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Winter Reflections

By | 2018-01-26T13:04:09+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

After a few weeks of relative quiet here on the farm we are excited to resume our weekly delivery of winter shares. My own rhythm has slowed considerably and mimics that of the farm. Plants move nutrients more slowly during winter, which results in often sweeter and more pronounced flavors. Carrots become crisper, and when [...]

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What’s on your plate can make a difference

By | 2018-01-25T12:43:17+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

On Earth Day like on any other day most of us eat 1-3 meals. Eating a meal, this humble ritual, affects not only our own physical health and well-being but collectively, as a human community, it is arguably the most important activity affecting the health of our planet. Most of us “Eaters” are so removed [...]

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Hot and Dry – A Season of Uncertainty!

By | 2018-01-25T12:49:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

"Of all the natural resources, water has become the most precious...In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to the most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."   Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Overhead sprinklers irrigating a field of carrots. [...]

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Perfect Ripeness

By | 2018-01-26T13:05:13+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

The most exquisite experience on the farm at the moment is to pick a perfectly ripe apricot right off the tree. The craving for these delicate, aromatic, and sweet fruit is almost irresistible, just trying to write about it makes me want to walk out and get one. Perfect ripeness is hard to describe, it [...]

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Trick-or-Treat – Rain is on the Way!

By | 2018-01-25T12:44:48+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

The season’s first rainmaker is predicted to approach the Central Coast this Friday and Saturday. Although no more than 1 inch of rain is expected to fall, it is enough to give us some drought relief. After almost six months of harvesting every single day, we are tired and dream of slowing down a bit [...]

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Ever Changing Fields – July 2014

By | 2018-01-29T15:16:08+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes|

While some crops, like raspberry and blackberry canes, remain in the same place for a couple of years, as the season progresses most crops are rotated through the fields.  Take a walk with us to see the changes. In January 2013 this portion of field was flooded, and now there are rows of raspberries [...]

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Seasonality of Food – Nourishing Pleasure

By | 2018-01-25T12:46:51+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Together with my daughter, Elisa, I explored this season’s first maturing pepper field in search of the coveted “Chiles de Padron”. Although still a couple of weeks out before we have enough to put in the shares, we were able to fill a paper bag to enjoy for dinner. First Padron Peppers The [...]

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“Food What?!” – Welcome Back

By | 2018-01-25T12:47:42+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

With every passing week the workload is ratcheting up another notch. The increasing number of tasks mimics the abundance in the field and, since most of them are manual by nature, work often starts at dawn and sometimes doesn’t stop until dusk. You will notice green beans and red raspberries in your shares this week. [...]

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Oh Joy – Picking & Tasting in the Fields

By | 2018-01-25T12:48:07+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

It feels as if the season is turning into summer a little earlier than usual … yesterday I was fixing an irrigation line in one of our apricot orchards and was surprised when a branch of orange fruit caught my eye. These 'cots may look ripe, yet they've got another week or two to [...]

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Just the Beginning!

By | 2018-01-26T13:09:57+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Here is a picture I couldn’t resist sharing with you all since many of you have met Chella, our “ferocious” Farmdog, and Clover, the farm’s 2 week-old baby Pony. And, I hope you will join us here on the farm for our first Community Farm Day/Strawberry U-Harvest on May 31st (click here for more details). [...]

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