Good morning. I just want to say again how thrilled we are that you are eating this food. As long as you continue to appreciate and be nourished by our offerings. We are honored to continue to care for it while it grows.
It appears that we have secured a second growing area for our CSA farm. We will be farming at the original location of the Alpine Ranch. George Washington Webb was one of the original Alpines settlers. He built the Julian-to-Banner Toll Road, which was completed in 1871. A year later, Mr. Webb and his family moved into his “Alpine Ranch”, in what is now called Harbison Canyon. This location was near the new wagon road he was building through Valle de las Viejas and Guatay up to the gold fields of Julian. This road connected San Diego with Julian through Alpine. In 1885, the small community that had grown and prospered along this busy roadway took the Webb Ranch name for their new town–Alpine.
The current caretakers of the ranch have had 5 generations of their family living on this land. They are working diligently with family, friends, the local permaculture community and the community at large through education and service programs in order continue to make this beautiful piece of land and special part of living Alpine history thrive.
There’s an old olive grove and new citrus plantings. There’s also an antique well and new permaculture gardens. The property boasts horse stables and a few charming century+ old farm houses. There’s even an old “what appears to be” Farm All tractor at the entrance that clearly indicates that you are about to enter a magical time capsule.
I think this land will make splendid food for us. From the sandy loamy soil to the deep crystal clean water well. We’re going to be good and spoiled. Pictures will come soon of course. We will definitely be getting as many of you as possible out here for a member work day, once it is up and running.
Here is what we are eating this week
Bunch of Italian parsley
Naval oranges picked off of a terrifying hillside while on a ladder in Hell Hole canyon!
Sweet baby carrots
Giant heads of Romain lettuce
Salad mix with Oakleaf, SalaNova and Red Sails lettuce
Bunch of Cilantro
Head of Cabbage
Microgreens mix. Amaranth, Calendula, Beets, Brassica Mix, Radish
Baby Bok Choy
This weeks star players in the microgreens mix
Oh! Don’t forget eggs. Everyone got a handful of eggs this week.
Gluten Free Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps
Make sure to add some cilantro, cabbage and shredded carrot to your tacos!
If you are not a parsley convert yet. Check out these great parsley ideas. If you decide to go with the orange parsley salad, make sure to sprinkle some microgreens on it!