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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Green Fried Tomatoes and Eggs

Our last box of the season is this week and we've been discussing what to do with all the green tomatoes still on the vine.  We might just put them in the boxes for fun.

So if you've never had green fried tomatoes, here's an easy breakfast dish with them.


Slice them all up.

Fry them covered on medium heat for about 6 minutes.

Add some water if they've dried out too much.


Crack a couple eggs over the top, cover and let the eggs cook.


When done, put them over toast and enjoy!


This dish won't win any beauty contests, but it does leave you wanting more.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Food Waste


After talking with many of our subscribers this year, we've heard some of you can't finish all the food and it feels wasteful.

We sent out a letter to our subscribers on this topic. It can be read here:
Letter about food waste

In summary though:
In the normal food system 52% of all vegetable produce is wasted going from
the fields, to a distributor, to a supermarket, to your refrigerator, to your fork.
See:  http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf
or:  here

At Ananda Valley Farm we waste virtually none of the produce we grow, it all either goes to our subscribers, used by volunteers, or is donated to charities.

So even if you are not able to use up to 1/2 of your box, it is still wasting less than purchasing food through a supermarket.

Joyful Cheers,
AVF Team

Box Value


The harvests this year in November and October have been abundant. Usually October is the month everything tapers off.  Our warm fall has extended many of the crops.

We decided to see what the value of our boxes were compared to shopping at Whole Foods.
Since we had posted pictures for two weeks of boxes in October, we used these ones to compare.

You can see & download the full spreadsheet analysis at:


AVF CSA Box Value compared to Whole Foods

In summary our boxes delivered between 46% to 70% more food compared to Whole Foods for the same cost!

We hope you enjoy the overabundance!





AVF Classic Box Oct 11, 2015
10 Items
Broccoli 1 large                                   
Zucchini 1 medium
Yellow Squash 2 medium
Cucumber 1 large
Peppers 2 medium
Swiss Chard bunch
Lettuce, 2 mini heads
Hard squash, 2 minis
Potatoes 7 medium
Tomatoes 4 medium, 5 small

Whole Foods $ Value:                         $34.93
Ananda Valley Farm $ Cost                 $23

Extra Value                                         52%



AVF Classic Box Oct 18, 2015
13 Items!
Broccoli 1medium                                              
Zucchini 2 medium
Yellow Squash 4 medium
Cucumber 1 large
Apples 2 medium
Rainbow Chard bunch
Kale 1 bunch
Beets 1 bunch small
Lettuce 2 mini heads
Delicata squash, 2 medium
Pumpkin 1 small
Potatoes 4 medium            
Tomatoes 4 medium, 5 small
(Potatoes & Tomatoes not pictured)
                                               
Whole Foods $ Value:                         $39.02
Ananda Valley Farm $ Cost                 $23

Extra Value                                        70%



AVF Family Box Oct 11, 2015
12 Items
Cauliflower 1 large                                             
Zucchini 2 medium
Yellow Squash 3 medium
Cucumber 1 large
Eggplant 2 small
Peppers 2 medium
Swiss Chard bunch
Kale 1 bunch
Lettuce 3 mini heads
Hard squash Gold nugget 2 med
Potatoes 7 medium            
Tomatoes 2 heirloom
Tomatoes 4 medium
                                               
Whole Foods $ Value:                         $40.83
Ananda Valley Farm $ Cost                 $28

Extra Value                                        46%



AVF Family Box Oct 18, 2015
15 Items
Broccoli 1 large                                   
Zucchini 1 medium
Yellow Squash 7 medium
Cucumber 1 large
Eggplant 2 small
Peppers 2 medium
Beets 1 bunch large
Rainbow Chard bunch
Kale 1 bunch
Apples 2 medium
Lettuce 1 mini, 1 large
Delicata squash 3 med
Pie Pumpkin 1 medium
Potatoes 7 medium            
Tomatoes 2 heirloom
Tomatoes 4 medium
(Potatoes & Tomatoes not pictured)

Whole Foods $ Value:                         $47.49
Ananda Valley Farm $ Cost                 $28

Extra Value                                        70%






Monday, October 19, 2015

Typical boxes in October

Here's pictures of our CSA boxes for Oct 11th and 18th.
Share it with friends who might want to sign up next year.
Thanks


Oct 11 2015 Classic Box


 Oct 11 2015 Family Box



 Oct 18 2015 Classic Box


 
 Oct 18 2015 Family Box




Sunday, July 5, 2015

Farm News July 5, 2015

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Farm News, July 5, 2015

Hey, what's likely to be in my CSA box this week?

Heirloom Tomatoes, the first of the season, from Ananda Community in Mt. View
Peaches, the first of the season, from Ananda Community in Mt.View
Lemon Cucumbers, from Ananda Community in Mt. View
Slicing Cucumber, the first of the season
Butter lettuce, the first of the season
Winter Density lettuce
Radishes
Zucchini
Beets
Yellow Squash
Flowering Bok Choi - a delicacy in Asian cuisine
Strawberries (in family boxes)
Japanese cucumber, the first of the season (in family boxes)
Eggplant, from Ananda Community in Mt. View (in family boxes)
Broccoli (in family boxes)
Cauliflower (in family boxes)

Announcements

• CSA box deliveries seem to be going well. If you ever need to change where you wish to pick up your box, just give a text to Art at 650-740-8478. So you don’t have to remember it, that number will now be available on the “Contact Us” tab of the AnandaValleyFarm.org website. 
• If you are one of those who pick up your produce at the Farm itself, the pickup times are changing to an earlier time on Saturday, 1 - 2:30 pm. Otherwise text to make special arrangements. 
• In all locations, thanks for signing out your box on the clipboard. It helps our ability to follow up if any problems arise.
• Don’t forget to return your empty boxes (especially those of you picking up at the Temple Piazza!) and Ananda Valley Farm produce bags. We need them to get you your next week’s harvest!  

News

As can be seen in your CSA box, the Farm is finally having some true “hot weather” crops ripen for harvest. First time entrants into your box this week include heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and two kinds of cucumbers. These days, a big help is coming from the Ananda Community in Mt. View, where many from our Ananda congregation members live side by side. The gardens there have been actively cultivated for over 20 years, and are lovingly tended with sustainable permaculture methods. Amara (right) and Ramani (left) have been the guiding lights for that site for some time now. Here they are planting one of their favorite fruit trees, with the Farm’s seedling manager, Eric, between them.  

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Our next Farm Adventure Days for kids is coming up the week of July 20 - 25. Only a few more spots are available. To sign up, register at anandavalleyfarm.com/kids/.

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In order to see the photos from the last Farm Adventure Days, copy and paste into your browser: “https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1635380840007855.1073741833.1424913351054606&type=3.” Then you can see for yourself just how much fun they had!

Blessings, and Joy!
Biraj and Lahari
for the Ananda Valley Farm team