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November 13, 2017 Brown to Black Gold

What I stand for is what I stand on.
– Wendall Berry
Dear Friends,
     We ‘gardener’s at heart’ welcome the cooler working days, the crisp scent to the air, and all those lovely leaves on the ground. The new batch of green weeds here and there, pair with the colorful droppings as does a good wine and food.  The earthworms will love it and reward us with lovely violet colors from herbs and flowers with early spring.
    We’d like to remind you all:
Thanksgiving week will be here next week and we encourage those that can, to buy a share or two for our military families here in San Diego.  They are so appreciative and the Thank You notes each family send to you tells how grateful they are for being acknowledged for their part in supporting the ‘troops’ and the glee the children have in helping to unpack and give suggestions on how to cook!  Adorable.  So drop us a note or go through the GreenStore. All round good works.
Deliveries for next week will be changed to accommodate the holiday:
Wednesday deliveries will stay the same however Thursday’s will be on Tuesday.  I know this is disruptive to your schedules.  We’ll be back in line on the following week.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF November 13th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
 
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Avocados
Avocados
kale
Sprouts
Avocados
Navel oranges
Sprouts
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Pomegranates
Lettuce
Pomegranates
Lettuce
Lacinato Kale
Lacinato Kale
Lacinato Kale
TOV
Lacinato Kale
Flowers
Ginger
Avocados
Granny Smith Apples
Flowers
Baby fennel or radishes
TOV
Baby fennel or radishes
Fuji apples
Baby fennel or radishes
Zucchini’s
Navel oranges
Zucchini’s
Cranberries
Zucchini’s
TOV
Granny Smith Apples
Navel oranges
Mexican guavas
TOV
Navel oranges
Fuji apples
Fuji apples
Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith Apples
Baby carrots, peeled
Salad Mix
Fuji apples
Fuji apples
Cranberries
Baby carrots, peeled
Cranberries
Cranberries
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Dates
Baby carrots, peeled
Baby carrots, peeled


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie
858-481-0209

November 6, 2017 Perfection Weather

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
John Donne
Dear Friends,
    A slow cooker (Crock Pot) is my best friend as our days get shorter and less time for outdoor chores.  One of my suggestions for one of our favorites is the Russet potato, full of nutrients and energy, and easily a main ingredient to plan a meal around.  It’s so easy.  Wash potato, poke holes, rub with a little good oil and cook on low for several hours.  They’re creamy rich and the flavors get a chance to come through.  Same thing with Spanish onions if they’ll building up on you.  Makes a delicious French onion soup.  Email me if you’d like the recipe.
     Thanksgiving week will be here soon and we encourage those that can, to pick up a share or two for our military families here in San Diego.  They are so appreciative and the Thank You notes each family send to you tells how grateful they are for being acknowledged for their part in supporting the ‘troops’ and the glee the children have in helping to unpack and give suggestions on how to cook!  Adorable.  So drop us a note or go through the GreenStore.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF November 6th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
 
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Russet potatoes
Russet potatoes
kale
Sprouts
Cucumber
Red or Spanish onions
Sprouts
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Blueberries
Squash
Lettuce
Pomegranates
Lettuce
Blackberries
Sprouts
Lemon
Ginger
Cucumber
Avocados
Lettuce
Flowers
Cucumber
Radishes
Strawberries
Lemon
Cucumber
Blueberries
Bok choi or Tat-Soi
Seasonal apples
Flowers
Blueberries
Blackberries
Baby Fennel
Persimmons
Cucumber
Avocados
Seasonal apples
Russet potatoes
Kiwi
Blueberries
Scallions or chives
Persimmons
Red or Spanish onions
Green grapes
Avocados
Radishes
Kiwi
Salad Mix
Radishes
Bok choi or Tat-Soi
Salad Mix
Bok choi or Tat-Soi
Baby Fennel
Green grapes
Baby Fennel
Seasonal apples
Dates
Seasonal apples
Red or Spanish onions
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Green grapes


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie

October 30, 2017 What a Relief!

If Providence wanted me to touch my toes, they would have put them on my knees.
Unknown
Dear Friends,
     What a great week this is going to be for fall gardening chores.  This time of year has it’s own benefits for plantings of more bulbs, early spring flowers and lots of yummy cool weather vegetables.  And to  make up for last week surviving the terrible heat.  Luckily, all our crops came through just fine.  It was the people that wilted!
     Thanksgiving week will be here soon and we encourage those that can, to pick up a share or two for our military families here in San Diego.  They are so appreciative and the Thank You notes each family send to you tells how grateful they are for being acknowledged for their part in supporting the ‘troops’ and the glee the children have in helping to unpack and give suggestions on how to cook!  Adorable.  So drop us a note or go through the GreenStore.
     If you’re new to spaghetti squash, don’t be intimidated.  Easy to bake, versatile and quite tasty.  Just remember not to overcook or you’ll lose the crunch of the ‘noodles’.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 30th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
 
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash
Kiwi
Sprouts
Pomegranates
Spanish onion
Spanish onion
Limes
Pomegranates
Limes
Limes
Limes
kale
Mini bouquet
Kiwi
Avocados
Avocados
Mexican guavas
Lettuce
Avocados
Bananas
Bananas
Bananas
Avocados
Red pears
Sprouts
Sprouts
Sprouts
Radishes
Bananas
Pomegranates
Pomegranates
Pomegranates
Leeks
Mexican guavas
Lettuce
Flowers
Ginger
Chives
Flowers
Radishes
D’Anjou pears
Salad Mix
Radishes
Leeks
Salad Mix
Leeks
Chives
Dates
Chives
D’Anjou pears
Tomatoes on the Vine
Salad Mix
D’Anjou pears
Salad Mix


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie

October 23, 2017 Acts of Kindness

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Friends,
     What a fabulous week we had at the farm.  Kind visitors, glorious weather and actually, lots ‘done’ and that always makes me happy!
     We start this week knowing the next three days are going to be extra hot.  Good for our remaining tomatoes..not so good for baby transplants.  Kendall’s going to be putting netting over our recent delicate transplants to help protect them from the sun and heat.
     One of our CSA guests this week, was a lady (and long time subscriber) with her grand daughter that was visiting.  She was so interested in everything and said she hadn’t been before because she just had faith we were doing things the right way like her grandparents had done.  She was so delighted to see everything and her granddaughter just fell in love with Elsa our goat.  Neither one of them seemed to be able to get enough of each other!
     We have added a new local producer..one of those chance things that happens, an almost 90 yr old grower and his family that have been growing all types of fruits and trees for 30 years on their 4 acres in San Marcos privately for themselves, friends and family only.   This is their first venture into sharing their bounty and we welcome them and appreciate their foresight and hard work.  They even brought me samples of things that were new to me (not that I know everything)!
     This probably isn’t a good week weather wise to be making soups or stews or casseroles.  Too  dang hot but that’s when the trusty crock pot is invaluable.  Have you ever used it to make baked potatoes?  The russets this week are exceptionally good and if you haven’t tried cooking them in a crock pot, please do.  The flavor and texture are extraordinary and then to continue to congratulate yourself on being such a good cook, load it up with butter, sour cream and hopefully you have some chives left.  It’s like a meal to itself.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 23rd, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
 
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Avocados
Russet potatoes
Cucumbers
Sprouts
Avocados
Russet potatoes
kale
Red bell peppers
Yellow peaches
Sprouts
Yellow peaches
Mini bouquet
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Lettuce
Raspberries
Red bell peppers
Raspberries
Sprouts
Avocados
Mangos
Raspberries
Mangos
Raspberries
Radishes
Cucumbers
Mangos
Lettuce
Mangos
Genovesse basil
Blackberries
Lettuce
Flowers
Ginger
Russet potatoes
Dates
Flowers
Cucumbers
Genovesse basil
Italian squash
Cucumbers
Blackberries
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Beans or summer squash
Avocados
Peeled carrots
Radishes
Radishes
Dates
Genovesse basil
Genovesse basil
Italian squash
Yellow peaches
Salad Mix
Italian squash
Peeled carrots
Salad Mix
Peeled carrots


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie

October 16, 2017 Black Monday or How to Start a Farm

Dear Friends,
     Far too many of our fellow Californian’s up north are facing the tragedy and dangers from the fires.  There have been and will be many heroes in this catastrophe.
     This week marks the 29th year since the Black Monday market crash that some of you might remember, ultimately leading to closure of my future trading business and ‘becoming’ a farmer.  I started with a shovel and a lot of emotion.
     I am so grateful
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
 
Large Medium Juicing Petite Fruit Only
2 ea. Avocados 2 # Russet potatoes 1.75 # Bananas 1 ea. Sprouts 2 ea. Avocados
2 # Yellow onions 1.75 # Bananas 1 ea. Sprouts 1 ea. Mini bouquet 1.75 # Bananas
2 # Russet potatoes 1 ea. Sprouts 1 ea. Ginger 1 ea. Celery 1 ea. Mangos
1.75 # Bananas 1 ea. Flowers 1 ea. Celery 1 ea. Avocados 1 # Moon grapes
1 ea. Squash or ‘green’ beans 1 ea. Celery 1 # Fuyu persimmions 1 b Radishes 1 # Fuyu persimmions
1 ea. Sprouts 1 ea. Avocados 1 # Asian pears 1 # Yellow onions 1 # Asian pears
1 ea. Mangos 1 b Radishes 0.5 # Salad Mix 1 # Russet potatoes 0.3 # Dates
1 ea. Lettuce 1 # Zucchini 0.5 # Peeled carrots 0.5 # Asparagus
1 ea. Flowers 1 # Yellow onions 0.5 # Moon grapes 0.3 # Salad Mix
1 ea. Celery 1 # Fuyu persimmions 0.3 # Dates
1 b Radishes 1 # Asian pears
1 # Fuyu persimmions 0.5 # Salad Mix
1 # Asian pears 0.5 # Moon grapes
0.5 # Salad Mix 0.5 # Asparagus
0.5 # Moon grapes
0.5 # Asparagus


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie

October 9, 2017 Get Big or Get Out

There are plenty of people out there that believe the ideas of Mr. Butz, “Get big or get out”, “From fencerow to fencerow” farming, and his never ending encouragement for farmers to produce more and more have led to the obesity of America and more. I may not go so far as saying that today … I’m no scientist … but, he did make some radical changes in farm policy that are still with us and effecting us today.
– Not sure of author
Dear Friends,
     I stumbled across this photo from many years ago and it stimulated memories of the early years when I became a ‘farmer’.  They were exciting and energizing times – farmers markets had just started, Slow Food and it’s message of good local food was catching on, there were plenty of eager workers (a whole other topic), the press were eager for coverage and there was a whole world of seeds and plants that as a regular gardener I had never grown.  The thrills and expectations are still with me with every seeding and planting and the journey is far from over.
     ‘Organic’ best described how we grew (and still do) our crops.  Not a new word, but certainly not the one that is now controlled by the federal and state governments with all their squabbling and eagerness to take a part of gross income.  It was so new, that the main farmer’s market delayed our attendance when they first opened because as I learned later, “they were afraid that because I as a woman and ‘organic’ I might be some ‘hippy’ chick that would breast feed in front of the public”!  Seriously.  Ah, the stories I could tell.
     Anyway, this is a photo of me in the middle (business clothes with jeans) and two friends that too had committed to producing food.  One a citrus grower and the other eggs and specialty crops.  Between us we were cultivating about 30 acres intensely with incredible production.  Both women, like Suzie’s Farm recently, had to close down for the same financial reasns but not from trying for years.
     Almost every day I field phone calls and emails from good people that want to come and ‘see’ the farm, ‘you pick’ crops, show their children ‘how food is grown’, bring their visiting grandparents who used to have a farm and fresh, eager enthusiastic young people that want to be farmers with all the independence they dream goes with it.  We do what we can to accommodate but mostly refer them to the San Diego County Farm Bureau for alternatives.  The problem is, I don’t know of any remaining small farms to refer them to and the larger ones won’t do it.
     So what’s the point?  To say Thank You to our shareholders that keep us going and in particular to one (RM) that is working in the background to find a base to give the farm true sustainability for the future.
  May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 9th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Kiwi
Kiwi
Bananas
Sprouts
Kiwi
Bananas
Bananas
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Gala apples
Sprouts
Sprouts
Kiwi
Beans, summer squash or cucumbers
Bananas
Lettuce
Flowers
Ginger
Swiss chard or kale
Genovese basil
Flowers
Swiss chard or kale
Swiss chard or kale
Scallions
Red plums
Swiss chard or kale
Scallions
Genovese basil
Rosemary
Strawberries
Scallions
Rosemary
Baby celery
Genovese basil
Moon grapes
Rosemary
Genovese basil
Red plums
Baby celery
Dates
Genovese basil
Spanish onion
Gala apples
Salad Mix
Spanish onion
Heirloom tomatoes
Strawberries
Red plums
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Heirloom tomatoes
Peeled carrots
Peeled carrots
Gala apples
Dates
Salad Mix
Peeled carrots


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie

October 2, 2017 Where’d the Day Go?

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. –
Wendall Berry
Dear Friends,
     For most people I’d say, it’s easy to extend your day by flicking on a light switch and viola, it’s daylight.  For those of us that basically live and work outside, the earlier setting of the sun has mixed blessings.  For one, it signals the end of a busy day and on the other, on my gosh, there’s still so much to do.  I empathize with the mid-west growers that debate whether or not to buy a tractor with headlights!  But we love the fall months with crisp breezes, gentle sunshine, changing colors and smells.  Soon the earth will steam a little when the thick moist straw is pulled back.  Hot soups, cheery fireplaces, favorite sweaters.  So much to look forward to.
     And the food.  The shift is gradual at first.  All of a sudden you realize you don’t have another two hours of day light and dinner should be cooking.  I’m sure you’re all wizzes at quick meal preparation but there’s nothing like a crock pot dish to make things easier on yourself and still providing for your family or guests.  I’m going to make a slow cooked carrot soup this week with parsley, chives, acorn squash, garlic, onions, seasonings, goat’s milk and homemade croutons from date nut bread.
      For those of you, including me, that have winter squash on your counter staring at you waiting for your muscle and inspiration, rest assured they’ll sit there just fine until you want to transform them.  And there’ll be more coming so choose a pretty bowl and create a centerpiece.  Enjoy the shapes and colors and rest assured, you’ll get around to them sooner or later.
  May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie

DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2nd, 2017

*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Sprouts
Kiwi
Kiwi
Sprouts
Kiwi
Lettuce
Sprouts
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Gala apples
Flowers
Flowers
Ginger
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Beans, summer squash or cucumbers
Blackberries
Blackberries
Beans, summer squash or cucumbers
Blackberries
Parsley
Tangelos
Beans, summer squash or cucumbers
Parsley
Beans, summer squash or cucumbers
Italian or curly kale
Italian prune plums
Parsley
Italian or curly kale
Parsley
Asian chives
Green grapes
Italian or curly kale
Asian chives
Italian or curly kale
Salad Mix
Dates
Asian chives
Tangelos
Tangelos
Dates
Tangelos
Heirloom tomatoes
Italian prune plums
Italian prune plums
Gala apples
Gala apples
Heirloom tomatoes
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Gala apples
Green grapes
Peeled carrots
Salad Mix
Dates
Dates
Green grapes
Dates


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie
858-481-0209

September 18, 2017 Nothing Easier

“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness.  The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.”
–  Robert Finch
Dear Friends,
     There’s nothing like harvesting winter squashes to let us know fall is here.
  May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Bananas
Kiwi
Passion fruit
Kiwi
Passion fruit
Sprouts
Bananas
Kiwi
Sprouts
Kiwi
Spaghetti or acorn squash
Sprouts
Bartlett pears
Spaghetti or acorn squash
Blueberries
Napa cabbage
Spaghetti or acorn squash
Bananas
Napa cabbage
Bartlett pears
Grape tomatoes
Napa cabbage
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Bananas
Gold beets
Gold beets
Ginger
Beans or cucumbers
Prune plums
Flowers
Flowers
Blueberries
Kale
Green grapes
Blueberries
Blueberries
Kale
Basil
Strawberries
Beans or cucumbers
Baby celery
Prune plums
Salad Mix
Bartlett pears
Kale
McIntosh apples
Baby celery
Basil
Strawberries
Kale
McIntosh apples
Salad Mix
Basil
Strawberries
Peeled carrots
Prune plums
Salad Mix
McIntosh apples
Prune plums
Strawberries
Green grapes
Salad Mix
Peeled carrots
Green grapes
Peeled carrots


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie
858-481-0209

September 11, 2017 Holding Hands

What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.

-Unknown

grief, despair and sorrow
Dear Friends,

 

It’s been 16 years since the fateful day of September 11, 2001.  As we wait in concern and hope for the people and life in Florida and the islands, it’s still important to remember the innocents and the responders to that unforgettable day.

 

May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.

 

Stephenie

DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Peaches
Bananas
Bananas
Tatsoi or Swiss Chard
Mangos
Bananas
Yellow bell peppers
Tatsoi or Swiss Chard
Sprouts
Blueberries
Yellow bell peppers
Tatsoi or Swiss Chard
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Bananas
Tatsoi or Swiss Chard
Sprouts
Mangos
Lettuce
Strawberries
Sprouts
Mangos
Ginger
Beans or cucumbers
Pluots
Lettuce
Flowers
Blueberries
Arugula or French Sorrel
Peaches
Flowers
Blueberries
Kale
Scallions
Nectarines
Blueberries
Beans or cucumbers
Peaches
Salad Mix
Beans or cucumbers
Arugula or French Sorrel
Broccoli
Baby Fennel
Scallions
Salad Mix
Arugula or French Sorrel
Peaches
Peeled carrots
Scallions
Broccoli
Broccoli
McIntosh apples
Salad Mix
Salad Mix


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie
858-481-0209

September 4, 2017 The Tunnel and the Light

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
-Corrie Ten Boom
Dear Friends,
     On our farm, there are times of joy, wonderment and exaltation (that are savored) as we know too well there’s also fear, panic and exhaustion. I spend a lot of time answering emails and phone calls from people all over the world with questions ranging from how to cook or grow something to curing cancer.  I do my best to be polite and helpful especially when for the umpteenth time I respond to ‘what kind of stuff do you ‘guys’  grow there!  I’ll patiently explain that I’m ‘long enough in the tooth’  to suggest they not call our products ‘stuff’ and that it’s actually a woman’s farm.  Mostly I’m thanked as they didn’t know the meaning of their words to the recipient.  I realize the world is a different place then it was when I was growing up.  Nowadays it’s ‘awesome’ and ‘perfect’.  But actually that’s not how things always are as I tried to explain to the young and extremely enthusiastic person hired last week for the farm help so needed.
     Well, providence decided to test us again.  Record heat, humidity, outbreaks of mildew, Argentine ants, aphids, moths, worms, snakes, spiders in unquantifiable numbers descended on us along with the family of 5 raccoons unmercifully digging through newly planted heavily composted beds of new crops and the two bobcats daringly still cruising along after sunrise inside the fencing after trying unsuccessfully to break into the chicken housing.  And our heavy crops of cucumbers, spaghetti and winter squashes had to be harvested, hauled up hill, cleaned and stored or we would lose them. So to the young person that lasted 4 hours the first day of work, I don’t blame you, I understand you had no idea of what it takes to produce food week after week for almost 30 years.  Your tempering will come.
     When I planted these mulberry trees in the photo many years ago as a buffer to the ‘best use housing’  adjacent to the farm I mostly envisioned shade, privacy and fruit.  And what we received in addition, was a gorgeous tunnel with light at both ends with many patches in between.  Such is life.
     Kind words and encouragement will be most appreciated to get us through this next week of harvesting and delivering with this weather pattern that I wish would switch back to coastal paradise conditions. Sadly, without the extra pair of hands we need!
      Let’s keep this farm growing and feeding people.  It takes a community.
     Happy cooking.
Stephenie
Founder and resident farmer
1988
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 4th, 2017
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Russet or Baby Yellow potatoes
Bananas
Bananas
Squash, cucumbers or beans
2 ea. Blueberries
Bananas
Squash, cucumbers or beans
1.5 # Navel oranges
Sprouts
Bananas
Squash, cucumbers or beans
Sprouts
Squash, cucumbers or beans
Mini bouquet
1.5 # Tangelos
Sprouts
Lettuce
Sprouts
Lettuce
1.5 # Navel oranges
Lettuce
Flowers
Ginger
Blueberries
Tangelos
Flowers
Celery
Celery
Kale or Swiss Chard
Peaches
Celery
Blueberries
Blueberries
Asian chives
Black grapes
Blueberries
Basil
Kale or Swiss Chard
Russet or Baby Yellow potatoes
Basil
Kale or Swiss Chard
Kale
0.3 # Salad Mix
Kale or Swiss Chard
Asian chives
Dandelion greens
Asian chives
Tangelos
Tangelos
Tangelos
Peaches
Black grapes
Peaches
Navel oranges
Salad Mix
Navel oranges
Cooking onions
Cooking onions
Salad Mix
Salad Mix
Black grapes


Take a stroll through our Facebook page for links to recipes using some of this week’s ingredients.
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Do you have a friend or neighbor looking to make better food choices?  Recommend Seabreeze, and for every new member you refer, you’ll both receive a $10 Green store credit.
Thank you so much to all of our loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with our flowers.
Enjoy in good health,
Stephenie
3909 Arroyo Sorrento Road
San Diego, CA 92130
858-481-0209