Rutiz Family Farms
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WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

Mother's Day coming this Sunday...to help you celebrate, we'll have plenty of our strawberries and fresh cut flowers (sweet peas, French tulips and godetias) along with all our usual produce at the farm stand on Friday and Saturday.

2018 World Migratory Bird Day is this Saturday!
Another advantage of supporting a farm committed to using organic practices and no pesticides is that the habitat is vibrant and protected! This weekend is an international event focused on BIRDS! We have a thriving bird population and wanted to invite any birders to bring their binoculars and look around to see what species are present and/or possibly migrating through town! Last spring, over 25 different species were spotted including  American Goldfinch, Black Phoebe, California Quail, Cliff Swallow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Hooded Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow, and Western Bluebird  and Lesser Goldfinch We are open Saturday 10-4: feel free to walk the fields and Eucalyptus borders and of course stop by the stand for refreshments. 
#worldmigratorybirdday

Be sure to follow Rutiz Farms on Facebook and Instagram to find out any "last " minute updates of farm stand happenings, specials and events.
 
Anyone need a full flat of our wonderful strawberries...this coming Friday and Saturday we will have a special price of $30 for a full flat ( 12 baskets ).  Our regular price is $40/ flat. A good time to stock up your freezer with our strawberries...for smoothies later on when the strawberry crop is finished!  

Our strawberry field is now open for u-pick each Tuesday and Friday from noon to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring the family out for a fun time picking our delicious strawberries. Bring your own containers or use our baskets to pick into. The price will be $3.00 per pound, which works out to be about $3.00 per one pint basket ( our regular price when purchased already picked at the stand is $3.50 /basket ). We will continue to have plenty of picked berries available at The Stand, along with all our other veggies and fruits.

THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND
BeeWench Farms chicken and pork.
Lisen from Vintage organics will be selling her locally raised lamb.
Little Red Hen bread is taking the week off...so no bread this coming Friday or next Tuesday.
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:
chard, peas, fava beans, spring onions, artichokes, strawberries and salad mix.
The Hass avocados are grown by Dave Righetti...pesticide free.
The "Persian" cucumbers come from Ocean Breeze Farms in Nipomo. They are grown  pesticide- free .

Cooking the Rainbow colored chard:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Stir in the sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and chard stems, and cook for 3 minutes until the flavor of the garlic mellows and the stems begin to soften. Stir in the shredded chard leaves, cover, and cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

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.

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.

        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
cauliflower--$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 May 11 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:

sugar snap peas

 green and purple artichokes

spring yellow onions

salad mix

"Persian" type cucumbers

rainbow colored chard

fava beans

Hass avocado

a basket of our strawberries

  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