WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS
With possible stormy weather in the
for this coming week be sure to follow Rutiz Farms on Facebook and Instagram to find out any "last minute" updates of farm stand closures due to weather...last week we closed the stand 2 days due to weather...so be sure to check with our "Social Media" sites if the weather is questionable.
Be sure to check out our fresh flower selections...Ranunculus, Freesias and Tulips.
Next week we will have some beautiful mixed bouquets just in time for Valentines Day ( next Thursday ).
We have fresh
available for a limited time at the farm stand. The recent rains have woke up these mushrooms from their dormancy, giving our friend Louie the opportunity to find them in their hiding places under oak trees in our rural back country. He hand harvests, meticulously cleans and dries them...a beautiful and tasty treat that can be enjoyed sauteed with a little butter and garlic powder or mixed in with scrambled eggs for a breakfast feast.
THIS FRIDAY AT THE STAND.
BeeWench Farms chicken, pork and bone broth.
Little Red Hen bread
BlissRiver Organics elderberry syrup.
Kacey Cakes gluten free treats
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
Jennifer from The Vreamery will have her dairy-free cheeses.
Shannon and Justin from MicroCosmic Organics will be offering their organic microgreens .
Nelson and Christina from N.14th Wild Bread Co will have their freshly baked breads.
WHAT'S IN THE HARVEST BOX THIS WEEK
Grown on our farm using organic farming methods:
celery, broccoli, baby broccoli, mix greens, peas, cauliflower, bok choy, green garlic and butternut squash.
Persian cucumbers grown by Ocean Breeze Farm in Nipomo...pesticide free.
Apples from Cuyama Orchards located in the upper Cuyama Valley....certified organic.
Speaking about growing things organically on our farm:
Yes, you may encounter a few aphids in the cauliflower or broccoli...just use a strong stream of water from your kitchen faucet and you should be able to rinse off most of the critters.
"Elegance" Greens Mix
---a combination of flavors and textures ( pac choi, red mustard, mizuna and leaf broccoli ) makes this a beautiful and tasty ( a bit "spicier") salad.
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.
...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.
BOK CHOY STIR FRY from Allrecipe website:
This basic stir-fry can be served as is, or you can add meat or tofu to make it more substantial. Quick and easy, this is one of my favorite ways to load up on leafy greens. Serve with fluffy rice or over noodles. The bok choy cooks down quite a bit, so the raw amount may look like it will be too much before cooking. If you want a more robust flavor, feel free to add some soy sauce or oyster sauce to the finished product, but personally I like to let the simple but delicious taste of the bok choy shine through
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped) 1 to 2 heads bok choy (trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces..use both the white stems and the green leaves )
Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, and cook the garlic in the hot oil until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
Mix in the bok choy, and cook and stir until the green parts of the leaves turn bright green and the stalks become slightly translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt to serve.
delicata squash is sweet and delicious and easy to cook. Slice the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, season with a little olive oil,garlic and salt and pepper, place cut side down in a roasting pan, cook at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until soft, you can eat the whole squash...skin and all.
Another way to cook the Delicata is to make "squash rings". Cut into 1/2 inch wide rings, scoop out the seeds from the center, brush on some olive oil and sprinkle on a little seasonings, spread out on a cookie sheet single layer, roast in the oven until the rings become brown and crispy...the kids will think they are onion rings!
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.
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 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 Stand
Here are the items that we should have on the "table" for this week:
delicata squash--$1.50/ pound
Butternut, kabocha and spaghetti squashes--$1/ pound
celery root--$3/ pound
baby bok choy--$1 / bunch
sweet potatoes--$2/ pound, orange, white or purple flesh
green or red cabbage--$1.50/ pound
dandelion greens--$2/ bunch
collard greens---$2/ bunch
Green garlic --$2/ bunch
Brussels sprouts--$3/ pound
sugar snap peas--$4/ pound
English shelling peas--$4/ pound
lettuce-- $1.50 each
"Sierra Gold" potatoes--$2/ pound
"Mokum" orange baby carrots--$2.50 / bunch
Chantenay carrots--$1/ pound
baby mixed salad greens--$2/ bag of about 1/2 pound
Bloomsdale baby spinach--$2/ bag
fresh herbs--$1/ bunch.. Italian flat-leaf parsley, cilantro , rosemary, arugula, dill
Flowers: $6 to $10 / bunch
from other growers ( pesticide free unless otherwise noted )
Meyer lemons--$2.50/ pound
Cara Cara oranges---$1.50/ pound
Mandarin tangerines--$2.50/ pound
"Persian" type cucumbers--$3/ pound
yellow onions--$1.00/ pound ( "conventionally grown" in Washington State)
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!
Order Your Harvest Box
(this ordering link is only active until 7am Friday of the week that this newsletter was originally sent out.
Produce in the Harvest Box this week:
"Elegance" Greens Mix
"Persian" type cucumbers
sugar snap peas
PLEASE bring back the empty boxes each week.
Tuesdays through Fridays: noon to 5pm
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
for a map to the farm.
Our mailing address is:
333 Miller Way
Arroyo Grande, Ca 93420