Saturday, September 29, 2012

Abundant Harvest Organics - Support your #CSA

In one of my last posts, I mentioned that I would be seeking out like-minded resources in my new community. For this week's post, I am featuring Abundant Harvest Organics (AHO).

AHO is a California farm-share delivery service similar to that of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). They work with farmers to bring in-season organic produce to a local delivery site. Fortunately, for us the town of Ridgecrest is small and the drop site is less than 2 miles away. 

My husband had heard about organic produce on Saturdays between 10a-noon over by a smoothie place. My son and I wanted to check it out since we used to frequent farmers markets in the Temecula Valley up to two times a week. 

Before I had arrived, I didn't know what to expect. I saw a white delivery truck in the parking lot so I assumed it was a first-come, first-served type thing.  As I approached, it appeared to be a CSA. When I had walked up to the table, I informed them that I was new to the area and was interested in purchasing some organic produce.  The hosts showed me the two boxes and what came in them for this week. The boxes are in the range of $22 to $40 a week depending on the site and surcharges. My site includes a $3 per box surcharge. I was asked to come back at noon to see if anyone had not been by to pick up their box (note: you pay in advance online). 

Before I left, the hosts asked me to create an account online by tonight to be included in next Saturday's delivery and all subsequent.  There is a one time deposit per box ($30). AHO is listed on Local Harvest and they have 5 out of 5 stars.

We came back at noon to find one box remaining. It was meant to be! The box included (all certified organic produce): green beans, avocados, yellow corn, potatoes, green bell peppers, tomatoes, pluots, yellow peaches, tarragon, summer squash, melon and lettuce. 




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Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple #Fig Muffins #recipe - complements of #AHO

Complements of Abundant Harvest Organics (AHO), I'm sharing their recipe for Apple Fig Muffins that my son and I made (modifications are annotated by an asterisk).





Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup * coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup * organic vanilla yogurt 
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup melted butter 
1 1/2 cups of chopped figs 
2 cups of shredded (or thinly sliced) apples 

Topping:

1 T melted butter
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup * coconut sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine egg, yogurt, and butter in a small bowl. Beat together until all is moist. Stir in apples and figs. 


Spoon batter into baking cups using an ice cream scoop to fill. Combine the topping ingredients and spoon over muffins, pressing down in batter a bit.


It makes 18 regular sized muffins. 


Bake in 375 degree oven for 22-25 minutes depending on the size or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. 





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Saturday, September 1, 2012

#Ridgecrest CA - New opportunities

I'm living in a new area as of August 2012. I left sunny "cooler" Southern California for sunny "hotter" High Desert (still in CA). Where I used to live - Temecula Valley (part of the Inland Empire) - there was a plethora of resources, stores, healthy options but where I'm at now, well... this is the reason for this blog post. 

Over the next several months, I plan on scouting out my local stores, restaurants, and people who are into sustainable, health-minded products and services and are open to sharing resources. As I find them, I will share a post on their business or ask them to collaborate with me for the small business of the month. Though you may not be in my area, it shows that connecting with people is the beginning to relationship building. It is my hope to discover some gems. I'm excited to start this adventure.