LIFE BETWEEN THE GREENHOUSES
This time of year brings many vistors to the farm. Last night we hosted a gathering for dinner that included Jaime Beecham. She is a wonderful food and nature photographer, who is doing the cookbook for Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Also with us were a family and film crew from Montreal doing a show on traveling around the world visiting farms and artisan producers. So Martha and Curt from TheraBee Honey and Lynette Sonne of Farmstead ED completed the table. Our guests and friends helped prepare a meal that really came from the farm. We did share Alcea Rosea cheese and some Strauss’s ice cream on the nectarine-mulberry crumble.
Now back to the permaculture part – This morning Jaime came with me while I did some basil cutting for chef orders and tying up plants in the Tomato Walk. It was really a delight to find that she is very knowedgeable about farming and ecology issues. And looking at her work makes this so logical. I find more and more folks are understanding the issues of farming today and that changes will be needed for the future. We traded book lists. I recommended Dan Barber’s Third Plate and the Drucker book Altered Genes and she suggested Fukuoka’s Sowing Seeds in the Desert. I keep finding ways the use of herbs and mixed plantings create habitats that save on water, increase fertiity and reduce pest pressure. Doing these practices on a larger scale is the challenge that needs to be met in farming in the future.
Apples coming in – but sadly no Gravenstein this season. Mutsu in a couple weeks :) Also lots of beautiful stone fruit. The best peaches of our season are now being harvested. Santa Rosa plums are still available as well.
First of the basil coming this week.
Potatoes are glorious, garlic still in, but more medium size. Some greens still continuing. Baby lettuce back in three weeks.
Make our on-farm stand part of your weekly shopping! Call the store at 239-3757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and we can have it ready for pick up when you arrive! We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5. Click here for directions
|Type||Varieties||Description||Cost per Unit||Unit|
|Apples||New Jersey and Gala||First apples of the season!||$2.00||#|
|Peaches||Yellow, white, Silver Logan, Baby Crawford||Sweet and juicy. Perfect summer treat for a hot day! Great heirloom varieties||$3.00||#|
|Plums||Santa Rosa||Our favorite – wonderful fresh and makes the best Jam.||$3.00||#|
|Summer Squash||Long Florentine||First variety in — a long light green, with firm texture, sweet flavor – great for grilling, saute and raw.||$1.00||lb.|
|Garlic||all varieties are in !!!!||purples and whites -14 kinds in all||$8.00||lb.|
|Greens, Mix of kale, chard, red dandelion and chicories||Barbara’s Garden Greens #3 combines chard, kale, chicory, minutina and dandelion.||Kale plus chard, red dandelion, minutina.||$6.00||lb.|
|Herbs – perennial||Rosemary, thyme, marjoram, winter savory||They loved the rain in December||$1.00||bunch|
|Peppers = dried hot peppers – mixed varieties||Mixed||Great small red and yellow dried peppers ready to crush for seasoning||$12.00||lb.|
|Potatoes||Fingerling||Russian Banana variety||3$||lb.|
|Potatoes||Island Sunshine||New – bright color and a huge hit last fall – mash!!!||$2-$3||lb.|
|Potatoes||All-Blue||deep color, roast, salad, hash browns||2-3$||lb|
|Potatoes||Carola||Yellow flesh – waxy.||$2.00||lb.|
|Potatoes||Cranberry Red||Pink flesh, fine texture, sweet flavor – multi-purpose – salads!!!||2-3$||lb|
|Potatoes||Onaway||Our wonderful white! Roast , gratin, mash.||$2-$3||lb.|
|Potatoes||Rose Gold||Similar to Yukon, better!||$2-$3||lb.|
|Nursery herbs||Rosemary, chocolate mint, oregano, yarrow, thyme and more!||Annual and perenial herbs for culinary and medicinal uses||$3.00||3″ pots|
|Nursery vegetables||Still have tomato plants and will have through May. A few pepper plants!||running low- but some new varieties||$3.00||3″ pots|
|OTHER PRODUCTS AT THE FARMSTAND|
|Alcea Rosea Goat Cheese||Templeton Gap aged goat cheese||Soft and delicious great for spinach salad or on crackers!||$10.00||pack|
|Rinconcada Dairy Cheeses||Mutton Button sheep cheese and Bishop goat cheese||$9-$10||pack|
|Meat – Templeton Hills Beef fine cuts||Templeton Hills – steaks and more special cuts||New selection in about two weeks||marked||lb.|
|Chaparrel Vinegars||Chaparral||Blackberry Balsamic, Mission Fig, Plum-Basil, Tuscan Melody Balsamic, Head Ancho, Champagne Mimosa, Kaffir Lime, Rasberry Balsamic, Pacific spice||$12-$15||bottle|
|Bella pops||Strawberry basil, double chocolate, pumpkin pie, dark chocolate banana,||Great way to cool off on a hot summer day! Made in small batches locally in San Luis Obispo||$3.00||pop|
|Honey Products- Therabee culinary honey||TheraBee||Wild Flower, Sea Salt, Smoked Tomato Thai Chili, Chipotle Cacao,Cardoman Anise, Ginger Hibiscus, Cinamon Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla, Walnuts in Cinnamon Vanilla||$16.00||each|
|Goats milk soap- Blue moon ranch||Cucumber kiwi, lemon eucaliptus, kumquat, black rasberry||Great as a small gift, leaves skin fresh and moisturized||$6.00||bar|
|Dog Soap- Happy Bubble Works||Lavender- Spearmint and Eucalyptus/ Spearmint / Teatree oil||Leaves your dog smelling great and helps get rid of fles||$6.00||bar|
|Wine Diva Jams||Chardonay rosemary, strawberry, necterine butter, rosemary mustard||Delicious jams made locally||$6.00||jar|
|Bill Jams and Sauces||Nectarine and peach jams. Tomato sauce and Shades of Hades hot sauce||Made with Windrose produce right here on the farm||$6-$8||jar|
~~~We also ask that you do not bring any dogs to the farm as we have plenty here already!~~~