Produce Guide:

1) Purple Kohlrabi

2) Albion Strawberries

3) Live Oak Farm Nasturtium Pesto

4) KN Bravo Radishes

5) Marketmore Cucumbers

6) Red Russian Kale

7) Early Girl / Heirloom Tomatoes

8) Mizuna Greens

Friends of the Farm-

This week's produce box is a colorful splash of greens, purples, and reds. We'll get back to the greens part with our recipe this week.... We subscribe to the idea of finding a use for all parts of the veggies we grow and the added nutrition, flavors, and creativity that can spawn from this principle. Even our farming is representative of this greater concept. If you've ever joined us here at the farm for a tour you've seen our commitment to edible flowers for partnered restaurant and cocktail programs, roots for edible & medicinal purposes, and leaves & shoots for aromatic herbs and juicing. This week also is the return of our prepared Nasturtium Pesto. We've gotten quite a few requests for its return and will look to have it stocked in our farm stand and CSA appearance a bit more often with the positive feedback. Let us know how best you enjoy it at your home. We're always looking for recipe shares and hearing how your family might use our goods. 

Radish tops, Kohlrabi greens, Cauliflower outer leaves and other rich greens like it are deserving of your cooking and dinner table! Trust us, it just requires knowing what to do with them....

One of my favorite things to wake up and make on a weekend morning is a hearty cast iron of braised greens, a few eggs, and hot coffee. This week's recipe is a bit of a spin on this trusted favorite. It's great with a crusty loaf of bread too to sop it all up!

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

We get a double dose of a new artist discovery this Maxayn. Led by female vocalist Maxayn Lewis, former Ikette (backing group for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue), this group is also made up of former musicians that played with Buddy Miles which has also made appearances in previous editions of this playlist. The tracks Trying Days and a cover of the Rolling Stone's Gimme Shelter grace this week's mix. The back-to-back combo of Talking Heads- The Good Thing and Gong Gong Gong III- Ride Your Horse just seemed like a transition that was meant to be. Bulldozers and Dirt and George Clinton's, Do Fries Go With That Shake are us having a bit of fun this week. 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

Pancetta & Greens


All Radish Greens, Kohlrabi Greens, and Chopped Kale

4 slices Pancetta or uncured Bacon

1 large Scallion, diced

2 large Garlic cloves, minced

4 Tbsp Vegetable stock or water

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon Juice

Aleppo chili flakes, pinch

Salt & Pepper, to taste


Begin by heating a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add coarsely chopped bacon or pancetta and cook until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and lay to rest on a paper towel, leaving the grease to cook the remainder of our dish behind. Lower heat to medium and add scallions and garlic to the residual fat, until they become aromatic. Next add your mixed braising greens and broth. Cover with a lid and leave them to cook until tender and wilted, roughly 6-8 minutes. Remove the lid, season with salt, pepper, vinegar, juice of half a lemon, and Aleppo chili flakes. Turn off the heat and add bacon / pancetta back to the pan.

Toss and serve.

This dish works great with a few fried eggs, crusty bread, and even a dollop of fresh Nasturtium Pesto. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This dish is loaded with good nutrition. 

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 Fall Harvest Festival with music, food, crafts, farmers, and vendors, we'll be celebrating the bounty of Fall with our farm goods on hand. Come enjoy the flavors of Fall 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!

Compost Tea Tuesdays

A reminder that this past Tuesday was our official kick-off of Tea Tuesdays! We're all set to now begin offering a free resource of compost tea on tap each Tuesday 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.

Live Oak Farm Events

A friendly reminder to check out our farm's new events here in the Fall season. We invite you to visit our refreshed website and new Events Calendar tab to see what's happening at Live Oak Farm in the weeks ahead. We'll be offering a few different dinner formats (pricing / menu / day of the week), open houses, as well as a standing invite to join in weekly farm yoga.

We thank you for the overwhelming support of our October farm dinner, A Taste of Alsace which is now SOLD OUT! Stay tuned for announcement of our next edition and more to come of expanded late Fall / Winter activities here at Live Oak Farm.  

Live Oak Farm Events Calendar
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