Produce Guide:

1) Blue Rock Romaine Lettuce Heads (2x)

2) Fennel

3) Kicking Bull Farms Ground Beef

4) Rosemary Persimmon Butter

5) Live Oak Farm Winter Greens Mix

6) Butter Crunch Lettuce Head

7) Baby Minowase Turnips

8) Meyer Lemons

Friends of the Farm-


Happy Friday!

This week along with fresh veggies & greens we've included local ground beef and Rosemary Persimmon Butter. I grew up with sweet Apple Butter being a fixture of local farm stands and my family's pantry. This is our farm's take on a savory edition highlighting fresh rosemary sprigs & our orchard's organic Fuyu Persimmons. Try spread on fresh bread, or alongside local soft cheeses. I also like it spread inside a gourmet grilled cheese before hitting the griddle.

Beef was grass fed & grain finished, raised in Sonoma. A product of partnered, Kicking Bull Farms.

A reminder that this week marks the last week of our current WINTER season of Live Oak Farm CSA.

Keep an eye out for forthcoming info & billing for how to join us in our next 13-week SPRING season of weekly produce subscription. We thank you for supporting our farm throughout this Winter season and look forward to new produce to feature ahead.


We return with CSA Friday February 10th after a week off.

The month of February we operate all CSA with a staggered, every-other week launch, before returning to every week service in March. See below for a refresher on our Spring schedule.

A reminder that you can join us at any time, at a prorated rate as space remains for CSA membership.

For our recipe this week we highlight one of my favorite winter flavor combinations- fennel & citrus. Grapefruit or oranges tend to be best. Both give a complimentary, fresh pop to greens or other dishes using these ingredients. (Think cocktails too!) A bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice or your favorite vinegar does great work in making these flavors pop. Try this week's recipe for a quick green salad that captures this combo.

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

This week we lean on guitar-led instrumentals that favor jazz, fusion, & funk. Represented are artists such as John McLaughlin (played with Miles Davis), Larry Coryell, Labi Siffre, & Hawkwind. Ty Segall's Squealer and The Beatle's Piggies in honor of our curly-tailed friends here at the farm. Lastly, two dreamy tracks from the ever-smooth voice of Nat King Cole- There's A Gold Mine in the Sky & I Wish I Knew. Others of course to be discovered in between. Have a listen & enjoy!

All our best from the farm,

Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team

Live Oak Farm Playlist Pairing

Shaved Fennel & Green Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing


6 Tbsp EVOO

3 Tbsp Meyer Lemon juice

all LOF Mixed Greens

1 large Fennel bulb & frond tops

2 oranges or 1 grapefruit, peeled & segmented

coarse Sea Salt & cracked Black Pepper to taste

pinch, Aleppo pepper


To begin, build your salad dressing inside a mason jar (leftovers can be easily stored).

Add lemon juice, olive oil, and season with salt, pepper & Aleppo pepper.

Shake to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare your fennel bulb by washing and then thinly slicing. A mandolin is best served here for thin strips- thinner is better. Add to a medium bowl along with some of the tender fronds. Toss with 2 Tbsp of your prepared dressing and let sit for 30 minutes to soften and season the fennel. Add your orange or grapefruit segments and toss to evenly coat in dressing.

Wash your greens mix, spin, and let rest in a bowl until ready to dress & serve.

Assemble greens on plates or in a serving bowl and dress with remaining dressing. Top with fennel and citrus segments, garnish with fresh ground pepper, serve, & enjoy!

Live Oak Farm