamai Farms
Green Garlic – Schaner farms
Baby Carrots – Jaime Farms
Lettuce mix – Coleman Family Farms
Oro Blanco & Satsumas – Garcia Organic Farm
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley – Rutiz Farm
Watermelon Radish – McGrath Farm
Baby Bok Choy – Yasitomi Farm
Japanese Pink & Pineapple Heirloom tomatoes – Beylik Farm

FARMERS MARKET REPORT: CHRISTMAS WEEK 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER CROPS:

Bacon, Mexicola and Gwen Avocados, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cardones, Baby Cauliflower, Celery Root, Cherimoyas, Citrus:  Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats (late winter), blood oranges, Pummelos, Tangelos, Dates, Dragon Fruit, Escarole, Fennel, Kale:  Black, Peacock, Kohlrabies, Leeks, Mushrooms:  Black Trumpet, Chanterelle, Oyster, Shitake, Nettles, Parsnips, Radicchio, Radishes, Sapotes, Sorrel, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Winter Squash

Allow this to be your navigational guide to menu-making and spontaneous cravings, getting what’s in season locally and just one chapter of living, breathing sustainability.

MARKET FORECAST:

Winter is finally upon us and the weather is driving what will be picked.  There is rain and snow in the forecast so expect the unexpected***
FYI, Coleman Farms will not be at the market next week, December 30th.  You may want to double down on lettuces, etc. this week!
Citrus is abundant at the market:  Kishu, satsuma and clementine mandarins, oro blanco grapefruits, cara cara oranges, meyer lemons, bears limes, kaffir limes – it’s time for our favorite winter fruits!!!
WINDROSE FARM HAS BEAUTIFUL CHINESE AND JAPANESE CABBAGE AS WELL AS AN UBER SWEET “Dollhead” ESCAROLE – You really need to check these out!!

Chinese Chirimen Hakusai:  A loose leaf yet large cabbage that is actually an old variety from Japan popular for its beautiful crepe textured and light green leaves. It grows to a robust 12″ in diameter.


WINDROSE ALSO HAS UNIQUE SQUASH VARIETIES AS WELL, INCLUDING THE SWEET AND DELUXE MOROCCAN FAIRY SQUASH!!

MORE WINDROSE:  THE UNIQUE AND NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA ALREADY SHELLED TEPARY BEAN:

RANCHO DEL SOL IS BRINGING US THE CITRUS OF THE GODS:  KISHU TANGERINES – SWEET, PETIT AND SEEDLESS!!

NEXT UP:  15 PRIZED TREES ON RANCHO DEL SOL’S ORCHARD GROW THIS SPECIAL CITRON – BUDDHA’S HAND!!! EXOTIC, YET LOCAL!! NOW AVAILABLE!




GARCIA ORGANICS – GUAVA FOR 2 MORE WEEKS, MEYER LEMONS ARE IN!! AND SATSUMA MANDARINS ARE BACK!!

POLITO FARMS HAS ORO BLANCO GRAPEFRUIT AND CLEMENTINE MANDARINS!!

PUDWILL FARMS HAS PINEAPPLE GUAVA!!! AND BLUEBERRIE$ ARE BACK!

COLEMAN FARMS – TOKYO LONG JAPANESE ONIONS ARE GORGEOUS AND A GREAT WINTER FRESH ONION, BEAUTIFUL DRAGON FRUIT IN LIMITED SUPPLIES! PEACOCK KALE, PORTUGESE KALE AND SCOTS KALE, FRENCH SORREL, CARDONES, FRISEE, RED FRILL MUSTARD IN BUNCHES, SPIGARELLO AND THAI “DRAGON” CHILES
MCGRATH FARMS HAS THE BABY RED AND WHITE SCALLIONS BACK AND TONS OF KABOCHA SQUASH!! THEY ALSO HAVE BUTTERNUT SQUASH,RAPINI and MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: PEA TENDRILS!!

Check out the Brussel Sprouts from 2 Peas in a Pod!!!!  The whole stalk and leaves are edible!



COASTAL ORGANICS HAS RED GEM LETTUCE BY THE BOX AND IT IS STUNNING, SUCCULENT AND CRUNCHY
JAIME FARMS HAS THEIR BABY CARROTS BACK IN 4 COLORS AND THEY ARE CUTE!!!  ALSO, BABY GOLD TURNIPS AND RED KURI SQUASH!!

BEYLIK HAS THE HARDY AND RELIABLE JAPANESE TOMATOES AND PERSIAN CUCUMBERS
IF YOU WOULD LIKE FIGS, DUVALL FARM HAS BROWN TURKEY FIGS:  Their flesh is a the color of a beautiful rosé with amber toned edible seeds. The flavor: sweet and almost decadent.
J.J.’S LONE DAUGHTER RANCH IS BACK AT THE MARKET AND THEY ARE PACKING:  MEXICOLA GRANDE AVOCADOES, BACON AVOCADOS AND BEAUTIFUL PERFECTLY RIPE HACHIYA PERSIMMONS!!!

PENRYN ORCHARD ALSO HAS SATSUMA MANDARINS!!  HACHIYA PERSIMMONS and FUYUS.
WEISER FARMS HAS BABY HEIRLOOM CARROTS IN THE 5 LB. BOX AND THEY HAVE A FINGERLING SIZED HEIRLOOM POTATO MIX NOW TOO!! THEY ALSO HAVE TEEN SIZED PARSNIPS WITHOUT TOPS.

UPDATE:

No more Chocolate, Gosho, Tamopan, Hyakume or Maru Persimmons!!!!!  No more Coleman Farms Dragon fruit, Passion fruit, Basil.  No more Coastal Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes!!!  Shelling beans are slim pickings, as are pomegranates.  Currently only Anzio Artichokes are available.  The farms got hit HARD these  past couple of weeks by crazy weather: rain, snow and frozen crops have proven once again Mother Nature is in charge.
Continue reading “FARMERS MARKET REPORT: CHRISTMAS WEEK 2009”

Farmers' Market Box 12/16

Please note: Due to the Holiday there will be no Farmers Market Box next week
This week!!!
**All produce is subject to farmers market availability**
baby bok choy – Yasutomi Farm
baby carrots – Jaime Farms
celery root – Rutiz Farms
rosemary – Rutiz Farms
walla walla onions – Weiser Farms
delicata squash – Windrose Farms
Italian flat leaf parsley – Rutiz Farms
Assorted lettuces – Coleman Farms
Baby Gold Turnips – Jaime Farms
Peewee Heirloom Potatoes – Weiser Farms
Clementine Tangerines – Polito Farms


Some weeks the bounty is plentiful, others can be a struggle. Shared risk is what it is like to be part of the farm. These farms raise food that is good for the soil, good for biodiversity and good for the community.
By definition, CSAs are composed of  “a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers becoming partners, providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. ”
Essentially you are shareholders pledging a shared cost of the farms’ operations. Each one of your individual investments yields a share of farm crops, including a closer connection to freshly picked organic and sustainable produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles nor has it been sitting on grocery shelves for days and weeks.
As a shareholder, you are demonstrating respect for the earth by taking responsibility for sustainable farming practices, energy efficinet production and distribution while also contributors to paying farmers decent fair wages, and elevating environmental consciousness.
Starting our version of CSA has allowed us to unleash biological and social forces that we didn’t expect to grow so quickly. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and commitment to this program and ultimately to the farms you are supporting. In the new year we will be adding local purveyors and artisan producers to the program to reach out further into the community and to provide an array of farm oriented products to you outside of produce. The whole farm….
PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] TO OPT OUT OF THIS WEEK OR FUTURE WEEK’S BOXES.
Happy Holidays!!!

FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF DEC. 13, 2009

slow-food-header

SLOW FOOD = 20 YEARS OLD

It was 20 years ago on December 10, 1989 that the Slow Food Manifesto was proclaimed by Carlo Petrini:  In a Paris theatre, there was a call to arms for an antidote…”Against the universal madness of the Fast Life! ” The Manifesto declared, “we need to choose the defence of tranquil material pleasure…Against those, and there are many of them, who confuse efficiency with frenzy, we propose the vaccine of a sufficient portion of assured sensual pleasure, to be practiced in slow and prolonged enjoyment …”
Let us celebrate the hundred thousand people and thousands of small farmers across the globe dedicated to preserving food traditions, honoring slow food principles and bringing pleasure and responsibility together.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER CROPS:

Bacon, Mexicola and Gwen Avocados, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cardones, Baby Cauliflower, Celery Root, Cherimoyas, Citrus:  Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats (late winter), blood oranges, Pummelos, Tangelos, Dates, Dragon Fruit, Escarole, Fennel, Kale:  Black, Peacock, Kohlrabies, Leeks, Mushrooms:  Black Trumpet, Chanterelle, Oyster, Shitake, Nettles, Parsnips, Radicchio, Radishes, Sapotes, Sorrel, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Winter Squash

Allow this to be your navigational guide to menu-making and spontaneous cravings, getting what’s in season locally and just one chapter of living, breathing sustainability.

MARKET FORECAST:

The farms got hit hard this past week with rain, frost and even snow.  What will be harvested this week is a bit of a lottery.  Winter is finally upon us and the weather is driving what will be picked.
WINDROSE FARM HAS BEAUTIFUL CHINESE AND JAPANESE CABBAGE AS WELL AS AN UBER SWEET “Dollhead” ESCAROLE

(Chinese Chirimen Hakusai 12″ Spinach-Like Cabbage)


WINDROSE ALSO HAS UNIQUE SQUASH VARIETIES AS WELL, INCLUDING THE SWEET AND DELUXE MOROCCAN FAIRY SQUASH!!

MORE WINDROSE:  THE UNIQUE AND NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA ALREADY SHELLED TEPARY BEAN:

RANCHO DEL SOL IS BRINGING US THE CITRUS OF THE GODS:  KISHU TANGERINES – SWEET, PETIT AND SEEDLESS!!

NEXT UP:  15 PRIZED TREES ON RANCHO DEL SOL’S ORCHARD GROW THIS SPECIAL CITRON – BUDDHA’S HAND!!! EXOTIC, YET LOCAL!! NOW AVAILABLE!




GARCIA ORGANICS – GUAVA FOR 2 MORE WEEKS, MEYER LEMONS ARE IN!! AND SATSUMA MANDARINS ARE BACK!!

POLITO FARMS HAS ORO BLANCO GRAPEFRUIT AND CLEMENTINE MANDARINS!!
Continue reading “FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF DEC. 13, 2009”

Farmers' Market Box of the Week 12/9

**update– video***

It’s going to be a beautiful box this week!!!!!!! If you are interested in ordering for this week, please email [email protected] We have limited availability – so please make your reservation now!
Leeks, Fennel, Wild Arugula – Rutiz Farm
Baby Turnips – Coastal Organics
Heirloom Tomatoes – Tutti Frutti
Meyer Lemons and Satsuma Mandarins – Garcia Organic Farm
Delicata Squash – Windrose Farm
Pencil Asparagus – Life’s A Choke
Pirat Lettuce – Coleman Farms
Baby Carrots – Jaime Farm
All produce subject to market availability*** we are always in the process of updating our product photos & information so please check back soon!   We would love to hear feedback about any of these products & or recipes you have created from them 😉  Thanks for your support!