Rutiz Family Farms
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WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

SPECIAL GUEST COMING TO OUR FARM THIS FRIDAY
This  Friday, May 24, we welcome Chef Courtney Carden, She gained most of her experience when she ran and owned Petes's Pierside Cafe in Avila Beach. She currently works as a personal chef and does catering.  Starting at noon on Friday, Courtney will be doing a cooking demo with veggies from our farm ... along with giving free samples of her creations!

DOGS...DOGS...DOGS..
We seem to have more and more dogs accompanying their owners as they shop at our farm stand .  For obvious reasons, pets should not be allowed to be in the area where the fruits and vegetables are displayed and sold.  As our loyal and valued customers, I would hope you would understand this request ( and Health Dept. law ).  And by the way, I am not a dog hater...just ask my dog Emma...she'll tell you I'm a dog lover!
NEW ITEMS AT THE FARM STAND
3 new varieties of potatoes... Russian Banana Fingerlings, Halcyon Red and Halcyon Gold.  These first diggings of the season are called "new potatoes". Their skins haven't quite matured yet, so they are not good as storage potatoes...they are great eating now, just use them within a week or so of purchase.
Rainbow carrots...bunches of carrots with red, white, purple, yellow and orange carrots in each bunch.
Italian basil...what more to be said!
We have raspberry and blackberry plants for sale in 1 gallon pots.  Take home a pot or two and start your own berry patch!

Our strawberry field continues to be 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 ). Due to the rains last week, many of the ripe berries turned rotten and the plants have slowed down their production.  There are still plenty of berries for you to pick, just not as many as in the previous weeks.

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.
 
We need Meyer lemons to sell at our farm stand...If you have a backyard tree that's loaded with Meyer lemons...pick a bag or a box full and bring them to the stand...we'll pay you for them...just make sure that they are nice and yellow and juicy!
And of course they should be pesticide-free.

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: broccoli, bok choy, snap peas, potatoes, carrots, celery, scallions  and lettuces.
English cucumber from Phillip at SLO Grown Produce in Arroyo Grande...pesticide free.
Zutano avocados from David Righetti in SLO.
Apples from Cuyama Organic Orchards.

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: 
 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 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
baby bok choy--$1.50 / bunch
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--$2.50 / bunch
leeks--$ 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
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 24 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:

celery

broccoli

"rainbow colored" carrots

a bag of salad mix

bok choy

sugar snap peas

Sierra Gold potatoes

scallions

an "English" cucumber

Zutano avocados

apples from Cuyama Orchards

  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