Heads Up! CSA box for 11/27 Happy Thanks Givens!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Givens family. I’m really thankful for the great community we have and all the fresh, nourishing produce that we are able to keep locally here through our Community Supported Agriculture program. Your support of this program not only keeps our produce within minutes of the source, but we are also able to support other local farms in the area. We also expanded and are currently raising 52 chickens this year, which will soon be producing organic eggs. And we will definitely be giving back to the less fortunate as we approach next month through food donations. Your dollars spent with our CSA program are definitely going a long way and is dedicated to educate more people about small farms and their importance.

In honor of thanksgiving we will be loading our boxes up with extra portions on some items!! I’m sorry to say that a disease spread through our green beans and caused major shortage for Thanksgiving. We will be loaded back up for the month of December as our new crop is blooming right now.

Casitas Valley Creamery has been hard at work and has released their new line of fresh cheeses. Check out our store to place an order for next week.

CSA for 11/27 contains:
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CELERY
ITALIAN PARSLEY, BASIL, ROSEMARY
CARROTS
SALAD MIX
RED GRAPE TOMATOES
BABY SPINACH
LEEKS
FUYU PERSIMMONS (RIPE!) from Regenerative Earth Farms
RED POTATOES from T & D Willy Farms
BIG BOX ADD: YELLOW PEPPERS, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, HASS AVOCADOS (RIPE!), BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS, CARROTS and BROCCOLI

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Heads Up! CSA for November 20th

If you are going out of town or don’t need your CSA box next week please remember to put it on hold now. Simply click HERE to access your account. Otherwise we are definitely planning for our Thanksgiving CSA box!!

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Your Hachiya persimmons this week are from Vincent Farms. PLEASE NOTE: THESE MUST BE COMPLETELY RIPE AND SOFT TO CONSUME. DO NOT CONSUME BEFORE RIPE OR THEY WILL BE BITTER. The persimmons are some of the best I’ve ever had and really great to bake with, spread on toast or freeze the pulp and eat it like sorbet. To ripen a Hachiya persimmon, simply let it sit on your counter top until it’s so soft, it’s like a water balloon about to burst. You can hasten the process by putting persimmons in a well-sealed container; adding an apple, which give off a lot of ethyline gas, which will speed things up.
Vincent farms has 30+ year old trees which result in some amazing avocados, and the lamb hass has a rich creamy flavor, a step up from the regular hass. These old trees are believed to produce superior fruit and quality.

November 20th CSA contains:
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
BOK CHOI
CARROTS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BUNCHED ARUGULA
GREEN CURLY KALE
HACHIYA PERSIMMONS from Vincent Farms
LAMB HASS AVOCADOS from Vincent Farms
ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
BIG BOX ADD: BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS, POMEGRANATES, CARROTS, RED TOMATOES, MORE AVOCADOS

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Heads UP! CSA for November 13th A fall box

Growth is starting to slow down on the farm. I see fields of sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower growing, but it’s taking twice as long as in the spring. We have also released a ton of beneficial insects to help battle some of the worst bugs that totally destroy crops. We released hundreds of dollars worth of nematodes just the other day. These are single celled organisms that eat the larva left in the soil by other bugs. It’s a constant battle to try and get these crops to grow. When our first beets come up in January they will probably be a bit eaten by what’s left in the ground. It’s just the way things work around here. Not always the prettiest, but always the tastiest.

November 13th CSA contains:
BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS
CARROTS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED TOMATOES
YELLOW BELL PEPPERS
ACORN SQUASH
RED CHARD
RADISHES
CILANTRO
CELERY
BIG BOX ADD: ARUGULA, CARROTS, HASS AVOCADOS, FUYU PERSIMMONS, CIPPOLINI ONIONS
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Heads Up! CSA for November 6th Local Cheese

Got Cheese?
Now we do! Place your order here to have some amazing local cheese included with your order. Made fresh in Carpinteria by Casitas Valley Creamery, this cheese will be available in our store moving forward. Ask me if you have any questions regarding our store.

November 6th CSA contains:
RED GRAPE TOMATOES
CARROTS
YELLOW BEANS
RED BUTTER LETTUCE
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CELERY
GREEN KALE
POMEGRANATES from FAIRVIEW GARDENS
BIG BOX ADD: RED TOMATOES, POMEGRANATES, POTATOES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, CARROTS
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Heads Up! CSA for October 30th Happy Halloween

We just adopted 26 more chickens today! That brings us to a grand total of 52 chickens and 5 turkeys!! The chickens and the turkeys live side by side. The chickens tend to pick on the turkeys, but I’m sure that will pass as the turkeys get bigger!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, or the day I like to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, November 1st. The kabocha squash in your box, which is much tastier than a pumpkin will satisfy your craving for sweets!

The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara is hosting a Harvest Faire & Auction, Saturday, November 16th 11 am – 4 pm with a pie baking contest. Please email me for more information on how to enter and help benefit a local school.

October 30th CSA contains:
SALAD MIX
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
ARUGULA
PERSIMMONS from VINCENT FARMS
KABOCHA SQUASH
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
FENNEL
CHIVES
NEW POTATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CELERY, ROMAINE LETTUCE, GREEN KALE, CARROTS, RED TOMATOES
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Heads Up! CSA for October 21st Cheese and Chickens

I had a chance to visit Regenerative Earth Farms this past weekend and their creamery. Tucked away in beautiful Carpinteria, this family farm is doing a lot of great things including a creamery, pigs, chickens, bees and orchards full of fruits and nuts. This is definitely a farm we want to support, not to mention their cheese is out of this world. All cheese is made by hand by several ladies over intensive 72 hour processes and lots of love. Check out our new cheese selection here in our CSA store.

October 23rd CSA contains:
CARROTS (NO TOPS) – we have a bunch of juicy sweet carrots that had bad tops. Less work and more carrot for you.
BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS
RED TOMATOES
AVOCADOS from VINCENT FARMS
GRANNY SMITH APPLES from REGENERATE EARTH FARMS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
GREEN CHARD
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, SALAD MIX, BROCCOLI, TBD

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Heads Up! CSA October 16th

Natural does not refer to things that come in boxes, cans, bags and wrappers. Natural refers to foods whose specially designed wrappers change with their age and tell you exactly what their status is.” -Grace Purusha, PhD

October 16th CSA contains:
CARROTS
YELLOW ZUCCHINI
CELERY
RED TOMATOES
RED PIMIENTO PEPPERS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
CIPPOLINI ONIONS
LACINATO KALE
GARNET YAMS from QUAIL H. FARMS
BIG BOX ADD: MINI SWEET PEPPERS, ORANGE KABOCHA, CARROTS, AMBROSIA MELON, PERSIMONS

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Heads UP! CSA for October 9th

Thanks to a CSA member for sharing this entertaining and educational video about GMO labeling. Check it out here. It’s only 4 minutes long. Did you know that Washington is voting for their right to label GMO infested food in November? I imagine that the time when our country will have the right to know what’s in our food – is right around the corner.

October 9th CSA contains:
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
CARROTS
CUCUMBERS
YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES
RED LEAF LETTUCE
CILANTRO
RAINBOW CHARD
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
GRANNY SMITH APPLES from REGENERATIVE EARTH FARMS
CANARY MELON
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, CIPPOLINI ONIONS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, RED PEPPERS, PERSIMMONS from GOODLAND ORGANICS

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Heads UP! CSA for October 2nd

Something I’ve learned in the CSA is that the one word to describe our members best is ‘courageous’. You go after what you really love, you take charge of your own health and you create delicious recipes out of simple vegetables that make dinner a better place. You have the guts to get back to your roots, connect with your farmers and make sure you get the fresh, organic food you deserve – completely setting the standard for what NATURAL really means. That’s courage and together, by supporting small business and farms, we can continue to make sure that these options exist for generations to come.

October 2nd CSA contains:
BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
RED TOMATOES
PURPLE GLOBE EGGPLANTS
POTATOES
GREEN ZUCCHINI
AMBROSIA MELON
RED BELL PEPPERS
CHIVES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, DINOSOUR KALE, SALAD MIX, BARTLETT PEARS, CELERY

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Heads UP! CSA September 25th

Check out some new additions to the farm. 26 chickens and 5 turkeys!!! All chickens will be dedicated to laying eggs for our CSA and we plan to expand our population as soon as we figure it all out!! Check out some pictures of the happy birds in their temporary housing! (Sorry! I’m still working on my photo skills.)
26 Farm Chickens
The heritage turkeys will be kept for breeding for now, but we will eventually be able to introduce 100% organic free range turkeys onto the menu. The turkeys are kept under a red heat lamp to keep them warm until they come of age.
5 turkeys
September 25th CSA contains:
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
CARROTS
YELLOW ONIONS
SHARLYN OR AMBROSIA MELON
CELERY
RED CHERRY TOMATOES
PIMENTO PEPPERS
CUCUMBERS
GREEN KALE
RED LEAF LETTUCE
BIG BOX ADD: FENNEL, RED TOMATOES, CARROTS, YELLOW BELL PEPPERS, STRAWBERRIES
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