October 1,2014

We're In This Together - October Unprocessed Month

October Unprocessed 2014



It is October 1stand here at Farm Fresh To You,188bet.手机注册we're taking theOctober Unprocessed pledgeonce again - and we hope that you will too!

As many of you know,the most powerful device you have to transform your health is your fork!The goal of the October Unprocessed challenge is to try and get as many people as possible eating higher quality,whole foods and to refrain from eating processed foods for the month of October.

Fear not,this challenge is not about deprivation.Quite the opposite,it is about taking time to read labels,trying a few delicious whole food recipes and maybe developing a few good habits in the process.

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The rules are simple,fool-proof and designed to make you successful.The Cliffs Notes version is that whatever you eat must pass "The Kitchen Test."Simply stated,unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.That doesn't meanyouactually have to be the one to make it in your kitchen.Sounds doable right?Word on the street is that beer and wine pass the kitchen test so it can't be all that hard to stick with it (wink).

Kale Salad on Board


A few basic guidelines to keep in mind: eat only whole grains,avoid high fructose sugar,and stay away from trans-fat.

For two generations now,we've encouraged local,organic,real-food eating.On our website we have a fantastic array ofrecipes,we'll be pinning recipes on ourOctober Unprocessed boardon Pinterest and sharing your stories here on our blog to help you eat healthier during this challenge,and all year long.Plus,you've got one leg since you receive farm fresh produce to your door.

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Thaddeus,Freeman and Noah in the fig orchard.
WHAT YOU CAN DO

1)Take thePledge.
2)Discuss October Unprocessed with your family.
3)Help your friends be healthier too - Refer-A-Friend to188bet.手机注册and do the challenge together.
4)Set Your Goals.One week or the whole month (mine is six days a week).
5)Follow our October Unprocessed board onPinterest.
6)ReadEating Rulesfor daily updates and tips during the month of October.
7)Share with us here on the blog and onFacebook!Send pictures,updates and your favorite recipes.Don't be afraid to share the high and low points!

Good luck,and remember,we are all in this together!

Happy October Unprocessed Month!





September 29,2014

Farm News & Seasonal Dinner Tickets Giveaway!




As our event season starts to wind down,it's clear how very important it is for our farm to connect with our greater community.

On Saturday,October 11th,we are incredibly honored to be joining forces with our good friends and partners at the Center For Land-Based Learning,as well as Bon Appetit Management Company and Beneficial State Bank,to create an amazing dinner and at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores. We hope you'll consider joining us for this unique,inspiring and delicious event!

Which is why... We are thrilled to give away THREE PAIRS of tickets to our upcomingFall Farm Feast and Food System Talks at Oracleon Saturday,October 11th.Please note,the events are in the San Francisco Bay Area and you have to be available to attend on the date mentioned.

Fall Farm Feast and Food Systems Talks
TICKET GIVEAWAY!!
(CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED)

Here's How to Enter –
In our September 29,2014 Farm News" Always Planning Ahead"we talk about how important your feedback is to our farm and the planning we do from season to season.As such,to win a pair of tickets to our Fall Farm Feast and Food Systems Talk event,simply leave a comment below answering this question by 8:00 a.m.Friday,October 3rd (one entry per person please).


Your Farm News - In Photos!

What fruits or vegetables would you
like to see planted on our farm?

No purchase required.Limit one entry per person,please.Entries will close on Friday,October 3rd,at 8:00 am.Winners are chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on our blog on Friday,October 3rd.Tickets for this event only and are not redeemable for cash but can be transferred to another party if winner cannot attend.


Congratulations to our winners: Carmen,Teri P.and Ron!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Giveaway.



Together, 188bet.手机注册and the Center for Land-Based Learningare partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO)and Oracleto educate and engage in conversation about the importance of sustainable farming practices,as well as eating organic,seasonal foods.The event will include a free open house with local farmers,followed by a ticketed farm-to-fork seasonal dinner and a panel presentation and discussion with three national industry leaders in the food system.T his diverse and educational event promises to be both delicious and thought-provoking.

The event benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non Profit for Sustainable Agriculture,
whose mission is to support and provide resources to farm workers and their families,and the Center for Land-Based Learning,providing hands-on programs that educate California's youth and creating the next generation of farmers.

For tickets and more information:www.fallfarmfeast2014.eventbrite.com


August 22,2014

Savor & Save Summer - Organic Heirloom Tomato Paste and How To Freeze

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One of the perks of our new Customize Your Box feature is the ability to add more of your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables to your deliveries.Love heirloom tomatoes?They are certainly one of our farm's and family's most beloved items - and they are currently available by the pound and the case at a special summer's-end,back-to-school price!

What would you do with a bunch of heirlooms grabbed a great price?

Here are two simple ways to save the taste of summer heirlooms for enjoying now and in the winter season.

Tomato Sauce

SUMMER SAVORED - TOMATO PASTE

Tomato paste is a great kitchen staple,adding rich flavor to pastas,sauces,soups and much more.Why buy a can when you can easily and healthily make your own organic heirloom tomato paste?Here are two simple ways to cook down your heirlooms to concentrate and capture their flavor.

Simmering Tomato Sauce (1)

Option 1: Simmer On The Stove
A simple way to save your fresh heirlooms is to core,coarsely chop and seed your tomatoes,add a little seasoning and just keep cooking them down...and cooking them down...and cooking them down over a medium-low heat until it becomes a thick liquid/paste.


Option 2: Oven-Roast Your Tomatoes
Some folks swear you should oven roast your tomatoes before pureeing into a paste because baking at a low heat for several hours condenses the sweet flavor of the tomato.

Depending on the size of your tomato,slice in half (smaller tomatoes) or into thick slices,then in half (larger tomatoes).Place cut side up on a baking sheet.Drizzle with olive oil (optional) and salt and pepper.Bake in a 200 degree F oven until dry,soft and pliable,like a raisin (this could take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours).

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

What's next?Two more options!


Option 3: Enjoy Now
Well,when oven-roasted is the route you take,you may want to pull aside some of your tomato gems for enjoying now before you puree the rest for later.Keep in the refrigerator by covering them in oil for a few weeks,or in the freezer for a few months.
COUS COUS - With feta cheese,oven-roasted tomatoes,kalamata olives and fresh basil.This makes for a great Meatless Monday meal.
FRITATTA - Oven-roasted tomatoes add a touch of sweetness and a lovely texture to this egg dish.
PASTA - Use oven-dried tomatoes as a great substitute for tomato sauce in pasta dishes.

Option 4: Save For Later
FREEZING TIP - Freeze in an ice cube tray for convenient,smaller portions.
USES - Stir into pasta sauces or salad dressings.Add to soups,stews,chili,casseroles or any other dish where a tomato flavor is desired.

Simmering Tomato Sauce (2)

FROZEN: MAKES SUMMER NOT FORGOTTEN

To freeze your tomatoes without turning into puree,make sure they are fully ripe and ready to eat.

Remove the stem/core.To make skins easier to remove,score a line from the core,around the bottom,and back up again to the other side.In batches,add tomatoes to boiling water for about 2 minutes,then remove and transfer to a bowl of ice water.After one minute,remove and carefully remove the skins and discard.Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and put in freezer.Tomatoes can be frozen whole,chopped or sliced.Once fully frozen,transfer to a freezer-safe container.

Use within 8 months for best flavor.Add tomatoes in cooked dishes as you would fresh tomatoes.


HEAD TO YOUR ONLINE MARKET

Hope you head on over to our online Farm Stand Marketand take your tomatoes before they are grabbed and gobbled up at such a good price.I know that's what we're doing this weekend!

Remember,you can add and make changes to your box contents by 10 a.m.2 days prior to your scheduled delivery.Not part of our farm family?Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood.