|What's in the box this week
Content differences between Family and Small
Shares are in red; items
with a "+" in
Family Shares are more in quantity than in Small; anticipated quantities, if
any, are in parentheses, as is the source of any produce not from Live Earth
Farm (LEF). Occasionally content will differ
from this list (typically we will make a substitution), but we do our best to
give you an accurate projection.
[go to recipe database]
Extra Fruit Option
Wednesday: Strawberries, Blackberries, Bag of Plums and Apricots
Thursday: Strawberries, Raspberries, Bag of Plums and Apricots
remember, always go by quantities on checklist; things can change!
Fruit "Bounty" Option
Strawberries, Blackberries or Raspberries, Bag of Plums and Apricots
This week's bread will be plain whole wheat
| Perfect Ripeness
On Sunday Elisa and I were the first one's to wake up to a clear, fogless morning.
Although the sun had not yet risen, I could tell the day was going to be warm. Elisa kept me company as I toured the fields to get an early start watering the crops. Attracted by the many orange dots shining through the green foliage of the apricot orchard, Elisa wanted to go search for the "secret" tree I told her about the day before, the one hanging full of perfectly ripe fruit. I was happy to go along to snack on these irresistable fruit, to assess if we'll have enough ripe apricots for our scheduled U-pick scheduled for July 5th (see details below). I learned from last year that with a spike in temperature the 'Cots' ripen very quickly and Blenheims are notorious of dropping to the ground.
With the sun rising over the Mount Madonna ridge, it didn't take long to find a tree hanging full with bright orange, perfectly ripe fruit. Perfect ripeness is hard to describe, most folks associate ripeness when a fruit has a little color and still hard enough to ship. For me the perfect ripeness is not the one that can be advertised, it is the fruit that calls out, the fruit that gives a little when you touch it and releases itself into one's hand. I like to believe that this is that quiet, almost intimate moment, when one is rewarded by the land one loves and nurtures.
Blenheim Apricots, considered by many the best tasting Apricot in California, they are irresistibly inviting and seductively aromatic and sweet, without a doubt, one of my favorite fruit varieties. Blenheim's, trace their heritage back to my wife's place of birth, Paris, more specifically the Luxenbourgh Gardens in Paris. Somehow, this probably would make a good story given the history between the French and English, they ended up growing in the royal gardens of Blenheim Palace in England, from where they trace their name. In the 1880's this "noble" and delicate fruit was first planted in the gardens of the Spanish missions and expanded as trade with Europe came to a halt during the War years. The Blenheims were popular both for their high sugar content and superior sun drying qualities. In the 1920's Blenheims blanketed Santa Clara and Alameda counties and the Sacramento Valley. Today they are rare and hard to find, replaced by tasteless varieties more suitable for largescale industrial farming operations.
The Slow Food Organization in the United States has selected and placed the Blenheims in the "Ark of Taste", a catalog of delicious foods in danger of extinction. Over 200 rare regional foods are identified in the "Ark of Taste", and is a tool that helps farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, retail grocers, educators and consumers celebrate the diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage of this country.
Based on the abundant harvest we had last year, I scheduled 2 U-Pick events, however this year with an unfavorable mix of rain, cold and hot weather patterns, during the critical periods when trees were blooming and setting fruit, we ended up with a small crop, maybe half from what we had last year. This means we have to make some changes and adjust to what mother nature has handed us. Therefore I had to decide that: We will ONLY host ONE U-PICK event, on JULY 5TH, 10AM-4PM & THE JULY 12th U-PICK is CANCELED.
What's up in the fields
This week we finally are jumping off the "only-strawberry fruit" bandwagon. With Apricots, Santa Rosa Plums and Caneberries (Blackberries or Raspberries) it really feels summer has started. Green Beans continue to be plentiful, so are potatoes and summer squash. Next week you should see the first Basil of the season and then it's just waiting for the first tomatoes which are still 3-4 weeks off. Someone asked whether there will be more onions, and I am sorry to say, for us onions are at their end, probably not until later in the summer will we get some again.
The July 12th U-pick is canceled
so if you were planning to pick your own Blenheim Apricots, July 5th is your Day
For directions to the farm please go to our website www.liveearthfarm.net and click on the menu under: pick-up locations.
The farm will be open between 10AM and 4PM, bring your own bags and containers, we will provide a scale. This year's price is a little higher since the crop is much less.
Instead of $2/pound it will be 2.50/pound. You are welcome to spend the day, we encourage you to bring your own food to enjoy a picnic somewhere on the farm.
See you all on Sunday, Happy 4th of July.
|Notes from Debbie's Kitchen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Debbie is away this week; please click here to go to her recipe database. She'll be back on the job Week 16!
Here is the current schedule, and we will update the calendar here in the newsletter regularly. You can also get more information from the calendar on our website.
NEW!! Farm Workshops/Lectures
this is an idea that is still forming...
Possible subjects to include Permaculture, Fermented Foods, Farming with
the Wild... stay tuned!
UPDATED!! Community Farm Days
Every month from May through October, 9am - 4pm, on these Saturdays:
June 20th Farm - coinciding with our Solstice Celebration
October 24th - coinciding with our Harvest Celebration
Participants are welcome to arrive Friday evening and camp out overnight
to Saturday (except on the Friday before our Solstice and Harvest celebrations; we're too busy setting up). Please leave
your dogs at home, thanks! The intent of Community Farm Days is
to increase the opportunity for members and their families to experience and
enjoy a slice of "life
on the farm" at different times of the year - kind of like our old
Mini Camp, but for members of all ages! Each month will have a different activity
focus, and will be announced in advance here in the newsletter. RSVP of number of people attending and whether you'll be arriving Friday night or Saturday is requested. Call 831.763.2448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW!! Live Earth Farm Discovery Program for WEE ONES
3rd Tuesday of every month, 10:30am - Noon
(free for children 0 - 3 yrs; $5 - $10 per adult)
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caretakers of any kind... bring the babe in your arms to experience the diversity of our beautiful organic farm here in Watsonville. We will use our five senses to get to know the natural world around us. The farm is home to over 50 different fruits and vegetables, chicks, chickens, goats, piglets, and the many wild members of the Pajaro watershed.
For more information, contact Jessica at the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (831) 728-2032 or email her at email@example.com.
Apricot U-Pick Days
Sunday, July 5th
Sunday, July 12th is canceled !!!!!!!!
Bring your own bags.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday June 20th <---note new date!
[click here for a short YouTube video of our 2007 celebration]
*** Children's Mini-Camp has been discontinued, and is being replaced with the above-mentioned Community Farm Days. ***
Organic Farm Dinner Fundraiser for the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program
Saturday September 12th ~ don't miss it!!
Farm tour, feast, and silent auction!
Seasonal Cooking for Health Workshop in the afternoon!
click here to download flyer and learn more
Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday October 24th
[and click here for a YouTube video of our Fall celebration!]