Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thanks - first party was awesome!

Hello Long Beach Locals-

Last weekend's party was outstanding. I had such a great time and I'm pretty sure everyone else did too. The food was amazing and the music was so fun. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our local farm. Let's do it again next year!

Days are getting shorter and summer is winding down. Despite all the setbacks we did manage to produce over a 1,000# of heirloom tomatoes out of just 3 tiny rows and lots of other delicious produce. We are very grateful to have made it through our very first growing season. 

We are going through some changes down on the farm. We planted all our fall crops and were completely wiped out by a nasty beetle. I tried to fight this bug organically but I cannot get it under control. Its called a Harlequin Beetle and has caused major damage to farmers all across the country. Its a nasty stink bug with no predators and it multiplies like mad. It really enjoyed our beautiful napa cabbage and all our broccoli's. I'm currently replanting different crops for fall. Onions, garlic, more peas, flowers, artichokes. This spring the farm is going to be very abundant.

But until then I am putting our weekly Farm Box on hold for the winter. We will relaunch the CSA in Spring 2013. I'll be posting about it when we open for sign ups. Sometime around the new year. There might be a brunch happening around this time too. Its going to be delicious.

We are hosting our 3rd annual Harvest Dinner on the farm. October 21st from 3:30-5:30. All the information will be posted in the calendar section of our website. This is a potluck communal meal using local, organic, sustainable ingredients. This is the 3rd year and every year the food is more and more amazing. People really pull out all the stops on this meal. Bring your won bowl, chair, BYOB and come down. Its fun.

And lastly we are currently building Farmstand 59. We are working Saturday's to get it finished. If you are interested in helping us build come on down. Bring your favorite tool.

Thanks again for all the support on and off the farm.

-Sasha Kanno

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Farm Party - This Saturday the 22nd

Hello Long Beach Locals-
Hope to see you all this Saturday for our first annual farm party from 2-6.
Chef Michael from SIP will be cooking up all our farm fresh produce, Chef Paul from Primal Alchemy Catering is roasting a lamb from New Frontier Family Farms (a local sustainable meat farmer), Aliye from beachgreens will be making strawberry lemonade. There will be great music and some nice cold beer from Red Leprechaun.
And just for fun Tanya from T's Space is hosting a scarecrow making booth. If you have any supplies for this please bring, anything not used will be donated to charity. We will install these toward the end of the afternoon.
If you are interested in joining our CSA this is a great time to come and sign up.
This is our way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us, donated to Long Beach Local and come and done the heavy work.
See you this Saturday!
Sasha Kanno

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Farm stand

Breaking ground today. Thank Daniel for once again doing all the hard work. And thanks Uncle Jim for lending us the Bosch. Best tool ever!

Next up framing. Might be calling on you guys for help with that one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scarecrow making at the farm party!

Please help us gather supplies to make a few scarecrows for the farm.

Supplies we could use but please get creative!

Clothes: Faded old blue jeans, outgrown party dresses, ties, Halloween costumes, scarves, handkerchiefs, hats, gloves, and shoes.
Head and Face: Old nylons or burlap sac, wigs, buttons to sew eyes, acrylic paint or markers to draw on face.
Accessories and extras: Apply costume jewelry, a stuffed animal, an old baseball mitt, gardening gloves, watering can.

See you on the 22nd!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Good times on 2nd Saturday

This past weekend was our monthly workday. As always we appreciate the help in keeping up with our farm chores. Last weekend we prepped more beds for fall planting. Sifted compost, tweaked irrigation, set some traps and had a delicious BBQ.

Thanks to Ashley our super awesome volunteer for leading the Camp Fire Girls in our first official workshop. Looked like they had a great time.

Our farm is growing and its all because of you.

See you at our party on Sept 22nd!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Who can identify this little green bug. Flies like a ladybug but wings are shaped differently.

Green with orange spots.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Adapted from:

            1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
            1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
            1 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
            1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
            1 garlic clove, minced
            1/2 teaspoon salt
            1/4 teaspoon pepper
            5 small zucchini, thinly sliced
            1/4 cup butter, divided
            2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
            2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
            1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
            In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; set aside. In a large skillet, saute zucchini in 1 tablespoon of butter until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes; drain. Arrange the zucchini in a greased 8-in. square baking dish; sprinkle with half of the cheese mixture. Top with tomatoes and remaining cheese mixture.
            In a saucepan, saute onion in remaining butter until tender; add bread crumbs and toss to combine. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts
1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 213 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol,

Farm Box & farm stand TODAY 5-6:30

Today's Farm Box contents:

Heirloom tomato
Heirloom tomato- pt cherries
Bell peppers
Golden watermelon
Passion fruit

Our farm stand will also be open from 5-6:30. We will have produce and eggs for sale.

Thank you for supporting local Long Beach agriculture.

Sasha Kanno

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Build Day this Saturday and a Party!

Hello Long Beach Locals-
This Saturday is our 2nd Saturday build day. We will be tending the growing field, planting fall crops and beginning the farm stand build. We will be working from 9-3.
We are wrapping up our summer season. I am so proud of the quality of beautiful organic produce we produced. Our weekly Farm Boxes were full to the brim with heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, herbs, peppers, melons and lots more of summers bounty.
We are gearing up for fall and taking commitments for our CSA. Each box is $30 and we ask for a 1 month commitment. You can pick up weekly or biweekly here on the farm. If you have any questions or want to sign up please email or call us.
And speaking of being grateful. Farm Party on September 22nd from 2-6. Come enjoy some music while local chefs cook up our farm fresh produce and a lamb from New Frontier Family Farms out in Chino. We welcome all friends, volunteers, donors and supporters. If you have not yet been to the farm this is a great opportunity to do so.
Thanks and see you on the farm.
Sasha Kanno
ph: 562.230.7207

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