Category Archives: Farm News

How ‘greened’ are you?

September 30, 2019
Volume 1,649
Like the ocean, land plants hold about three times as much carbon as the atmosphere. While oceans take many centuries to exchange this mass with the air, flora take only a few years.
Gregory Benford
Dear Friends,
There’s been a lot of media attention this last week or so on the health of the planet, it’s demise and who/what is responsible. Not one word however that I saw on the foundation of human life and health – food. Food for people, food for animals. I’d like to see conversations on from where does it come, who and how is it initially produced, what effects on our planet, is it’s production sustainable? The US produces thousands of square miles of corn that is processed into new forms of ‘food’ and also goes into our gasoline tanks. Is anyone talking about the amount of petroleum products that are used to produce this corn? How much carbon sequestration does a non-chemical food farm process? I’m not being sanctimonious, but I do sleep well at night knowing our plants and soil are busy sequestering. And so should you, our shareholders., sleep well. We’re doing our part.
Some of you this week will be receiving what looks like little green tomatoes – but they’re not! Tomatillos is a Spanish word meaning ‘little tomato’ and they’re somewhat related botanically, but used very differently. Some people like them raw however I find them a little too acidic and prefer them in a cooked salsa. Nevertheless, they’re somewhat of a novelty and the little crop has been harvested, so go ahead and give them a try. As always, appreciate your feedback.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the October 2nd and 3rd deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Autumn Promises

September 23, 2019
Volume 1,648
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Dear Friends,
Among the many other misc correspondences I received this week was one from a woman that wanted to come to the farm and film my ‘fields’ of sunflowers, specifically at dusk. It was however, at first, a nice change from the now top of the popularity list of those demanding to know what we do with our ‘wasted’ food! Of course I took the time to explain to her that we haven’t the land or resources for that many sunflowers and we focus on food first. Then I got lectured that it was my responsibility to provide for the public to have fields of them to maintain ‘historical rural beauty’ as she said. I was stumped then – how to explain to her the gestalt of modern agriculture and food production? I briefly explained a couple of the main issues and she hung up by saying “Well, I’ll just call another farm if you won’t help me”. My office is always such a challenge!
For our members that missed last week’s newsletter on the Barhi dates, they are very special and hard to get. They can be enjoyed when yellow and have a nice crisp ‘apple’ flavor, or when they start to turn into a ‘date’ by turning brown little by little into what most recognize as a ‘date’. Glad you liked them.
I did however, forget to mention another item, the spaghetti squash we sent last week. These are considered a ‘winter’ squash as they remain edible for a long time. The trick to preparing them is to not ‘over’ cook and reduce the internal temperature so they won’t be too soft, by putting ice over them when first out of the oven and reduce the cooking heat. Then using a fork, fluff the squash sides apart. There should be strands of crunchy, tasty squash spaghetti. Here is a link and with the basil we’re sending this week, should be a winner with pesto.
Many of our winter crops have been seeded and await transplanting. Among them are celery, broccolini, caulilini (new baby cauliflower), celery, leeks, kales, scallions, beets, sweet radishes, Italian parsley, cilantro, spinach, carrots, beets, cabbage, Asian greens..the list goes on. Let’s keep our fingers crossed we have another year of good rain so we don’t have to use a lot of expensive San Diego water..will the price increases never cease?
Please feel free to call or email me..I’m not discouraging contact with our appreciated members!
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the September 25th and 26th deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Heard of a Barhi date?

September 16, 2019
Volume 1,647
The shorter the chain between raw food and fork, the fresher it is and the more transparent the system.
  • Joel St
Dear Friends,
We’re excited to have for our members a food that perhaps is new to you. They’re a real treat – Bahri dates, introduced originally from the region of Iraq, are available for only a short time late summer. Probably not found in your usual grocery store so we’re pleased to offer them to you. These little treats are grown locally by the small date farm that supplies our regular dates and are ready for enjoying. They are harvested right before their sugar content is optimized and at this stage they are like a tasty little apple, crisp and sweet. As their natural sugars start, small brown spots appear. It means they’re ripening to their sweetest and are edible at all stages. Hope you enjoy them. they’re only for this week.
We know many of our subscribers are enthusiastic about getting freshly harvested food from Seabreeze Family Farm. It would be helpful if you could take a photo of a plate you prepared with your farm share and post it on our Facebook page and on Next Door so your friends and neighbors could also benefit from your neighborhood’s locally grown food.
We look forward to seeing how you transform your Seabreeze ingredients.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Stephenie
Click an image above to go to our Green Store for additional items you can add to your delivery.
Ingredients to be included in the September 18th and 19th deliveries and farm pick-ups are listed below.
Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.

Glory Hallelujah – The Heat Spell is Broken

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling Fruity? Let’s Dress!

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

August 12, 2019 What Oils You?

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

August 5, 2019 Volume 1,641

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

July 29, 2019 How Green Are You?

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