Los Altos Hills – Grape and Apple Farm Stand harvest and share

IMG_1904Come join your LAH neighbors for a community apple and grape harvest and take home some bounty and pick some for others to pick up for free at the farm stand on Fremont Rd.

Date: Thursday 9/25/2014
Time: 4 PM to 5:30 PM

Location : 26530 Westin Drive, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (Near Pinewood school on Fremont Rd)

There are plenty of apples and hundreds of pounds of table grapes to let folks take some home while others can be used to pass out at the farm stand for free!

Please bring some strong, re-useable grocery bags to take home some of the bounty. If you have a 8 foot step ladder or a fruit picker pole, bring it as well.

Spread the word!

For information on the farm stand, please check the website at
http://urbanfarmstands.org

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The Simple Quiche

The simple backyard quiche

The Simple Quiche

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The simple quiche! Fast, fresh, easy and local!

If you have your own chickens or if you can get some fresh, free range type from your local neighbors,  here is a recipe that is easy, changeable, fast and works every time!  I have made hundreds of these so it’s well tested.  This is a great recipe to use what you have in your garden, especially if you have chickens or access to some local egg sources.

The Simple Quiche Recipe

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1 cup cheese of different types

sprinkle of pepper

1 pie crust (either hand make or purchase frozen and defrost)

Inside:  Almost anything goes, asparagus, zuchuni, spinach,  onions, tomatoes, sausage, different types of cheeses, pepper.

Directions

Preheat oven to 425

In a separate bowl, whip 4 eggs and 1/3 milk.

Using a glass, pie pan (well worth the investment of a few dollars at a grocery store),  either create a crust by hand or defrost a store bought one and place it at the bottom of the pan.  If you don’t have the crust or don’t want the crust, that is fine too.

Place quiche fillings in crust.  My favorite is asparagus, but whatever is in season, and add some shredded cheese (about 1 cup) to it, the more types of cheeses the better.  No need to precook anything.

Throw in some tomatoes, small bits of onion or other spices.

Blend egg/milk mixture right before putting it into the pan and then add to pan with quiche filler in case the eggs and milk have separated a bit.

Place in the oven for only 45 minutes.. check it after 40 minutes.  It will cook a bit upon coming out of the oven.  Crust and top should be golden brown.

Cool for about 5 minutes.  Cut and serve.  Serves about 4-6.

Tips:

Avoid using crusts in aluminum pie tins.. glass pie pans works better and no waste and very affordable.

You can taste the difference between local eggs and store production eggs in color and flavor.

Experiment with adding your favorite filling (meat, veggies, spices, cheeses, etc)

 

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Arugula Arrives

It’s time for Arugula!

It’s later February at the LAH farm stand and a new farm stand contributor has brought freshly picked organic arugula for the neighborhood to enjoy.  Specially bundled bunches of arugula are in the cooler for $1.00.  Stop by and pick up some for your next salad.  A nice complement to fresh garden salad!

IMG_2176A continual refreshing of books appears to be happening on the free lending library and a few boxes of oranges and tangerines  how fill the free bins and wire baskets.   Hundreds of dollars of honey have been sold at the stand in the past few months.

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Mistletoe and Farm Stand in Winter

Winter is here and so is the mistletoe at the stand!

IMG_1996Most of the leaves that nicely shaded the tree are gone but some winter time produce is appearing like lemons and permissions.

I added some mistletoe that I collected over the weekend in the Sierras to the stand today.  Last night I attended the Santa Clara Valley Bee Guild annual holiday dinner where we had concerning discussions about the new issues of bees and their declining health due to an assortment of newer pesticides, and systemic changes  to the plants and landscaping and agriculture.  The bees are like the canaries and tell us that we need to be developing safer and more natural approaches to agriculture and landscaping and we are poisoning our selves in many ways we have yet to understand, mostly in the name of business profits.

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Free Persimmons!

Persimmons Overload! –

This morning I volunteered with Village Harvest in Mountain View, CA, and we harvested about 1000 lbs of permissions from about 5 houses in about 4 hours.   This produce will be distributed directly starting the next day for Mountain View Community Service Agency for people who are on various food assistance programs.   I brought back some of the less than perfect fruit and put it at our local farm stand for distribution.

Each time I volunteer at one of these events, I realize that if each homeowner were to have just a single produce tree, we could share the excess bounty that a single homeowner could not possibly begin to consume.

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The Farm stand on Sunday 11/17/2013.   We need help distributing the persimmons harvest!  Please come by and do you part!

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Free treasures of the lending library

Part of the LAH farm stand is a free lending library.. take book, leave a book.  While doing my daily check in at the farm stand I discovered this interesting book that I brought home called It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump by John O’Hurley.  I wasn’t impressed with the cover and title, but once I started reading, this book had some wonderful analogies to make between dogs and humans  that were inspirational.

IMG_1915I’ve also started some initial graphic for the urban farm stands logo that we can use for some site marketing and various materials.

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More Persimmons!

Persimmons Karma!

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There is a mystery persimmons donator besides Melanie that is filling up the FREE bin area each morning.. Excellent karma for the neighborhood to secretly shared your yard’s produce and not to expect anyone to know who did it!  THANKS!

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