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Potatoes seeds move into their new home. Putting in some purples, reds and fingerlings.

Hey everyone. If you have not gotten a tour yet, now is the time to do it. I cannot put it into language this morning. I will just say that I never knew there could be so much life in one place. It is a real blessing to get to wake up to this ever day. I am not sure what I did to deserve this. But I will take it. We are all happy to share it with you any way we can. Just let us know.

Here is the list
big bunch of sweet baby carrots
passion fruit
chard
small bag of arugula
bag of sugar snap peas
head of green cabbage
red potatoes
baby beets
bag of lettuce mix
mandarins
tangelos
pink lemons
persian cucumbers
small container of local avocado honey

We are looking at Saturday May 13 or 20th to have our spring volunteer and member work party here at the ranch. We will narrow it down next week. And give you all the details. It is going to be great. These quarterly events are one of my favorite things to be a part of. If you want to really experience the life and fertility of the ranch, the spring work party is the thing to do. Yah spring!

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So I am strolling through the produce section (yes farmers shop too). And I just about fell over. 2 bucks for a passion fruit?! And they were tiny. Smaller than a kiwi. That is nothing though. Compared to the bunch of basil for 6.99. Seriously.

Cole Slaw

  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 2 large or 3 small sweet carrots peeled
  • 3/4 cup nuts soaked
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pink lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons avocado honey
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • Squeeze in half an orange citrus

I love it. It is a website called “Eat Your Beets . Com” Check out their recipe for Citrus and Honey Roasted Beets

Carrot Hummus Recipe

I got an idea. make some carrot hummus. dip your snap peas in it! Is that even legal?
http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/easy-family-recipes/carrot-hummus-recipe

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This Weeks Box 3/13/2015

Here is the list!
lemons
tangelos
sweet young carrots
green onions
cauliflower
broccoli
chard
snap peas
persian cucumber
salad mix
fuerte avocado
celery

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Here is this weeks box. Minus the lemons and  tangelos
snap peasWall “O” snap peas. Yeah! they taste awesome.
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A look inside Fuerte.

 

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This weeks box 3/7/2015

Here is the list

Two broccoli heads
Carrots
2 Fuerte avocados
Tangelos
A few turnips
One or two beets
Purple cabbage
Baby bok choy
Navel oranges
Young chard or kale
Lettuce and spinach mix
Green onions
Lemons
Rosemary

About half of us got chard. And the other half got kale this week. I want to mention that this is not just any chard and kale. Both of these items were “first harvest”. See, kale and chard are come again plants. We do not pull the whole thing up when we harvest. We just pick a few of the outer leaves off each plant in a row, until we have enough for a bunch. In cool weather, chard or kale can last months being picked on a weekly basis. What is special about the first harvest is that the particular plant is brand new and is the tenderest and mildest in flavor that it is ever going to be. Think of it like chard or kale veal! Take a moment to be present to what these greens have to offer this week. It is always nice to reconnect on a slightly deeper level. This would be a good time to do that

http://minimalistbaker.com/baked-rosemary-beet-chips/

Beet chips are easy. And totally worth the effort. My favorite recipe uses pretty much the same recipe as this one, except I prefer coconut oil if I have it. And fried in an iron skillet. The recipe above works nicely though.

Easy Baked Rosemary Beet Chips! Fast, healthy and SO simple. #vegan #glutenfree
Grilled Baby Bok Choy

What is the difference between a Fuerte and a Haas avocado? Not much as far as flavor and creaminess goes. Fuerte used to be the avocado industry standard for decades. Until the Haas was finally adopted as the number one for it’s thick skin, which made it a better candidate for long distance shipping.

Did you know San Diego County, which produces 60 percent of all California Avocados, is the acknowledged avocado capital of the nation? Ever driven by Avocado blvd in El Cajon? How about Fuerte Dr? I recently discovered that Calavo dr in La Mesa was named that because the headquarters for the California Avocado Comission was right on that street. Sorry to be a nerd. But I love this history stuff.

Tasty Turnip Fries

 

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This Weeks Box 2/21/2015

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Good Morning!

bunch of arugula
passion fruit
multi color beets with nice greens
rainbow chard
pink lemonade lemons
haas avocado
handful of late season tomatoes
rainbow carrots
big Yukon potato
green onions
kale
brown onion
big bag of spinach
bag of cut lettuce
mandarins

We are pretty stoked to offer a handful of tomatoes in each box this week. These have been maturing on some of last years vines that we never got around to pulling. They are very out of season, so I will be the first to say that thee texture and flavor are not all A-plus quality that we are used to in tomatoes. But they are local, they are organic. And they are better than anything in the store. I hope you find something special to use them in!

Kale Potato and Onion Fritata
Potato Kale and Onion Soup

Recipe for vegan spinach dip
Vegan Spinach Dip
Spinach and Arugula Salad with Orange

Lentils with Roasted Beets and Carrots recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lentils With Roasted Beets and Carrots

CSA Delivery Co Pilot
This CSA Delivery Co-Pilot Never Complains. Even When We start at 5 AM.

Vic and Toc

 

 

 

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This Weeks Box 1/31/2015

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It was a beautiful day for the CSA volunteer work party two weeks ago. Welcome to all who were new to this quarterly event. Alec, Brooke, Rachel, Ethan, Donna, Photine and Kevin!  Thank You Nate. For helping facilitate the learning component of the day.  And for sharing your broccoli babies with everyone. Thanks Allyson, Kurt and Stacy for all your extra help. And to Ingrid  for sharing with us your amazing story as founder of this land where we farm, that is Blue Sky Ranch.

The next volunteer/ member work party is a couple months away. Hope to see you there!

 

The list

carrots
small bag of spinach
green onions
bag of romaine inner leaves
small head of lettuce
2 fuerte avocados
naval oranges
meyers lemons
bunch of cilantro
limes
bag of tender young broccoli shoots.

I have mixed feelings about this box . It is a light box. It does not weigh much. Things like onions, potatoes and beets really add weight to a box. We did not have any of those things this week. Aside from the fact that I almost hit my chin with the first box I picked up after packing them, I particularly love some of the foods we are eating this week.

I think this young broccoli is out of this world. You really cannot mess this stuff up unless you overcook it.

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These carrots do not get any better. In the last 10 months, I think these are the best carrots we have had. Not too small, not to old. Just perfect.

And the Fuertes. You really cannot get Fuerte avocados at the store anymore. Take a leaf out of the bag of spinach and pop it in your mouth. Notice how it starts out nutty, then gets sweeter as you chew. Truly, this particular variety of spinach has one of the most complex and delicious flavors in any green leaf I have ever tasted. It is called Bloomsdale. And it is an heirloom. It makes 3 times less leaves than commercial varieties. And it makes store bought spinach taste like wet paper. Ohh! and these oranges. Forget about it! Just sniff one. Forget about it!

Photo: Djamel Dine Zitout

Roasted Carrot and Orange Avocado Salad with Cilantro

Pasta with Spinach and Walnut Pesto

Charred Broccoli and Avocado

 

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This Weeks Box 1/10/2014

Here is another reminder that the fall volunteer work party/potluck is next week. We will meet at the farm at 9 am Saturday the 17th of January. Everyone will get a chance to do some harvesting, planting and seed starting. If you cannot make it as early as 9, but you want to come, please try and make it when you can.  At around 11, we will wrap up under the pine tree, on the picnic tables. There we will enjoy a fresh farm salad and some refreshments. Along with the salad, we will have some some light “snack like” pot luck sides brought by members. For an extra special treat, Ingrid Coffin, the founder of Blue Sky Ranch has offered to do a brief talk for us about the land and the community. I hope you all can make it. It is always such an energizing way to start a Saturday. Please RSVP.

The list

purple cabbage
sweet young carrots
meyers lemons
bell peppers
cara cara oranges from our friends ranch in Hell hole canyon
dancy tangerines from Hell hole canyon
persian cucumbers
sugar snap peas
kale
avocado
big bag of lettuce

Well, it is before 5:30 Saturday morning. We have not even packed the boxes. I can tell that this one is going to be a colorful box though.

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One thing about making the newsletter before we pack the boxes is that sometimes we do not always do exactly what we say we are going to do the way we said we were going to do it. Last week, we made a big deal about calendula being in the salad mix. Was the calendula in the salad mix? No. Will it be this week? Yes.

Orange Avocado Dressing

Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Salsa

Super Orange Juice with Carrots, Oranges, Cucumber & PearCarrot Cucumber Orange Smoothie

Late Summer Salad Kale, Avocado, Cabbage Apple Salad

One bunch of kale
A large wedge of a purple cabbage
One large apple
One avocado

Tahini Dressing
1/2 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp tahini
zest and juice 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Cut the stalks out of the kale leaves, then finely ribbon the kale. Very finely chop the cabbage, with pieces about 3 inches long (cut the long strips in half if they’re much too long). Quarter the apple, then cut into thin pieces. For the avocado, cut in half, then make a line in each half lengthwise. Then make many cuts perpendicularly and scoop out each half.

In a small jar, combine all ingredients for the dressing then shake vigorously. Or, combine garlic, honey and 1 tbsp oil in a bowl, whisk with a fork until combined, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, then toss with the tahini dressing. This salad can sit for up to an hour in the fridge before serving, and actually gets a little better after at least 20 minutes.

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This Weeks Box 1/3/2015

The list

green tomatoes
bag of salad greens
bell peppers
persian cucumbers
cabbage
broccoli
kale bunch
bag of chard
potatoes red and white
summer squash
zutano avocado
meyers lemons
navel oranges
a few tangerines

calendula

What is this yellow awesomeness in my salad mix? Calendula is an edible flower. From time to time, we pull the petals off the calyxes and sprinkle them in the salad mix. If you ever feel like doing a little homework, google the health benefits of this flower. It is pretty amazing. I love em because they are a rare winter blooming flower that reminds me of summer.

Green tomatoes are a once a year thing. When the first frosts show up, the tomatoes stop growing and turning green. Then we pick them all and give you the opportunity to do something with them.

Here is a couple recipes:

Green Tomato Jam
Fried Green Tomatoes

We put a small sample of a sauerkraut we made here at the ranch last week. It has a little turmeric powder and some fennel seeds. Once again, if you are feeling studious, check the health benefits of raw sauerkraut. Or turmeric. Or fennel seeds for that matter!

Here is a recipe for a simple batch of sauer kraut that you can make right in a mason jar.

Baked Kale Chips

 

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