Archive for July, 2014


Farmers’ Market Box 7-10-14

Bell Pepper Mix – Black Sheep Produce
Chantenay Carrots – Weiser Family Farms
Leeks – Rutiz Farms
Purple Peruvian Fingerling Potatoes – Weiser Family Farms
Gold Nugget Tangerines – Rancho Del Sol
Strawberries – Be Wise Ranch
Black Kale – Lakeside Organic Gardens
Romaine Lettuce – Lakeside Organic Gardens
Green Onions – Earthbound Farms
Padron Peppers – Coke Farms

Organic Juicing Bag:

Chantenay Carrots – Weiser Family Farms
Persian Cucumbers – Jaime Farms
Gold Nugget Tangerines – Rancho Del Sol
Strawberries – Be Wise Ranch
Green Kale – Be Wise Ranch

Farmer’s Choice:

Bi-Colored Corn – Black Sheep Produce
Sugar Cube Melons – Weiser Family Farms
Passionfruit – Koral’s Tropical Fruit

Ogen Melon Madness:

Ogen Melon – Weiser Family Farms

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Juice #1
½ bskt strawberries
2ea gold nugget tangerines
2ea chantanay carrots

Juice #2
2ea Persian cucumbers
½ bu kale
1ea gold nugget tangerines

Juice #3
½ bskt strawberries
2ea Persian cucumbers
½ bu kale

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

Romaine Salad with Tangerine and Oregano Vinaigrette
Serves 4 to 6
For the Vinaigrette

1/2 cup tangerine juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

For the Salad

One head romaine, washed and spun dry, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
2 golden nugget tangerines, peeled and separated into segments
One green onion, finely chopped using the white and tender green part
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds

1. Put the romaine, tangerines, and green onion into a salad bowl. Toss with some of the dressing, and plate the salad. Garnish with toasted almonds.

Chantenay Carrots with Caesar Dip
Serves 6

One pound Chentenay carrots, washed, and peeled, cut into dip portions
1 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup sour cream
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

2. Arrange the carrots on a platter cover and refrigerate.
3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice or Worcestershire to taste.
4. Cover and refrigerate the dip for at least 2 hours, or up to 1 week.
5. Cook’s Note: This makes a terrific salad dressing as well, thin it with a bit of milk, or lemon juice

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Serves 8 to 10
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon orange extract (or 1/2 teaspoon orange oil)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
One 1-pound loaf sturdy white bread like Pepperidge Farm House white or Hawaiian Sweet Egg Bread sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
Additional sliced strawberries for garnish

1. Coat the inside of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a shallow mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, cream, orange extract and nutmeg. Dip 6 slices of the bread into the egg mixture, and lay the slices into the dish, wedging the pieces to fit (if your bread is large, it may only fit 4 slices)
3. In another bowl, cream together the mascarpone, orange juice, extract strawberries and sugar. Spread the mixture over the egg battered bread in the pan.
4. Dip the remaining slices into the egg batter, and place over the mascarpone in the pan. Pour any remaining batter evenly over the slices of bread.
5. Do-Ahead: Cover the French toast and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 36 hours.
6. Remove the French toast from the refrigerator 45 minutes before baking to bring the pan to room temperature.
7. Bake the French toast until golden brown and bubbling, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven; allow to rest for 10 minutes, before cutting into squares and serve dusted with powdered sugar and sprinkled with sliced strawberries.

Spicy Purple Potato Salad
Serves 4 to 6

1 1/2 pound purple potatoes, scrubbed
1 green onion, finely chopped, using the white and tender green part
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 chentenay carrots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1. Put the potatoes into a saucepan with water to cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender, when pierced with the tip of a sharp paring knife. Remove from the water, and cool completely.
2. Cut the potatoes into bit sized pieces, and add to a salad bowl with the onion, celery, carrots, dill, and parsley. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and sprinkle the lemon juice over the potato mixture. Toss to coat.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne, and celery seed.
4. Dress the potatoes with some of the mayonnaise, and toss to coat the potatoes.
5. Cover and refrigerate the potatoes, and remaining dressing, for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.
6. Remove the potato salad from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving, and re-dress the salad with a bit of the remaining mayonnaise if necessary.

Padron Peppers Stuffed with Cheese with Tangerine Aioli

Serves 4

1/2 pound Padron peppers
1/3 pound Monterey Jack cheese (you can use your favorite melting cheese here, Queso Fresco, goat, pepper jack, mozzarella, Colby)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Using gloves, wash the peppers, and slit down the side, and remove as many seeds as possible, rinsing the inside of the pepper. Cook’s Note: the seeds will be hot in these peppers, so if you prefer a less spicy pepper, try and remove as many as possible. Padron peppers can be mild, but the larger peppers tend to be quite spicy.
2. Cut the cheese into sticks that are about 1/2-inch thick and long enough to fit into the peppers. Stuff into the peppers. Set aside in the refrigerator until read to cook.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet, and sauté the peppers, until the outside begins to blister, and the peppers soften. A bit of cheese may slip out of the peppers, it’s OK.
4. Remove the peppers from the skillet, arrange on a platter and serve warm or at room temperature with Tangerine Aioli.

Tangerine Aioli
Makes 2 cups

This sauce is delicious with cooked poultry or seafood—try it on grilled salmon.

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (low fat is OK)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 green onion, finely chopped using the white and tender green part
1/4 cup tangerine juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients, until well combined. Season with salt if necessary, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, and up to 1 week.

Roasted Pepper and Leek Condiment
Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
A traditional dish in the Mediterranean Region, use this delicious topping on burgers, crostini, Italian sausages, grilled steak, chicken or lamb.

1 pound sweet mixed peppers, cored, de-ribbed and sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 leeks, washed, and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano or crumbled Feta cheese for garnish

1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking liner, or aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and arrange the peppers and leeks on the baking sheet.
2. Drizzle with the oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once. The peppers and leeks should be fragrant and softened.
4. Transfer the pepper mixture to a bowl, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with parsley. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
5. When read to serve, garnish each serving with a bit of cheese if desired.

Farmer’s Choice

Fresh Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Serves 6 as a side dish
For the Salad

1 medium shallot, finely sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ears of fresh, uncooked corn, the kernels scraped from the cobs with a sharp knife (about 2 3/4 cup)
4 Persian or lemon cucumbers, quartered lengthwise and sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch dice or 1 European cucumber, diced
1 sweet red pepper, seeded, ribs removed and diced
1/4 cup finely chopped dill
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/4 to 1/3cup crumbled Feta cheese or ricotta salata for garnish

1. Salt the shallot slices in 1/2 t. salt and allow to sit about 20 minutes to draw out any harshness. Rinse well with water and pat dry with a paper towel.
2. In a large bowl toss the corn kernels lightly to separate them, add the shallot and the remaining salad ingredients, and toss again to combine.

For the dressing

1/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cups Greek Style yogurt
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

1. In a smaller bowl whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, yogurt, chives, parsley, dill, lemon zest, and garlic and whisk to combine.
2. Add the oil in a slow stream, whisking, until combined. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
3. Serve the salad slightly chilled, garnished with the shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Chilled Melon Soup
Serves 4

1/2 large melon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, rinsed and spun dry, plus, if desired, 6 mint sprigs for garnish
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup crème fraiche

1. In a blender, or food processor, blend the melon, mint, lime juice and sugar, until pureed. Taste for sweetness, and adjust using lime juice, or sugar.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into tea cups, melon halves, or soup bowls, and garnish with a bit of crème fraiche.

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Ogen Melons

Farmers’ Market Report July 4, 2014

Ogen Melons

Grower: Weiser Family Farm

Description: The Ogen melon has the initial appearance of a cantaloupe with a cornflower yellow netted rind and lime green longitudinal grooves running from stem to blossom end. When ripe, the pale green flesh is succulent and sticky sweet with intoxicating aromatics of tropical fruit and flora. The flesh bears a pulpy loose easily removed central seed cavity. Typical melons grow to softball size with weights of three to five pounds.





Coastal Organics- Carpinteria, CA

  • Red beets
  • Sweet onions
  • Mixed summer squash
  • Nante carrots
  • Mixed Cherry tomatoes

Rutiz – Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Fennel
  • Jerry’s Berries
  • Baby broccoli
  • Broccoli
  • Persian cukes
  • Bloomsdale spinach
  • Sierra Gold Potatoes
  • Red skin potatoes
  • Rainbow carrots
  • Spring Onions
  • Herbs- Sage, Oregano, Rosemary, thyme, mint, persian cress, dill, italian, arugula, cilantro, chives, french tarragon

Rancho Del Sol – Fallbrook, CA

  • Meyer lemons
  • Gold Nugget tangerines
  • Sorrento lemons

Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

  • Yosemite Gold Tangerines
  • Persian Mulberries
  • Blood Oranges
  • Avocados

Loo Loo Farms – Paso Robles, CA

  • Colored hen eggs
  • Duck eggs

Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA

  • Parsley Flowers
  • Black Kale
  • Lettuces
  • Chamomile
  • Pea Tendrils
  • Lamborn Pea Tendrils
  • Radishes
  • Agretti
  • Watermelon Gherkin Cucumbers
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Nepitella
  • Papalo
  • Snap Peas
  • Sapote
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Bergamont Mint
  • Celtuse
  • Black Mint
  • Coriander Flowers
  • Borage Flowers

Mike and Son Egg Ranch – Ontario, CA

  • Brown Eggs

Pudwill Farm – Nipomo, CA

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Figs
  • Golden Raspberries

Tutti Frutti – Santa Barbara County and Carpenteria

  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • English Peas

Weiser Family Farm – Bakersfield, CA

  • Russian Banana Potatoes
  • Peewee Mix Potatoes
  • Bloomsdale spinach
  • Carrots
  • Ogen melons
  • Sugar cube melons
  • Sugar queen melons
  • Arava

Yasutomi Farm – Pico Rivera, CA

  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Baby Celery
  • Japanese cucumbers
  • Shisito Peppers

McGrath Farms – Oxnard, CA

  • Red, Orange, and Yellow baby carrots
  • Wild Arugula
  • Mizuna
  • Red Mustard Frill
  • Jaime Farms – CA

  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Arugula
  • Daikon radish blossoms
  • Radish-fb radish, easter radish
  • White beets
  • Red butter lettuce
  • lollo rossa

Be Wise Ranch – Escondido, CA

  • Basil
  • red leaf
  • Kale- green, dino, and red
  • dandelion greens- green and red
  • spring mix
  • collard greens
  • Red Beets
  • Strawberries
  • Chard- Rbow, Red, and Green
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Slicer Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

Polito – Valley Center, CA

  • Valencia oranges
  • Oro blanco grapefruit


  • Hen eggs
  • Shallots

Lee Farms – Reedley, CA

  • Pluots
  • White Peaches
  • Yellow Peaches
  • Yellow Nectarines
  • Beaute Plums

Life’s a Choke

  • Asparagus – Small and Large
  • Baby Artichokes – Green and Purple
  • Lyon Artichokes


  • Strawberries
  • White corn
  • Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mini mixed sweet peppers

Kong Thao Farms

  • Black Eyed Shelling Peas
  • Purple Hull Shelling Beans
  • Blue Crown Fruit
  • Filipino, Indian, Thai, Japanese eggplant
  • Cherry mixed tomatoes

Fitzgerald Farms

  • Yellow Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Pastel Plums
  • Plums
  • Sugar Lip Peaches
  • Yellow Nectarines
  • White Nectarines
  • White Peaches

Murray Family Farms

  • Tomcord Grapes
  • Muscat Grapes
  • Summer Royal Grapes
  • Watermelon

Crows Pass

  • Red Torpedo Onions
  • Temecula Honey Spring Onions
  • Assorted Summer Squash

Dassi Family Farms – Leucadia, CA

  • Cocktail Roma Tomatoes
  • Red Heirloom Tomatoes
  • On the vine red  tomatoes
  • On the vine green tomatoes

Frog Hollow Farms – Brentwood, CA

  • Santa Rosa plums
  • Apricots
  • Peaches

Koral’s Tropical Farm – Vista, CA

  • Reed Avocados
  • Figs
  • Passionfruit
  • Sapote

2 Peas in a Pod

  • Mauve Runner Shelling beans


  • Blood Oranges
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Star Ruby Grapefruit

Black Sheep Produce

  • Golden Snow Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beets

Dates By Davall

  • Brown Turkish Figs

JJ Lone Daughter

  • Pink Lemons
  • Oro blanco
  • Passionfruit
  • Reed avocadoes
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