CSA Newsletters

Each week, students and staff members in the Apprenticeship training program produce a newsletter for CSA members that includes recipes, crop information, and reflections what's happening in the fields, orchards, and gardens, and in the world of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Enjoy these Field Notes, grouped by year, in PDF format.

A quick (and more up-to-date) archive is available at:

    Field Notes - 2013 Winter Box

  • November 26

    "'Fruit Trees 101': Basic Fruit Tree Care" Event

    Swiss Chard and Rosemary Pesto Pasta
    James Beard's Amazing Persimmon Bread
    Hachiya Persimmon Breakfast Smoothie
    Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Field Notes - October 2013

  • October 29

    2013 CSA End-of-Season Survey

    Butternut Squash | Greens | Almond Pasta
    Winter Squash Spice Cake
    Persimmon Pudding
    Escarole and Garlic

  • October 22

    "FoCAN Seminar: Cultivating a Daily Revolution" Event
    "SEC Blueprint Breakout on Food Systems" Event
    "PICA Workshop: Cooking for a Crowd with Seasonal and Local Foods" Event
    "Behind the Kitchen Door in Santa Cruz & Across America: Book talk by Saru Jayaraman" Event

    2013 CSA End-of-Season Survey

    Roasted Cabbage with Mustard
    Mustard Vinaigrette
    Kyle’s Hot-Sweet Mustard
    Curry Spiced Pommes Frites and Cucumber Dip

  • October 15

    "Growing Gardens at UCSC" Event
    "Viticulture and Regional Terroir in the Central Coast" Event

    2013 CSA End-of-Season Survey
    Winter Watermelon Radish

    Kale Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radish
    Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

  • October 8

    "Free Seed Saving Workshop" Event
    "From Farmers Market to Farm Fresh Cooking – India Joze Style!" Event

    Simple Cauliflower Roast
    Apple Pie Bake-off 2013 Winner
    Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

  • October 1

    Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie
    Roasted Winter Squash Salad
    Baked Apples with Spices & Nuts

  • Field Notes - September 2013

  • September 23

    "Canning/Food Preservation Classes"

    Food Canning Experience

    Sweet Pepper Jam
    Autumn Potato/Parsnip Salad

  • September 17

    "Free Docent-Led Tour" Event

    Newsletter Archives

    Curried Turkey with Potatoes
    Italian Medley with Celeriac
    Rainbow Chard Quinoa Bowls with Curry Coconut Broth

  • September 10

    "Choosing & Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden & Orchard"Event

    Newsletter Archives

    Easy Tomato Sauce with chunks & skins
    Fresh Tomato Sauce
    Sauteed Garlic & Tomato Lentil Salad

  • September 3

    "Harvest Festival @ UCSC Farm" Event
    Twelfth Annual Apple Pie Contest

    Corn and Tomatillo Salsa
    Tomatillo Salsa Verde
    Apple Zucchini Crostini

  • Field Notes - August 2013

  • August 30

    "Demeter Seed Project Quarterly Exchange" Event
    "Free Docent-Led Tour" Event

    "Deep in the Soil, My Hands can Rest"
    Tomato Variety Guide 2013

    Heirloom Apple Salad
    Pesto, Italian-Grandmother style
    Tomato Jam

  • August 23

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes [Pomodori Ripieni di Riso]
    Braised Broccoli with Orange & Parmesan

  • August 16

    "3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner" Event

    Mexican Poblano, Spinach, and Black Bean “Lasagne” with Goat Cheese
    Pizza with Sweet Peppers

  • August 6

    "Fall Gardening Workshop" Event

    Barley, Broccoli, and Cannellini Bean SoupRoasted Poblano, Potato and Corn Soup
    Chilled Cucumber Soup

  • Field Notes - July 2013

  • July 23

    "Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop" Event

    Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine
    Avocado "Creme Fraiche"
    Cream of Zucchini and Avocado Soup
    Veggies with Thai Basil

  • July 16

    "3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner" Event

    Avocado Salad
    Farfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens and Pine Nuts
    Shrimp Risotto with Baby Spinach and Basil

  • July 9

    "Fall Gardening Workshop" Event

    Yellow Wax Beans and Scallions
    Arugula and Fava-Bean Crostini
    Zucchini Cake
    Roasted Carrots

  • July 2

    "Free Docent-Led Tour" Event

    Feisty Green Beans
    Plum Carpaccio
    Rossane Cash's Americana Potato Salad

  • Field Notes - June 2013

  • June 25

    "Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop" Event

    Beet Slaw Tostadas
    Grilled Zucchini/Yellow Squash
    Slow-Cooked Red Kale
    Five Herb Pesto

  • June 18

    "Special Tour at the UCSC Farm" Event

    Mama Voula's Spanakopita
    Blueberry Pie with Almond Crumble ToppingKohlrabi and Mâche Salad

  • June 11

    "A Garden of Poetry & Music" Event

    Glazed Hakurei Turnips
    Caesar Salad
    Perfect Blueberry Muffins
    Quick Pink Turnip and Onion Pickles

  • June 4

    "Selecting, Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers" Event

    Green Smoothies
    Spinach with Curants & Pine Nuts
    Green and Bulgur Gratin
    Fresh Blueberry Sauce

  • Field Notes - October 2012

  • October 30

    "UCSC Kallari Chocolate Tasting" Event

    Onion Soup [Soupe à l’Oignon]
    Kale Salad

  • October 23

    "Canning & Pickling at Happy Girl Kitchen" Event

    Winter Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons
    Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble

  • October 16

    "From Farmers Market to Farm Fresh Cooking" Event

    Apple Pie Bake-off 2013 Winner
    Vanilla Roasted Pears

  • October 9

    "Follow Your Food: From Seed to Seed" Event

    Honey at the Table

    Kabocha Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Lime Leaves
    Roasted Delicata Squash & Onions

  • October 2

    "Preparing for Winter and Building Soil Fertility" Event

    Apple and Cheddar Scones
    Shakshuka [Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce]

  • Field Notes - September 2012

  • September 25

    "Seed Exchange & Culture Swap" Event

    Chili Peppers

    Pan Seared Hog Island Oysters with Parsnip Soup and Carrot Emulsion
    Poblano Pesto

  • September 18

    "Harvest Festival @ UCSC Farm" Event

    Eleventh Annual Apple Pie Contest
    Farmer's Freed Everday Herb Salt

    Strawberry-Thyme Cocktail
    Coconut Corn Salad

  • September 11

    "Cover Crops in the Orchard" Event

    Celeriac, Poblano Peppers, Endive, and French Shallots!

    Rajas Poblanas
    Creamy Celeriac Soup
    Carrot and Celeriac Slaw

  • September 4

    "Follow the Fruit Trees Workshop" Event

    Pesto Potato Salad w-Green or Wax Beans
    Tipsy Apple Betty
    Sweet Corn with Miso Butter and Bacon

  • Field Notes - August 2012

  • August 28

    "Harvest Festival @ UCSC Farm" Event

    Crop Update: Tomatoes are Peaking, and Basil is Suffering!
    Eleventh Annual Apple Pie Contest

    Apple Pie Contest Winning Recipe
    Salsa Cruda
    Roasted Tomato Sauce

  • August 21

    "Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner @ UCSC Farm" Event

    Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
    Grilled Potato Salad
    LaRatte Fingerling Potatoes

  • August 14

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    Crop Varieties this week

    Pickled Beets
    Oven Roasted Broccoli
    Strawberry Parfaits

  • August 7

    "Follow the Fruit Trees Workshop" Event

    Food Science

    Plum Kuchen
    Fennel, Proscuitto and Pomegranate Salad
    Broccoli Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

  • Field Notes - July 2012

  • July 31

    "Garden Cruz: Organic Matters" Event

    Easy Cabbage Salad
    Green Beans with Black Sesame Sauce
    Gujarat Green Beans

  • July 24

    "Planting the Thanksgiving Feast" Event

    Chilled Three Beet Soup
    Kohlrabi Fries
    Herbal Lemonade
    Orange Zest Threads

  • July 17

    "Follow the Fruit Trees Workshop" Event

    Make Pesto like an Italian Grandmother
    Rosewater Plum Compote
    Roasted Spring Onion and Beet Salad

  • July 10

    "Garden Cruz: Organic Matters" Event

    Lemon-Zucchini Loaf with Lemon Glaze
    Honey-Balsalmic Bean Salad
    Marinated Kohlrabi 

  • July 3

    "Follow the Fruit Trees Workshop" Event

    Local Japanese Food

    Roasted Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Spicy Green
    Blood Orange Sherry Vinaigrette
    Sauteed Turnips and Cipolinni

  • Field Notes - June 2012

  • June 26

    "Summer Pruning Workshop" Event

    Saag Paneer
    Giner-Poached Noodles
  • June 19

    "Growing & Arranging Organic Cut Flowers" Events

    Harvest Morning!

    Chard Tacos
    Smashed Turnips with Fresh Horseradish
    Cilantro Chutney
    Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet

  • June 12

    New! Harvest Forecasts

    My First Harvest

    Blueberry Pie
    Sauteed Turnips and Cipollini
    Kale Salad
    Berry Zabaglione

  • June 5

    New! Recipes by Crop


    Spinach Strawberry Salad
    Strawberry Orange Shortcake
    Braised Baby Bok Choy

  • Field Notes - October 2011

  • October 25th

    "Fruit Tree Classes 2012" Event

    Classic Italian Escarole and Bean Soup
    Wilted Spinach Salad with Roasted Peppers

  • October 18th

    "Following the Fruit Trees: 2012 Workshop Series on Year-Round Fruit Tree Care" Event

    2011 CSA Shareholders End-of-Season Survey

    Roasted Red Pepper Spread
    Roasted Delicata Squash

  • October 11th

    "Medicinal Herb Intensive" Event

    View from the Down Garden

    Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Chili
    Cilantro Pesto
    Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

  • October 4th

    "Celebrating School Food Festival 2011" Event

    White Bean & Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash
    Pan Bagnia

  • Field Notes - September 2011

  • September 30th

    "Medicinal Herb Walk" Event

    Kobacha Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Lime Leaves
    Mizuna with German Butterball Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette

  • September 27th

    "Medicinal Herb Walk" Event

    Kobacha Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Lime Leaves
    Mizuna with German Butterball Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette

  • September 20th

    "Medicinal Herb Intensive" Event

    Fennel and Parsnip Soup
    Roasted Pumpkin

  • September 13th

    "Fall Harvest Festival" Event

    Green Beans & Strawberry Salad with Ricotta Cheese
    Vegetable Slaw Salad

  • September 9th

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    Frisee, Apple, Feta Cheese Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
    Corn and Black Bean Casserole
    Farfelle with Wilted Frisee & Burst Tomatoes

  • September 2nd

    "Medicinal Herb Walk" Event

    Poblano Cream Sauce
    Autumn Apple Tart

  • Field Notes - August 2011

  • August 23rd

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
    Spinach Apple Salad

  • August 16th

    "Farm-to-Fork Benefit Dinner" Event

    Carrot Ginger Soup
    Chocolate Beet Bread
    Kale Salad

  • August 9th

    "Fall Gardening Workshop: Planting the Thanksgiving Feast" Event

    Sauteed Wax Beans with Applewood Smoked Bacon
    Mizuna & Chicken Stir Fry

  • August 5th

    "Fall Harvest Festival" Event

    Candy Cane Beets w-Pistachio & Goat Cheese Salad
    Napa Cabbage Slaw w-Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • Field Notes - July 2011

  • July 26th

    "Garden Cruz: Organic Matters" Events

    Twins of the UCSC Farm & Garden

    Georgia on My Mind Zucchini Bread
    Pickled Beets in 60
    Fennel and Broccoli Soup

  • July 19th

    "Summer Fruit Tree Pruning" Event

    Root Words: Poetry on the Farm
         The Flowers Have Their Own Technique
         Different Things about a Garden
         The Garden Is...

    Roasted Beets and Leeks w/Feta and Oregano

  • July 12th

    "Farm & Garden Plant Sale" Event

    Farm Fresh Flavors

    Berry Zabaglione
    Sauteed Turnips and Cipollini
    Lavendar and Strawberry Sorbet

  • July 8th

    "Fall Gardening Workshop" Event

    Kohlrabi Salad
    Pickled Scarlet Turnips
    Bok Choy with Cashews
    Scarlet Queen Turnips

  • Field Notes - June 2011

  • June 28th

    "Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop" Event

    Meyer Lemons
    Homemade Plain Yogurt
    Creamy Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
    Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
    Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

  • June 20th

    "A Garden of Poetry and Music" Event

    Arugula Pesto
    Pizza / Piadini
    Kohlrabi Puree

  • June 14th

    "Cut Flower Workshop" Event

    What is Mizuna?

    Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Mizuna with Tofu
    Green Smoothies

  • June 7th

    "A Garden of Poetry and Music" Event

    Turnips Greens Meal
    Lemon Curd
    Lemon Pie Bars
    Spaghetti with Mizuna Mustard, Toasted Garlic and Bread Crumbs

  • Field Notes - October 2010

  • October 26

    Sign up for next year!

    Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup
    Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Confit
    Liz's Mom's "Pumpkin" Pie with Butternut

  • October 19

    Butternut Squash

    Butternut Squash Risotto
    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

  • October 12

    Specialty Sweet Peppers

    Cooking Tips: Sweet Peppers

    Peppers Stuffed with Garlic, Shrimp, and Oaxaca Cheese

  • October 5

    Delicata Squash

    Divine Vegetarian Borscht
    Beets and Beet Greens

  • Field Notes - September 2010

  • September 28

    Brussels Sprouts Research Encourages Organic Production

    Chilis Rellenos
    Poblanos filled with Potato, Cheddar, & Cilantro

  • September 21

    "Fall Harvest Fest" Event

    Cooking Tips: Pumpkin/Winter Squash Puree
    Don't Throw Away the Seeds!

    The Best Pumpkin Pie 

  • September 14

    "Fall Harvest Fest" Event

    Vegan Green Bean Casserole
    Curly Endive with Blue Cheese and Apples
    Roasted Tomatoes with Feta and Basil Pesto
    Classic White Sauce (Bechamel) with Parsley 

  • September 7

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    It's Time for Tomatoes

    Corn and Tomato Salad with Arugula

  • Field Notes - August 2010

  • August 31

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    On Sweet Corn and Corn Earworm

    Cream of Corn Soup with Basil
    Green Beans Vingaigrette

  • August 24

    "Fall Plant Sale" Event

    Fruit Tips: Pears

    Asian Noodle Salad

  • August 17

    "Planting the Thanksgiving Feast – Preparing the Fall Garden" Event

    Veggie Info: Chioggia Beets
    Calling all Recipes

    Chioggia Beet Salad with Horse Radish Creme Fraiche

  • August 10

    Words on Cabbages
    Tomato Pollination

    Hawaiian Cabbage Salad
    Pickled Radishes
    Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

  • August 3

    Fruit Tips and Info: Japanese Plums

    Savory Summer Squash Quick Bread
    Plum Sauce

  • Field Notes - July 2010

  • July 27

    "Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees"Event

    Info on Green Beans
    Cooking Tips: Romano Beans
    Cooking Tips: Chard

    Romano Beans with Garlic and Rosmary-Infused Oil
    Potato and Chard Tian

  • July 20

    "Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees"Event

    Tasty Tip: Caramelizing Onions

    Beetroot Chips
    Gingered Plum Sauce

  • July 13

    "Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees"Event

    What's in a Seed?
    Ideas for Baby Beet Greens
    Carrot Storage Tips and Nutrition Info

    Carrot Orzo

  • July 6

    How is it that my weekly box is smaller this year?
    Best Wishes Jim!

    Easy Blueberry Breakfast Bars

  • Field Notes - June 2010

  • June 29

    Veggie Tip: Proper Beet Storage
    Blueberries: Storage Tips and Cooking Ideas

    Roasted Beet and Greek Yoghurt Salad
    QUICK AND EASY: Red Beet Risotto with Greens and Goat Cheese
    JUST A FEW MINUTES - Marinated KohlrabI
    WORTH THE EFFORT: Pureed Kohlrabi: A Summer Alternative to Mashed Potatoes

  • June 22

    "A Garden of Poetry and Music" Event

    Words from the Field

    Asian Vinagrette with Cilantro
    Swiss Chard Stems Piquant
    Massaged Kale Salad

  • June 15

    "A Garden of Poetry and Music" Event

    Field Trash or Soil Treasure
    The CSA Cutting Garden