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Want to think of something different? Check out our food for the week.

April 6, 2020
Volume 1,672
I planted a tree, I scorned the fruit
I used its trunk as firewood
I made a lute, I smashed the lute
Lost the fruit, lost the tune.
I wept over the tree.
-Unknown
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
May this note find everyone well and at peace with yourself. A sincere welcome to our new shareholders. We are not accepting new shareholders until the ‘dust’ settles down.
Farm Pick-up orders for this week: they will be on the table next to the cooler. This minimizes touching other bags looking for yours. Please pick up between 1 and 7 pm on Wednesday and if you can’t make it until Thursday, that’s ok, just please drop me a note so we’ll know you’re coming. We’re keeping visitors to the Farm to a ‘cleared’ to come basis only for protection as I am sure you would want.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO PICKUP BEFORE 1 P.M. You may come to pick up until dark. Your flowers will be in buckets near your items for you to choose.
Also, please keep in mind substitutions may be necessary from the lists below however at this point we should meet our targets.
Recent change to Green Store availability: Please note that online ordering will be available only from Friday – Sunday 3 PM the week before any scheduled delivery or farm pick-up.
We have a new source of ethically’produced organic eggs and honey available on the Green Store or as a regular item to be added for next week.
If anyone one wants orders by the case, drop me a note. My email is info@seabreezed.com.
May your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week bring you sustenance and satisfaction.
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 shareholders, 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.
USDA: Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Wishing you health and safety.
Stephenie
The ingredients below will be included in our
April 8th and 9th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Fuji apples
Bananas
Tomato, cherry
Sweet turnips or scallions
Sprouts
Raspberries
Lettuce
Flowers
Cucumbers
Butternut squash
Spinach
Zucchini
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Fresh local dates
Large, No Fruit
Tomato, cherry
Sweet turnips or scallions
Sprouts
Flowers
Cucumbers
Butternut squash
Spinach
Zucchini
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Medium
Fuji apples
Bananas
Tomato, cherry
Sweet turnips or scallions
Sprouts
Raspberries
Lettuce
Flowers
Cucumbers
Spinach
Zucchini
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Fresh local dates
Medium, No Fruit
Sprouts
Flowers
Cucumbers
Butternut squash
Zucchini
Tomato, cherry
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Juicing
Fuji apples
Cucumbers
Kale
Bananas
Tomato, cherry
Strawberries
Sprouts
Raspberries
Mango, Ataulfo
Spinach
Salad Mix
Fresh local dates
Petite
Sweet turnips or scallions
Sprouts
Raspberries
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Fuji apples
Cucumbers
Tomato, cherry
Zucchini
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Fruit Only
Fuji apples
Valencia oranges
Bananas
Tomato, cherry
Strawberries
Raspberries
Mango, Ataulfo
Cucumbers
Fresh local dates

Lean and Mean Seabreeze

March 30, 2020
Volume 1,671
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Thomas Jefferson
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Gardens and family farms feed local people. We welcome our new shareholders and the challenges to keep the farm healthy and productive and to minimize the exposure your orders will have to handling. We’re a lean and mean team and are being careful and keeping exposure to the minimum.
To those that wish to customize their orders or to add items, the Green Store on our website will be ‘open Thursday evening until Sunday evening. Early ordering is encouraged as some items may be limited.
Farm Pick-up orders for this week: they will be on the table next to the cooler. This minimizes touching other bags looking for yours. Please pick up between 1 and 7 pm on Wednesday and if you can’t make it until Thursday, that’s ok, just please drop me a note so we’ll know you’re coming. We’re keeping visitors to the Farm to a ‘cleared’ to come basis only for protection as I am sure you would want.
Also, please keep in mind substitutions may be necessary from the lists below however at this point we should meet our targets.
We have a new source of ethically’produced organic eggs, available on the Green Store or as a regular item to be added.
Received a small shipment of wonderful local honey Sunday. Not on the Green Store yet, the different sizes will be on it for the week after, but drop me a note if you want some this week.
If anyone one wants orders by the case, drop me a note.
May your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week bring you sustenance and satisfaction.
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 shareholders, 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.
USDA: Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Wishing you health and safety.
Stephenie
The ingredients below will be included in our
April 1st and 2nd deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Tangelos
Orange and/or blood oranges
Avocados
Bananas
Sprouts
Spinach
Onions
Lettuce
Flowers
Celery hearts
Sweet turnips or cilantro or It. Parsley
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Salad Mix
Grapes, black
Fresh local dates
Large, No Fruit
Sprouts
Spinach
Red bell peppers
Onions
Lettuce
Flowers
Celery hearts
Sweet turnips or cilantro or It. Parsley
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Salad Mix
Medium
Orange and/or blood oranges
Tangelos
Bananas
Sprouts
Spinach
Red bell peppers
Lettuce
Flowers
Avocados
Sweet turnips or cilantro or It. Parsley
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Salad Mix
Grapes, black
Fresh local dates
Medium, No Fruit
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Lettuce
Flowers
Sweet turnips or cilantro or It. Parsley
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Salad Mix
Juicing
Tangelos
Orange and/or blood oranges
Fuji apples
Bananas
Grapes, black
Sprouts
Spinach
Lettuce
Celery hearts
Ataulfo mangos
Parsley
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Salad Mix
Fresh local dates
Petite
Orange and/or blood oranges
Fuji apples
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Avocados
Baby beets: greens for cooking
Spinach
Salad Mix
Fruit Only
Tangelos
Orange and/or blood oranges
Mexican guavas
Grapefruit
Fuji apples
Bananas
Avocados
Ataulfo mangos
Grapes, black
Fresh local dates

Wondering about food safety at Seabreeze?

March 23, 2020
Volume 1,670
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
—Winston Churchill
Dear friends,
Welcome to our new shareholders! You’re joining a collaboration to keep local agriculture a reality, and we’re grateful for your support.
While we all are facing uncertain times due to the coronavirus, some of you may be wondering about food safety on the farm. Your food items are handled minimally and we’re using heightened cautionary practices. Further, the farm is a healthy environment and access is restricted. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and will respond to all correspondence as soon as we can.
Here’s a quote I find particularly relevant this week:
“As you move through these changing times, be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being.” — from the council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
May your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week bring you sustenance and satisfaction.
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 shareholders, 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.
USDA: Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Be well and safe.
Stephenie
The ingredients below will be included in our
March 25th and 26th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Lemons and limes
Red bell peppers
Apples, Fuji or Gala
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Butternut squash
Blackberries
Asparagus
Salad Mix
Fresh local dates
Large, No Fruit
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Lettuce
Flowers
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Butternut squash
Kale
Asparagus
Salad Mix
Medium
Tangelos
Jewel yams
Grapefruit
Bananas
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Lettuce
Flowers
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Avocados
Apples, Fuji or Gala
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Medium, No Fruit
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Butternut squash
Salad Mix
Asparagus
icing
Tangelos
Lemons and limes
Mexican guavas
Oranges
Apples, Fuji or Gala
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Grapefruit
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Blackberries
Kale
Salad Mix
Fresh local dates
Petite
Oranges
Lemons and limes
Grapefruit
Sprouts
Red bell peppers
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Collard greens, cone cabbage or Chard
Salad Mix
Asparagus
Fruit Only
Lemons and limes
Apples, Fuji or Gala
Tangelos
Oranges
Mexican guavas
Grapefruit
Bananas
Blackberries
Fresh local dates

Stay Calm and Carry On

March 16, 2020
Volume 1,669
I’m continually inspired by nature and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenons. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain.
Matthew Williamson
Dear Friends,
I’m like the proverbial prophet in the desert ceaselessly preaching about healthy foods and local farms. Remember Alice Waters? She and I are of the some era. Same message. I hope she’s still cooking like we’re still growing!
And we’re still doing our work to the credit of our compact and loyal band of shareholders. Or stakeholders as I sometimes say, because the stability and sustainability of a small farm perpetually is at stake.
It requires stalwart passion to bend nature into something entirely different, whether it’s forest or plains or the tops of sand bluffs.
Nature is powerful. Trust me. She may go along for a while but it’s just a matter of time before she says, “No. I want something else to develop here. I want my grasses to flourish there.” So she releases trillions of seeds to overcome your carefully tended plot. Or she’ll let you establish what you want for a while and and then sends hordes of insects to devour them. Or a fungus to maliciously spread exponentially in the middle of the night. The power of her will is underground too. Hordes of unstoppable gophers and critters ceaselessly creating cities and transportation systems to rival a metropolis.
Next are animals: deer, rabbits, rodents, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats, birds, you name it. “Isn’t it grand someone laid out this feast for us? And provided a safe place to make more of us?” I could go on. I’ll stop.
So now we have a challenge that we’re all doing our best to live through. This virus may be around but my thought is that it’s not looking for a home on plants. My advice is to support and even donate time or funds to your closest real farm, to get out in nature, feel the earth and believe this outbreak will be beat.
Oh, and to the people that are receiving our items this week, Mother Nature did it again and our carefully time-spaced lettuces are all maturing at the same time. So this week you’ll be receiving two heads instead of the normal one. Please find a way to either be creative or share with someone that might enjoy it.
Enjoy your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
March 18th and 19th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Oranges
Fuji or Opal apples
Lettuce
Kiwi
Grapefruit
Sprouts
Flowers
Broccoli
Avocados
Spinach
Radishes
Salad Mix
Large, No Fruit
Lettuce
Sprouts
Flowers
Broccoli
Avocados
Kale
Spinach
Radishes
Medium
Oranges
Lettuce
Kiwi
Fuji or Opal apples
Sprouts
Flowers
Broccoli
Avocados
Spinach
Radishes
Bananas
Salad Mix
Medium, No Fruit
Lettuce
Sprouts
Flowers
Spinach
Radishes
Salad Mix
Juicing
Mangos
Oranges
Grapefruit
Fuji or Opal apples
Fruit only column?
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Kiwi
Kale
bsk Broccoli
Salad Mix
Petite
Fuji or Opal apples
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Avocados
Spinach
Radishes
Salad Mix
Fruit Only
Mexican guavas
Fuji or Opal apples
Oranges
Mangos
Kiwi
Strawberries
Avocados
Blueberries

What Do We Need More Of?

February 24, 2020
Volume 1,668
The world needs more gardeners and small scale farmings living working on their own land.
-Toby Hemenway
Dear Friends,
There’s a saying about farmers.They’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
February 26th and 27th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

How Do You Start Dinner?

February 17, 2020
Volume 1,667
We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.
Jane Elliot
Dear Friends,
When I turned 40, closed up my future trading business, and made the declaration “I’m going to be a farmer”, I of course, had absolutely no idea of what I was getting in to! I thought there were basically three kinds of lettuce: romaine, butter and loose leaf. Little did I know there were at least a hundred varieties and over the years I’ve trialed almost all of them. Whew, what a difference there can be in taste and quality. So although this photo may look like an ordinary head of butter lettuce, our lettuces come to you with a lot of history (including blood, sweat and tears). I find that when I’m faced with ‘what am I going to make for dinner in the evening?’, if I start with lettuce and start adding other chopped vegetables, maybe a hard boiled egg, seasonings, a home made dressing and perhaps some croutons, I’m half way there!
There’s a saying about farmers.They’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
February 19th and 20th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Sunday rain

 

February 10, 2020
Volume 1,666
Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Dear Friends,
How terribly wonderful for a Sunday with rain. We haven’t had any for quite a while now and the grounds are noticeably drying down by several inches so we’re most happy to have it.
The first blossoms of our fruits trees are unfolding with cheery flowers just beckoning to step forward and smell the fragrance.
We’re happy to say we received two new shareholders over the week-end. We welcome them.
There’s a saying about farmers.They’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh flowers, fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
February 12th and 13th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Sweet onions
Lemons
Bananas
Strawberries
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Blueberries
Avocados
Radishes, turnips or beets
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Dill or baby celery
Arugula
Salad Mix
Large, No Fruit
Sweet onions
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Avocados
Radishes, turnips or beets
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Kale
Dill or baby celery
Arugula
Salad Mix
Medium
Sweet onions
Strawberries
Sprouts
Lettuce
Lemons
Flowers
Blueberries
Avocados
Radishes, turnips or beets
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Dill or baby celery
Arugula
Salad Mix
Medium, No Fruit
Sprouts
Pears
Lettuce
Lemons
Flowers
Radishes, turnips or beets
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Dill or baby celery
Mizuna
Arugula
Salad Mix
Juicing
Tangelos or small oranges
Mango
Strawberries
Sprouts
Pears
Lemons
Blueberries
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Kale
Dill or baby celery
Mizuna
Arugula
Salad Mix
Baby carrots
Petite
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Avocados
Radishes, turnips or beets
Napa cabbage or bok choi
Dill or baby celery
Arugula
Salad Mix
Fruit Only
Mango
Lemons
Avocados
Tangelos or small oranges
Bananas
Strawberries
Blueberries

The Eye of the Beholder

February 3, 2020
Volume 1,665
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.
Andrew Wyeth
Dear Friends,
This is a photo on the same bluff of Seabreeze of a little building once part of another farm in our valley, One of many area farms that are long gone. I still remember the old dairy just south of Seabreeze that provided milk and products to much of early San Diego. Beautiful old wooden buildings: a 3 story house, barns, corrals, auxiliary buildings, knee high pasture grass and vistas to make you swoon. What we’d give to have all that back again. Just saying.
There’s a saying about farmers..they’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
February 5th and 6th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

The Art of Food

January 27, 2020
Volume 1,664
““… food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,
Dear Friends,
There are times when farming can be a little hum drum. Seed, plant, water, weed, water, harvest. But Saturday we had a nice break from our routine with about 20 members from the San Diego Urban Sketchers that came for a quick tour and then everyone chose a spot to do a painting. As a student of watercolor myself, it was a delight to observe such an enthusiastic group look around with fresh vision and choose a focus point from which to preserve their impressions. We look forward to having them back someday as the seasons change.
There’s a saying about farmers..they’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
January 29th and 30th deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Good Food

January 20, 2020
Volume 1,663
“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” – Bethenny Frankel
Dear Friends,
There’s a saying about farmers..they’re only as good as the land they walk.
Enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies for the week.
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
The ingredients below will be included in our
January 22nd and 23rd deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
Bartlett pears
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Curly kale
Avocados
Cilantro
Baby celery
Yellow squash
Green beans
Large, No Fruit
Sprouts
Snap peas
Lettuce
Flowers
Curly kale
Kale
Cilantro
Baby celery
Green beans
Salad Mix
Medium
Bananas
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Curly kale
Avocados
Cilantro
Baby celery
Yellow squash
Navel oranges
Green beans
Medium, No Fruit
Sprouts
Lettuce
Flowers
Curly kale
Cilantro
Baby celery
Salad Mix
Green beans
Juicing
Curly kale
Baby celery
Tangelos
Bananas
Sprouts
Bartlett pears
Kale
Yellow squash
Honeycrisp apples
Snap peas
Salad Mix
Petite
Sprouts
Mini bouquet
Lettuce
Curly kale
Bartlett pears
Cilantro
Baby celery
Salad Mix
Fruit Only
Avocados
Tangelos
Navel oranges
Honeycrisp apples
Bananas