Rutiz Family Farms
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WELCOME TO RUTIZ FARMS

THE PUMPKINS ARE READY!!!
Come pick out your Halloween pumpkins now from our u-pick field ...and wait to carve them until just before Halloween...then you'll be able to enjoy them for the next month! We are selling the large Jack O Lantern ( orange or white skinned ) for 50c per pound  and smaller "pie" pumpkins and ornamental gourds for $1/ pound. 
For those of you who "engraved" a pumpkins last August, yours are ready to go home now.

SPECIAL ON BLACKBERRIES THIS WEEK ONLY!
Get a full flat ( 12 baskets ) of our freshly picked blackberries for only $25/ flat.  Freeze them or make jam or just eat a lot.

Does anyone need corn stalks for their fall decorations? ...we have bundles for sale at the farm stand for $5.

Speaking of corn...I hope you have all been enjoying this year's bi-color sweet corn as much as I have.  The flavor and tender kernels have made this year's corn one of the best I can remember...and we still have another 2 months to go!

We are now stocking plenty of fresh apples from Mike Cirone in See Canyon...varieties such as Gala, Early Fuji, Breaburn, Honey Crisp and more! Also red, green and black seedless grapes from Island Organic Farms in Kingsburg.

U- PICK OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK
Blackberries---$4/ pound ( $3/ pound if you pick 10 pounds or more!)
 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.
Teixiera Cattle Co beef.
 Little Red Hen bread 
BlissRiver Organics elderberry syrup .
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.  Follow them on Instagram at centralcoastcatch 

THIS SATURDAY AT THE STAND
Shannon and Justin from MicroCosmic Organics will have their organic microgreens .
Nelson and Christina from Wild Bread Co. 

 TUESDAY AT THE STAND
 Michelle from "Oceano Craft" bakery will be selling her scones from noon till 2 pm.  

WHAT'S IN THE HARVEST BOX THIS WEEK
Grown on our farm using organic farming
methods :, potatoes, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, corn, celery, blackberries, jicama, and carrots.
Seckel Pears grown by Lisen at Vintage Organics in SLO.

Our Jicama is crunchy, mild, and sweet, and is often served with a little lime juice and chile powder to accompany Mexican dishes. Wash off the dirt and peel the outer skin and then you are ready to go! My favorite way is to cut it up into "sticks" and use the jicama raw as a "dipping" vegetable.

"Seckel Pears are small. So much so, that if you've ever seen one, you probably dismissed it, said it looks unsubstantial, decorative, or maybe just thought it a cute little novelty like a tiny salt and pepper shaker. If you've ever tasted one though, you'd remember it. The Seckel pear is believed to be the only truly American pear that is currently commercially grown. While it's history remains somewhat mysterious, the general consensus is that this delightful little pear is a hybrid of Asian and European pears. It gets its name from the Pennsylvanian farmer who discovered it around 1820, as a wild seedling rather than a European cultivar. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "good things come in small packages", nothing could be a more fitting description for the Seckel pear. These sweet, almost desert quality pears are pure joy in that first bite; the second and the third bites leave you only wanting more.
Their petite size, thin skin and smooth juicy flesh make them the perfect afternoon snack, or garnish to your savory meal. Like most pears, the Seckel ripens fully after its been harvested. Set these tiny gems out on your countertop in a brown paper bag, and "Check the Neck" to determine ripeness. A perfectly ripe pear should yield a little under gentle thumb pressure around the base of the stem, while remaining firm around the middle fatter area of the fruit."
(copied from "The Fruit Company" webiste)

        PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT OUR STAND FROM OTHER FARMERS AND BUSINESSES: 
Duck eggs from Darling Acres and their free range ducks.

 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:
raspberries, strawberries and blackberries---$3.50/ basket or 3 baskets for $10
Green beans, yellow wax beans, Romano beans--$3/ pound
Zucchini or yellow crookneck squash--$2/ pound
Tomatoes--$3/ pound
baby bok choy--$1.50 / bunch
fennel--$1 each
kale--$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
Jicama--$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 
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
apples, pears, grapes -$3/ pound
Mandarin tangerines--$2.50/ pound
Valencia oranges--$1.50/ 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 Oct 4 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:

bi-color sweet corn

broccoli

green beans

Jicama

 tomatoes

 carrots

celery

red and yellow potatoes

yellow sweet onions

blackberries

Seckel pears

  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