Rutiz Family Farms
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WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

Mother's Day coming up this Sunday...and we'll have plenty of strawberries for your Sunday brunch and fresh flowers for the kitchen table. 
Our strawberry field is now open for u-pick each Tuesday through 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 ).   For those of you interested in larger quantities of pick-your-own, we will lower the price to $2/ pound if you pick 10 pounds or more.
This season we have 4 varieties of strawberries...Gaviota, Fronteras, Chandler, and Cabrillo.  As you are picking in the field, be sure to look for the signs at the beginnings of the rows that identify each variety . Let us know which is your favorite!  
We seem to have some of our wicker shopping baskets gone missing.  If anyone has mistakenly took one home with them, please bring them back...so other customers may use them.

Customers sometimes ask--"do you sell any jam or #2 strawberries?"  The answer is not intentionally.  But quite often, we'll have a few flats left over from the previous day, which we will offer the next day as "day old" berries and sell them at $20/ flat.  Be sure to follow Rutiz Farms on Facebook and Instagram each morning to find out if there will be discounted berries offerings that day.

I understand that some of you are inquiring... " why are the heads of cauliflower, cabbage and celery so small"?  Because of the cold and rainy winter of a couple months ago, many of the vegetables growing on the farm weren't able to uptake enough fertilizer when they were younger and thus are not as large as we'd like them to be now at harvest time.  The organic fertilizers that we use do not become readily available to the plants when the ground is cold and wet.  As the spring warms up, the plants will be "happier" and able to grow bigger!
 
We are now open till 6 pm on Tuesday through Fridays!  You can now make over to the farm stand after work and pick up some fresh veggies and berries for dinner.
Our "summer" hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm.
 
Phillip, from SLO Grown Produce in Arroyo Grande, is now bringing us his hot house grown "Persian" cucumbers and his "English" cucumbers.  

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
Shannon and Justin from MicroCosmic Organics will be offering their organic microgreens .
Nelson and Christina from Wild Bread Co will have their freshly baked breads. 
Jennifer from The Vreamery will have her dairy-free cheeses every 1st and 3rd Saturday.
 
WHAT'S IN THE HARVEST BOX THIS WEEK
Grown on our farm using organic farming methods: strawberries, beets, potatoes , celery, carrots, scallions , lettuces, and spinach.
English cucumber from Phillip at SLO Grown Produce in Arroyo Grande...pesticide free.
Zutano avocados from David Righetti in SLO.

 simple recipe for  roasted beets:
Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Rinse the beets . Wrap completely in aluminum foil and place in the oven. Roast until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool.
When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel using a paring knife or by pushing the skin with your fingers.
Slice the beets, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
The Zutano avocados have just been picked and thus will need a  week or so to ripened.  To ensure a quicker and even ripening, put the avocados in a paper bag (with a apple or a ripe banana) on your kitchen counter .

        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 ).

 Nini Cookie brings her assorted sweet and savoy treats every Tuesday.
"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:
strawberries--$3.50/ basket, 3 baskets for $10
Snap peas---$4/ pound
English shelling peas--$4/ pound
delicata squash--$1.50/ pound
 Butternut squash--$1/ pound
baby bok choy--$1.50 / bunch
artichokes--$3 for $2
sweet potatoes--$2/ pound, purple flesh
fennel--$1 each
kale--$2/ bunch
dandelion greens--$2/ bunch
collard greens---$2/ bunch
Green garlic --$2/ bunch
chard--$2/ bunch
beets--$2/ bunch
radishes--$1.50/ bunch
lettuce-- $1.50 each
"Sierra Gold" potatoes--$2/ pound
fava beans--$3/ pound
"Mokum" orange baby carrots--$2.50 / bunch
Chantenay carrots--$2/ pound
leeks--$ 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
Flowers: $6 / bunch

from other growers ( pesticide free unless otherwise noted )
blueberries--$4/ basket
Meyer lemons--$2.50/ pound
Cara Cara oranges---$1.50/ pound
Mandarin tangerines--$2.50/ pound
apples--$2.50/ 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!

  

Week of May 10 2019

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:

Mokum baby carrots

a head of red butter lettuce

a head of romaine lettuce

celery

red beets

scallions

spinach
 
an "English" cucumber

"Sierra Gold" potatoes

Zutano avocados

a basket of our strawberries

  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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Jerry & Maureen
Rutiz Family Farms