Rutiz Family Farms
Newsletter


WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

Fall is just around the corner...and our pumpkin plants have set some nice pumpkins, that are now ready for "engraving"....so come pick out your pumpkin and write your name on the skin. Then come back in October and get your fully grown pumpkin with your name etched on the outside! The pumpkins are "ripe" for writing ... be sure to come by the farm this week during our regular stand hours. 
In the past years, we have found that when children are allowed to do the engraving themselves, the results are quite often not so good and the pumpkins will usually rot or are deemed "undesirable" when October comes around. This year we ask that only adults do the actual writing on the pumpkins. We know the kids like to do the engraving, but we have a limited amount of pumpkins in the field, and we would like to give each family an opportunity to have one or two nice pumpkins.  Stop by the farm stand first to get directions to the pumpkin field and to pick up the engraving pencils, marking stakes and yellow stickers that will identify your pumpkin.
You pay for the pumpkins in October, when you take them home with you.

INTERESTING OR NEW ITEMS AT THE FARM STAND
Duck eggs raised by Jenny Durling. 
Fresh Shitake mushrooms sourced from a local grower.
Jicama grown by Raul, one of our farm's field employees.
Heirloom tomatoes grown by Ben and Carlos ( two of our farm stand employees ) . 
"Persian", lemon and pickling cucumbers grown by Angel, one of our field employees.
"Indian Blood" peaches...a heirloom peach variety brought to the "New World" by the Spaniards over 500 years ago...now grown by Island Farms in Kingsburg.
Sweet red and orange peppers, jalapeno peppers, Poblano peppers, and Shishito peppers grown on our farm.
Assorted varieties of apples and pears from See Canyon...grown by Mike Crone.

Our raspberry field is now open for u-pickers...the field is located inside our "hoop houses" ( those greenhouse structures located on the west side of our farm).  It is a 4 minute walk from our parking lot...but well worth it if you are into raspberries.  Prepare for warm temperatures inside the hoop houses during the middle of the day.  Please follow the instructions at the field as to which rows to pick in .  The price is $5/ pound, which is about 1/2 the regular price of $3.50/ basket for already picked raspberries at our farm stand.
Bring your own containers to pick into or use our baskets and boxes.  The u-pick is available during our regular farm stand hours...Tuesday thru Friday, noon to 6 and Saturday, 10 to 4.

THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND.
BeeWench Farms chicken, pork and bone broth.
 Little Red Hen bread
BlissRiver Organics elderberry syrup will be attending bi-weekly through the summer.
Kacey Cakes ( offering  gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free desserts and savory sauces. They currently make non-baked cheesecakes, chocolate peanut butter cups, french macaron cookies, vegan queso sauces, and vegan alfredo sauce ).
Central Coast Catch ( fish ) will offer their pre-ordered deliveries...contact Kevin Hall at 2ccCatch@gmail.com for sign up info.

THIS SATURDAY AT THE STAND
Carol and Nancy will be offering their cookies and other tasty treats.
Shannon and Justin from MicroCosmic Organics will have their organic microgreens .
Nelson and Christina from Wild Bread Co will have their freshly baked breads. 

NEXT TUESDAY ( August 27 ) AT THE STAND
Last summer, Michelle and John opened up their Airbnb in Oceano and began serving their guests scones every morning, freshly made in their own "Cottage Bakery" kitchen.  Their bakery is now called "Oceano Craft" and Michelle will be selling her scones at our farm stand each Tuesday, from noon till 2 pm.  "Everything we do is small batch, and when possible using local ingredients to provide the freshest best flavors! "

WHAT'S IN THE HARVEST BOX THIS WEEK
Grown on our farm using organic farming
methods: fennel, squash, tomatoes, beans, corn, raspberries, cucumbers, spinach, Mesclun mix, peppers and carrots.

Use the fennel bulb as you might use an onion...cut up the white bulb portion and add to a stir fry...it will give you a mildly, sweet licorice flavor. You can also use the white bulb portion to make a salad by finely shaving and adding to salad greens.

A simple and delicious way to prepare the  zucchini  squash. .cut the squash lengthwise into stripes about 1/4 inch thick, cover with a little olive oil and  seasonings, put them on a hot bar-b-q grill or under a broiler for 5 to 10 minutes on each side until brown and crispy

        PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT OUR STAND FROM OTHER FARMERS AND BUSINESSES: 
 Springville Ranch "Grass Fed" Ground Beef ..for sale in frozen 1 pound packages
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.

Deglet noor and Dayri 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 and N.14th Wild Bread Co. every Saturday.
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.
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!  
   
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 week:
raspberries and blackberries---$4/ basket
Green beans, yellow wax beans, Romano beans--$3/ pound
Zucchini or yellow crookneck squash--$2/ pound
Tomatoes--$3/ pound
Persian Cucumbers--$3/ pound
Pickling cucumbers--$3/ pound
lemon cucumbers--$3/ pound
baby bok choy--$1.50 / bunch
fennel--$1 each
kale--$2/ bunch
dandelion greens--$2/ bunch
collard greens---$2/ bunch
chard--$2/ bunch
beets--$2/ bunch
lettuce-- $1.50 each
"Sierra Gold" potatoes--$2/ pound
"Halcyon" gold or red potatoes--$2/ pound
Fingerling potatoes--$3/ pound
yellow onions--$2.00/ pound 
"Mokum" orange baby carrots--$2.50 / bunch
leeks--$ 2 pound
baby mixed salad greens--$2/ bag of about 1/2 pound 
Endive --$3/ bag of about 1/2 pound
spicy greens  mix--$3/ bag of about 1/2 pound  
Bloomsdale baby spinach--$2/ bag
fresh herbs--$1/ bunch.. Italian flat-leaf parsley, cilantro , mint, rosemary, French tarragon and basil
Flowers: $6 to $10/ bunch

from other growers ( pesticide free unless otherwise noted )
Hass avocados--$2 each
peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots--$3 / pound
Mandarin tangerines--$2.50/ pound
Honey:,$14 for a 1 pound jar, $22 for a 2 pound jar
goat cheese--$7/ tub
almond brittle--$5 / 5 oz bag or $13/ 1 pound bag

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 $20 / 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 August 23 2019

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:

bi-color sweet corn

red and orange sweet peppers

Blue Lake beans

4th of July tomatoes

 carrots

fennel

green and yellow squash

spinach

"Mesclun" greens mix
( arugula, mizuna, endive and red mustard )

"Persian" type cucumbers

raspberries

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

Tuesdays through 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