Archive for the ‘CSA’ Category

   On the way to my family’s house the other evening, I passed one of our local strawberry patches.  It came to me as the sweet perfume of sun-ripened berries wafted in the window on the balmy summer air…It’s that time of year again…

Time for shorts and flip flops, farmers markets and county fairs, fresh fruits and veggies, canning and preserving, frolicking in the garden, and chowing down on all the local goodness you can get your hands on!

Here in the valley we’re very lucky to have such a dazzling array of produce to choose from!

You can put a face and warm smile with what fills your plate, by visiting a Fruitstand or Farmer’s Market in your area….

If you prefer stalking your own goodies in their natural habitat, you can find a You-Pick Farm in your county…

A CSA is also a convenient option which supports your local farmers…

And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can always grow some fruits and veggies of your own…You don’t have to have 40 acres, just a few pots or old buckets on the porch will do!

Whatever you choose, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing where your food came from and who grew it…not to mention nothing compares to the taste of fresh veggies and fruit!

Or the smell of it on the breeze for that matter…Happy foraging!

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Take this opportunity to hear what’s going on in your Central Valley every first Friday of the month with Tom Willey and guest speakers on KFCF radio….

Down on the Farm ~ KFCF 88.1  fm

Friday Feb. 5th

5:00-6:00 pm

The topic: “A recent immigrant to these parts from No.Carolina has discovered Fresno’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods to be a veritable food wonderland. Host, Tom Willey will interview James Collier whose fascination with our food culture led him to co-found the online community, “Taste Fresno”, fast gaining members and notice. It’s possible newcomers recognize treasures underfoot to which we locals have become complacent. We’ll discuss a citizen food activist’s vision of the celebrated edible culture we could become on KFCF’s Down on the Farm. ”

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planting, hoeing, shoveling, cover cropping, composting, integrated pest management, cultivators, tractors and many hands of love for the belief of growing certified organic healthy foods.

Brian and Tracy Kline come from a long list of conventional farming families and wanted to continue the tradition but with an alternative twist….organic farming was the row they chose!

Their first small patch started in 1993 as “Dos Manos Farms” and has flourished to “Kline Organic Produce” with more land, specializing in a variety of seasonal heirloom tomatoes and potatoes, various unique vegetables, fruit, herbs, their new pasta sauce and spicy pickled bean products, an annual tomato tasting, selling at 2 farmers markets and a CSA of over 40 members!

This local family farm here in the heart of big Ag has a small farm charm that is tended by committed family, including their two young daughters, and many friends. It oozes with the most comfortable natural energy enticing you to be a part of.

With every farm visit I learn something new, this time I came away with a true understanding of how and why farmers connect with mother earth, and what she can give us providing she is nurtured with respect and appreciation, the bond for those who do is phenomenal!

You can find Brian’s smiling face at Modesto Farmers Market on Saturdays and Thursdays & Tracy’s friendly face at Sonora Farmers Market on Saturdays.  To keep up with what is going on at the farm and learn more about your local choices visit their website at www.klineorganicproduce.com.

Happy Farming,

Just Anna!

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This Thanksgiving was the best yet!


Setting the standard with last years first organic Thanksgiving, there was high expectation from all who joined our feast, I am proud to say my daughters and I not only prepared a fabulous organic meal but also followed the 100 Mile diet Challenge!!

Our dinner was 95% local for us cooks, thanks to my two CSA box’s from my favorite farm Rancho Piccolo, a Local Mong farm stand and my daughters favorite farmers market in Santa Monica.

We selected most of our recipe’s from Williams-Sonoma ” A Farmstead Thanksgiving”, a right fit for our goal to celebrate our traditional feast with easy-to-find locally grown and produced ingredients.

We started our day with mimosa’s, Christmas tunes and cooking with a passion to bring forth this outstanding menu….

  • Blue Cheese spread on crostini with a pear topping appetizer
  • Natural Free Range Turkey (no additives)
  • Sausage, Apple and chestnut Dressing
  • Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
  • Maple Glazed Carrots with Garlic
  • Snap Beans with Caramelized Shallot and Roasted Mushrooms
  • Maple Tarragon Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato and Persimmon bake
  • Pumpkin-Brulee Pie

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I am thankful for the many blessings in my life, but spending the day in the kitchen with my fun loving girls and my lively family and friends gathered around the table are one’s I am most greatful for!

Stay tuned for Christmas Dinner…

Just Anna!

We would love to hear your Holiday traditions!

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We want to help our Central Vallians take this challenge!

100 Mile Thanksgiving

The goal according to 100milediet.org kicks off on Thanksgiving day and challenges us to eat foods that have been grown within a 100 mile radius for 1 year….

What could be more healthier than starting a new year by being part of a sustainable local movement that is good for the body, soul & environment!

This challenge will be fun and not that difficult considering we live in the food basket of the world, not only surrounded by big ag but our favorites…the small family farms!

Where ever you live, a good place to start is with your local family farmers, most are already looking for new members wanting to supply you with their abundant harvest through their CSA’s. Give them a call, take your family and go visit these farms, you wont be disappointed.

And lets not forget the awesome foods that can be found at your local farmers markets, most markets will have more than just fruits and veggies, you can find breads, butter, raw milk, sweets, nuts, soaps, honey and even flowers.

For staples like flours, beans, rice, granolas and spices visit your local health food store, you can buy these needs in bulk and they are usually less expensive than individual boxes or cans.

And if you are really serious and are blessed with a green thumb…plant your own garden. Our friends from “Botanical Interests” can help you with your seed selections and all the information you will need to get going!

There is no better time than now to bring your family to the table and teach your children how to appreciate real food grown from the earth by local farmers who care about what we eat!

So…let’s support or local economy and join us in celebrating good local foods this year and discover who & what is growing in our communities!

We are here to help make this commitment by keeping current information on your Central Valley Local Farmers & Farmers Markets, also listing other sites with great information that will help you take on this “farm to table pledge”.

Please share with us how you will take the challenge!

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Contented Acres is a small quaint organic farm located on hwy 33 between Santa Nella and Gustine, CA. Farmer Bill Nunes is loaded this fall with fresh goodies like, red russian kale, mustard, elephant garlic, walnuts, lettuce, bok choi and so much more!

See for yourself and stop by Bill’s farm stand open:

Sundays & Thursdays / 9:00am ~ 12:00 noon

Call or e-mail for your questions (209) 535-0484 / aenunes@prodigy.net

tell him Kat and Anna sent you!

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I get so excited every time I pick it up, its like a present… what will be inside?

Honestly, I had no idea this would be my reaction when I signed up for this CSA.

In the past I shopped mindlessly at the grocery store not caring where my food came from, content with the fact that I was buying healthy fruits and vegetables in the “organic section” (with food from very far away).

Now I know exactly where each and every unpestified bite was grown,  just 10 miles up the road.

Its like a food power trip for me!

This box had rutabagas, multi colored carrots, green leaf lettuce, turnips, gourmet lettuce, radish, leeks, rainbow chard, desert artichokes, pixie tangerines and a very informational news letter.

Our letter tells us members what farmer David and Michelle are up to, like laying potential of their chickens and explaining the size, what is being planted next and how long it will take.

Did you know it takes 3 full years to get a crop of asparagus? first year no harvest, second year a few spears and third year, boom… they are ready to go!

And thanks to this letter that also includes recipes, I know what to do with some of this food I’ve never seen before.

In May there will be a planting party/open house, with activities, the planting of trees and vines, brunch, dinner and finishing the day with a members meeting. Unfortunately I wont make it to that fun day with my food source, but we will have a guest post & pictures by farmers David and Michelle for you to see!

Now you know where my food power trip comes from,

does your food give you this reaction and this much fun?

Happy Farming,
Just Anna!

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