Join us for Hawaiian BBQ, island dancing, special floral creations, wonderful organic produce, artisan products and wares as we celebrate friendship, community and good food.
Come visit Farmstand 59 during our regular weekly business hours for your one-stop-shop of local, seasonal, organic produce, humanely sourced meats and dairy products, artisan goods and wares, fresh organic free range eggs, and more! Come for lunch and take home all the fixings for dinner! Farmstand 59 features produce grown right on site by farmer Sasha Kanno of Farm Lot 59, as well as featuring a handpicked variety of seasonal produce from tried and true local farmers such as Weiser Family Farms, Tamai Family Farms, Tutti Fruitti Farms, Bernard Ranch, Tenerelli Orchards, Ha Family Farms and more. Enjoy interesting specialities offered exclusively to the community at Farmstand 59 such as custom made Hods from Cali Farmer, hand woven African baskets from Baobab Collective, a wonderful collection of cookbooks, custom recipes, and take home a fresh baked baguette from Pandor.
Farmstand 59 offers a unique shopping experience that cannot be compared to other farmstands. Our stand sells what is grown on site at Farm Lot 59, and represents a community of local, organic farmers and artisans who are dedicated to practicing sustainable farming practices and delivering the most delicious seasonal produce. Our recipes are designed to be simple and wonderful for the single person, families, and community gatherings. Farmstand 59 partners with local community centers and organizations to provide food education, cooking classes, gardening classes, and produce to our beloved community of Long Beach, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Wrigley, Bixby Knolls and other local residents. Farmstand 59 is deeply rooted in the diversity of our beautiful city and celebrates friendship and culture as colorful and diverse as the food we carry.
Community Farm Days are Back! September 30th 9-12
Now that the summer's heat blast is hopefully behind us we are happy to have you back on the farm.
Join us Saturday the 30th from 9-12 for farm work. We will be weeding and tending our fall beds. This is a great opportunity for you to jump in and see what urban farm life is all about. If you've ever considered joining our crew or just want to get your hands dirty and spend the morning on our farm.
Water, hat, closed toed shoes are a must. You're welcome to bring a lunch or purchase something to eat at our Farmstand and enjoy on the farm.
Everyone is welcome but please leave your furry friends at home.
Lunch and a tour! Saturday October 7th $20
Tickets available at Farmstand 59. Meet at the Great Tomato mural at 10:55 tour begins promptly at 11. After your Farm Lot tour a box lunch will be ready for you to enjoy on the farm or to take away with you.
This is guided tour by Farmer Sasha, she will show you all the various fruits and vegetables that are in season. Learn how Farm Lot 59 started and where we are headed. This is a great way to see where your fruits and vegetables come from and how they grow. Bring your gardening questions too!
Enjoy a special lunch prepared from Farmstand 59 offerings, a seasonal side, and a refreshing beverage. Your lunch will be made on site using farm fresh ingredients, when purchasing your ticket please let us know your lunch choice, veggie and dairy free options are available.
Everyone is welcome but please leave your pets at home.
Mean Green Halloween!
Saturday, October 28th11-2
$7 per person
Come in costume and join us on the farm for Farm Lot 59's version of Halloween.
We will be making crafts, playing games, and building a scarecrow.
Healthy snacks will be for sale at the Farmstand.
If you are interested in sponsoring a table or volunteering for this event please email us.
New Farmstand Hours starting this week ! Thursdays 11-6 Fridays 11-6 Saturdays 10-2.
Stop by for lunch and take home all the fixings for dinner!
Featured Farmstand 59 Favorite: Weiser Farm Calliope Eggplant
Chef Sarah Lim calls these "little Easter eggs". Like our beautiful Farm Lot 59 tomatoes, It's easy to think of eggplant as a vegetable because we find it in so many savory dishes. However, eggplant, aka aubergine, is actually a tropical fruit! Though it is treated like a vegetable, Eggplant (a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and potatoes) is actually a giant berry.
Eggplant (Solanum melongena) are native to Asia, where they've been cultivated since prehistoric times. Traders brought them to the Middle East and Europe starting in the 15th century, though many Europeans refused to eat eggplant up until the 18th century because they're bitter and are part of the nightshade family. (People thought nightshades, like tomatoes and peppers, caused insanity; eggplant's Italian name, melanzana, comes from the Latin mela insana, "mad apple.")
The development of sweeter varieties increased eggplant's popularity. As eggplant cultivation spread around the world, countless hybrids were created to get the sweetest, firmest vegetable possible, as well as to help them grow in more temperate climates (they're used to tropical or subtropical environments).
These gorgeous striped Calliope eggplant and other varieties are available from early summer through fall. Varieties of eggplant range from the dark globe, slender bright purple Japanese, dark purple Hansels, small round Thai and Sicilian (sometimes called Graffiti), and White Cloud. Many of you enjoyed our "ebony and ivory" Farm Lot 59 and Weiser mix of purple and white eggplant at last week's stand. Some varieties are prized for their bitter flavors, like the Hansel's which are a favorite of Farmer Sash's and Ollie's, but it's age that causes most eggplant to become bitter. We know you like your sweet and mild, so when selecting, we look for young, firm fruit that are almost hard to the touch. Your little easter eggs will be waiting for you at the stand!
Cooking suggestions, Calliope Three Ways:
1) Toss thick "steaks" of sliced eggplant on the grill, studding the slices with wedges of garlic and fresh herbs to infuse flavor as they cook. Olive oil drizzle and salt sprinkle as desired.
2) Slowly roast cubes of the fruit, tossing them with aromatic oil, fresh herbs and crumbled feta cheese for a Mediterranean-inspired salad.
3) For all you fancy folk: Purée cooked eggplant to make aclassic baba ghanouj, tapenade or other dip. You can also salt eggplant to remove excess moisture and make for a silkier texture before deep-frying.
Here is a link to one of my favorite melanzana recipes, get crazy with it!
It's best to use eggplant when it's very fresh, but it will keep for two or three days in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Be sure to remove any plastic wrapping before storing eggplant.
What's on the horizon at Farmstand 59? Our beloved farmer Sasha Kanno has planted some really exciting stir fry mixes that will be ready for you in a few weeks. For now, continue to enjoy her out-of-this world Stellar Salad mix with blood sorrel and arugula; lettuce never eat another "spring mix" from the grocery store in our lives! Once you eat the Farm Lot 59 signature salad mix, you will not be able to go back to the sad, flavorless, greens many of us have been triple brain washed to eat. Organic is not enough, it needs to also be delicious!
Tomato News: We will have the beautiful Farmlot 59 tomato slicers and cherries these last weeks of summer, and expect the cherries to go through winter (lucky you!)
At the markets, I'm on the look out for a wide variety of green beans, from Kentucky blue and haricot vert to yellow wax, Romano and exotic varieties like the Tongue of Fire. Berries are out, but Asian pears are coming in season and will be with us summer through fall. Mmmm....I can smell the pear and gorgonzola pizza right now!
Save the date for our grand opening Sept 23rd!
We also have Healthy Halloween festival on October 28th.
More info about field trips, tours and what's growing on our farm coming in our next newsletter.
Good news, the plans for our electricity have been submitted and getting hooked up is going to be happening soon!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our electric fundraiser this far. Once the line is connected we will still need the electric panel, wiring, security lights and all the things to get it turned on.
Farmstand 59 is open Saturday's 10-2. Located at Farm Lot 59, our stand has the best of the best. Salad, tomatoes, eggplant and figs from our farm, fruit and veggies from fellow farmers.
Our offerings change every week so swing by to see what's in season.
Shop local and support indie!
My girl Aliye over at A Good Carrot has been stocking up on Farm Lot tomatoes. I promise its not just because I'm the farmer but, ours are so amazing because they are picked when ripe. When you pick fruit at the right time you are capturing all the sugar and flavor. No food miles and straight to you.
Check out her site for a few great tomato recipes.
Farmstand 59 was revived on July 1st, 2017. Every Saturday we grow stronger with community support, our regulars who do their weekly shopping at the stand, and learning about what serves our community best. We are open every Saturday in August, with more hours as soon as we get electricity. For now, we are powered by Long Beach Ice, and are able to provide you with fresh Weiser melon, ice cold kombucha, bacon, and eggs from our cooler. We know how much you love your farm fresh eggs, and how important it is to you that they are organically grown, ethically raised, and that their feed is corn and soy free. Every week you will find the highest quality eggs from trusted and true farmers. This week they are just $6 per dozen or $10 for two dozen. No yolk! Sorry, a little corny, but speaking of corn we have the best, sweetest organic non gmo corn from Tutti Fruitti farms this week. The farmstand is full of recipes and tips, here is a shopping list and recipe for a corn salad you can make with other speciality ingredients found at our sweet little stand:
Farmstand 59 Corn Salad
Farmlot 59 Stellar salad mix Farmlot 59 cherry tomatoes Weiser Family Farms flamingo and tequila bell peppers Tutti Fruitti Farms sweet white corn Bernard Ranch Valenica oranges, lemon and hass avocado 1 small R&J cipollini onion S&P honey
You will need olive oil, vinegar and finishing salt. See our Hawaiian collection of finishing salts, olive oil to come.
Wash and dry your salad greens and place in a bowl. Slice cherry tomatoes in half, dice bell peppers, shuck corn and shave from cob, slice avocado. Reserve some tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, and avo for garnish so people know what's in the salad. Toss remaining ingredients with greens. Now make your salad dressing:
1 small ciopollini onion, about 2 teaspoons minced juice lemon, about 2 1/2 tablespoons juice valencia orange, about 5 tablespoons 3/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup golden balsamic vinegar (champagne or white wine vinegar will work also) 1 tablespoon S&P honey 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt, adjust to taste 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste
Why do those Bernard Ranch avocados taste so good? As with all of the produce at Farmstand 59, they are organically grown and picked at the right time. Store bought produce is picked to last a truck journey and for shelf life. Some of our produce might look a little funny — we call it "brutto ma buono", "ugly but good" in Italian. You will see the yeast on apples, nothing is shined or waxed, but it's what's inside that counts! The flavor of ripe, organically grown fruits and vegetables cannot be beat! It is a delicious way to not only nourish your body, but to nourish the community of local farmers and the web of sustainability. Speaking of eating Weiser, we are so proud to carry produce from this high desert growing family. Every week you will find a hand selected variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Weiser Family farms. As with all of our produce, it will vary week to week and change with the seasons. We are loving melon season and have a full variety of all of Weiser's melons. For an extra special treat, check out Long Beach Creamery and see what Dina has been putting together with Weiser melons and other fruits from Farmstand 59.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support Farmstand 59 last Saturday. We had a great first day and am excited to keep the good times going.
We are still without power so for now we are only open on Saturday's from 10-2. If you would like to donate toward the electricity needs please use this link. Electricity Campaign.
This week we will have more tomatoes, flowers, eggplant and herbs from Farm Lot 59, Melons, purple and fingerling potatoes and globe zucchini from Weiser Farms and all kinds of other hand selected produce from our family of farms Bernard Ranch Farms, Tamai Family Farms, Ha Family Farms, Mt. Moriah farms. We promise that everyone we work with is dedicated to organically grown sustainable agriculture and promoting and celebrating local artisanal food traditions. We will also add Fine Feathers Kombucha starting this Saturday.
Farmstand 59 is located at Farm Lot 59 ( directions here )thank you for spending your food dollars with us and helping support agriculture in Long Beach.