LAST WEEK 24, Summer 2015

November 2, 2015

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

This Thursday is your LAST SUMMER VEGGIE BOX!
Next week starts our Winter deliveries. If you’re not already signed up and payments arranged, please call right away so you don’t miss out!
Dear Farm Members,

Very appropriately, we are entering our final week of the summer season with a good solid rain. Finally. Now we will be able to do a little more seeding of cover crops, and then finish a few cleanup chores. After the fields are put to rest, we will spend a solid week talking over how the season went and beginning to make plans for next year. Please help us to continue refining the farm by giving us your input: CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO SURVEY​Don’t forget to include your contact info at the end for a chance to win a free week of veggies!

Pulling off a farm season a Mountain Bounty is a big enough project that it can be hard for me to grasp. Getting to the end seems almost impossible. I have mixed feelings of relief, satisfaction, and a tinge of sadness. I look forward to a couple of slower (and non-dusty!) months coming up, and will also miss the bustle, excitement, and all the laughter of the busy season.

I would like to recognize, with gratitude, all the contributors who have made this season happen. First, you the farm members, through your belief in us and in making a direct connection to your food. Thank you so much for keeping the farm alive! And thanks to the farm crew: Missy, Cory, Abby, Rachel, Maia, Mike, Aaron, Jordan, Christina, Alex, Billy, Molly, Sonya, Erica, Catherine, Mielle, and Jason! These are the folks who continue to amaze, impress, teach, entertain, and throw their whole hearts into doing this work. I also want to thank my family for their unending love and support. Angie, the boys, and my folks help in so many ways.  Finally, a special thank you to Steve Beckwitt, who has hosted an important piece of the farm on his land for the past 18 years. His generosity and good humor are so appreciated.

As a final tidbit: Mike made this time lapse video last week of our early Thursday morning CSA box packing:​ https://youtu.be/8AxOGgp0xAo

Thanks, everyone, and we’ll see you next spring (if not next week with the first winter box, which will be coming from us)!

John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK
We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive:

REGULAR BOX:

  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Baby bok choy
  • Lettuce
  • Radicchio – This is the gorgeous Treviso type that’s been our favorite for the past few years, it looks kind of like a very red romaine lettuce or bok choy.
  • Kale
  • Mixed herb bundle
  • Onion
  • Radishes
  • Potatoes
  • Salad turnips
  • Beets

SMALL BOX:

  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Baby bok choy
  • Lettuce
  • Radicchio – This is the gorgeous Treviso type that’s been our favorite for the past few years, it looks kind of like a very red romaine lettuce or bok choy.
  • Kale
  • Mixed herb bundle
  • Onion
  • Radishes

​RECIPES

​Roasted Balsamic Radicchio
Such a delicious way to enjoy radicchio!

STIR-FRIED SESAME BABY BOK CHOY
Serve with Kung-Pao Chicken or Sweet and Sour Pork… yum!

SMOKY CHILI WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH

I love this recipe from my cookbook, it’s so great for the wintertime and comes together quickly if you use canned beans. Makes 4 servings, and it’s kid-friendly if you don’t make it too spicy!

Preheat oven to 425˚. Combine in an oven-safe dish or pan:
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1”chunks
2 lbs roma tomatoes, cut into eighths
2-3 Tbl olive oil
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
Roast these for 45 minutes until soft, stirring once or twice. Set aside.
Combine in a large pot:
1 Tbl olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1-3 jalapenos, seeded & diced¼ tsp salt
Cook over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, until onions begin to color.
Add:

1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
Cook for about 3 more minutes, until garlic is fragrant.
Add the roasted squash and tomatoes, and:
2-4 chipotle peppers, seeds removed and diced
1 Tbl chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp dry oregano, rubbed between palms
½ tsp salt
Simmer for 10 minutes, then add:

2 cups cooked black beans
(canned ok)
Juice of 1 lime
Cooking water from beans, as needed; or broth, or water

. Adjust salt, lime, and chilis to taste.
Garnish with chopped cilantro, onions, cream, avocado chunks, etc.

​~​
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 23, Summer 2015

October 26, 2015
OUR LAST SUMMER VEGGIE BOX is next week! 
​Our first winter delivery is November​ 12​, make sure you’re on the list:
 or UPDATE YOUR WINTER SUBSCRIPTION​ (to add or cancel shares, or contribute to the community fund).

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

I frequently get asked about my favorite vegetable. My usual response is to fudge and say something vague about how much I like all of them. The thing is, I do love them all. It’s kind of like asking me to choose my favorite child. But, recently, I have been heaping extra and unequal, love and affection on one of my babies: escarole. For the last couple weeks anyway, escarole is my favorite. To those of you who have been members for a while and may recall past rants about escarole and radicchio — sorry to keep doing this. It’s just so good in so many ways. And for those of you wondering what the heck escarole is, it’s the very large, lettuce looking thing in your box this week. It makes the best salads ever. Try it with a slightly sweet vinaigrette, roasted pecans, shavings of some good hard cheese, perhaps a few pear or apple or persimmon slices, and the last few super sweet little tomatoes of the season.

Also notable in your boxes this week are dry calypso beans. Dry beans are not what you would typically expect from a fresh vegetable CSA. We’ve been growing them for a few years in increasing amounts as a sort of “extreme weather insurance.” The drought, among other weather uncertainties, has encouraged us to be prepared for times when other crops may fail. What’s great about dry beans is that they use water in the early season when we have plenty, and are finished by the time that things get really dry and difficult. They also use relatively little water and create much of their own fertilizer. And best of all, they keep. So we are sharing some with you now, and keeping a supply in the barn for unknown challenges that may arise next season, for example if we have a super cold wet spring due to El Nino. Calypso beans also happen to be beautiful and excellent eating!

Happy Halloween,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK
We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive:

REGULAR BOX:

  • Pie pumpkin – use as a seasonal ornament – and then eat it! These guys are sweeter and less stringy than most pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Arugula
  • Escarole – see note above
  • Dry Calypso beans – see note above
  • Potatoes
  • Green cabbage
  • Dill
  • Cauliflower – watch out for a few aphids hiding in there…
  • Tomatoes – last few of the season! We didn’t expect them to last this long but here they are.

SMALL BOX:

  • Pie pumpkins– use as a seasonal ornament – and then eat it! These guys are sweeter and less stringy than most pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Escarole – see note above
  • Dry calypso beans – see note above
  • Potatoes
  • Purple cabbage
  • Dill
  • Cauliflower – watch out for a few aphids hiding in there…
  • Tomatoes — last few of the season! We didn’t expect them to last this long but here they are.

​RECIPES

Here’s ​a recipe similar to John’s suggestion above.​
You can also cook your escarole– this Italian recipe looks great and you can use the fennel from last week’s box if you still have it in the crisper.
​Roasting cauliflower florets in a hot oven concentrates their natural sweetness, turning them into something akin to vegetable candy.
Use whatever roots you like: carrots & potatoes from this week’s box… turnips & parsnips another time.
​~​
Mountain Bounty Farm
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Week 22 Summer 2015

October 19, 2015
Our last Summer Veggie delivery is the first week of November… make sure you’re signed up for the Winter Veggies from Riverdog Farm & Sunset Ridge’s citrus Fruit Shares (lots of mandarins & citrus but also kiwis, pomegranates, apples, and other winter fruits), starting the second week of November.
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Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,
Fall cleanup is well underway here on the farm and has now been augmented by that nice little rain we got this weekend. Garlic has been planted. Most of the fields have been seeded to cover crops, except in the relatively small areas that we are still harvesting. This is one of the more pleasurable seasons for us. The days are cooling (finally!) and the work begins to diminish. I like to reflect on the amazing quantity, quality, and variety of food that we have seeded, tended, and picked throughout the summer. Despite the drought, somehow it’s been another great year! Week after week, the boxes have been beautiful. This is week 22 of 24, so please don’t forget to come pickup your last couple boxes, they will be full of goodies!

Thanks,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive:


REGULAR BOX:

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Collard greens
  • Radishes
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce
  • Roasting turnips – NOTE: these are very different from the smaller white salad turnips that we normally grow. They are stronger flavored and meant to be cooked.
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

SMALL BOX:

  • Winter squash
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Radishes
  • Cilantro
  • Tatsoi – this is the dark green, almost bok choy -looking green. Use like bok choy​ or spinach​, it is very tender and is easily overcooked.
  • Lettuce

RECIPES

Baby Greens With Balsamic-Roasted Turnips and Walnuts Use your lettuce in place of the baby greens, or lightly sauté your collard greens for a warm salad. Small box members, this recipe would be great with the tatsoi and any of your veggies good for roasting: radishes, carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes.

Baked Leek and Sweet Potato Gratin ​Gratins are great meals for the fall and winter veggies. Use any thinly sliced root ​veggies or winter squash. You can tuck lightly steamed greens into a gratin as well, for a one-pot meal.

~​
Mountain Bounty Farm
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Week 21 Summer 2015

October 12, 2015
Our last Summer Veggie delivery is the first week of November… make sure you’re signed up for the Winter Veggies & Citrus Fruit shares (lots of mandarins but also kiwis, pomegranates, apples, and other winter fruits), starting the following week. signup button green

Farm Photos, Box Contents, Recipes

This block of our fields is so beautiful this time of year, full of luscious fall greens! Pictured are red beets, arugula, scallions, collards, kale and fennel:
Farmer Rachel harvesting some great looking heads from the broccoli patch:
Farmer Maia with an extra-large sweet potato:
We’re starting to pull some nice big heads of green cabbage out of the field:

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive​:

REGULAR​ VEGGIE​ BOX:

  • Acorn ​Squash​
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • White Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce

SMALL ​VEGGIE ​BOX:

  • Acorn ​Squash​
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Arugula
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • White onion

RECIPES

Fall brings the lovely warm winter squashes… this week you get to try Acorn, a beautiful squash that will look pretty as a seasonal centerpiece until you cook it for dinner. Its thick outer skin may be somewhat intimidating, but this little gourd is an unsung hero of the squash world. It can be baked, sautéed, steamed, and pureed into delectable fall dishes like soup, or stuffed with a savory filling and used as a bowl itself, too. Try these recipes to get to know Acorn:
Use your white onion in place of the leeks, and feel free to add spinach too.
This is nice for a chilly-morning breakfast treat, too.
I love fall salads with beets and spicy arugula, and maple-balsamic is an incredible combination with these robust flavors. You can skip the bourbon candied pecans, but they’re really good.
This is a great way to prepare a simple, tender side dish of hearty greens, so delicious and good for you. The maple-balsamic vinaigrette above is also great with a raw massaged kale salad.
​~​
Mountain Bounty Farm
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Week 20 Summer 2015 (LAST WEEK of Fruits & Flowers)

October 5, 2015
Fruit members, this is your last week of summer fruits, but now is a great time to jump on the last few weeks of our bountiful summer veggie boxes! Tomatoes are still coming, gorgeous broccoli has begun, winter squash, spinach and other exciting greens, and of course all the usual staples like carrots, lettuce, onions, and green beans.

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Our last Summer Veggie delivery is November ​5… make sure you’re signed up for the Winter Veggies & Citrus Fruit shares (lots of mandarins but also kiwis, pomegranates, apples, and other winter fruits), starting November ​10.

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

This week on the farm we have many fall tasks including harvesting the last of the winter squashes, and preparing for garlic planting. I’ve had a romantic connection with garlic since I was young child. My parents loved garlic and took me to see the food documentary “Garlic is as good as Ten Mothers.” I think my parents have had garlic continually growing in their garden for at least 40 years. I myself have now been growing garlic for over 20 years and hope to continue for a while yet.

This year’s garlic crop was quite sad due to a rust disease. Unsure of how to prevent this happening again, we are planting the garlic as far away as possible from this year’s spot. It will be planted at our home fields, about five miles away from our large Birchville R​oad fields where we have been growing garlic for the past few years. The home fields can be very wet in the winter and spring so we are going make raised beds for the garlic. We don’t normally make raised beds except for strawberries because it’s a lot of work and generally doesn’t seem necessary. But raised beds do help with drainage, and we are banking on (and praying!) for a very wet winter.

Garlic planting is an exciting seasonal milestone, the last big planting of the year. We’ll plant 22 beds of garlic, each 120’ long. Each bed has 3 rows with the garlic 4” apart in the row. The planting itself is actually fairly quick, but preparing the beds and separating the garlic bulbs into individual cloves for planting takes a few days with everyone working on it. Once the cloves are in the ground, they begin to put down roots and within a month or two green shoots will start to emerge. Garlic grows slowly throughout the winter and will be ready to harvest sometime next June. Garlic likes cold winters, so perhaps some of our recent garlic woes are due to the warm drought. Here’s hoping for a perfect garlic winter.
Thanks,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.​ Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive​:

REGULAR​ VEGGIE​ BOX

  • Kabocha squash – one of the best winter squashes!
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Kale
  • Gree​n beans
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Napa cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Scallions

SMALL ​VEGGIE ​BOX:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Fennel
  • Scallions
  • Salad turnips
  • Napa cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Basil

RECIPES

Napa Cabbage Slaw with Carrots and Fennel-Dijon Dressing
Napa Cabbage is a delicious, crunchy variety- we​ love it coleslaw’d like the recipe above, but it’s also great sautéed or made into kimchee.​

​Fennel is a much under-appreciated ​vegetable. It’s wonderful sliced very thin in a raw salad or served with dips, like carrot sticks. I also like to use it like celery in a soup, just sauté with the onions and enjoy a mild savory fennel flavor in your soup. This looks like a good recipe to learn enjoy fennel, too:

NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

For your last week of this season’s fruit shares, we are featuring Autumn Royal grapes and Shinko Asian pears from Ken’s Top Produce in Reedley, Ca. Ken is an awesome organic farmer and he and his crew have been a pleasure to work with this season.

Lastly, we have Pom Wonderful pomegranates- also from Ken’s. Like a lot of other crops this season, pomegranates are ripened).ing up early but we hope to have more coming for winter fruit shares in November. This fruit may be difficult to eat but the numerous health benefits make it well worth it!

Note from Mielle: Here’s an amazing trick I put in my cookbook for getting the seeds out easily: Cut them in half through the middle (not through the stem), hold cut-side down in your palm over a big bowl, and whack the rind with a wooden spoon til all the seeds fall out (here’s a video I found). Easy!

We hope you have all enjoyed this season’s bounty of California grown organic fruit and hope to supply you with our citrus this winter.fruits winter pretty

Enjoy!
~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
www.gotmandarins.com

NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of the flower share. What a pleasure it’s been to every week make flower bouquets for my member supporters. Overall, I think it’s been a pretty good season but I’m curious to hear how it’s been for you- please watch for our summer survey in a couple weeks. When I send bouquets out on the trucks, I’m never quite sure how they end up looking and lasting when they finally get to you. Each week I do my own trials to make sure that the vase life is at least 4-5 days for the flowers I’m sending out but there are other factors that can play into that. I know that there were a few weeks when it was ridiculously hot that the flowers weren’t holding up well. That’s tough to overcome. Overall, I hope you enjoyed the flowers and found it to have been worth your money. I look forward to your feedback so I can make it better for next year.

The 8-week early spring bulb share is going to be quite different from the regular summer mixed bouquet share. This share will consist of large straight bunches of my extra-special spring flowers starting with anemones, ranunculus, tulips and hyacinths  (and maybe poppies and sweet peas). These flowers are super special and hard to find (not to mention long lasting and gorgeous). I will be accepting only a small number of sign-ups for this special share so be sure to sign up early!

This week we are harvesting the first of our Chrysanthemums that are just starting to bloom in the hoop house. They are fantastic plants- vigorous and full of buds. Thankfully you’ll get a few blooms this week. Also we have more of our awesome grasses, dahlias, scented geraniums, rudbeckias and zinnias.
Thank you so much for your support this season! Keep in touch if you’re looking for flowers in the future!

Happy Fall,

​- ​Angie Tomey

www.littleboyflowers.com

~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 19 Summer 2015 (Fruits & Flowers Week 17)

September 29, 2015

Signups for our winter CSA season begin this Thursday, October 1!
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Summer veggie shares now continue into the next season but next week is the last delivery of Summer Fruits & Flowers. We will now carry over to the next season without the 1-week gap as in the past, so as a courtesy your veggie share subscriptions will be automatically renewed for our winter season with Riverdog Farm. If you want winter fruits (mainly citrus) or early spring flower shares, or winter veggies if you are not a current Veggie Share member yet, you will need to enroll manually at our website after Thursday. Call me if you have any questions!

Payments for the Winter season will need to be completed (or payment plans arranged) no later than November 1 to be included on the first delivery.

Thank you for being a member of our farm family!
~Mielle, CSA Manager

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

This is week 19 of Mountain Bounty’s 24 week summer CSA season. These last 6 weeks should be full of fall’s bounty. This week, broccoli appears again, arriving right when we wanted it, on the heels of the corn, and looking great. There should be several more weeks of broccoli coming. This is also the first week of winter squash, which will continue from now through the end of the season. We’re starting out with some fabulous Delicata squash. The last few years our Delicata has been decent, but not amazing – until now! This year’s Delicata looks and tastes better than any I’ve eaten in a while. I know there are so many fun things to do with winter squash, from curries to soups, but please consider trying this particular squash straight: cut in half, spoon out the seeds, coat with a little olive oil, and bake face down until very soft and starts to carmelize at the edges. Some new and exciting greens that are coming soon: Napa cabbage, spinach, escarole, and radicchio.

Thank you all,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.​ Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive​:

REGULAR​ VEGGIE​ BOX

  • Delicata squash​- see John’s note above
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Red onion
  • Collard greens
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes

SMALL ​VEGGIE ​BOX:

  • Delicata squash​- see John’s note above!
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Red onion
  • Collard greens
  • Cilantro
  • Potatoes

RECIPES

Collards offer the most calcium of all the hearty greens, and the c​ollards this week are tender and perfect. Try them as a wrapper for all kinds of shredded raw veggies, cooked grains, and meats, with a tasty sauce– use these recipe as guidelines and don’t get stuck trying to use only the ingredients listed: shredded lettuce and carrots, tomatoes, blanched broccoli stems and/or green beans, thinly sliced red onion, minced cilantro and basil, shredded cabbage, avocado, cooked grains, pieces of cooked chicken or shrimp, even cooked ground pork. Shredded apples or sliced grapes from the fruit box would be a fun twist too!
Asian Collard Green Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Quick Collard Wraps with Lemon Maple Tahini Dressing

Pasta with Tender Collards or Broccoli
Use your red onions, basil and tomatoes too with this fresh end of summer pasta idea. Scroll down for instructions to add greens to the pasta water. I like to spruce this up with kalamatas or fried capers, a bit of lemon, and some red pepper flakes.

​Minestrone with Collards & White Beans
A nice fall soup- use your carrots, red onion, potatoes, green beans, and tomatoes too!


NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

This week we have some delicious Shinko Asian pears from Ken’s Top Notch​ ​Produce located in Reedley, Ca. Also from Ken’s are​ ​Autumn royal and Scarlett royal table grapes. Lastly we have more sweet and crunchy Gala apples from McCloan Ranch in Placerville, Ca.

Enjoy!
~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
www.gotmandarins.com


NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

With just a few more weeks left for the summer flower share, I’m putting lots of energy getting ready to plant my bulb crops for the early spring. These crops have been some of my favorites and are always finished by the time the summer share starts so this year I’ll be offering an early spring share that will run for 8 weeks starting sometime in late February. These weekly offerings will include a very abundant offering of our best flowering bulbs of the season starting with anemones and moving into ranunculus, tulips and hyacinths.

The ranunculus and anemones are getting soaked soon and after they sprout we will plant them in our hoop house in mid-late October. The tulips should be arriving in the next month and will get tucked into crates in the hoop houses along with the hyacinths. My sweet peas are getting seeded this week and will get planted early November. Along with all of these planting tasks, we have a lot of clean up to take care of as well as planting cover crop in the fields that will not be planted in over-wintered crops.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer flowers!
​- ​Angie Tomey
www.littleboyflowers.com

~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 18 Summer 2015 (Fruits & Flowers Week 16)

September 22, 2015

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

This week marks the autumnal equinox, an exciting time which has big consequences for the farm. Wednesday Sept 23 is the actual equinox, when day and night are approximately of equal length. This is an important time on the farm because the days change much faster than at other times of the year. During the weeks before and after the fall equinox, the days shorten by around 2.5 minutes each day, an amount that is perceptible to those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors – especially when you notice how much the light is changing in one week. This is why it can seem that it is “suddenly” dark when we are getting up in the morning. To contrast, at the solstices, day length only changes a few seconds each day. Because of the rapid shortening of days right now, farm crops experience a rapid slowdown in growth. Warm season crops are ending very soon, and cool season crops better be well established or they will not reach maturity before winter. As best we can, our complex farm planning takes all of this into account. I love this time of year, it is one of the golden times to live here and work outdoors.

Thanks for supporting the farm,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

Due to the dynamic nature of farming, we sometimes make last-minute decisions to change an item in your box, so this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive.

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.

REGULAR VEGGIE BOX:

  • Lettuce
  • Corn – maybe the last for the season…so enjoy it while you can!
  • ​Red Sweet Peppers​ — also the last this season!
  • Tomatoes
  • Golden beets
  • Carrots
  • Curly ​Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Dill
  • Radish
  • Celery

SMALL BOX:

  • Lettuce
  • Corn — maybe the last for the season…so enjoy it while you can!
  • ​Red Sweet Peppers​ — also the last this season!
  • Tomatoes
  • Golden beets
  • Carrots
  • Curly ​Kale
  • Potatoes

RECIPES

CORN, TOMATO & POTATO CURRY
Serve this easy 15-minute recipe with rice for a quick weeknight meal!
​ROASTED RED BELL PEPPERS 
This is the most delicious way to prepare the last of your sweet peppers, and then you can freeze them for pasta or bruschetta, or my favorite dip ever, Mhammara (here’s a recipe from my website: http://www.pieceofmyheartkitchen.com/sample-recipe.html).
KALE AND ROASTED GOLDEN BEET SALAD WITH MAPLE BALSAMIC DRESSING
​Add some slices of your Bartletts from the ​fruit share to this one, a great pairing with some crisp white wine.

NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

This week we are featuring September Red nectarines from Feather River Farms located in Yuba City. These nectaries are awesome and all picked fresh this morning! Late in the season farm dust and residue tends to build up so make sure to rinse your fruit. We also have Gala apples from Mccloan Ranch located in the historic Apple growing  region of Placerville. These are super sweet and crispy! Lastly we have Bartlett pears from Steamboat Acres located in Courtland.
Enjoy your last few weeks of summer fruit! Our last summer fruit box delivery is the week of October 5. Winter Fruit Shares will begin the week of November 9 with the Winter Veggies–  signups open on October 1. Don’t miss out on our sweet mandarins, local kiwis, and other citrus​! Click here for more information about our Winter Fruit Shares on Mountain Bounty’s website.
Enjoy!
~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge

NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

Last week​’​s blast of cooler weather and moisture was such a welcome change on the farm. Even with the warmer daytime temperatures this week, the cooler nights are slowing everything way down which is fine by me. We have plenty of flowers that were planted in August that are now coming into their peak of production. Our new planting of rudbeckias or black-eyed susan are thriving as are our newest round of cosmos and sunflowers. The dahlias keep pumping out the blooms though they are getting infested with powdery mildew- yuck! This year seems to be an especially bad one for mildew on the veggies and flower crops. My late season zinnias always get it but I haven’t ever had it in my dahlias before. Some varieties seem to be more susceptible than others so we’re doing ok. My crop of antique chrysanthemums are doing so well, I can’t wait to start harvesting. They have a tendency to be a pretty late crop starting in October but I’m hoping I’ll get some to put in your bouquets before the flower share ends.

The past few weeks have been craziness with weddings every weekend. If you’re so inclined, check out our Instagram @littleboyflowers to see some photos.

~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 17 Summer 2015 (Fruits & Flowers Week 15)

September 15, 2015

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

This Saturday, September 19th at 10 am, I will be doing a farm tour at our Birchville Road fields. This is a great opportunity to see the farm transitioning into fall, and to ask me about anything you’ve always wanted to know about the farm. I will need to leave at 11:30 to go to my son’s soccer game, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and hang out longer if you wish. Directions: From Nevada City, take Hwy 49 north for 12 miles and turn left on Birchville Rd (Birchville Rd is opposite Tyler Foote Rd). Go 1.5 miles until you see farm fields and then look for a parking sign on the left.

A quick note about the kale: I was all excited about the start of the fall kale in last week’s newsletter, and I still am, but due to last week’s brutal little heatwave, there are some aphids taking hold. Thank goodness it is cooling this week. And luckily the greens are very easy to wash off. Please check the leaves of your greens and just wash the aphids off under running water if you see them. We do pick carefully, and wash the bunched greens at the farm, but sometimes a few will get past us since there are so many bunches to make.

Hope to see some of you on Saturday,
John Tecklin

RSVP and details for the Farm Tour: 

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

Due to the dynamic nature of farming, we sometimes make last-minute decisions to change an item in your box, so this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive.

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.

REGULAR VEGGIE BOX:

  • Rainbow chard
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Zucchini/summer squash
  • Salad turnips
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Lacinato aka Dino kale​ (please see note above)​
  • Basil
  • Onions

SMALL BOX:

  • Rainbow chard
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Salad turnips
  • Leek
  • Lacinato aka Dino kale
    ​ (please see note above)​
  • Basil
  • Onion

RECIPES

Fresh Corn Cakes
Adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/08/fresh-corn-cakes-recipe/
Leek and Swiss Chard Tart
​From ​​Martha Stewart L​iving, ​Nov 2009

NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

This week in your box you will find Honey Diva nectarines and Black Cat pluots from Feather River Farms in Yuba City, Ca. We also have Fuji apples from Greene and Hemley from Courtland, Ca.
Enjoy!
~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge

NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

Smoke-mania!!
Well, at least it’s not 100 degrees anymore but it sure is nasty outside. Under the thick veil of smoke, we’re scurrying around getting all the harvesting done before we collapse from asphyxiation. My long list of field chores is going to go undone at least until the smoke passes since none of us want to spend any more time than we have to outside.

Today we’re harvesting amaranth, zinnias, yellow marigolds (which are a little too bright for my taste), eucalyptus and celosia.

Enjoy and stay healthy and safe!
 

~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 16 Summer 2015 (Fruits & Flowers Week 14)

September 8, 2015

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

Week 16 of our summer CSA: We are picking the first fall kale for your boxes today. We have three varieties of kale for you this fall: Red Russian, Lacinato (AKA dino or Toscano kale), and Ripbor. Red Russian, the tenderest, is my longtime favorite. Most of you are familiar with Lacinato or dino kale due to its huge popularity in recent years, and Ripbor is a heartier curly leaf kale. Our chard plantings are looking good as well. Coming a little later, we also have spinach, lots of lettuce, radicchio, escarole, and collards.

At the same time, tomato harvest continues, with hopefully even a bit of an increase over the next week or two. The ability to have these two crops at the same time is one defining characteristic of farming in the foothills. Farms in the valley, where almost all farming happens, are not able to do this.  If September continues without too much prolonged heat, our kales will thrive, resist aphid attack, and feed us all fall. If it gets unrelentingly hot, things could be more challenging for the greens. Either way, tomatoes will continue for the next month at least. For a number of reasons (some still not understood), this season’s tomato harvest has been decent, but not as good as we would like. Enjoy them while they are here!

​Thanks,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

Due to the dynamic nature of farming, we sometimes make last-minute decisions to change an item in your box, so this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive.

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.

REGULAR VEGGIE BOX:

  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Zucchini/summer squash
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Hot peppers
  • Melon – the last of the season! MELON DISCLAIMER: we are scraping to get these last melons for you, so some may be of lesser quality or a little over ripe, but we thought it would be worth a try anyhow.

SMALL BOX:

  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Zucchini/summer squash
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Cucumbers

RECIPES

When you have kale this fresh, don’t wait! Steam it tonight and ​enjoy the tender goodness with a light toss of vinaigrette. Otherwise, here’s a collection of kale recipes to inspire you:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/kale

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
One of the most delicious ways to prepare the bounty of tomatoes coming your way this month. It really concentrates their flavor. Serve over bread, pasta, with eggs, in sauce, with cheese…
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2012/05/oven-roasted-tomatoes-tomato-recipe/

Fresh Zucchini Noodles
A nice substitute for pasta in the summer… If you get serious about making raw noodles, it’s fun to buy a spiralizer which makes long thin spaghetti strips out of vegetables such as zucchini or butternut squash. Find them at Asian markets or online. Otherwise, a grater or peeler works fine:
http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2014/zucchini-noodles-with-caper-olive-sauce-and-tomatoes/


NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

This week we have Bartlett pears from Steamboat Acres located in Courtland along the Sacramento River. We also have Fuji apples from Elliot and Sons located in Cortland, California. This is one of our favorite varieties so we hope you enjoy! Lastly we have Honey Dixon nectarines from Feather River Farms located in Yuba City, California. We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy!

~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
www.gotmandarins.com


NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

These chilly morning harvests have been a nice change, bringing with it a feeling of relief that the long, hot days of summer are over. Though the temperatures are supposed to rise this week, the nights are remarkably cooler and with the shorter days, everything is slowing down and feeling like fall.

Last week we started the fall planting of the flowers that will be overwintered. We started with 2 beds of sweet williams, or dianthus, and this week we will be putting in the campanula, lupines and foxgloves. In the next couple of weeks I will be starting to put up my hoop houses which will house all of my fall planted bulbs like ranunculus, anemones, tulips and hyacinths. This year I’ll be offering an 8 week bulb flower share which will feature all of these fabulous early spring bulbs.

This week we’re harvesting more of our awesome celosia. In addition to the feathery plume type, we also have our cockscomb type. Both have incredible vase life and dry very well too. We also are harvesting a variety of different grasses from purple millet to feathertop grass, a type of pennisetum.

Hope you enjoy your flowers!!!

Cheers!
Angie Tomey
www.littleboyflowers.com

​~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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Week 15 Summer 2015 (Fruits & Flowers Week 13)

August 31, 2015

Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes

Dear Farm Members,

Farm land update:

No news is…okay news? For now, we are in a holding pattern with the farm land drama. The land is listed for sale, but at a price that exceeds two recent appraisals by $150-200,000. At this point we are not able or interested in buying it for that much above market value. As far as we know there has been very little interest from others, either. The heirs have told me that they are now in much less of a hurry to sell it than they were before. It also looks like our lease (which lasts through 2020) is secure, for the moment. So we are waiting to see what happens. Thank you everyone for your messages of support! If anything changes, we will let you know right away.

Back in the concrete world of growing food, the suddenly cooler days after last week’s (and what feels like the rest of my life’s!) blazing heat looks like a marvelous transition into fall. The greens are thriving, we will start picking winter squash this week, and red peppers are in full force. Unfortunately, powdery mildew has hit the peppers sooner and harder than usual. This means a shorter season – abundance now, less later. Fall is also the season of kids coming to the farm. Throughout every September and October, we host numerous school groups for tours and farm activities. It’s fun to see the kids get excited to taste a carrot right out of the ground!

Thanks,
John Tecklin

IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK

Due to the dynamic nature of farming, we sometimes make last-minute decisions to change an item in your box, so this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive.

We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.

REGULAR VEGGIE BOX:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Onion
  • Melon
  • Sweet peppers
  • Arugula
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Chioggia beets
  • Corn

SMALL BOX:

  • Lettuce
  • ​Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Onion
  • Melon
  • Sweet peppers
  • Arugula
  • Basil

RECIPES

My daughter thinks you should have a recipe for pasta this week. Here’s a sauce that we think looks yummy:
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/roasted-red-pepper-and-tomato-sauce

Roasted Peppers with Tomatoes & Anchovies
This one would also be great over a pile of olive-oil tossed noodles:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12355/roasted-peppers-with-tomatoes-and-anchovies

​Sauteed Radishes
​Think you don’t like radishes? Think again! This recipe can turn anyone into a radish-lover. These would be great alongside an arugula salad and wild salmon:
http://relish.com/recipes/sauteed-radishes/

Fruit Leather Rollups
Such an easy way to preserve all that great fruit. I just ​puree whichever fruits I have that are ripening faster than I can eat them, spread it onto a parchment paper, and pop them into the dehydrator or a very low oven for a day. Here’s a recipe that suggests cooking the fruit and adding a little honey:
http://www.momables.com/how-to-make-fruit-leather/


NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS

The beginning of September is already here! It feels like this summer is flying by. This week we have another colorful box of fruit for you. 

First we have some delicious Fairtime peaches from Coco Ranch in Dixon. We also have Howard plums from Wild River Farms in Marysville and Bartlett pears from Steam Boat Acres in Courtland. If you prefer softer pears, allow the fruit to turn yellowish in color by waiting a day or two to refrigerate. They can ripen fast so keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!

~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
www.gotmandarins.com


NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS

Burr! I’m bundled up this morning as I prepare to head out to harvest. The dramatic change in weather over the past few days has prompted me to start thinking very seriously about my planting plan for the fall. I’ve had a very vague idea of what I was going to do and where, but now I’m realizing it’s time to start taking action. Many of my July-seeded overwintered biennials like foxgloves, dianthus and delphiniums are doing quiet well and will get planted here in the next few weeks. This season I’m going to put up a few more simple hoop houses to expand my bulb plantings of anemones, ranunculus and tulips. These will start getting planted in late October. 

For now, it’s still time for summer flowers. This week we’re harvesting lots of sunflowers from our planting that was seeded on ​July ​6. My favorite varieties are the pollen-less types including pro cut orange, pro cut yellow light and panache.

Also we’ve got some gorgeous new celosias that are coming on. Celosias come in two forms- cockscomb types, and spikey types. I like to grow some of each. They love our hot climate and add a very long lasting splash of color to arrangements.

Cheers!

Angie Tomey
www.littleboyflowers.com

​~
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm

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