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May 30, 2016

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!
Alexander Henry
Dear Friends,
      On this Memorial Day, I remember and honor my father, James Daniel and his two brothers that served in World War II as well as my uncle and cousin from Viet Nam era.  May they all be long revered and remembered.
     Please don’t forget we have very deserving and in need military families asking us for donations.  Even signing up for once a month food baskets for them makes a big difference.  Feel free to email or call me if you’d like more information.  So far we have 2 shareholders that are contributing on a weekly basis and thank you to those on vacation that have allocated your share.  Last week we were able to give our good food to 5 families that greatly appreciated it.
    Hope you’re enjoying and benefiting from your deliveries.  A lot of old fashioned hard work and planning makes it possible.  And grown with love and care..of course.
     Call or email me if you need cooking tips.  Happy to oblige.
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 30th, 2016
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Nectarines
Nectarines
Nectarines
Sprouts
Nectarines
Sprouts
Sprouts
Bananas
Mini bouquet
Bananas
Raspberries
Raspberries
Sprouts
Lettuce
Raspberries
Lettuce
Lettuce
Raspberries
Beets
Cantaloupe
Flowers
Flowers
Lettuce
Ataulfo mango
Blueberries
Beets
Beets
Ginger – one small piece
Young leeks
Avocado
Avocado
Avocado
Cantaloupe
Swiss chard
Ataulfo mango
Ataulfo mango
Young leeks
Blueberries
 Lemon verbena for tea
Red grapes
Young leeks
Swiss chard
Beets
Summer squash
Small Heirloom tomatoes
Swiss chard
 Lemon verbena for tea
Ataulfo mango
Red grapes
 Lemon verbena for tea
Summer squash
Kale
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Summer squash
Red grapes
 Lemon verbena for tea
Red grapes
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Red grapes
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Green beans
Small Heirloom tomatoes
Green beans
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
 

May 16, 2016

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.

Will Roger

Dear Friends,
    Last week I wrote about the calls and emails I receive from locally based military families seeking donations from our farm to supplement their food budgets.  We have had one shareholder so far commit to a regular size every other week and for that we, and the family are grateful.  The photo above is the family that will be receiving.  Now we do what we possibly can all these years to help out everyone that contacts us for charity donations, raffles, visits from dis-advantaged children, school tours at a discount, Girl’s and Boy’s Scouts and many many more.  But everyone, we are a small family farm fighting the odds as it is to produce good healthy food the right way and it’s not easy.  Can we do better as a community to show our military families the support they deserve?  I think so. Please be generous and share if you can.
     One of this week’s items may be new to you – the amazing French Sorrel.  It’s in a bunch, green of course, kind of sort of ‘spinach’ looking.  It has a fresh lemony flavor to it and adds so much to a variety of recipes.  The main thing is, don’t use aluminum cookery as it causes it to turn a dark unappetizing ‘goo’.  Here are several great suggestions and easy recipes for use:
                       Amazing French Sorrel
    Hope you’re enjoying and benefiting from your deliveries.  A lot of old fashioned hard work and planning makes it possible.  And grown with love and care..of course.
     Call or email me if you need cooking tips.  Happy to oblige.
DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 16th, 2016
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Peaches or nectarines
Peaches or nectarines
Peaches or nectarines
Sprouts
Peaches or nectarines
Avocado
Apriums
Beets
Mini bouquet
Apriums
Apriums
Sprouts
Apriums
Lettuce
Avocado
Tangelos
Lettuce
Sprouts
Beets
Cantaloupe
March grapefruit
Flowers
Lettuce
Avocado
Blueberries
Sprouts
Cantaloupe
Ginger – one small piece
Spinach or Chard or Kale
Avocado
Lettuce
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Scallions
Tangelos
Flowers
Beets
Blueberries
Chamomile or basil or baby celery
March grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Avocado
Spinach or Chard or Kale
Summer squash
Blueberries
Spinach or Chard or Kale
Chamomile or basil or baby celery
French Sorrel
Beets
Scallions
French Sorrel
March grapefruit
Spinach or Chard or Kale
Chamomile or basil or baby celery
Tangelos
Scallions
French Sorrel
March grapefruit
Chamomile or basil or baby celery
Tangelos
French Sorrel
March grapefruit
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
When your order is $25 or greater this week, we’ll include 1/2 dozen farm-fresh eggs!
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

This is exactly why ‘Know Your Farmer’ is so important…

The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has released an in-depth review of the proposed changes to the policies and procedures governing the organic industry’s regulatory board. ..“These new changes, cloaked in the minutia of ‘government-speak,’ represent a wholesale hijacking of the authority Congress vested in the NOSB,” said Will Fantle, Cornucopia’s codirector. “Congress gave the NOSB—a 15-member expert advisory body—direct authority over what nonorganic ingredients and materials would be allowed in organic food production. Lawmakers also mandated that the USDA Secretary seek input and advice from the NOSB into how the federal organic regulatory law is executed.”

Cornucopia.org April 13, 2016

May 2, 2016 Mother’s Day

If I had a flower for each time I thought of My Mother, I could walk in my garden forever.

– Unknown
Dear Friends,
    Our lovely April has morphed into May and thank goodness, so far no heat waves like the last two years.
     We’ve also been able to have our tour/classes/events liability insurance re-established, for more money of course.  Even though we’ve never had a claim or injury, no dangerous chemicals or equipment/machinery, farms, I guess, have a bad rap for insuring.
So, we’re going to have a pre-Mother’s Day farm affair this coming Saturday.  As most of you know, parking is very limited so we’ll need to organize through reservations.  The cost is $65 per car/unit (family or friends up to 4 persons) and we’ll have a beautiful large bouquet for you to take home.  I will be on site for greeting and questions and we’ll have extra staff as well.  Do hope you’ll join us.
     I’ll be posting later on Seabreeze Organic Farm Meet-up (if you haven’t signed up for Farm Meet-up yet I recommend you do for events notices) but for shareholders, send me a quick email and you’ll have priority.
    Ever over cooked broccoli?  Most of us have.  Here’s a quick and delicious way to prepare that will even have broccoli ‘hater’s’ like:
                                    Yum Broccoli
Volunteers welcome.  There’s always a million things to do on a farm..especially as it ‘ages’.  We’ve had some lovely and helpful people come for chores like picking edible flowers.  Here’s our ad on Craig’s List:  Seabreeze Volunteers
It’s not the farm the supports the community, it’s the community that supports the farm.
     All on-line orders and referrals for new stakeholders welcomed and appreciated.
     We’re always grateful for our loyal supporters.  This last food producing farm in Carmel Valley is important for a lot of reasons and donations always welcomed!
     Hope you’re enjoying and benefiting from your deliveries.  A lot of old fashioned hard work and planning makes it possible.  And grown with love and care..of course.
     Call or email me if you need cooking tips.  Happy to oblige.

 

DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 2nd, 2016
*Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time
Shop our Green Store for other healthy products.
Large
Medium
Juicing
Petite
Fruit Only
Valencia oranges
Valencia oranges
Valencia oranges
Sprouts
Valencia oranges
Peaches
Sprouts
Carrots or beets
Red or orange pear tomatoes
Peaches
Sprouts
Red or orange pear tomatoes
Tangelos
Mini bouquet
Grapefruit/tangerine
Red or orange pear tomatoes
Lettuce
Bananas
Lettuce
Tangelos
Lettuce
Flowers
Sprouts
Carrots or beets
Bananas
Flowers
Carrots or beets
Red or orange pear tomatoes
Avocado
Red or orange pear tomatoes
Carrots or beets
Blueberries
Lettuce
Scallions
Blueberries
Broccoli
Avocado
Ginger – one small piece
Red Russian Kale
Avocado
Blueberries
Tat-Soi
Blueberries
Tangelos
Medjool dates
Avocado
Scallions
Tat-Soi
Broccoli
Tat-Soi
Red Russian Kale
Red Russian Kale
 Baby cabbage
Scallions
Yellow zucchini
Broccoli
Red Russian Kale
Baby cabbage
Radishes
Broccoli
Tangelos
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Baby cabbage
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
When your order is $25 or greater for “Choose Your Own”,  we’ll include a beautiful spring bouquet!
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
 

Why Eating Less Meat Is Good For You and the Planet:

Why eating less meat is good for you:
  • reduce cancer risk; hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.
  • reduce heart disease risk; it’s well known that (especially red) meat increases heart disease risk and can damage blood circulation.
  • reduce diabetes risk; research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meatincreases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • reduce obesity; people on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices.
  • live longer; red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
  • improve the quality of your diet; if you eat less meat, you’ll have the chance to substitute it with a healthy alternative. For example, consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
Why eating less meat is good for the planet:
  • reduce your carbon footprint; the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions – far more than even transportation. Other foods don’t generate as much greenhouse gas.
  • reduce water usage; the water needs of livestock are huge, far outweighing vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • reduce fossil fuel dependence; on average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein.

With deliveries from Seabreeze Organic Farm, you can replace the meat in your meals

 with healthy, nutritious, delicious fresh vegetables and fruits.

Become a member of Seabreeze Organic Farm

 

Cow in a field by the quad biking place in Devon

By Mihai Andrei • Originally published on ZME Science

Whether it’s Meatless Monday, Weekday Vegetarianism or simply cutting down meat consumption – people from developed countries are eating less meat, and it’s already making a difference. Even though some argue that cutting-back-consumption campaigns don’t push enough of a paradigm-shift, we’re already seeing the changes: 400 million animals were spared in the US alone in 2014 because people ate less meat.

Some 93 percent of people still eat meat and it’s difficult to imagine a future where most people won’t, but a world that eats less meat is already on the right way. According to a new report, meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S.—by 10% per capita since 2007. In 2014, the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food, but 400 million (almost 4%) were saved simply because people skipped a few meaty meals.

Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States explains:

“What that means is that compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter plants–and that’s despite the increase in the U.S. population,” Shapiro explains.

Things are starting to change in the US when it comes to meat – and the same trend can be noticed in most of the developed world. In 2012, the average American consumed 71.2 pounds of red meat (beef, veal, pork, and lamb) and 54.1 pounds of poultry (chicken and turkey), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and that number has went down significantly.

It’s worth noticing that on the other hand, developing countries are generally increasing their meat consumption so that on a global level, meat consumption has actually grown by a small margin – but this takes nothing away from the people who actually made a difference and consumed less meat; and as more and more countries go through this cycle, they too will ultimately reduce their consumption.

Foodrevolution.org

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May 18, 2015 Miracle May!

Dear Friends,
     May is a magical month..purple jacaranda trees blooming, delphiniums, foxglove, daises, feverfew, snapdragons, sunflowers…and rain!  All the vegetables in the ground are plump and sweet and then to top things off, this little hummingbird flew into a window stunning itself. I thought it was a goner, and lo and behold, after I got to hold it, it revived and flew off.  Miracles do happen!
    This week for berries we have raspberries and blueberries.  The season was a little late and it’s a good time to stock up and freeze, shop the Green Store to have for later.
      For our Choose Your Own members, please remember to place your orders for a delivery this week by this evening.

May you enjoy and utilize all your items for this week.  If you need suggestions for use or recipes on any of your items, feel free to email me and I’ll help.

 

Members, we’ve updated our CSA Member Agreement, so please be sure to review our new terms.

 

*DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 18th*

Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time.

 

Large Medium Juicing Fruit Only Petite
Yellow nectarines Valencia juicing oranges Yellow nectarines Yellow nectarines Tat Soi
Valencia juicing oranges Tat Soi Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Scallions
Tat Soi Sprouts Tat Soi Red seedless grapes Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Sprouts Spanish onion Red seedless grapes Raspberries Purple potatoes
Spanish onion Scallions Raspberries Fuji appes Lettuce
Scallions Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Kale/Brussel sprouts greens Blueberries, fresh, 6 oz Green beans or summer squash
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Raspberries Kale Bananas 1.75#’s Carrots
Red seedless grapes Purple potatoes Ginger Basil
Raspberries Lettuce Fresh frozen raspberries or blackberries
Purple potatoes Fresh frozen raspberries or blackberries Carrots
Lettuce Carrots Blueberries, fresh, 6 oz
Carrots Blueberries, fresh, 6 oz Bananas 1.75#’s
Blueberries 6 oz Basil
Basil Bananas 1.75#’s
Bananas 1.75#’s

 

SHOP Our Green Store for OTHER HEALTHY PRODUCTS

 
Remember, for every new member you refer, you’ll receive a $10.00 Green Store credit.


Thank you so much to all of you loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with flowers.
Sincerely,

Stephenie

Seabreeze Organic Farm

May 4, 2015 Making Bricks without Straw

No occupations is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth.
-Thomas Jefferson
Dear Friends,
     By now, we all know we’re in a water situation and we need to keep you members informed of how it’s effecting Seabreeze.  Although we’ve always been water-wise, the mandated 25% cut back on our usage is like being told to ‘make bricks without straw’, if you get the analogy..how can you grow food without water?  However, we are cutting back both on water consumption and areas to be planted.  We’ve had a lovely display of flowers this spring and through years of multiplying perennials and coaching the annuals to re-seed, we’re confident that even with less water, they’ll re-appear with the first rains of next year.  Until then, we’re doing extra mulching with straw and hoping the forecasters are correct for this week with a little ‘rain’.
Speaking of flowers, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and flowers are traditional.  We encourage you not to purchase flowers flown in from South America and to buy them from Seabreeze.  They’re all cut fresh and will still be lovely for Sunday if you order them for this week’s delivery.  Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet

May you enjoy and utilize all your items for this week.  If you need suggestions for use or recipes on any of your items, feel free to email me and I’ll help.

 

Members, we’ve updated our CSA Member Agreement, so please be sure to review our new terms.

 

*DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 4th*

Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time.

 

Large Medium Juicing Fruit Only Petite
Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Swiss chard or Kale
Valencia juicing oranges Ataulfo Mango Ataulfo mango Ataulfo mango
Ataulfo mango Swiss chard or Kale Swiss chard or Kale Tangelos Scallions or baby leeks
Swiss chard or Kale Sprouts Sprouts Cucumbers Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Sprouts Scallions or baby leeks Kale Fuji Apples Lettuce
Scallions or baby leeks Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Ginger Blueberries Jewel yams or Yukon potatoes
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Lettuce Cucumbers Raspberries Carrots
Lettuce Carrots Carrots Bananas 1.75#’s Basil
Carrots Fuji Apples Fuji Apples  Cantaloupe Baby celery
Cantaloupe Blueberries Blueberries
Blueberries Raspberries Raspberries
Raspberries Basil Bananas 1.75#’s
Basil Baby celery Baby celery
Bananas 1.75#’s
Baby celery
Avocado

 

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SHOP Our Green Store for OTHER HEALTHY PRODUCTS

 
Remember, for every new member you refer, you’ll receive a $10.00 Green Store credit.


Thank you so much to all of you loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with flowers.
Sincerely,

Stephenie

Seabreeze Organic Farm

April 27, 2015 Free Water

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.  This was said about literature, but it really fits gardening better.  Poetry, after all, is learned extremely early as a rule, if it is learned at all, but gardening is the province of old crocks past the age of twenty-eight.
– Henry Mitchell
Dear Friends,
Our lovely month of April in San Diego is coming to a close this week.  Seems things around the farm are blooming earlier and growing faster but maybe it’s because we had that lovely little rain last week.  Grateful for every drop.

May you enjoy and utilize all your items for this week.  If you need suggestions for use or recipes on any of your items, feel free to email me and I’ll help.

 

Members, we’ve updated our CSA Member Agreement, so please be sure to review our new terms.

 

*DELIVERY ITEMS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 27TH*

Please note that some substitutions may apply from time to time.

 

Large Medium Juicing Fruit Only Petite
Yukon Gold potaotes Yukon Gold potaotes Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Scallions
Yellow onion Valencia juicing oranges Sprouts Roma tomatoes Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Valencia juicing oranges Sprouts Roma tomatoes Cucumbers Radicchio
Sprouts Scallions Kale Cantaloupe Lettuce
Scallions Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Ginger Blueberries Carrots
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Radicchio Cucumbers Bananas 1.75#’s Cabbage or Napa cabbage
Radicchio Lettuce Carrots Avocado Basil
Lettuce Carrots Cantaloupe Baby fennel
Carrots Cantaloupe Bok choi or kale
Cantaloupe Cabbage or Napa cabbage Blueberries
Cabbage or Napa cabbage Bok choi or kale Bananas 1.75#’s
Bok choi or kale Basil Baby fennel
Basil Bananas 1.75#’s
Bananas 1.75#’s Baby fennel
Baby fennel Avocado
Avocado

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SHOP Our Green Store for OTHER HEALTHY PRODUCTS

 
Remember, for every new member you refer, you’ll receive a $10.00 Green Store credit.


Thank you so much to all of you loyal supporters.  We sincerely hope we have helped your health and well-being with our food and brightened your day with flowers.
Sincerely,

Stephenie

Seabreeze Organic Farm