Monthly Archives: March 2014

Broiled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

The perfect appetizer for a spring dinner party! It’s quick and easy to makep>

Ingredients

1 lbp>

Pinch of Kosher Salt

Pinch of Pepper

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

8 ounces of thinly sliced prosciutto

Preparation

Set the oven to broil and place the oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler elementp>

Snap the spears to remove the woody part of the stem and then rinse in a sink filled with cold waterp>

Starting just under the head of the asparagus, wrap a thin piece of prosciutto in [...]

FarmShares Week of March 31, 2014

Bushel

Artichokes & Chives — Full Belly Farm • Batavia Lettuce & Fennel — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

Carrots & Red Spring Onions — Full Belly Farm • Sun Dried Apricots — Good Humus Produce • Chard, Dragon Tongue Radishes, Mei Qing Choi & Red Bor Kale— Riverdog Farm •

Bite

Red Spring Onions — Full Belly Farm • Chard & Sun Dried Apricots — Good Humus Produce • Dragon Tongue Radishes & Mei Qing Choi— Riverdog Farm •

Bushel contains listed items plus Peck itemsem> All [...]

Oven Braised Artichokes

This is an easy way to prepare a vegetable that can sometimes be a little intimidatingp>

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

4 to 6 Artichokes

2 Lemons

3 to 5 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil /capayvalleyfarmshopseka-hills-extra-virgin-olive-oil-C2115">Seka Hills or Capay Oaks Arbequina will work wellp>

1 Cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock

4 to 5 medium carrots

1 Bay Leaf

3 sprigs of Thyme

Pinch of Kosher Salt

Pinch of Pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fp>

Fill a bowl with water2 inch of of the stalk and the top of the artichokep>

Slice [...]

News from the Farm | March 31, 2014

A Farm Wedding! 

Last Saturday was an exciting and happy day at Full Belly Farm as farm ‘kid’ Hallie was married to her sweetheart Diego in the peach orchard. Everyone on the farm was involved – Andrew officiated the ceremony, Judith toasted the happy couple, Dru and Paul transformed the farm into a wedding wonderland, Jenna made a delicious carrot cake, Rye and Amon spit-roasted a whole Full Belly hog, guests enjoyed all the fresh farm food for dinner, and farm flowers decorated each table. It was a magical celebration of love and family. Below are a few photos from the day! 

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Hallie is the daughter of Dru and Paul, and was born at Full Belly Farm. She now works at the farm as the our Educational Coordinator. She hosts our school visits, tours, summer camp, and plans the Hoes Down. Hallie’s new husband, Diego, is a Capay Valley transplant. He grew up in Southern California and has been an educator for 15 years. He is currently serving as the local area’s high school principal. Hallie and Diego live just down the road from Full Belly and plan on being part of the farm and community for many, many years! 

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News from the Farm | March 24, 2014

All of us at Full Belly Farm give thanks every day to our CSA members because we believe that our CSA program is not only a way for you to get great fruits and vegetables every week, but also a way for you to be more connected with us, your family farm. This week, if any of you want to deepen that connection beyond Full Belly and into the world of organizations working for change in food and agriculture across the state, we want to say just a few words about one of our favorite organizations, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).

CAFF works directly with members, particularly family farmers, to increase the use and consumption of fresh, healthy, local food, and to help farms prosper. CAFF builds relationships between sellers and buyers, and also provides technical support to farmers, like production planning, connections with local markets, product line development, and food safety plans. It really seems to us that family farms are a cornerstone of healthy communities in many of the regions where CAFF works. 

For several decades, CAFF has worked on-farm, supporting farmers as they increase their farm’s biodiversity, plant hedgerows, and reduce their use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Currently, CAFF’s dry farming program is working with growers as they try to use less water on their farms.

The bulk of CAFF’s programs are based in schools and hospitals, educating students and hospital staff about healthy eating through farm field trips, in-class lessons about vegetables and diet, and apprenticeship opportunities for older youth. These initiatives are focused on low-income schools and communities. They increase fresh food access by assisting school and hospital food service staff to get their food from local family farms. Students, teachers, patients, staff, and the wider community benefit from fresher, healthier food.

CAFF has been an advocate for family farmers for over 35 years. Food and farming are at the center of a lot of issues that we all care about – human health, environmental health, and community health, to name a few. CAFF’s policy program is currently working on climate change, farm land preservation, water use in agriculture, direct marketing regulations, and ‘food safety.’  That last one, ‘food safety,’ is all about helping farmers respond to a lot of crazy new rules that can be pretty burdensome when added together.  We want to make sure that 10 years from now, CSA members don’t look back and notice that local agriculture has withered on the vine because of all the regulatory ‘food safety’ hoops. 

Just think about a few of the challenges we face: drought; climate change; chronic illnesses that are related to diet; population growth in California that threatens to put concrete on top of some of the best ag land in the world; not to mention the increasing power of chemical companies and genetic engineering advocates at all levels of our government. We need organizations that are dedicated to protecting the interests of CSA members and family farmers.  If you agree, please consider becoming a member of CAFF.  You can find out a lot more at www.caff.org.  You can donate through the web site, or send a check to PO Box 363, Davis, California 95617.  Thank you!

~ Judith Redmond

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