Category Archives: Farm News

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

May 6, 2019 Volume 1,630

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           -unknown
Dear Friends,
When I started the farm, many years ago, it was with a shovel and a fierce determination not to have to put on a pair of panty hose everyday. In the beginning, the focus was on vegetables for food. One by one the huge eucalyptus trees (can’t grow under them) and chaparral were removed and tons and tons of composted horse manure were dug in. The work was exhilarating and with each seed planted the promise of good pure food for the body (and soul) was watered, fed and tended. Oh the lessons learned from those first naive years. Then tucked here and there were seeded and planted different flowers. Honestly, I did know the difference between an alstroemeria and a bromeliad but instinctively knew they were critical for the needed habitat of beneficial insects.
Spring is magical here. Little by little, one variety by another, scores of flowers burst to their glory and destiny providing not only scent and beauty, but the cornerstone of our healthy environment. Flowers aren’t just pretty things on a farm, they’re essential for a thriving and balanced environment.
With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s almost compulsory now through advertising to give flowers to your special someone. Most flowers these days come from other countries..no regulations on what is applied, low wages and flown in massive cargo shipments to be marketed as fresh ..but they have no scent..no soul.
We have plenty to share. Won’t you order an extra bouquet or two for your special someone this week? We even have heirloom scented baby roses that are adorable and dry able for saving. It helps the farm justify the enormous water bills we’re facing as the warmer season starts up. Keep us growing please.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
Thank you for all for your support. As the last little farm in the whole area, sometimes we feel like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke holding back catastrophe. We remain stalwart.
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 May 6, 2019

April 22, 2019 Volume 1,628

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
Ellis Peters
Dear Friends,
What a lovely ‘week-end’ this has been. Saturday was busy with our ‘visit the farm’ day and we had about 20 or so people come to see our Spring bounty, especially the flowers. I’m always so pleased when first time visitors sometimes say ‘I had no idea’ referring to the diversity and crops grown on an acre of land. The remark I will always hold dear however is when a very observant guest said “The world needs more Seabreeze farms!”. Thank you and to the dear friends that gave their morning to come and make sure everything went smoothly.
This week’s items include our sweet crisp specialty turnips. Yes, I know, turnips get a bad rap. But not these. This seed is very expensive and they don’t like hot weather so we only have them a few times a year. First just try slicing into one and trying raw. Wonderful in a salad or with dip like a chip. And the greens are mild and nutritious lightly steamed. We like a little sesame oil and toasted seeds on top.
Your cooking ‘greens’ for the week are either Swiss Chard or spring kale. A classic Italian dish using the red potatoes is to gently boil the potatoes in water until tender, drain and set aside. Cut into cubes. Meanwhile, saute a little garlic (and red pepper flakes if you like) in good olive oil, add the stems of the greens, cook a little while, then add the washed and sliced leaves for a few minutes. Add the potatoes and salt and pepper if desired and heat through. Easy, filling and nutritious. Some Parmesan shredded cheese tops it off. So easy.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
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 April 22, 2019

April 15, 2019 Volume 1,627

I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.
David Hockney
Dear Friends,
We love our shareholders! I received the nicest call last week from a fairly new subscriber and she needed help figuring out what one of her items were and we had the best time talking about her kohlrabi. In days of old, ‘storage’ vegetables like potatoes, onions, beets, turnips and cabbage were essential survival foods to get through cold long winters and of course now, all we have to do is walk into a store and find products from all over the world at just about any time of the year. I stayed on the phone with her as she sliced into the kohlrabi and heard her delight as to the sweet flavor and crunchiness. If you still have the ‘outer space’ looking green round thing in your refrigerator plunge into a new adventure of the world of heirloom foods. Although there are lots of easy recipes for kohlrabi, we like ours sliced with a little lemon juice for a refreshing snack. The stems and leaves can always be added to a pot of water with other vegetables parts to make a refreshing and nutritious green broth.
Indeed spring is here at the farm and all the good rain we had over winter is showing in our lovely flowers. We’re having a little ‘open house’ this coming Sat. from 9:30 to noon and will have lovely extra bouquets on hand that make such a thoughtful gift to friends..and they’re not shipped up from South America! Buying locally grown flowers is as important as local foods and provide the habitat for so many of Earth’s creatures. If you care to come, please drop me an email note, info@seabreezed.com so we’ll know to expect you.
Happy Springtime to all.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
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 April 15, 2019

April 8, 2019 Volume #1,626

“Sweet peas were the kind of flowers fairies slept in.”
― Allison Pearson
Dear Friends,
What can be said about spring except it’s glorious! The hillsides are still green, patches of yellow mustard blooming, birds singing and nesting and lots of bunny rabbits.
Breathe deep have good thoughts and enjoy the weather.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
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 April 8, 2019

April 1, 2019 We Have to Care!

If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear Friends,
Good morning all and happy April first. For us on the farm, it’s a time for a micro-breathing and appreciating the blooming flowers and vegetables that we’ve bent over, nurtured and protected to get them to the point we can give them to you. That’s a pretty short description of all the work and care we put in to grow food. In my opinion, ‘food’ is pretty much taken for granted these days. I mean, for a lot of people, they don’t even get out of their cars for the calories let alone think about how ‘it’ gets there, from where it comes and who did the work let alone care about a little local farm. Yet we’re still here with the same message..local farms (meaning the people that know how to coax food from the ground) are vitally important for our society. Who and/or where else do you know where it’s a clean and safe environment not only for the crops, but for the multitude of life forms and clean air that we produce and protect. Where else can you pull a carrot or a radish from the teeming soil, watch Monarch butterflies or be delighted by a Praying Mantis? Certainly not from a public park!
There’s a lot of assumptions about ‘farmers’. I know. I hear them all the time. One of my favorites when I try to get someone to understand how expensive it is to do this, is the one ‘well, don’t you get money from the government?” Seriously? First of all, it’s taxpayer money, not some nebulous definition of government and NO, we do not. So it’s up to us and our loyal band of customers that keep us going. So won’t you help by telling friends about our work, how important it is and actually step up and support? And buy a share for a military family through our Hungry Heroes or Produce for Patriots? It really does make a difference!
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
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 April 1, 2019

March 25, 2019

Volume 1,624
Dear Friends,
We love our ‘dirt’. This wonderful year of rain has replenished the farm in so many ways. All the trees and permanent plantings have soaked up the moisture and are budding out of their dormancy, the fruit trees are blooming, the monarch butterflies are hatching and the flowers are bursting out all over. Thank you so much to our shareholders for the nice notes about the bouquets. and they’re just going to get better and more varied. Some people think they’re a ‘luxury’ but they’re so important for the over all health of our little farm as they help support eco-systems we can’t even see.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
This week we harvested one of our favorite vegetables..Napa cabbage. It has a mild and nutritious flavor and is great either raw or cooked. We like it stir fried with a lilttle peanut oil, ginger and garlic.
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 March 25, 2019

March 18, 2019

Dear Friends,
As the sun came over the horizon this morning, it looks like a glorious day for harvesting the items in your deliveries this week. The spring carrots are oh so sweet and crispy and they won’t need a lot of cooking time if they even make it into your pot or stew. Radishes are plump and tasty from all the rain and are full of good nutrients too.
Although there’s a lot of stress and strain with what we do, it’s always off set with kind notes from our shareholders, sometimes with appreciated encouragement, Being able to display the first sweet peas of the season is always a joy. There will soon be enough blooms to share with everyone.
The report on the drive to increase our military donations is frankly off to a slow start. To date, we haven’t had anyone new sign up. I can’t help but wonder why. It gives the farm stability, helps appreciative families, many who come from a rural background and miss it, Won’t you set up and donate to a good cause. It takes a lot of resources and determination to keep the farm going. We’re doing our part!
The photo below is of some of the military families that receive our produce either through the Hungry Heroes program or the Produce for Patriots . We didn’t have anyone new sign up last week for donations
and we’re still trying to get the word out how important this is both for the farm and the families that receive. Won’t you consider supporting our work? Sometimes we feel like David vs Goliath but we continue our work knowing how important it is to have a local farm. Look around you..see any other land that’s being put to such productive use? All this talk about climate change and here we are doing our part……
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 March 18, 2019

March 11, 2019 Love Thy Neighbor?

Dear Friends,
Oh dear. Yesterday was so busy from early on I forgot to post the items for the week! This little fellow is just one of who knows how many busy and breading gophers romping through our underground. One of them hit my artichoke plants couple of days ago and the scene was like from Caddy Shack. I was pounding on the ground with my feet in exasperation!
We had a good light rain almost all last night soaking the soil. The sky is clearing and should be a great work day!!
The photo below is of some of the military families that receive our produce either through the Hungry Heroes program or the Produce for Patriots . We didn’t have anyone new sign up last week for donations
and we’re still trying to get the word out how important this is both for the farm and the families that receive. Won’t you consider supporting our work? Sometimes we feel like David vs Goliath but we continue our work knowing how important it is to have a local farm. Look around you..see any other land that’s being put to such productive use? All this talk about climate change and here we are doing our part……
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 March 11, 2019

March 4, 2019 Volume 1,621

Dear Friends,
Let’s start with ‘good news’ like talking about snow peas! We have a small crop producing, unfortunately not enough for an item for everyone (the raccoons ravaged the roots of most of them) and they can be added to your deliveries for the next couple of weeks through the Green Store. They are so sweet and crisp and take just a minute or two to stir fry..that is if they’re not eaten raw just out of the bag. They take a lot of time to harvest but are so worth it! don’t miss out!
For more serious news, I’d say most people if polled would say they think local farms are important to a community. But seriously, how many neighborhoods or communities even have a local farm anymore? I think you know the answer. Seabreeze has managed 30 years now to continually and determinedly grow food, flowers and protect the ecological environment for our fellow San Diegans and have done so with the support and participation of our loyal subscribers. And things change..people move away or have circumstances change and can no longer continue their support. So we are asking you, our readers and current shareholders to help keep the farm’s base secure by signing up for our military family program, We’re on a campaign to provide for 10 more military family donations through our Hungry Heroes service this month. You can choose a weekly donation, every other week, or even once a month. It’s quite important work. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please feel free to give me a call and I’ll be happy to answer questions or help set you up. Will you be willing to join us in such important work? I look forward to hearing from you and will report next week on our progress.
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 March 4, 2019