CSA: Strawberries this week!

11 Apr

Sub-Urban Homesteading Series

Sign up for your favorite workshops before they are full.

April 16 Do it Yourself Greywater systems 9 am to 5 pm $85
April 30 Sheet Mulching – The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Growing 9 am to 5 pm $85
May 14 Wild Fermenting #1 9 am to 5 pm $85
May 21 Backyard Chickens 9 am to 5 pm $85
June 4 & 5 Introduction to Permaculture: 2 Day program Two full days $195
June 11 Beekeeping #1: Introduction to Bee Keeping – SCHEDULE CHANGE 9 am to 5 pm $85
June 18 Container Gardening – Gardening for small spaces 9 am to 12 pm $40
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

Sneek Peak:



Green Garlic


Fava Beans

Savoy (an herb similar to Rosemary)


Bunch Onions

Recipe of the Week

Spring Fava Bean Fennel Salad Recipe


Whole and shelled fava beans

  • 2-3 lbs fresh fava beans (also called broad beans), yielding about 1 1/2 to 2 cups shelled beans
  • Salt
  • 1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced (mandoline works well for this)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, thinly sliced
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (chiffonade by stacking leaves and rolling them into a cigar shape, cut thin slices from the end)
  • 2 scallions (green onions), sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1 Fava beans need to be shelled twice, first before cooking to remove the outer pod, then after cooking, to remove the tough membrane around the bean. To remove the outer pod, work over a large bowl and squeeze the bean with your fingers, bending the pod so that when it snaps, the bean inside shoots out into the bowl. Remove all the beans from their pods.

Fava Beans Fava Beans

2 Add the beans to 2 quarts of boiling, salted water. Simmer the beans for a few minutes, until just tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove the beans from the pan and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, and to shock the beans into a bright green color. Let the beans sit in the ice water for a minute or two, then drain them and remove the outer peel.

3 In a bowl combine the freshly peeled and cooked fava beans, the sliced fennel, and onions. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Squeeze some lemon juice over the the salad (about a tablespoon), add the Parmesan and mint, and toss to mix. Garnish with fennel fronds and/or mint sprigs.

Serves 4.

Children’s Enchanted Forest

Visit us this weekend, April 16th-17th at the SB Earth Day Celebration.  We will have a booth in the Children’s Enchanted Forest.  For more information please visit www.sbearthday.org

Dancing, singing, story time, animals, and crafts! The Children’s Enchanted Forest showcases over a dozen hands-on stations and workshops specially designed for children and their families. Whisk your kids away to a fun and imaginative corner to learn about Mother Earth – and to play!

Activities include:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Musical performances
  • Theater & storytelling
  • Infant feeding, changing and relaxation station
  • Dancing & singing
  • Instrument making and play
  • Face painting
  • Marine touch tank

Children’s Enchanted Forest Stage ScheduleComing soon
Music and entertainment just for kids, including Santa Barbara creative theatre troupe Boxtales!


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