Category Archives: Farm News

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

The Peace Rose and 4th of July

July 1, 2019
Volume 1,636
You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
-Unknown
Dear Friends,
One of my favorite roses is called Peace and is blooming in glorious display just in time for 4th of July. Although not red, white and blue, traditional colors for the 4th, it does progress into several lovely colors along with it’s scent. It was developed by the rose growing Meilland family in Lyon, France right before the outbreak of WWII and the family was so worried about what was coming, shipped cuttings to rosarian friends in Turkey, Italy, Germany and ultimately in one of the last diplomatic satchels to the United States. All of the cuttings, except to the U.S., were destroyed as a result of the war and luckily, Robert Pyle harbored and cultivated the few cuttings that survived.
After the war, in 1944, Mr. Pyle was able to contact the Meilland family, whose rose operation was destroyed during the war, their land forced into food production for the German war effort, and so it was the family’s delight to hear it had survived. The new rose, named Peace, was awarded the ARS (American Rose Society) award the day Japan surrendered and after the formal surrender of Germany the new creation of the United Nations 49 delegates were given a bloom of the new rose along with saying,
“We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.
So it is with this message, and gratitude to those before us that created, fostered and defended this great country of ours, we wish you a ‘Happy Fourth of July”.
We encourage you-all to post pictures of dishes you make using your Seabreeze ingredients on our Facebook page as well as
sharing your recipes.
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 1st, 2019

Alliums – Every Kitchen Needs Some

June 24, 2019
Volume 1,635
Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep
– Carl Sandburg
Dear Friends,
Did you know there are over 1200 species of onion varieties in the Allium family? Personally, I can’t imagine cooking without them. This week we are sending our sweet bulb onions (to regular size), freshly picked scallions and garlic chives for all. The scallions (green onions) are mild and delicious chopped in salads or lightly sauted as a side dish. For the garlic chives (they have a distinct garlic flavor), we’re going to bake potatoes, indulge in some good butter and sour cream and relish!
Another favorite of ours is good ole fashioned Swiss chard, packed with vitamins and minerals. We’re supposed to have a cooked ‘green’ everyday for optimal diets and chard is so friendly to use. Don’t forget to include the stems too. They’re actually very good.
Do you still have the baby celery from last week in the frig? One shareholder asked for ideas on how to use last week and found this excellent site for tips.
I found the celery pesto recipe quite good and unique:
We encourage you-all to post pictures of dishes you make using your Seabreeze ingredients on our Facebook page as well as
sharing your recipes.
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 June 24, 2019

June 10, 2019 “Wadda You Want?”

June 10, 2019
Volume 1,633
My grandmother had a courtyard of animals, like goats and chickens. She made ricotta cheese, cooked with potatoes warm from the garden, grew everything from beans to wheat. It was simple, seasonal food, and we all ate what was produced 10 miles from where we lived. It was that way for centuries.
Lidia Bastianich
Dear Friends,
Have you heard about or seen the new film ‘The Biggest Little Farm’? I’ve seen the trailer and it’s an inspirational accounting of the struggles and blessings of this young couple determined to carve out a new life with agriculture. They’ll have many more to come, I’m sure. After seeing it, think I’ll dub Seabreeze ‘The Littlest Big Farm’ as we experience the same adventures and continue to be astonished by the bounty possible with human effort and determination! I think there’s a yearning from busy busy people in this ‘modern’ world that wants to know that somewhere, somehow, there are people that know how to do things and live in harmony with the land. If any of you shareholders haven’t been to Seabreeze and would like to, give me a call or email and we’ll set a time for you to see what we do and why it’s so important. We grow for you.
For our ‘Choose Your Own’ customers, many of you travel quite a bit and can’t set up a regular delivery schedule or even have the time to go through the selections. But it doesn’t take long just to click on even a Petite size when you can to get our fresh lettuce, salad, sprouts, veggies and of course our flowers. Bees need to know they can depend on us!
Be well, be happy and enjoy your meals.
Stephenie
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 June 10, 2019

Who Will Be Our Future Farmers?

June 3, 2019
Volume 1,632
We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.
~Alice Waters
Dear Friends,
This little darling is the daughter of one of our shareholders that comes to help out with harvesting and chores (all hands welcomed) and her mother says she has her best sleep after a day at the farm!
We hosted Saturday a new Meetup called Food is Medicine and were happy to do so (in the midst of harvesting) as we certainly hope the tide will change in helping people to understand the relationship between good food and health. And it certainly doesn’t come in a box from a ‘drive through’.
We’re grateful to the shareholders we have and certainly appreciate referrals for new ones.
Hope you enjoy your healthy ingredients for this week and feel free to contact me if you’d like cooking tips or suggestions for items you might like to receive.
Happy cooking and smelling the flowers!
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 June 3, 2019