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January Seed Starting for Southern California

Welcome to another informational post in our 2014 Planting Guide series!
Most people don't think about seed-starting in January.  If you live in warmer climates such as…

Added by Marianne Smith on January 6, 2014 at 6:01pm — No Comments

January Seed Starting for South Florida

Believe it or not, South Florida Gardeners are planting seeds in January.  
LOTS of seed varieties actually!…


Added by Marianne Smith on January 6, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Use It Up: Make Bread Crumbs

I'm always surprised (horrified) when someone at the bakery I work at asks if they can buy bread crumbs. Using bread crumbs is supposed to be a way to use up the crumbs that break off the loaf while you're cutting a slice of a good rustic bread, or a way to use bread that has become hopelessly dry. Not something you buy.…


Added by Cynthia Skelton on January 4, 2014 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Everything Bagel Focaccia Pizza

This is a chewy focaccia seasoned like an everything bagel, topped with your favorite bagel toppings.  We set up a topping bar and each person gets to top their slices their own way. Mine is shown below: 

You can find the recipe…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Orange Teriyaki Slaw Stir Fry with Orange Ginger Sriracha Turkey Meatballs

Making and eating this Fast From the Farm Share entree brightens up a winter day.  It looks, and tastes, bright and fresh.  Colorful cool weather vegetables and fresh oranges in an Asian-inspired sauce with orange, ginger, and sriracha-seasoned turkey meatballs.

You can find the recipe …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Fig Jam on an Eggnog/Butternut Pizza Crust

Using food I can find marked down is kind of a thing of mine.  I can Seconds tomatoes when my garden doesn't produce enough, I buy day old naan whenever I see it, and marked down dairy products make my heart happy.  

But sometimes I get stumped with how to use them up before they go bad. 

Pizza crust made with eggnog and butternut squash?  Why not?…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 30, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


            Who designed the chicken molting process? Really, who thought it was a good idea for the flock to lose feathers in November and December, just when the temperature drops? Henny began molting in late November and the yard was strewn with bright white feathers. As soon as she was done, just when the temperature dropped to ten degrees, Gladys started. Black smoke everywhere and she exposed her scrawny legs and neck to the cold. Why?

            But Henny is glorious in her…


Added by Charlyn on December 27, 2013 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

A Plethora of Pesto

I originally developed these eight recipes for a workshop I teach on growing and using culinary herbs. Most call for fresh herbs, but a few, like the white bean pesto and sun dried tomato pesto don't, making them perfect for the…


Added by Elizabeth Carls on December 27, 2013 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Cranberry Apple Pecan Tangerine Mini Muffins

Just because it's after Christmas does not mean that you have to stop eating cranberries, right?  I mean, I eat pumpkin from September through until I use the last one from the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve around March.  Combining cranberries with tangerines from the fruit fundraiser makes for a tart and tangy and sweet, one could even say perky muffin (hey, it's an apt term).…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 27, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Make Your Own Anti-Flu Elderberry Honey Syrup

Every family should keep a jar of elderberry honey syrup in their refrigerator. This simple, natural elixir is fabulous at preventing and treating illnesses and it couldn't be easier to make or more natural.

What's so great about elderberry syrup?

Elderberry syrup is one of the best…


Added by Alicia Bayer on December 24, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

25+ Fantastic foraging groups and pages on Facebook

Has your family tried foraging yet? Foraging for wild edible foods is a great way to get healthy, pesticide-free, delicious food for free, plus try wonderful new tastes and get out in nature.

There are many great books out there to give you basic…


Added by Alicia Bayer on December 24, 2013 at 1:23pm — 6 Comments

Eggnog Finnish Oven Pancake

I first had a Finnish oven pancake while working on a dairy farm in southeastern Finland.  I make it for my kids when they have leisurely winter mornings at home due to snow days--but it's also a yummy holiday breakfast.

A stand mixer makes easy work of this breakfast, as it requires 10 minutes of beating.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Cranberry Honey Butter

I'll be the first to admit that I'm no Martha Stewart--I can't roll this compound butter into anything that looks pretty.  But it's quick and easy to make, adds color to your holiday table, and uses cranberries while they are abundant in stores.

We like it on waffles/pancakes/Pumpkin Cranberry Maple Kugel as well as tossed with green beans, Brussels sprouts, and corn.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

The Pint Size Farmer


Added by Ken /Stacy Zivicki on December 21, 2013 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

100% grassfed, CA native, GMO free bison herd=in danger; YOU=SOLUTION!

Lindner Bison is in danger of having to close, sell its herd of 100% grassfed bison and all of us would loose having a CA born herd of bison roaming where they roamed last hundreds of years ago!

This is happening because their water-well underwent a catastrophic failure and needs to be rebuilt. Why do the…


Added by Felix Schweizer on December 21, 2013 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Black Eyed Pea and Kale Salad in Salumi Cups

I don't know where the black eyed peas = good luck in the new year tradition started, but I do know that I get a hankering for black eyed peas around this time of year.

I created this appetizer to be a fun way to get my New Year good luck while using goodies from our farm share.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Candied Grapefruit Peel

I'm running behind on my Christmas preparations this year, and still plan to give food gifts to neighbors and friends.  Here's an unusual food gift using fresh grapefruit (arriving soon to a fruit fundraiser near you!)

The recipe is …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 18, 2013 at 8:38pm — 3 Comments

Tips for Shopping the Farmer's Market

I originally published this list of tips on my blog in 2010 during National Farmer's Market Week. The information is still useful and the content relevant. …


Added by Elizabeth Carls on December 12, 2013 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

E - Cookbooks on Parsi Cuisine

Welcome to Parsi Cuisine

In Parsi Cuisine you will find a unique blend of spices that makes the food very appetizing, nutritious and wholesome. Vegetables, Meats and Dairy products are the foundation. Using  Saffron, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cardamom, and Rosewater flavor the food and remind us of the sweetness of life.  Nuts like Charoli, Almonds, Walnuts and Dry Fruits give us strength. Curry Powder, Ginger, Garlic, etc. add the…


Added by Rita Kapadia on December 9, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Victory Garden "Ballistic Seed Balls" and How they Work

Originally posted @ Back to the Basics:

Let's talk about Victory Gardens and Seed Balls...

What is a Victory…

Added by Marianne Smith on December 8, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

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