Archive for October, 2013


Farmers’ Market Box 10-30-13

Fennel – Underwood Ranch
Blue Lake Beans – Gloria Tamai
Broccoli – Black Sheep Produce
Leeks – Tutti Frutti Farms
Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes – Weiser Farms
Baby French Breakfast Radish – Jaime Farms
Baby Pink Turnips – Coastal Organics
Delicata Squash – McGrath Family Farms
Hydro Red Romaine – San Diego Fresh
Ruby Red Grapefruit – Sundance Farm

Organic Juicing Bag:

Jonagold Apples – Calico Ranch
Gold Beets – Black Sheep Produce
Hydro Bloomsdale Spinach – Go Green Agriculture
Mint – Agro Gourmet
Carrots – Lakeside Organics
Lemons – Sundance

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Below are some great recipes courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina) & Mischa’s Cafe & Juice Bar (located just down the street from us!) for you to try out with the produce from your bag. Let us know on our Facebook Page or through twitter if you tried any of them!


Apple Lemonade
3ea Apples
1ea Lemon
1/2bu mint

Fall Refresher
1/4bu Gold Beets with greens
1/2bu Orange Bunch carrots
1/2bu Spinach

Sweet Fall
1/4bu Gold Beets with greens
1/2bu Orange Bunch carrots
2ea apples

Specialty Produce Recipe Suggestions
courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina)

Braised Green beans, tomatoes, feta and mint
Serves 4
Bright red tomatoes and garlicky green beans combine in your slow cooker to make a side dish that is terrific to serve alongside grilled meats, or seafood.

1 1/2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon (2.3 g) dried oregano
One 28oz can chopped tomatoes and their juice
1 cup (240 ml) chicken or vegetable broth
1# green beans, tips removed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons (43 g) finely sliced mint leaves
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup (228 g) crumbled feta cheese (for garnish)
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat and sauté the garlic, and shallots for 3 minutes until the shallots are softened.
2. Add the oregano and tomatoes, and stir to combine.
3. Transfer the mixture to the insert of a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker. Stir in the broth and green beans.
4. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4 hours.
5. Season the beans with the mint, salt and pepper, and garnish with the feta cheese. Serve hot, or at room temperature.
6. Mint Savvy: I am not a fan of dried mint, so the oregano will flavor the beans and tomatoes, and the finish of fresh mint leaves gives this dish a bright flavor at the end of the cooking time.
Reprinted with permission The Mediterranean Slow Cooker by Diane Phillips

Russian Banana Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes
Serves 6

1 pound Russian Banana fingerling potatoes
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One 11-ounce log goat cheese, crumbled

1. Place the potatoes in water to cover, and boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes.
2. In a skillet, cook the garlic in the oil, over medium heat, for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool, and remove the garlic slices. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper.
3. Do-Ahead: At this point, the potatoes and oil can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
5. Drain the potatoes; film the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch pan with some of the oil.
6. On a cutting board, smash the potatoes with the palm of your hand, and transfer to the prepared pan turning them in the oil.
7. Drizzle with the remaining oil, sprinkle with goat cheese, and bake uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy and the cheese is bubbly.

Pink Grapefruit Pound Cake with Orange Drizzle
Makes one Bundt Cake

2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and coat the inside of a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
4. Mix the sour cream and grapefruit juice together, add with the flour, baking soda, and salt, and beat until the mixture comes together and is smooth.
5. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in to the center comes out clean.
6. Transfer the cake pan to a rack and allow to cool for EXACTLY 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
7. Pour the orange drizzle over the cake when the cake is cooled.
8. The cake keeps at room temperature for up to 5 days, freezes for about 2 months.
Orange Drizzle

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Whisk the lemon juice into the sugar and drizzle over the cooled cake.

Creamy Broccoli Soup
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
2 cups broccoli florets and peeled stems cut into chunks
2 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream (for a lower fat version, add 1/2 cup more stock to the finishes soup—it will not be as thick, but will do the trick)
Salt and a few dashes of Tabasco (Tabasco takes the place of pepper here)
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for garnish

In a 4 to 5-quart Dutch oven, melt the butter, and sauté the garlic and shallot for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add the broccoli, potatoes, and stock, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Puree the soup with an immersion blender, or cool and puree in a blender or food processor. Add the soup back to the pan, add the cream, taste for seasoning and add salt and Tabasco to taste. Serve the soup garnished with shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

II’ll be teaching a Farmer’s Market Box class at Great News on November 8th @ 6 p.m.—come on down, I’m excited to get back home and share what I’ve learned here with all my students.

@Diane Phillips
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Golden Russet Bosc Pear

Farmers’ Market Report October 25, 2013

Golden Russet Bosc Pear
Grower: Frog Hollow Orchard

Description: The Golden Russet Bosc pear is true to its name with a yellowish-white flesh and a uniformly russet brown skin. It has the classic Bosc pear shape with a long elegant neck. The Golden Russet Bosc pear may be eaten while it is crisp and firm or ripe and softened.



Frog Hollow Farms

  • Warren Pears
  • Golden Russet Bosc Pears
  • Taylor Gold Pears

Gloria Tamai

  • Blue lake Beans
  • Strawberries
  • Orange cauliflower
  • Purple Cauliflower

Rutiz – Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Blue lake beans
  • Romano beans
  • arugula
  • baby broccoli
  • sierra gold potatoes
  • Orange kabocha squash
  • Red Kuri
  • Delicata
  • Sugar Pie Pumpkins
  • Cranberry beans
  • Rainbow chard
  • Eggplant
  • Tuscan kale

Rancho Del Sol – Fallbrook, CA

  • Lemon verbena
  • Pomegranates

Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

  • Avocados
  • Silver (green) meyer lemons
  • Oro blanco
  • Valencia

Fallbrook Free Range Duck Farm – Fallbrook, CA

  • Duck Eggs

Beylik Family Farms – Fillmore, CA

  • Japanese Tomatoes
  • Yellow Tomatoes
  • Persian Cucumbers

Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA

  • Herbs
  • Black Kale
  • Sunchokes
  • Mini Mix Peppers
  • Sapote

Mike and Son Egg Ranch – Ontario, CA

  • Brown Eggs

Pudwill Farm – Nipomo, CA

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Tutti Frutti – Santa Barbara County and Carpenteria

  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Butternut
  • Acorn Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash

Weiser Family Farm – Bakersfield, CA

  • Purple potatoes
  • Russian Banana Potatoes
  • Peewee Mix Potatoes
  • Red Thumb Potatoes
  • Sunchokes

Yasutomi Farm – Pico Rivera, CA

  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Baby Celery

McGrath Farms – Oxnard, CA

  • Tongue on Fire beans
  • Calypso Beans
  • Pea Tendrils
  • Green Okami spinach
  • Baby Corn
  • Red, Orange, and Yellow baby carrots
  • Jaime Farms – CA

  • Okra
  • Blue Hubbard squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Purple scallions
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Radish-fb radish, easter radish
  • Windrose – Santa Barbara, CA

  • White pearmain apples
  • sierra beauty apples
  • braeburn apples
  • gala apples
  • granny smith apples
  • mutsu apples
  • windrose gold apples
  • mints
  • chards
  • barbs mixed greens

Be Wise Ranch

  • green leaf
  • red leaf
  • romaine
  • dandelion greens
  • spring mix
  • cucumbers


  • Valencia oranges
  • Oro Blanco

Life’s a Choke

  • Baby Green Artichokes
  • Baby Purple Artichokes
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Lyon Artichokes


  • Hot cherry pepper
  • nante carrots
  • rainbow chard
  • garbanzo
  • little watermelon flowers

2 Peas in a Pod

  • Mauve runner beans
  • Cannelini beans

Penryn Orchard

  • Hosui Asian Pears
  • Maru persimmons
  • Tsuro Noko persimmons
  • Tsu-Li pears
  • Yali pears
  • Shinko pears
  • 20th century pears
  • comice pears
  • golden delicious apples
  • crispin apples
  • black arkansas apples
  • Golden russet bosc pears

Koral’s Tropical Fruit Farm

  • Guavas
  • Passionfruit
  • Sapote


  • Apples


  • finger limes


  • Tahitian squash



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