Archive | November, 2010

Sensational Seasons

30 Nov

Hello Friends,

As the nights get cold, if you find yourself in need of some beautiful sunny fresh air, stop by the farm for a picnic.  Thanks to James Deacon with Eagle Scout Troop #37 we now have three picnic benches for your enjoyment.

We have extended the Early Bird Special to DECEMBER 15th! 

Before you know it our CSA Winter Season will be here.  You can still save on your Harvest Share by taking advantage of our Early Bird Special. 

Sign up on-line:


phone: 805.967.7369

Looking for the perfect gift? 

Gift Certificates are now available in any amount, use towards CSA, Farm Stand or Farmer’s Market.


  • If you would like to be join us for the Santa Barbara Holiday Parade this Friday December 3 please email for details.  We need help decorating and would love it if you would ride or walk with our float! 

  • As you may begin gifting for your loved ones this holiday season stop by the Isla Vista Food Co-op this Sunday from 1-5 for their Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair.



We did it!

15 Nov

Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to offer you 42 weeks of top-quality, healthy, and delicious produce! Thanks for a wonderful year. I’m personally grateful for all the friendly people I’ve met through the farm, and all the recipes I’ve learned, and hope you will sign up for CSA 2011!

Here is our sneak peek: Zucchini/Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Lettuce, Tongue of Fire Beans, Garlic, Oranges, Cucumbers, Radishes or Pomegranates.

Here are 3 of the best recipes I learned this year. Try one this week:

Kale Chips

Refrigerator Pickles

Collard Greens with Beans and Sausage

Have a wonderful day,



Community Events

8 Nov

Two Great Community Events….

What: Home Grown Cultural Salon / Women’s Economic Ventures Fundraiser
Where: Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
When: Wednesday 11/10/10, 7pm -9pm
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
More Info: or 805.886.9147

Tantalize your Intellect and Tastebuds While Donating to WEV!
Food, Wine, Sweets, Culture, Community

Santa Barbara, CA—Oreana Winery in Santa Barbara will transform into a salon the evening of Wednesday November 10th, 2010. Not “salon” as in a hair cut or makeover. Rather, expect a salon in the 16th century French version of the word: a cultural gathering of citizens coming together to expand their knowledge through conversation and entertainment.

“When I was enlisted to join the alumni fundraising campaign for Women’s Economic Ventures, I wanted to create an event I would like to attend—something cultural, inspiring and interactive, with an organic feel, but at a price that doesn’t break the bank,” said Kristin Anderson, a WEV graduate and owner of Lime Green Monkey, an eco-business that vends organic cotton handkerchiefs and cloth napkins.

The Home Grown Cultural Salon, only $30 in advance and $35 at the door, will feature performances by singer songwriter Earl Arnold, a local Indy favorite known for his band “Earl” and Antara Hunter, who has been part of the Santa Barbara music scene since 1997, including a 10-year stint in the dynamic duo Antara & Delilah.

In addition, salon attendees will enjoy a reading by Patrick McHugh who teaches writing at UCSB, and a reading by Jenna McCarthy—author of the Parent Trip—who will be reading from her latest book Til Death Do Us Part is a Really Long Time, due out Summer 2011.

Organic appetizers made from local organic produce donated by Fairview Gardens will be prepared by “The Surfin’ Chef” Erik Stenberg with Out of the Box Collective <>  , and cookies will be made by “Cookies in Heaven” expert Jillian Johnson from organic ingredients donated by Whole Foods, Santa Barbara. And, of course, your ticket includes a glass of wine from Oreana Winery, with more available at the no host wine bar. Non-alcoholic beverages donated by Trader Joe’s will also be available.

Don’t forget your checkbooks! A silent auction table will feature a broad range of high quality items donated by local businesses: music speakers from Utopia, <> , a photographic nature print by Dan Holmes of <> , an Ayurvedic Facial from Maria Carbonell of <> , Santa Barbara Women’s Self Defense will be donating 2 hours of Private Self Defense Instruction with Teri Coffee McDuffie worth a value of $400 <> , a $25.00 gift certificate from Crush Cakes <> , a 3-pack of Snottykins organic cotton hankies from <>  and more.
All profits will be donated to Women’s Economic Ventures, a non-profit which provides opportunities for entrepreneurs in every phase of the business life cycle, from start-up and launch, to sustaining and growing your business through training courses, loans and more. As WEV is experiencing a budget shortfall, many graduates are stepping up to the plate in an alumni fundraising campaign that runs through December 31st, 2010. For additional fundraisers, see <>

Additional sponsors include: Oreana Winery, Specialty Color Services, Mission Linen Supply, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, DM Conceptual Design, Fairview Gardens, Out of the Box Collective, and


After the Flood…..

A Revival Benefit for Quail Springs
Music, Story and Community

Friday, November 19, 2010

SOhO – Restaurant & Music Club in Downtown Santa Barbara

Glen Philips
Jan Smith & the Quail Springs Kettle Bangers
The Family

Starts at 7:30pm (dinner set with Glen Philips)

SOhO location:

Tickets:  $15    Available online at or with cash at SOhO

***IMPORTANT:  Dinner reservations ensure priority seating.  To make reservations, call SOhO #805.962.7776

Two weeks left!

8 Nov

Can you believe we only have 2 CSA weeks left? But have no fear–we’re already preparing strawberries and other crops for the coming year.  Our CSA will take a 5 week break between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and then we will start again on the 4th of January. Sign ups start this week! Get a brochure at the farm stand when you pick up your share.

Sneak Peak: Garlic, Lettuce, Tomato, Butternut Squash, Bunch Onions, Carrots, Pomegranates, and Radishes. Large share also gets zucchini.


Stuffed Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Seeds (Follow the recipe and add pomegranate seeds or diced apples).I recommend you get the sage from “BD” at the farmer’s market. He has the best variety of herbs and sells on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. Look for a man with dreadlocks.

Balsamic Roasted Onions. Follow the recipe, but cut off the green stems before you start. Use the green tops in soups, salads, marinades, and egg scrambles. When you’re done roasting the onions,  you’ll feel like you have gold in the bank. Use the sweet onions to top pizzas, stuff sandwiches, top a frittatas, or about 1,000 other things. Eating them as a side dish works too.

Orzo Pasta Salad with Peas, Radishes and Pecorino Cheese. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it reminds us to add radishes to all sort of dishes–not just salads. So the frozen peas I can take or leave, but orzo pasta salads I love.

See you on the farm,






Pumpkins you can eat

1 Nov


The sneak peek this week is zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, french fillet beans, basil, peppers, tongue of fire bean (dry), and DELICATA SQUASH.

Delicata Squash is a wonderfully versatile pumpkin. Here are some suggestions for how to prepare it:

GLAZE IT. This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks  The Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld. It is Roasted Roasted Delicata Squash with Rosemary, Sage, and Cider glaze.

STUFF IT. Here is a recipe that uses a pasta shape called orzo, but you could also stuff it with quinoa or rice. Delicata Squash Stuffed with Orzo in a Sage, Brown Butter Sauce.

SOUP IT . In the mood for soup? Try this recipe for Autumn Minestrone Soup. by the Moosewood Collective. Pumpkin adds so much flavor to this soup.


See you soon,