Rutiz Family Farms
Newsletter


WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS
 
We are now on Winter hours...open from noon to 5pm on Tuesdays and Fridays,  Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Holiday wreath making
We're getting into the spirit of the holidays and thought we would offer a wreath making DIY ( do it yourself ) this Saturday, December 9, from 10am to 2pm. Come, hang-out, bring the family, we'll have a table full of all the supplies you'll need plus the evergreens,Eucalyptus, Toyon (for the berries) rosemary, white sage and Bay. Stephanie will be on hand along with our crew if you need instructions or assistance. It would be helpful if you would rsvp (Jerry@Rutizfarms.com ) so we can be prepared! $20 per wreath.

Kendra Aronson-local author of The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California-will be selling and signing her cookbooks and reusable tote bags at the farm stand for the holidays (great gifts!). The cookbook features 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories on local farmers and farm-to-table chefs in SLO County. Rutiz Farms and Jerry's Double Citrus Mint Iced Tea recipe are in the book! She accepts credit cards, check, and cash.
Kendra will be at our farm stand the following days:
Friday December 8 = 12-5
Saturday December 9= 12-4
Friday December 15 = 12-5
Saturday December 16 = 12-4

Lori Wolf Grillias will continue to accept spoon donations for her upcoming exhibition " The Spoon Tree" at The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. If your life has been touched by addiction, or you know someone who's life has
been affected by addiction, contribute to her exhibition by dropping off at our farm stand a spoon for her to add to the exhibition coming up Feb 2 - April 1, 2018.

This Friday, Dec 8,  Lisen from Vintage Organic Farm will be selling her lamb meat cuts.
"The lamb we raise at Vintage Organics is grass fed. Born, raised and processed locally and with-out antibiotics and hormones. Vintage Organics is a farm in the center of Los Osos Valley, committed to raise top quality lamb meat in small batches using sustainable agricultural practices. Our Lambs meat is MILD in flavor. Add herbs like garlic, thyme and rosemary for added flavor and aromas. We will be featuring lamb shanks, racks and loin chops.  All meats at $11.00/lbs.
For more information on other available cuts, contact Lisen 805-459-2953".


THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND
BeeWench Farms chickens.
Little Red Hen bread will be away this friday...so no bread.
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, Kabocha squash, potatoes, celery, and cauliflower.
The "Persian" cucumbers come from Ocean Breeze Farms in Nipomo...pesticide- free .
The Satsuma Mandarin oranges come from Bob Polito in San Diego Co...pesticide free.

We think the orange kabocha is one of the sweetest winter squash we grow, with a rich velvety texture and beautiful golden flesh. Lacking the pumpkin's stringiness, these little guys are ideal in baked goods like cookies and breads. And don't forget the pie. This winter I had a few customers mistake an orange kabocha for a pumpkin and later made their best "pumpkin" pie ever 

Roasting the Kabocha squash:
Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seed cavity.
Lay the pieces in one layer on a pan. Drizzle with vegetable oil (enough to light cover - about 2 tablespoons) and toss until all sides of the squash are covered with some oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss, lay cut side down on roasting pan and then roast in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until soft.

Kabocha Squash Pancakes
Ingredients
2 eggs
1 cup roasted kabocha squash 
a dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
a pat of butter
In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add squash and mix until lumps are gone and batter is smooth. (This can also be done in a blender or food processor instead of by hand). Add cinnamon and baking soda.
Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Melt butter in skillet. Pour pancake batter into skillet.  Cook until the edges are firm as well as about half of the top of the pancake. Flip and continue cooking other side for about a minute more.
Makes 8 pancakes.

 . 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....pesticide free.
Lemonade and grapefruit juice...fresh squeezed each week by Polito Farms . 
 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
"Blue Lake" green beans---$3/ pound
baby broccoli--$5 pound
broccoli--$3/ pound
onions--$2.00/ 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 See Canyon--$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 8 2017

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:

snap peas

a bag of salad mix

cauliflower

"Mokum" orange carrots

kabocha  squash

celery

"Persian" cucumbers

"Sierra Gold" potatoes

Satsuma Mandarins 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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Jerry & Maureen
Rutiz Family Farms