Rutiz Family Farms
Newsletter


WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

 Looking ahead to our holiday hours:
The week before Christmas...
open Friday, Dec. 22--noon to 5 pm.
open Saturday, Dec 23--10 to 4 pm.

The week of Christmas...
closed Tuesday, Dec. 26
open Friday, Dec. 29---noon to 5 pm.
open Saturday, Dec. 30--10 to 4 pm.

The week of New Years...
open Tuesday, Jan 2...noon to 5 pm.
open Friday, Jan 5..noon to 5 pm.
open Saturday, Jan 6...10 to 4 pm.

Thinking about gifts for the holidays...
A gift certificate for our farm...for any amount that you wish..available for sale at the stand.
"Rutiz Family Farms" T- shirts and cloth shopping bags .
Jars of honey ...flavored "creamed" honey or 1 or 2 pound jars "regular" honey or 1 pound jars with honeycomb. 
Almond brittle in 5 oz. or 1 pound bags or a bag of "sweet-hots" almonds.

THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND
BeeWench Farms chicken.
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:
carrots, salad mix, snap peas, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and spinach.
The "Persian" cucumbers come from Ocean Breeze Farms in Nipomo...pesticide- free .
The Satsuma Mandarin oranges come from Polito Farms in San Diego County...pesticide free.

This week's purple sweet potatoes are from our farm and grown by Raul, my field crew foreman.  They are a bit more"dense" in texture than a typical orange sweet potato and have a full bodied flavor.  His preferred way to cook them is to cut them up into 1 inch squares and steam until tender and soft.  Add a little butter or brown sugar if you wish.

The peas in this week's box are the sugar snap peas...edible pod....which means that you eat the outside skin also...no need to shell these peas. They are sweet and crunchy, great served raw with a dip or added to a stir fry dish.

Recipe idea for butternut squash from "Cook's Illustrated" magazine:
heat oven to 425 degrees, put oven rack on lowest position in oven, peel the skin using a vegetable peeler until squash is completely orange with no white flesh remaining ( roughly 1/8 inch deep), halve squash lengthwise and scrape out seeds, place squash cut side down on cutting board and slice crosswise into 1/2 inch thick rings, toss squash with 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until evenly coated, arrange squash on rimmed baking sheet in single layer, roast until side touching sheet is well browned ( 20 to 25 minutes) and then use a spatula to flip each piece, cook another 10 to 15 minutes until both sides are browned, top with some pecans, goat cheese or maple syrup if desired
 . The "Persian" cucumber is unique among cucumbers in that it has a thin skin that doesn't require peeling and has no bitter aftertaste.


        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....pesticide free.
 Springville Ranch "Grass Fed" Ground Beef ..for sale in frozen 1 pound packages
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:
raspberries--$4/ basket
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
orange or purple sweet potatoes--$2/ pound
jicama--$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
tomatoes--$3/ pound from Bautista Farms in Arroyo Grande
fennel bulb--$1 each
fresh herbs--$1/ bunch.. Italian flat-leaf parsley, cilantro,dill,       rosemary, arugula, 
Valencia oranges-$1.50/ pound,, 
            and Meyer Lemons--$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 Dec 22 2017

In This Issue
Available at the Stand
Harvest Box Info

Order Your Harvest Box  
Click Here      
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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:

snap peas

a bag of salad mix

purple sweet potatoes

radishes

butternut squash

orange carrots

"Persian" cucumbers

"Bloomsdale" spinach 

Hass avocado from Morro Creek Ranch

Satsuma Mandarin oranges

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

Tuesdays and Fridays: noon to 5 pm
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