Produce Guide:

1) Mixed Kale Bunch (Red Russian, Lacinato)

2) Purple Kohlrabi

3) Romaine Lettuce Head

4) Status Flower Bouquet

5) Winter Braising Mix

6) Fuyu Persimmons

7) Green Heirloom Tomatoes

8) Sunchokes

Friends of the Farm-

Happy Friday!

Persimmon harvest is upon us! Praise be to the almighty Fuyu!! These have always been a signature marker of California Fall for me. Matching the Autumn leaves, their color, shine, and shape are a work of art in themselves. Not only do they look sexy in a bowl on your dinning room table, but their taste is so uniquely satisfying- a curious combination of sweet with savory undertones. They serve as a striking paradoxical pop to the green tomatoes also in this week's CSA.

Perhaps a nod to one season in, and another out, we feature the green tomato this week as a piece of produce that should be highlighted as its own ingredient. Flavors that rival a more complex tomatillo, a late-season green heirloom has many redeeming qualities in the kitchen.

See this week's recipe for a Green Tomato Stew. Might I add that it could also be a good landing spot for leftover turkey too if you want a variation on the recipe for next week in mind...

Also this week- FLOWERS! Status are a cut flower that can be enjoyed as a dried arrangement, so no need to get into water. Enjoy them as-is and in their future evolutions around your home.

Interested in any Live Oak Farm supplements to your Thanksgiving cooking preparation next week? We are offering a special Thanksgiving holiday CSA option for delivery / pick up on Tuesday 11/22. This is being built as a holiday supplement that can be customized with farm produce, farm raised meats (chicken, lamb, squab, ect), tea, jam, ect. Reply to this email for interest or to customize your holiday order today. Our farm stand will also be open for ala cart shopping. Herbs, veggies, persimmons, flowers and more.

Note, there will be no Bedstone Bread delivery next Friday, 11/25.

...But cold turkey sandwiches are still encouraged, nonetheless.

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

This week we lean on a blues & folk heavy mix. If looking just at artists represented there are some heavyweights with the inclusion of Norman Blake, Karen Dalton, John Lee Hooker, John Fahey, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Sonny Boy Williamson. Two tracks that I also must recommend this week are Pictures of Lily taken from The Who's 1971 release, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, and The Flirtations with Nothing But a Heartache. Lastly, meet the Liminañas- a French group who's catalog I encourage you to dig deeper into. The vibe is strong. Enjoy this week's edition!

All our best from the farm,

Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team

Live Oak Farm Playlist Pairing

Green Tomato Stew


3 Large Green Tomatoes

5oz Braising Greens

6 Cups Chicken Broth, stock, or water

1lb. dry Pinto Beans, soaked overnight, drained, & dried

1 large White Onion

2 Poblano Peppers, seeded & diced

2 Jalapeños, diced

3 cloves Garlic, minced

1/4 C Olive Oil

1T Chili Powder

1T Ground Cumin

1T dried Oregano

2 tea. ground Coriander

2 tea. smoked Paprika

1T Kosher Salt

1lb Ground Beef or Turkey


Gather a stock pock and begin heating oil over medium-high heat. Begin by braising down your greens and cooking onion until translucent. To it, add peppers and garlic and cook until tender, roughly 10 more minutes.

Add your protein, herbs & spices and continue until meat is thoroughly cooked through.

Next add beans, green tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce temperature to a low simmer. Cover and continue to cook until beans are tender (roughly 2-hours).

Add salt. Taste and season accordingly.

Feel free to add any additional fresh herbs at this stage as well.

Serve hot & enjoy!

Mark your calendars. Catch our produce and Farmer Tom for a guest appearance at our friend Alexis' Solano County farm - Soul Food Farm. As part of an expanded Christmas Fair with music, food, crafts, farmers, and vendors, we'll be celebrating the holidays with our farm goods on hand. Come enjoy the festivities and say hi. The event runs 9-3PM on Saturday, December 3rd. 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!

Compost Tea Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we offer the free resource of compost tea on tap for our community of home-gardeners and green-thumbs. We've been brewing our own compost tea for our own use but now want to make this resource available to you too. Bring your own reusable vessel and we'll have compost tea here for you. Each Tuesday 8am - 5pm.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A reminder that there will no CSA next Friday. We will take the week off and return the following Friday, December 2nd

Farm stand remains open for holiday produce shopping!

Above all, our entire farm team wishes a happy and healthy holiday to you & yours!

We thank you for your continued support of our farm and encourage you to fill your holiday table with local produce and your favorite recipes.


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