Produce Guide:

1) Mizuna Greens

2) Live Oak Farm Green Salsa

3) Sunchokes

4) Red Russian Kale

5) Winter Greens Mix

6)Mixed Green Tomatoes

7) Northern Georgia Candy Roaster Squash

8) Fuyu Persimmons

Friends of the Farm-


Are you staying warm? It was one of our coldest mornings yet this Winter at the farm today with a very thick frost and temperatures in the low 20's at sunrise. Enter Northern Georgia Candy Roaster to the rescue. Yes, that giant squash in this week's delivery is totally edible and can easily be your new best friend when roasted, toasted, pureed, or turned to soup, curries, savory stew, or sweet pie. Also highlighted this week is our very own Green Tomato Farm Salsa. Great fresh out of the box with some tortilla chips and Friday night Happy Hour to ease into your weekend. The added green tomatoes in your box this week have a wonderful savory flavor that works well in salads, as a slaw (try with raw persimmons!), fish crudo / ceviche, or fried.

This week's recipe is a late-autumn / winter testament to texture. Farro is one of my favorite ancient grains. I love the way it holds it's firmness and provides a bit of bite & pop to veggie-heavy dishes, salads, and more. It serves as a great contrast to the oyster mushrooms, kale, and tender sunchokes in this hash. You can even take it one step further with this week's produce and include some roasted squash as well. A fried egg is a difference maker to complete this dish too!

Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist.

With the Thanksgiving holiday week away from CSA, we return with an expanded 2-plus hours of music that has been in rotation at the farmhouse on cold nights. My new discovery has been cinematic music from the Italian scores of films from the 1960's & 70's, leaning heavily on the compositions of Piero Umiliani. We both start and end this week's mix with his work. In between, there are travels to all corners of musical genre and geographic place. Perhaps perfect musical fodder for the expected rains this weekend. Put on this week's mix and get to cooking something warm and soulful. We hope you enjoy this week's edition!

All our best from the farm,

Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team

Live Oak Farm Playlist Pairing

Crispy Sunchoke, Kale & Farro Hash


all Sunchokes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

all Kale leaves

3/4 Cup Farro

1/2 lb Oyster Mushrooms, halved

1 small Red Onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 Tbsp unsalted Butter

6 Tbsp EVOO

Lemon Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Aleppo chili flakes, pinch

Salt & Pepper, to taste


Begin by cooking Farro by covering with 2-inches of water in a medium sauce pan, and bringing to a boil, covered. Cook over low heat for 25 minutes or until Farro is tender. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cover sunchokes with water, a pinch of salt, and boil for 10 minutes, or until tender. Slice cooked sunchokes to 1/4 inch thick pieces.

Refill the large saucepan with water and return to a boil. Add Kale to boiling water and cook until just tender,roughly 3 minutes. Drain, let cool slightly then squeeze out excess liquid before coarsely chopping.

In a small skiillet add 2 Tbsp oil and cook red onion & pinch of salt over low heat, stirring occasionally for roughly 12 minutes until browned.

In a cast iron skillet melt butter in 2 Tbsp EVOO. Add sunchokes in an even layer and cook on high for 3 minutes. You are hoping to achieve a nice crisp bottom here. (I recommend 3 minutes on high heat, then 3 minutes on medium-high heat). Push Sunchokes to the side of the skillet and add Oyster Mushrooms along with 1 more Tbsp oil. Cook until browned.

Add last 1Tbsp oil and add farro, kale, and onion and cook only until hot. Season with salt, pepper, Aleppo Chile, and squeeze of lemon.

Serve & enjoy!

Leftovers? Reheat for breakfast and finish with a fried egg or a side of toast!

Catch our produce and Farmer Tom this Saturday for a guest appearance at our friend Alexis' Solano County Farm - Soul Food Farm. As part of an expanded Winter Holiday Fair with music, food, crafts, farmers, and vendors, we'll be celebrating the winter festivities with our farm goods on hand. Come enjoy the flavors of the holiday season and say hi. The event runs 9-3PM. You can click on the banner above to visit their farm website and get more info. We and our greater Bay Area farming community thanks you!

This event runs Rain or Shine

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