LIFE BETWEEN THE GREENHOUSES
This time of year brings many vistors to the farm. Last night we hosted a gathering for dinnner 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 Rosa 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. And 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 that 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.
Price List for July 24th
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market – Every Wednesday 8:30am – 1:30pm on Arizona Ave @ 2nd Street. The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California, and a favorite for local chefs. Please have orders in by 9am on Tuesday for Wednesday market.For all orders, please respond to this email, or call (805) 239-3757.
Hollywood Farmers’ Market – Every Sunday 8am-1pm at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar Street in the heart of Hollywood. Please have orders in by 9AM on FRIDAY for the Sunday market.
We deliver to Chefs and restaurants on Friday to Paso Robles, Templeton, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Moro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria. Contact us for deliveries. Please have orders in by 9AM on THURSDAY for Friday delivery.