Category Archives: Farm News

Glory Hallelujah – The Heat Spell is Broken

September 9, 2019
Volume 1,646
I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
Wendell Berry
Dear Friends,
This Sunday was a good 10 degrees lower and with less humidity than the last couple of weeks and we who work outdoors are so grateful. The whole farm was starting to feel like a bale of dried straw. We are of course with the new water rates, cutting back as much as we can and still keeping the vegetables growing. Pretty darned challenging.
There’s good tasty fruit for this week and the cucumbers marinate quite well in either red wine or rice vinegar (use your favorite seasonings) overnight for a refreshing side dish or tossed with your salad. We’re happy to have broccoli back and it is good either warm or steamed and then chilled with a good dip or sauce. Same thing with Swiss chard. It’s actually quite good after cooking to serve at room temperature.
We’ve spinach this week in place of lettuce and it can be dressed up so many ways uncooked. Email me if you need suggestions.
Enjoy your ingredients. It’s going to be a great ‘kool’ week.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the September 11th and 12th deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

What’s wrapping you? One fold after another September 2, 2019

September 2, 2019
Volume 1,645
Dear Friends,
For some reason, the start of September always surprises me. Maybe it’s the long summer days working in the hot sun thinking they will never end and next thing you know, the fall crops start developing and you know lovely invigorating fall days won’t be far behind. Now if it was cooler, I’d suggest a delicious and nutritious pot of soup on the stove with our first of the season savoy cabbage but it’s much too hot for that so how about a crispy delicious cole slaw to welcome in our 9th month of the year!
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the September 4th and 5th deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

What’s for dinner? Stay cool and enjoy the flowers

August 26, 2019
Volume 1,644
We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
~Zhuangzi
Dear Friends,
Here we are..the last week of August and hopefully the warm weather will retreat soon. The flower colors are telling us fall is coming. Perhaps it’s just the years that are adding up but I sure feel defeated when working the growing beds and it’s just plain ole HOT. And then of course, as the day wraps up, if you haven’t thought ahead, it’s the “what’s for dinner” in your head. I have these times too..open the refrigerator, look inside, open the vegetable drawers..and groan. No inspiration. But the other night, I took everything out to clean the drawer and had a frittata moment. There was celery, zucchini, scallions, a potato, bell pepper, serrano pepper, an old apple, couple of stalks of bok choi, sad looking Italian parsley and something else..can’t remember. So roughly chopped them up, put through the food processor and then into a bowl. From there a little pepper, Bragg’s (see Green Store to order), a couple of beaten eggs and enough bread crumbs to hold it all together. Formed them into patties, dipped in crumbs on both sides and fried them in a little Omega Coconut butter until crusty on each side and served with some sour cream and a big salad. It was a great little dinner! So if these moments of brain mush take over, just take out some veggies and wait for inspiration..you just might surprise yourself.
Happy cooking. Grateful for good ingredients.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the August 28th and 29th deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Feeling Fruity? Let’s Dress!

August 19, 2019
Volume 1,643
Apples, grapes… any kind of fruit gives me the energy I need to get through my busy day.
~ Kristin Chenoweth
Dear Friends,
Summer days are still with us, albeit we’ve having a fairly mild one with temperature. Thank heavens. The plants and crops are responding to the shorter days, especially late season fruit with final output and this week adds to what you already might have in your kitchen. It’s a great time to compile a bowl of mixed cut fruits, including chopped dates, nuts, dried berries…anything else you might have. The thing to keep in mind and juggle, is getting everything ripe and ready at one time. You have to keep an eye on them, like the plums or avocado, and check to see if they are softening up.
The dressing part is fun. As a base, you might use yogurt, cream, mayo..lots of choices and depends on what you have on hand and then start adding. Could be vanilla, a little cinnamon, honey, stevia, a little home-made jam, nuts, dried fruits, granola and a squeeze of lemon. They all seem to come out delicious so be creative and savor.
Happy Birthday to my mother, Betty Caughlin, celebrating her 92nd today! Still gorgeous.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the August 21st and 22nd deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

August 12, 2019 What Oils You?

August 12, 2019
Volume 1,642
I like simple food, seasoned with just salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. Complicated food and complicated lives are never good.
Sirio Maccioni
Dear Friends,
This is going to be a little bit of a commercial as several of you from last week asked about sesame oils and which oil is best to use for a stir-fry. Although the stir fry technique is good any time, I think it’s especially good during the summer when we don’t want the kitchen heated up and we want it fast. Another thing is that our highest rate charge from San Diego Gas and Electric Co is from 4 to 9 pm (the period of time when most families get back together and working people come home) and that’s when most of the food preparation is done so we want to make it quick!
These two oils, Omega Sesame and Omega Coconut Oil have been two staples in my kitchen for 30 years and are of the best quality, flavor and versatility that I have trialed..and that’s many of them. The Sesame is mild yet flavorful, delicious over salads, vegetables or rice/noodle dishes just as it is. It’s excellent as well for medium heat cooking (like with our summer green beans). Drizzled over greens, cooked or fresh, like kale, Swiss chard, tat-soi, mizuna, arugula and more, it adds a nice touch without being heavy. The heart healthy Coconut Oil is supreme for hotter dishes ranging from shirred eggs to zucchini croquettes. Here’s a recipe for zucchini fritters that is easy and although it calls for olive oil, try the coconut oil instead.
Or try simple slice sweet turnips quickly ‘fried’. Also great for twice fried French fries..hum. Who says eating well can’t at least taste decadent?
We have just a few bottles of both kinds available on the Green Store.
I hope you add them to your delivery so we can stock up on more. I for one, definitely wouldn’t want to run out! Let me know what you think.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of August 12, 2019

August 5, 2019 Volume 1,641

Soups are a great way to introduce a lot of vegetables to kids. Stir-fries, too, because they contain so many different shapes and colors.
Emeril Lagasse
Dear Friends,
What’s for dinner? Is that a phrase in your household? Sometimes ideas come to you right away and you’re set to go. Other times, with probably a groan, it’s “well, I don’t know yet”. Let’s face it, cooking and eating at home is both a blessing and at times, a curse. But this week should be pretty easy.
Bok choi is one of our favorites for flavor, crispness, and all ’round ease. Good peanut oil is a main stay in our house so if you have some, suggest you try it for this dish.
Stir Fry
Chop your bok choi, scallions, green beans, turnips, squash and celery (with some leaves too). Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a skillet, toss in veggies and stir fry on medium high heat for a few minutes. The trick is to not over cook. We like to add a little teriyaki sauce (it does have a little sugar in it – splurge) but adds nice flavor. It’s ready to go! If you’d like, you could always add tofu, tempeh or small amounts of meats you might like – great way to use leftovers. And that’s it! We like our stir-fries with Wehani rice –it’ll be available soon on the Green Store, or brown rice is good too. Trick to stir frying is not to over cook!
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of August 5, 2019

July 29, 2019 How Green Are You?

July 29, 2019
Volume 1,640
“Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving.” – Paul Brunton
Dear Friends,
Summer is definitely upon us and here at the Farm we feel every degree when the temperature goes up… as does the water bill from the City. And there’s another rate increase around the corner for all of us. No wonder most of the produce in the stores comes from foreign countries!
One of your fabulously nutritious and delicious items this week is your tat-soi. Now I’ve been growing this variety for 30 years so it’s definitely one of our tried and trues but perhaps is new to you. It’s a member of the anti-carcinogenic broccoli family, grown in our rich, fertile soil and if that isn’t enough, then perhaps it’s versatility and flavor will win you over. It’s wonderful either raw (hot salad dressings pair well) or lightly cooked, stir-fried, or added last to soups or stews. Here are some recipes to get you going:
We had another fantastic Seabreeze Family Farm Meetup here last Saturday that were incredible help in the preliminary harvest of your items for the week. Of the many memorable remarks (and it was from a member recipient) was “I had no idea you actually did the work. I always thought you had ‘field hands’ that did it all!” If you’d like to join us on a Saturday morning, we’d love to have you. It’s a chance to meet terribly nice people and experience part of the whole process it takes to grow food. We’d love to have you.
Do so hope your nectarines arrive in good and almost ready to eat condition. It’s been one heck of a situation protecting them while waiting for just the right time to harvest as the June beetles are descending and greedily clumping on the ripest ones. They’re worth it though..juicy, sweet and refreshing.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of July 29th, 2019

The Good Coffee

July 22, 2019
Volume 1,639
Coffee connects us in so many ways – to each other, to our senses, and to the earth that supports the coffee trees.
Rohan Marley
Dear Friends,
We’ve a new shipment of our wonderful roasted organic, trade fair, shade grown coffee that’s delicious and affordable. Running out of coffee is an awful thing in the morning. Stock up on our supply through the Green Store to make sure you don’t. It’s our favorite breakfast blend.
Kohlrabi? It’s the outer space bulb thing in your items this week. A member of the broccoli family (anti-carcinogenic properties), these are freshly harvested and delicious. The leaves can be used in a broth or stew but the beauty is in the bulb. Do try. It is good fresh to eat like an apple, in salads, soups, stir-fry or in a slaw. Please let us know if you like it.
A lot of ‘greens’ in your items? Remember you can always throw things in a pot, simmer a few minutes and then use the nutrient packed broth as an excelsior, base for soups, or base for cooking rice (green rice?) or pastas.
Here’s what I do sometimes for the baby celery: wash, chop, and saute in a pat of butter (salt and pepper) with a water or broth for just a few minutes until tender. Then put in a food processor and chop. Put back into a sauce pan with more water or broth and heat up. Add another pat of butter, cream or half and half, and serve as a soup with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Hum.
Next week we’re sending lots of fresh Italian basil as our crop is coming in..be ready for making pesto. There should be enough to freeze. You’ll be glad next winter when there is none!
Saturday we had a farm Meet-up here and had some lovely and energetic women come and help harvest. Many many “thank you’s” to the helping hands.
Don’t forget to order your coffee!
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of July 22nd, 2019

What’s in it for you? Are you a recipient of the good Earth?

July 15, 2019
Volume 1,638
There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.
Bourke Cockran
Dear Friends,
How we welcome these overcast days as summer looms. The crops of course, if planted at the right time, given sufficient nutrients and water, relish in the heat. Not so much for us laborers. Hats and gloves of course are requisites to getting through hours of hand picking green beans or squash in the hot sun that seem to replace themselves as soon as plucked. But that’s our job..bringing to you the best we can – the bounty of replenished soil and people that receive satisfaction from cultivating the earth without harm and knowing we’re giving people tasty and nutritious foods. Thank you all for supporting our work.
Most of you will be receiving our sweet Genovese basil and here’s a tip for replacing expensive pine nuts..use sunflower seeds! They’re tasty, nutritious, and costing so much less! You can also use the baby celery and young fennel for making pesto and can always freeze it for using another time.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of July 15th, 2019

Oh no..not more summer squash!

July 8, 2019
Volume 1,637
The purpose of farming is to deprive other species of the land and sequester it for our own use. But by perfecting the art of monoculture, it has become too easy for us to exterminate everything else, leaving no wild plants, no food for insects, and a barren land for birds.
–Tristram Stuart
Dear Friends,
It’s that time of year when you receive your items and here again is summer squash! We yearn for it in winter and curse it when the warm weather bounty comes in. Me too. But this is a time I’m grateful for the internet and all the creative people that post their ideas, from making ‘pasta’ from it to simple grilling. But what’s this got to do with the bee population? Well, bees gorge on the squash blossoms and keep their populations healthy and humming. I think you know we’re absolutely committed to keeping the farm from horrible pesticides and petroleum products (wish someone would measure what our carbon sequestration and our oxygen production is), a haven for what’s left of our natural world, and providing a range of nutritious food to our clients. Part of that is growing with the seasons and right now, squash rules!
Here’s a good website to keep you motivated for trying new ways to cook:
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Ingredients for the week of July 8th, 2019