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Posted 2/10/2013 5:28pm by David Paulk.

Today, we planted Shiitake mushroom "seeds" into cut logs.  It's a mult-step process.  First we cut logs, then we drill holes in them, inject the mushroom spawn into the holes and finally sealing the holes with cheese wax.  Typically, the logs will grow mushrooms in spring and fall for three-five years.  

To us, there is nothing more amazing then a freshly harvested Shiitake mushroom.  It has a wonderfully sweet, meaty, earth taste that is incredible in soups and stirfrys.  We tried mushrooms last year for the first time with mixed results mainly because of the hot weather.  This year, we'll keep a better eye on the logs and bring them to the market to share.  

Posted 2/5/2013 7:52am by David Paulk.

We've started our first plants for the season!  Thousands and thousands of onions are quickly coming to life in our greenhouse.  We have red ones, yellow ones, little ones (Cipollini) and my favorite, two varities of sweet onions.  In another month, we'll be transplaning them and with some TLC, they will be at market by late June.

A lot of farmers grow onions from bulbs or buy small onion transplants.  We've tried this but mostly prefer to start our own from seed.  It's a lot more work, but we believe we get healther plants that taste better and we can choose many different varities that are only available from seed.  

 

Posted 2/4/2013 1:12pm by David Paulk.

Happy New Year!  Hope you have been enjoying our winter weather these past two weeks. The cold temperatures should help keep the pests at bay this growing season!  

We've had a nice, albeit short, break from farming and are now quickly starting the 2013 season.  Each season for us starts with crop planning.  This involves a detailed schedule of what crops to grow by variety, when to start them, how much to grow and finally where to plant them by location, plot and bed.  Our plan is similar to last year's with modifications as we learn what grows well in our climate and how we can improve crops that are still challenging.  Like most farmers, we like experimenting with new varieties so we have included a few new things for this season that we’ll reveal at the market in the next few months.   

2018 California (BAE) Farmer's Market is OPEN this Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm (UNTIL 17 NOV)July 20th, 2018

Hello Farm Friends, We have Sweet Corn!....Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Summer squash and Watermelons, and more!  It really is summer now! We have all of your favorite organic vegetables (see complet

New recipe: Fresh Tomato SauceJuly 13th, 2018

Ingredients: 10 Large tomatoes or 16 medium to small (cored) 2 tbspns olive oil salt fresh basil, oregano, and/or garlic (whatever seasoning you like) Directions: (Read all the way through before star

New recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Roasted PotatoesJuly 13th, 2018

1 1/2 pounds small red or white-skinned potatoes (or a mixture)1/8 cup good olive oil3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 tablespoons minced garlic (3 cloves)2 tablespoons

 

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