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UC Santa Cruz Farm CSA
Week 15 – September 13 and 16

What's in the Box?
Apples - Jonagold
Strawberries - Albion
Broccoli - Gypsy
Collards- Champion
Lettuce - Merlot
Peppers - Poblano
Spinach - Renegade
Sweet Corn
Tomatoes - Mixed Heirloom and Early Girls

former CSA pick up shed
The Farm Garden flowers and Hoop House
Notes from the Field
The season slows. A cool, damp fog hangs low through the morning, waiting to greet you when you wake. The sun makes its rays visible when it pleases and shoos the low, lurking, leisurely fog away just for the day. You left your boots outside, now damp you slip them on, taking note of how our first corn planting got mowed the other day. Sweet while it was sweet and carbon to go back to the soil when it stopped being sweet. Grabbing an apple on the way to the farm center you take a bite, sweet at first, slightly crunchy and ending with a little tang. A smile to yourself, thinking how great it is to pick and eat fruit where you live, hand to mouth. Eating the labor and love of past apprentices, transmuted through the tree and further into the fruit. A dance of nature and human interaction. Humans, manipulating nature for their benefit and it being human nature to do so. You feel affirmed and head off to the farm center to brew some coffee and start the day. Fall is in the air and as a fellow apprentice said to me, fall is like "a type of art". You can sense it, you can see the flashing sunsets and sunrises of orange and pink. The smell of wood smoke in the air and the dreaded pumpkin spice lattes that Starbucks sells. Beyond the sensual pleasures of the coming fall, it is a time of continuance and new beginnings. Continuance in the harvest and the work here at CASFS and continuance in the friendships made over the past months. New beginnings in that we (the apprentices) will be having our shallow roots pulled out, and are to be transplanted elsewhere with the hopes of thriving wherever we land. 
Here, with our temperate Mediterranean climate tomatoes come late, and with great relief the heirloom tomatoes have been coming on strong lately. Large colorful, and often coming in strange shapes, these tomatoes are asking to have a bite taken out of them like an apple. Storage onions have made their appearance. Curing in the field, now ready to be sautéed and sweeten most meals. With that I'd like to end with a Gary Snyder poem that caught my eye entitled "For All". 
For All
Ah to be alive
   on a mid-September morn
   fording a stream 
   barefoot, pants rolled up,
   holding boots, pack on, 
   sunshine, ice in the shallows,
   northern rockies.
Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
   cold nose dripping 
   singing inside
   creek music, heart music, 
   smell of sun on gravel.
I pledge allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the soil
   of Turtle Island, 
and to the beings who thereon dwell
   one ecosystem
   in diversity 
   under the sun
With joyful interpretation for all.
– Andy Vasconcellos
1st Year Apprentice
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food System's Farm Garden is located within the 30 site on the lower UC Santa Cruz campus that includes the Field site.  The Farm Garden features hand worked gardens of annual and perennial food and ornamental crops, and is used by students, faculty, and researchers for training and research in organic horticulture and agriculture. The focus of the Farm Garden is centered on growing culturally relevant and significant crops, as well as those which are nutritionally dense, including amaranth, quinoa, choi, and cempaxochi (marigold). Produce and flowers from the Farm Garden can be found at the Tuesday and Friday Market Cart. We encourage you to visit the Farm Garden, which is open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm.

Recipes by Crop
Recipe PDFs are available on our website, indexed by crop.

Newsletter archives are also available.


Produce Notes
  • The peppers in your share are "Poblanos", mild chile peppers originating from the state of Puebla, Mexico. Dried, they are called anchos meaning "wide". Stuffed fresh and roasted they make a great chile relleno. While poblanos tend to have a mild flavor, occasionally and unpredictably they can have significant heat, so watch out!
  • The apples in your share are the popular variety "Jonagold". We have a beautiful row of old standard root stock "Jonagolds" that are just laden with fruit. This sweet over tart apple is a cross between "Jonathon" and "Golden Delicious".
Sunday, September 25, 11 am - 5 pm: Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm

Join us for music, food, workshops, tours, kids' activities, a pie baking contest, and much more at our annual Harvest Festival!

Enjoy a day on the 30-acre UCSC Farm as we celebrate the bounty of fall. $5 general admission. Free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. Stay tuned for details and a full schedule of events, including the official rules for the apple pie bake-off!
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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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