Category Archives: Farm News

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

Add a new New Year’s Resolution

January 13, 2020
Volume 1,662
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa
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 15th and 16th
deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
2 ea. Fuji apples
2 ea. Avocado
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Red mangos
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Leeks or carrots
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Celery
1 ea. Blueberries
1 # Bartlett pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
Large, No Fruit
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Celery
1 bu Mizuna
1 bu Kale
0.5 # Salad Mix
Medium
2 ea. Fuji apples
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Red mangos
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Leeks or carrots
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Celery
1 ea. Blueberries
1 ea. Avocado
0.5 # Salad Mix
Medium, No Fruit
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Celery
Juicing
2 ea. Fuji apples
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Red mangos
1 ea. Celery
1 ea. Blueberries
1 bu Mizuna
1 bu Kale
1 # Bartlett pears
0.5 ea. Snap peas
0.5 # Salad Mix
0.5 # Dates
Petite
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Spinach
1 ea. Mini bouquet
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Celery
1 ea. Avocado
0.5 # Salad Mix
Fruit Only
2 ea. Fuji apples
2 ea. Avocado
2 # Bartlett pears
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Red mangos
1 ea. Blueberries
0.5 # Dates

Are We Back to Normal?

January 6, 2020
Volume 1,662
If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land. Frances Mayes
Dear Friends,
We wish all our friends good cheer and health for these special days.
Please remember the delivery days have had to be moved to Monday and Tuesday.
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 6th and 7th
deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
2 # Mandarin oranges
2 # Cara Cara oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mushrooms
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Cauliflower
1 ea. Carrots or leeks
1 ea. Blueberries
1 ea. Avocado
1 bu Kale
1 # Bartlett pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
Large, No Fruit
2 bu Kale
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Mushrooms
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Cauliflower
1 ea. Carrots or leeks
1 bu Kale
0.5 # Salad Mix
Medium
2 # Cara Cara oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mushrooms
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Carrots or leeks
1 ea. Blueberries
1 ea. Avocado
1 bu Kale
1 # Mandarin oranges
1 # Bartlett pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
Medium, No Fruit
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Snap peas
1 ea. Mushrooms
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Carrots or leeks
1 bu Mizuna
Juicing
2 # Mandarin oranges
2 # Cara Cara oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Cauliflower
1 ea. Carrots
1 ea. Blueberries
1 bu Mizuna
1 bu Kale
1 # Grapes
1 # Fuji apples
1 # Bartlett pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
Petite
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mini bouquet
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Carrots or leeks
1 # Mandarin oranges
1 # Fuji apples
0.5 ea. Mushrooms
0.5 # Salad Mix
Fruit Only
2 # Mandarin oranges
2 # Fuji apples
2 # Cara Cara oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Blueberries
1 ea. Avocado
1 # Grapes
1 # Bartlett pears

Holidays – Monday and Tuesday deliveries

December 30, 2019
Volume 1,661
The act of eating is very political. You buy from the right people, you support the right network of farmers and suppliers who care about the land and what they put in the food. Alice Waters
Dear Friends,
We wish all our friends good cheer and health for these special days.
Please remember the delivery days have had to be moved to Monday and Tuesday.
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 December 30th and 31st
deliveries and farm pick-ups.
Please keep in mind that last-minute substitutions are sometimes necessary.
Large
2 ea. Red grapefruit
2 ea. Avocados
2 # Navel oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mangos
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Bok choi
1 bu Carrots
1 # Red grapes
1 # D’Anjou pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
Large, No Fruit
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Cherry tomatoes
1 ea. Bok choi
1 ea. Avocados
1 bu Kale
1 bu Carrots
0.5 # Salad Mix
Medium
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mangos
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 ea. Blueberries
1 bu Carrots or beets
1 bu Arugula
1 bsk Grape tomatoes
1 # Brussel sprouts
1 # Broccoli
Medium, No Fruit
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Flowers
1 bu Carrots or beets
1 bu Arugula
1 # Brussel sprouts
0.5 # Baby carrots
Juicing
4 ea. Tangelos
2 ea. Red grapefruit
2 bu Kale
2 # Navel oranges
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mangos
1 bu Carrots
1 # Red grapes
1 # D’Anjou pears
1 # Baby carrots
0.5 # Salad Mix
Petite
1 ea. Sprouts
1 ea. Mini bouquet
1 ea. Lettuce
1 ea. Bok choi
1 bu Carrots
1 # D’Anjou pears
0.5 # Salad Mix
0.5 # Red grapes
Fruit Only
4 ea. Red grapefruit
4 ea. Gala apples
2 ea. Tangelos
2 ea. Kiwi
1.8 # Bananas
1 ea. Mangos
1 bu Carrots
1 # Red grapes
1 # D’Anjou pears