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Week of December 8th

My dear community,

It’s been an unusually mild year so far. We typically experience a freeze on our farm in Buellton early November. That freeze takes out any summer crops that are still hanging on.So things like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and bell peppers would be taken out in a matter of a few frozen nights. We didn’t experience that freeze until recently here and so we’ve carried on with a seemingly endless summer until about now. This week will see the last of the bell peppers. You might notice them to be more festive (not everyone celebrates christmas 🙂 (red & green) as they ripen a lot more slowly this time of year. This will probably be some of the last zucchini as well.

A friendly reminder that we are taking the week of December 22nd and 29th off. We will be resuming CSA boxes on January 5th but you can still find us at the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Ventura farmer’s markets. As a special holiday offer to you – if you purchase a gift certificate of $100 we will give you a $25 credit and if you purchase $200 we will credit $50 to your account. This offer expires December 31th.

Be good to each other. 

CSA Contains:
NAPPA CABBAGE
CELERY
LACINATO KALE
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
LOOSE CARROTS
SATSUMA TANGERINES
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
BABY SPINACH
GREEN ZUCCHINI
BIG BOX ADD: TANGERINES, LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, ARUGLA, GARNET YAMS, GARLIC

JUST the BASICS:
NAPPA CABBAGE
RED BELL PEPPERS
RED LEAF LETTUCE
WHITE CAULIFLOWER
BABY SPINACH
GREEN ZUCCHINI

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS
LITTLE GEM LETTUCE
CUCUMBERS
LACINATO KALE
SATSUMA TANGERINES
GREEN CABBAGE
FENNEL
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
BUNCHED SPINACH

FRUIT EXPANSION: SATSUMA TANGERINES from GLEN ANNIE ORGANICS and KIWI from WILD RIVER
LETTUCE of the WEEK: LITTLE GEM
MUSHROOM MIX: BLACK KING, BLUE AND BROWN OYSTERS

Paleo Chicken Stir-Fry with Cabbage and Shiitake

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs chicken breasts, thin sliced
1 tbsp coconut aminos
1.5 tsp arrowroot powder
½ tsp baking soda
⅛ tsp black pepper + ¼ tsp coarse salt
2 tbsp olive oil
Other Ingredients:
1 tbsp fresh ginger, matchstick shape
6 garlic cloves, sliced6-7 bulbs scallions, sliced diagonally (separate white & green parts)
1 to 1 ¼ cups carrots, sliced to matchstick shape (or use shredded carrots)
5-7 oz. fresh shiitake
7-8 cups napa cabbage, diced to about 2-inch sections (separate stems from leafy parts)
Small dash of chicken or vegetable broth
Stir-fry Sauce (stir-well with no lumps):
2 tbsp coconut aminos
2 tsp aged balsamic
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp arrowroot powder
(Find the full recipe and directions here at I Heart Umami)

Cabbage Stir Fry

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp avocado oil
1/2 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
1 head green cabbage, sliced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp liquid aminos, or coconut aminos, to taste
2 large carrots, grated
3 stalks green onion, chopped
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Roasted Root)

Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Ranch

Ingredients:
Tahini Ranch
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
¼ cup filtered water
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 green onion, minced
1 sprig of fresh dill, minced
sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salad
3 heaped cups small cauliflower florets (from about ½ a large head)
2 teaspoons avocado oil, divided
1 tablespoon Buffalo-style hot sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
1 cup cooked chickpeas, dried with a clean dishtowel
2 stalks celery
½ small red onion, peeled
1 medium head of red leaf lettuce (or romaine, butter lettuce etc.)
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at The First Mess)

Healthy Orange Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:
For the cauliflower rice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 head of cauliflower
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the sauce:
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)
3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
zest from 1 large orange
For the stir-fry:
1 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into large bite-sized pieces
Freshly ground salt and pepper
½ white onion, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces (sub zucchini or spinach!)
½ cup raw cashews
To garnish:
Green onion, for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Ambitious Kitchen)