Mandarin Madness

10 Jan

A Letter From our Farm Manager:

It was so nice to see so many of you last week and to meet those of you that are new to the program. Welcome back! The Fairview staff is excited and thankful for another year of collaboration with you.

We certainly received a lot of rain during our short break, with over 16 inches falling on our fields. Having spent most of my life on the Central Coast and having thus experienced many droughts, it is hard to complain about too much rain. But when more than our average annual rainfall comes in less than two weeks, well, it presents certain challenges to us farmers and really makes me think through how we will farm next year.

We started this year off in a similar manner to January 2010, unfortunately with the cancellation of our farmers markets and the temporary closure of our farm stand. It will probably be 4-6 weeks until we are back on track. Spinach, carrots, beets, arugula, cilantro and radishes were seeded just before the rains but never germinated, possibly washed away or buried. Radishes and turnips that were already in the ground split due to the saturated soils and a field of kale and chard was flooded, killing the plants. On a much brighter note, the strawberries and garlic faired very well and are growing beautifully and the fruit trees seem to be thriving with all the overhead watering they received.

The last week has been cool, but the sun is out and a slight breeze is beginning to dry out the soil. Fortunately, it looks like we might have at least another week with out more rains, which should give us enough time to prepare our fields for future harvests. This means we can begin turning the soil and plant our next succession, while getting back on track with our planting plan.

Time for me to get back outside and in to the soil. I wish you all a beautiful start to your week and we’ll see you out on the farm.

Cheers, Farmer Toby

Fairview Mandarin's


Sneak Peek:

Standard Share

Salad Mix       

Turnips (Tuesday)

Beets (Thursday)  

Lacinato kale           






Recipe of the Week:

Mandarin Vinaigrette               


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mandarin orange juice


  1. In a 1 pint glass jar or larger, combine the garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, mandarin orange juice and water. Cover the jar and shake well. Remove lid, poor contents into a small pot and warm on the stove just long enough for the honey to dissolve. Let cool, and shake well before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Mandarin Orange Almond Salad

  • 2 cups organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup organic salad mix
  • 2 mandarins peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, for crunchy almonds toast them on a backing sheet for a few minutes.

Upcoming Events:

Sign up to attend our first Urban Homesteading Course.

Introduction to Beekeeping

January 22                9 am to 5 pm                        $85.00

This beginning beekeeper’s class will introduce participants to the respectful and organic ways of keeping honeybees at the beginning of a new beekeeping season. It is designed to build basic beekeeping skills; topics covered include the honeybee society and biology, equipment, starting colonies, and spring management requirements. Overall focus will home in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in Santa Barbara County.

Email or Call Mark for more info: 805.967.7369

The Urban Homesteading Series
Time Cost
January 22 Introduction to Bee Keeping 9 am to 5 pm $85
February 12 Planning a Garden throughout the year 9 am to 12 pm $40
February 26 Composting and Worm Bins 9 am to 12 pm $40
March 26 Intensive Gardening: Lasagna Beds and More 9 am to 5 pm $85
April 16 Do it Yourself Greywater systems 9 am to 5 pm $85
April 30 Sheet Mulching – Lazy man’s Gardening 9 am to 5 pm $85
May 15 Wild Fermenting #1 9 am to 5 pm $85
May 21 Backyard Chickens 9 am to 5 pm $85
June 11 Beekeeping: Care of the Hive 9 am to 5 pm $85
June 18 Container Gardening – Gardening for small spaces 9 am to 12 pm $40
July 16 Introduction to Permaculture 9 am to 5 pm $85
July 23 Preserving the Harvest #1 9 am to 12 pm $40
August 20 Preserving the Harvest #2 9 am to 12 pm $40
September 17 Preserving the Harvest #3 9 am to 12 pm $40
September 24 Soap Making 9 am to 12 pm $40
October 15 From Yard to Skillet – Processing your own chickens 9 am to 5 pm $85
October 22 Composting and Worm Bins 9 am to 5 pm $85
November 12 Holiday Craft Fair: Make your own gifts 9 am to 5 pm TBD
November 19 Grow your own Bread 9 am to 5 pm $85
Sign up for both beekeeping classes and receive a 15% discount.
Students with valid student ID receive a 15% discount.
Current CSA members receive 10% discount

Join Fairview Garden’s CSA any time.

Sign up today and we will pro-rate your membership accordingly. 

Click here, and we’ll see you on the farm!

If you have any extra paper bags please bring them to your CSA pick up for other’s to use. 

Thank you!


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