At farmers markets as a child, the summer season was filled with Crimson Sweet Watermelons. They were the best tasting watermelon loaded with tons of black seeds, but their crisp flavor was divine. They were a hassle to move often weighing 15 to 20 pounds each. They were harvested into bins, loaded and unloaded one […]
California is a beautiful state. In the south, its days are forever sunny, moving north we find the south end of the Central Valley that is blessed with a near year-round growing season. As we reach the beginning of Northern California, the Salinas Valley, we find temperate weather that is ideal for growing vegetables […]
The first fig leaves and a bird nest from last season.
The beginning of a new year is cause to look at the past and think about the future. When I think about the beginning of our farm, the first realization is that this whole thing started many years before I was born. My parents had both graduated from UC Riverside and were working toward their […]
Summer and fall were both at our kitchen table this week – our kids picked cherry tomatoes off the vine, and we ate them alongside kale quiche one day, and last night, I made a pepper, collard greens and red onion stir fry for dinner.
There are only a few weeks in each […]
If you just take crops from the ground, year after year, it will not take long until the ground stops giving you good crops. Someone once told me that good farmers feed the soil and let the soil feed the crops. As soon as you are feeding crops directly, you have a […]