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2014 Winter Reopening Update

Hey lovely people!

 

We just wanted to give everyone an update on where we stand on a reopening date. January, and now February, have been a busy, busy time here at Couple Berry Farms. Farmer Butch has been tilling, planning, and replanting for the upcoming season. We’ve just received our latest addition of strawberry starters, 3,000 to be exact! This new variety will be able to withstand the hot summer and fall days.

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We also had a colorful visitor this week! You can see more photos here.

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We also have some very exciting news. We’re making the final preparations for installing a well! This is an incredible opportunity for the farm, as it will provide us with a higher quantity AND quality of water. We’re so happy to begin using fresh water without added chemicals and fluoride from the city water, as we’ve noticed a big difference in the growth and health of our trees since its addition to our water source. We also are going to be able to plant and support even MORE produce to keep up with our amazing customers.
We will be opening March 8th!!

Unfortunately, in order to install the well and prepare the drilling area, we’ve had to spend quite a bit of our time relocating our raspberry patch, so our reopening date has been moved back by about three weeks. We will continue to keep you all updated on our progress, and have photos of the new well (drilling begins next week!).

 

 

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

Love,

Couple Berry Farms

 

 

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Closed for Winter

Thank you for all of your support!

We at Couple Berry Farms want to extend our greatest gratitude to our faithful customers. Because of your patronage, we were able to stay open THREE months longer than last year, even with this cold weather, making this our most successful year yet! At this time, we’re temporarily closing the stand to focus on replanting and prepping for a large variety for our amazing customers. We’re expecting to reopen in February. Please keep an eye out for our newsletter with an opening date! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Locally yours,

Couple Berry Farms

 

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Spinach Salad w/ Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussel Sprouts | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

 

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussel Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

For those lazy afternoons and evening, when you don’t feel like preparing a large meal, salads are the best. Paired with this buttery brussel sprout dish with garlic, and you’ve got yourself a whole, vegetarian meal, full of flavor, nutrition, and healthy oils.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Part Oil ( I used Avocado Oil, but Olive Oil is great, too)

1 Part Pear Infused Balsamic Vinegar

Dash of Salt and Pepper

Brussel Sprouts Ingredients:

2 Tbs Oil or Grassfed Butter

2-3 Cups of Brussel Sprouts, Quartered

1 Large Garlic Clove, minced

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Salad:

Baby Spinach

1/4 cup Dried Cherries, chopped finely

1/4 Cup Pecans, chopped

1/4 Kerrygold Cheese, grated/ cubed

In an empty bottle or mason jar, pour equal amounts of vinegar and oil, and the salt and pepper to taste. It’s nice to make a whole bottle full to have for later! Close up tightly and shake well.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Fill bowl to your serving size amount of spinach, and add chopped pecans, cheese, and cherries.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Add dressing, and toss salad. Watch out, those goodies like to fall to the bottom of the bowl.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms Next, in a medium sized pan, melt butter/warm oil on medium until sizzling. Toss in brussel sprouts, minced garlic, and a dash of salt and pepper.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

At medium-high heat stir occasionally to make sure all sides are getting golden. Be careful not to overcook, or they will become mushy.

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Recipe for Fruity Salad with Cranberry Pecans and Pear Vinaigrette and Garlic Brussell Sprout Side from Couple Berry Farms

Serve, and enjoy!

Photos by Melissa Taylor Photography


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Nourishing Chicken Soup with Fresh Herbs | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

As the end of summer nears and the school’s start back up, a virus of some sort is bound to come knocking on your door. We try to “let food be thy medicine” around here to keep healthy, but sometimes it still sneaks in. My daughter’s been fighting a stomach flu and I’ve been hard pressed to find “real food” for a sick belly. We’ve made our own Pedialyte type drink to keep her hydrated, but sometimes, you just need a simple, nourishing chicken soup to soothe the belly.

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

There are two important parts to bring out the best from this soup. Using the whole chicken, bones and all, is very beneficial to health, regardless of whether you’re fighting a virus or not, especially when your meat comes from a naturally-fed, healthy animal. Secondly, it’s great to use fresh herbs and garlic as simple, potent remedies full of antibacterial, and other beneficial properties. Plus, you just can’t beat that authentic flavor!

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

 

Ingredients:

2-3 tbs freshly chopped sage

2 tbs fresh thyme

2-3 tbs freshly chopped oregano

2 tbs freshly chopped cilantro

1 bunch green onions

1 large onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove

10 baby carrots, or 2-3 regular sized carrots

4 red or golden potatoes

1 whole chicken

salt and pepper to taste (start around 2 tsp each, and then taste test to find out whether it needs more)

 

Fill large pot (8 qt) halfway with hot water, and bring to boil. Place chicken in pot and boil on high for 15 minutes. Use this time to chop your other ingredients.

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

After 15 minutes, pour contents of the pot into a colander. Par boiling the chicken removes the floaties from the top of the soup, and will give you a clean, non-murky broth as a base for your soup. Rinse off your chicken, and fill the pot with water halfway again, placing the chicken back inside. Bring to a boil and add the chopped herbs, veggies, salt and pepper.

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

beanless chili recipe from couple berry farmsOnce all your ingredients are inside, lower your heat to a simmer. The pot can be left on the lowest heat, and slow cooked all day, or can be cooked at a light boil for about an hour- hour and a half. Once fully cooked, taste test your broth to make sure the chicken has infused it’s flavor throughout the soup (Careful!! It’s hot!), and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry FarmsCarefully remove the chicken from the pot and place in a deep dish pan. Separate the meat and shred it with a fork, then place the meat back in the pot.

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Nourishing Chicken Soup from Scratch for the Flu Season | Couple Berry Farms

Enjoy!

 

 

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Beanless Chili with a Rainbow of Colors Recipe | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

In an attempt to make fall come a little sooner, this week’s recipe is a colorful, beanless chili, that is hearty and full of veggies. Consider it a bit of a rain dance to bring in some crisp wind and the turning of leaves 😉

This is a sweet and mildly spicy recipe.

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

 

Ingredients

2 Tbs oil of choice

2 Large Onions

3 Lbs Ground Beef

5 Carrots

3 Bell Peppers

2 Small Yellow Squash

1 Medium Zucchini Squash

3 Golden Tomatoes

1 Bunch of Green Onions

1 Clove of Garlic

5 Tbs Chili Powder

1 Tbs ground cumin

1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 tsp Salt

Cayenne Pepper to taste

Sour cream or cream-top yogurt, and avocado to top

Chop onions to smaller bite size, and toss in the bottom of a large pot with oil on medium heat. I used bacon grease 🙂 Allow the onions to caramelize while you chop the rest of your veggies. This will make for a sweeter flavor to your chili. Be sure to stir and adjust heat if they are cooking too quickly. They should be gently simmering for around 15-20 minutes (Or longer if you can stand it) to get the best flavor.

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

Once nicely brown, add carrots, green onions, ground pepper, garlic, and bell peppers and allow them to simmer for a bit while you chop any remaining veggies.

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

Add ground beef, turn up the heat to medium-high, and mix well. Once mostly browned, add “wetter” veggies like tomatoes, squash, and zucchini.

meatless chili recipe

meatless chili recipe

Mix in well, then add the spices. Let simmer with the lid on to let the spices and their flavors unfold. Salt to taste, and add toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

 

 

Photos by Melissa Taylor Photography

What’s Fresh August 24th, 2013 | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

Summer Side Dish from Couple Berry Farms natural farm stand near vista

VEGGIES:
Salad Mixes, Swiss Chard, Kale,  Sweet Yellow Peppers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cookie Squash, Sorrel,  Arugula, Cucumbers, Carrots, Spaghetti Squash, Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Anaheim Peppers, Egg Plant

FRUIT:
Grapes, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries

 

HERBS:
Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Mint, Oregano, Basil, Lemon Thyme, Parsley

 

 

New!

String Beans, Acorn Squash

Coming Soon: Butternut Squash

 

Check out this week’s recipe

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Spaghetti Squash Recipe | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

Photos by www.melissataylorphotography.comSpaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Spaghetti Squash is delicious alternative to pasta. It hits the spot for those evening when you need to make a simple, comfort food meal, is low carb, and full of vitamin C. Enjoy this simple recipe from Couple Berry Farms.

Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti Squash

Salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti sauce of choice.

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Preheat your oven to 350. Cut your spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place in large baking dish and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Take out of the oven and let cool a bit so you can handle it. Use a fork and scrape down in the direction of the squash’s string pattern. If you do it the other direction, you may possibly mash the strings, and it won’t be very spaghetti-esque.

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Top with butter and salt, Parmesan cheese, or your favorite spaghetti sauce, and enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Couple Berry Farms

Check out next week’s recipe for a recipe to make your own spaghetti squash!

Two-Ingredient-Summer-Sorbet | Vista’s Natural Farm Stand

Two Ingredient Summer Sorbet

Organic Raspberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

 

Welcome, Summer! Summer is a great time at Couple Berry Farms, because it means there are a lot of new crops joining the stand. Green beans, zucchini, and my favorite… raspberries!

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

This sorbet is a perfect treat to whip up on a warm summer day, and seriously only has two ingredients, raspberries and bananas!

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

 

Ingredients

1-(or 1 1/2 cups) Box of Couple Berry Farms Raspberries,  frozen

1- Ripe Banana

Makes 2-3 servings

 

Stick your box of raspberries in the freezer over night, or few a few hours, until it’s fully frozen.

Place in food processor with one ripe banana, the riper, the better. A greener banana will not have the best flavor. Blend in food processor or blender until smooth. Scoop, and enjoy!

It’s so easy to make more servings, just remember, one banana per box of raspberries 🙂

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

Organic Raspberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

It’s so simple, and a quick natural treat that you and the kids will enjoy. In fact, you better keep an eye on your portion. Mine was snatched!

Organic Raspberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

Organic Strawberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

With much love,

Couple Berry Farms Organic Raspberries from Couple Berry Farms Local Farm Stand near Vista, CA

 

Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Strawberry Salsa Recipe | Couple Berry Farms

How to make strawberry salsa recipe by couple berry farms farmstand in vista CA

Strawberry Salsa

1.5 lbs Strawberries
3 Spring Onions
3 Tbs Lime Juice
1 Large Jalapeño (We had home-canned jalapeños on hand)
1 Tsp Salt

We used our salsa maker, but you can have similar results by chopping the ingredients finely, and combining in a large bowl.

Tasty with chips or as a garnish for lamb, chicken, or egg omelet.

Mark Your Calendars

It’s the day we’ve all been awaiting… Reopening Day!

organic produce farm stand near vista, ca629 Mar Vista Dr.

Vista, CA 92081

 

We have:

  • Strawberries
  • Salad Mixes
  • Chard
  • Spring Onions
  • Bok Choy
  • Radishes
  • Asian Mustard
  • Arugula
  • Nasturtium

Hope to see you there!