June, 8th Farm News – The 1 Gallon Water Challenge

No water, no life. No blue, no green.
~ Sylvia Earle

Dear Friends,

Have you any idea how many gallons of water it takes to produce the plate of food above?  Truthfully, I don’t know either.  I do remember in college reading a letter from an early California settler woman to her mother, on how precious water was on the frontier and how many times she would use a gallon of the liquid gold. She’d use  it for washing clothes, dishes, the kids, the floor and still kept her roses alive!  It was amazing to see how innovative she was.

So I challenged myself to see how many times I could use just 1 gallon of our precious liquid life.  We love home made egg noodles (thank you chickens and Elsa the goat) so made the dough (Grandma’s Egg Noodles) and cooked.  Scooped out the noodles, put the hot water back on the burner (saving electricity) and simmered Yukon potatoes until they were done.  Scooped them out again to cool and use for potato salad and cream of potato soup for later.  Then into the hot water went saved vegetable scraps and I mean scraps:  carrot bottoms and tips, celery, bell peppers, zucchini, onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme…things most people put into the disposer.  Simmered this for about 15 minutes until aromatic.  Removed the scraps, saving them for the chickens and the earthworm bins.  Next, while water was still hot, added 3 cups of  pinto beans that had soaked overnight and simmered these until tender, about 2 hours, adding fresh garlic and a little salt, pepper and cumin for seasoning the last 10 minutes or so. Half went into the frig for chili or re-fried beans later in the week and the other half froze for those emergency times of ‘what to have for dinner’).  I felt pretty good about how to use my gallon of water!

Next week, I’ll share how I keep my patio roses and ornamental plants alive and thriving with used water.  Send me your tips and will share those too.  Speaking of sharing, we appreciate referrals and of course social media exposure, of which I’m being dragged screaming and lamenting into but let’s face it, it’s a whole new world out there.  And this smart phone thing I now have..makes me feel dumb.   I think I’ll go back to  harvesting now for your goodies for this week and listen to the bees hum and watch the Monarch’s dance through the milkweed.


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

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


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


Large Medium Juicing Fruit Only Petite
Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Valencia juicing oranges Swiss chard
Tomatoes on the Vine Tomatoes on the Vine Tomatoes on the Vine Tomatoes on the Vine Sprouts
Strawberries Strawberries Strawberries Strawberries Salad Mix with Edible Flowers
Sprouts Sprouts Sprouts Raspberries Raspberries
Scallions Scallions Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Kiwi Lettuce
Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Salad Mix with Edible Flowers Raspberries Grapefruit Cauliflower, squash or beans
Raspberries Raspberries Kiwi Blueberries Cabbage
Lettuce Lettuce Kale Black Grapes
Kiwi Kiwi Grapefruit Bananas 1.75#’s
Grapefruit Grapefruit Cauliflower, squash or beans Avocado
Cauliflower, squash or beans Cauliflower, squash or beans Blueberries
Cabbage Cabbage Black Grapes
Blueberries Blueberries Bananas 1.75#’s
Black Grapes Avocado
Avocado Arugula or Rosemary
Arugula or Rosemary


Remember, for every new member you refer, you’ll receive a $10.00 Green Store credit and for every online order over $50, we will give a $5.00 Green Store credit.


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



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