Rutiz Family Farms
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WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT OUR FARM STAND
Rutiz Farms is looking for a new team member to join the farm stand sales staff. 
The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is ready to work hard in a fast-paced environment with a positive attitude. You are responsible for being the face of the farm to our customers and retail sales (quick mental math is a necessity).
We are looking for a long-term employee for 30 to 40 hours per week. If you are interested please email your resume and a letter explaining why you would be an asset to the Rutiz Farm team by April 20 to jerry@rutizfarms.com. Position start date is May 1.  If you know of someone that might be interested in this position, please feel free to pass this message along.

Pizza and wine party at our farm to benefit the campaign of Jimmy Paulding, who is running for 4th District Supervisor.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Rutiz Family Farm.
Come to the farm on Earth Day to enjoy artisan wood fired pizza ( roll out the dough, put on your choice of toppings and we'll cook it in the wood-fired oven ), a farm salad, local wine, informational farm tour and strawberry picking for desert!  You'll have an opportunity to meet and talk with Jimmy while enjoying good food and an afternoon at the farm.
Purchase your tickets ( $50 each ) by going to Jimmy Paulding's campaign website at https://jimmypaulding.org/farm/
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Our strawberries are FINALLY ripening up and tasting great!
We should have plenty of baskets for this week and going into the spring and early summer!!!

THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND
BeeWench Farms chicken, pork, bone broth and Thanksgiving turkey pre orders.
Little Red Hen bread 
BlissRiver Organics elderberry syrup.
Kacey Cakes gluten free treats 
Central Coast Catch will only be offering fish for her CSF members..no retail sales . Contact Jo for more info on her CFS ( 2cccatch@gmail.com ).

What's in this week's Box
Grown on our farm using organic farming methods:
 broccoli, carrots, potatoes, artichokes and green garlic
The "Persian" type cucumbers are grown by Ocean breeze Farms in Nipomo...pesticide free.
The vine ripened tomatoes are grown by Debbie Chamberlin in the Salton Sea are of Southern California...picked fully ripe for great flavor...pesticide free.
The Zutano avocados are grown by Dave Righetti...pesticide free.
The Mandarin oranges are grown by Friend's Ranch in Ojai...pesticide free!

Cooking your artichokes....don't use your microwave when steaming your artichokes. I highly recommend the "old fashioned" way and use a steamer on the stove top with lots of water. I feel it makes for a good, moist artichoke, cook until tender. Make sure a knife goes into the heart very easily and the outer leaves should pull off very easily. If you under cook them, they will be tough and inedible...but with the right amount of cooking, the artichokes should be delicious.

This week's "spring" garlic...this is a true garlic plant, just harvested early, before it makes a bulb and dries out.
They are the size of a large scallion and have a sweet and mild garlic flavor. Use them the same as a onion scallion or regular garlic...raw cut up and added to salad, sauteed in a stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, or potatoes... or coat them with a little olive oil and roast them on a bar-b-que or under a broiler. Use the bottom 3 to 4 inches, but not the leaves as they can be a bit tough.
The "Persian" cucumbers come from Ocean Breeze Farms in Nipomo. They are grown using pesticide- free farming practices. . The "Persian" cucumber is unique among cucumbers in that it has a thin skin that doesn't require peeling and has no bitter aftertaste.
The "Sierra Gold" potatoes are great for baking, roasting, mashing or frying. No need to peel off the outer skin, just scrub off the dirt and cook with the skins left on ( much of the nutrients in a potato are in the skins!). They have a nice sweet taste and a yellow, creamy insides.

        PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT OUR STAND FROM OTHER FARMERS AND BUSINESSES: 

Custom canned  Premium Albacore caught by Wayne and Diane Moody of Arroyo Grande.  Check out their website at EatAlbacore.com for more info on their sustainable fishing methods, their history and recipe ideas.

Medjool Dates from Christina and Robert at the Flying Disc Ranch located in Coachella Valley ( near Palm Springs ).

"Artisan" breads from "Little Red Hen" Bakery every Tuesday and Friday 
Goat cheeses from Drake Farms in Southern California...apricot and honey, jalapeno, herbs de Provence,  and garlic and onion flavors. 
Heather and John Teixeira bring their locally raised beef cuts to our stand every 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.  Sarah and Ryan from Beewench Farms brings their frozen chickens every 2nd and 4th Friday.
Almond Brittle from Paso Almonds of SLO...freshly made each week by Rusty and his crew.
 Citrus from Bob Polito in San Diego County and from Friends Ranch in Ojai....pesticide free.
 Springville Ranch "Grass Fed" Ground Beef ..for sale in frozen 1 pound packages
Bone Broth made with BeeWench chicken bones and organic vegetables.
Sierra High brand Lavender and White Sage essential oils.

Vegetable and herb starts from The Transitions Mental Health Growing Grounds of Santa Maria...pesticide free!  
Fresh fish caught by local fisherman out of Morro Bay is offered every Friday at our stand.  Contact 
Jo Oliver  at 2cccatch@gmail.com for sign up info for the fish CSF.     
We have two great beekeepers that bring their honey to our stand...Alisha Taft from the Rock Front Ranch near Cuyama  brings her sage and wildflower honeys and David's Blue Ribbon Honey ( and bee pollen ) from the Arroyo Grande area. 
   
"At Rutiz Farms, our goal is to provide the highest quality fresh produce while using sustainable farming practices, including legume green manure cover cropping, organic fertilizers, no pesticides and no GMO crops."     Our goal is simple...to bring to our customers ( and their families ).. fresh, nutritious, and safe food at a reasonable price and good value.
  


  

Available at the Standstrawberry
Here are the items that we should have on the "table" for this Friday:
sugar snap peas or English Shelling peas---$4/ pound
baby broccoli--$5 pound
broccoli--$3/ pound
onions--$1.00/ pound
kale--$2/ bunch
collard greens--$2/ bunch
dandelion greens--$2/ bunch
chard--$2/ bunch
beets--$2/ bunch
lettuce-- $1.50 each
Sierra Gold" potatoes--$2/ pound
carrots--$2.50 / bunch
leeks--$2/ bunch
baby mixed salad greens--$2/ bag of about 1/2 pound  
Bloomsdale baby spinach--$2/ bag               
cucumbers--$2/lb  from Ocean Breeze Farms in Nipomo
fennel bulb--$1 each
fresh herbs--$1/ bunch.. Italian flat-leaf parsley, cilantro       rosemary, arugula, mint
Meyer Lemons--$2.50/ pound 
Mandarin oranges--$2.50/ pound
apples from Cuyama Orchards--$2.50/ pound
Honey:  $13 for a 1 pound jar, $20 for a 2 pound jar 
goat cheese--$7/ tub
almond brittle--$5 / 5 oz  bag or $13/ 1 pound bag
Fresh eggs--$7/ doz                       
Flowers:   $6 to $10 / bunch    

Harvest Box Info
You are welcome to come by and pick out individual items from the table or continue to pick up your reserved Harvest box or both( add items that may not be included in your Box that week)..The Harvest Boxes, which cost $18 / week , will be available for pick up during the Stand hours on Fridays only. I would ask you to kindly let me know by Thursday evening of each week, with a E mail response( use the link in the right hand column of this newsletter where it says  Order Your Harvest Box)  if you want a Box for the week.    Please take note:  this ordering link is only usable for the current week's newsletter....After Friday morning of each week, the ordering link becomes unusable!

  

Week of April 13 2018

In This Issue
Available at the Stand
Harvest Box Info

Order Your Harvest Box  
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(this ordering link is only active until 7am  Friday of the week that this newsletter was originally sent out. )
Harvest Box   

Produce in the Harvest Box this week:

 broccoli

carrots

artichokes

spring "green" garlic

"Persian" type cucumbers

vine ripened tomatoes

Sierra Gold potatoes

2 Zutano avocados

Mandarin oranges

  PLEASE bring back the empty boxes each week.
Stand Hours
OPEN RAIN/SHINE 

Tuesdays and Fridays: noon to 6pm
Saturdays: 10am to 4pm

FARM STAND LOCATION:
1075 "The Pike" in Arroyo Grande.
We are located on the south side of The Pike, between Halcyon Road and Elm Street. Visit our web site at www.Rutizfarms.com for a map to the farm.

Our mailing address is:
Rutiz Farms
333 Miller Way
Arroyo Grande,  Ca 93420


 
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Thank you for choosing to support our farm and local, pesticide free, sustainable agriculture.

Jerry & Maureen
Rutiz Family Farms