Produce from Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Farm is Coming to North Orange County… Starting Next Wednesday 8/17!

Jonathan, Lauren and Mae at Tule Peak FarmsAfter living in the high chaparral of Aguanga for almost exactly two years, we finally have the incredibly productive market garden that we have always envisioned. When we first arrived our property was nothing but untouched chaparral. The soil was hard, the brush thick, and the sun unrelenting. After drilling a well and bringing electricity to the property we proceeded to build the infrastructure for our basic needs and comforts, plant our orchard and large shade trees, and open the soil. Developing property that I own with the sweat of my brow has been rewarding but market gardening is my true passion, a passion that I’ve finally been able to pursue this summer.

We have planted a large market garden despite the hungry, thirsty, tenacious wildlife of Aguanga. After the loss of over 1,000 seedlings to mice in our nursery and 150 feet of tomato plantings in early spring, we fortified our garden’s defenses and refined our methods. Today we find ourselves surrounded by a vibrant green field and an abundance of produce. Heirloom tomatoes, basil, watermelons, European melons, summer and winter squash, cucumbers for slicing and pickling, pumpkins for carving and eating, kale, arugula, baby lettuces, and other greens, all to be had from our new garden beds. I now feel that I can officially call myself a farmer and I am very proud of that title. I’ve grown produce and much of it is already sold to valued customers.

We are now making weekly deliveries of our fantastic food to North Orange County. You can put Tule Peak Farm food on your family’s table by signing up for our produce CSA (community sourced agriculture) basket. CSAs are essentially a subscription to our farm’s harvest that changes with the seasons. We will also sometimes include things like eggs from our flock of hens or a jar of jam from an unexpected bumper crop.

Late-Summer/Autumn 2016 deliveries run from this coming Wednesday August 17 through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Sign up now for fantastic Tule Peak Farm food – space is limited!

Visit: www.TulePeakFarm.com to sign-up, learn more, or simply look at some photos of the farm.

Thank you all for your time on a Sunday afternoon. I hope you’re eating well this evening!

~Jonathan Duffy Davis

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fall Update & Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating New Classics Class 11/12/15

pumpkin soup set upGreetings Friends! Fall has come to Table & Field and we are thrilled to be hosting Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating the New Classics on Thursday November 12th at 6pm at the Fullerton Arboretum. For full details on this class, keep reading! But first, allow us to share are few updates, from both the table and the field…. Continue reading “Fall Update & Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating New Classics Class 11/12/15”

Testing Recipes for Next Week’s Class!

We are so excited to be back at the Fullerton Arboretum this Thursday, August 27th for our cooking class, “Simple & Sophisticated Entertaining.” (If you haven’t had the chance to sign up, follow this link to the Fullerton Arboretum’s registration page!)

In class, we’ll be preparing:

  • Crostini with Manchego Cheese
  • Seasonal Tomato Salad with Sherry Vinegar
  • Marinated Grilled Beef with Carrot Top Chimichurri
  • Dulce de Leche Cookies (known as Alfajores)

Continue reading “Testing Recipes for Next Week’s Class!”

Free Cooking Class on 3/26/14: Garden to Table Cooking at Yorba Linda Public Library

Wednesday March 26th 2014 at the Yorba Linda Public Library!
Wednesday March 26th 2014 at the Yorba Linda Public Library!

Don’t forget! This Wednesday, OurLocaltopia is teaching another free cooking class at the Yorba Linda Public Library, as part of the “Food For Thought” series. This week’s class focuses on Garden to Table Cooking and will cover how to make the most out of your backyard edible garden or your weekly farmers market spoils. The Jonathans will provide up close demonstrations of at least four unique dishes, with samples and recipes available to the audience. Class will be held in the Library’s downstairs community room and will run from 7pm to about 8:30pm. Bring your friends, and enjoy a free night of delicious culinary education! See ya there!

~ OurLocaltopia

Elegant Strawberry Conserve

Once sufficently cooled, place your finsihed conserve in a glass jar. We suggest Weck jars. It's that easy... Enjoy!
Strawberry Conserves.

Strawberry season comes early in Southern California and is just around the corner for the rest of the country! We wanted to post about this AMAZINGLY EASY Strawberry Conserve recipe, inspired by one of our go-to books, Canal House Cooks Everyday. Continue reading “Elegant Strawberry Conserve”

Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Pickled Green Beans: Recipe and Method

Ingredients for pickled green beans

Most vegetables are takers but bean give back. Along with the rest of the legumes beans have formed an amazing symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria (Rhizobium). These bacteria that call the roots of legumes home are capable of taking the inert nitrogen gas (n2) that constitutes almost 80% of every breath that we take and turning it into a form of nitrogen that plants can use. Nitrogen is the most limiting nutrient to plant growth in the garden. The more nitrogen your soil contains, the better your garden will grow. Thus, beans nourish not only the gardener but the garden as well. Continue reading “Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Pickled Green Beans: Recipe and Method”

Stick To The Recipe! A Primer on Canning Pickled Vegetables, Jams & Jellies

Jars in Rack

Autumn is a perfect time to learn how to can in Southern California. The bounty of summer is quickly fading but there is still time to pick up the end of the stone-fruit and warm-season vegetable harvest and preserve the last of that summer sunshine. Learning how to can now will also enable you to make all of the fantastic pickles that are possible with winter vegetables.

Continue reading “Stick To The Recipe! A Primer on Canning Pickled Vegetables, Jams & Jellies”

The Great Squash Soup Duel: Davis vs. Dye

 

As most of you know, the Jonathans are the creative culinary force behind OurLocaltopia. They are each extremely talented cooks, with divergent styles that inform and strengthen each other. Occasionally their differences come out in epic Iron chef style duels, like the one detailed below. I was lucky enough to experience this duel in person, and while I could never pick a decisive winner, the  process was educational and, of course, delicious! Read on for details on two seemingly similar dishes, Continue reading “The Great Squash Soup Duel: Davis vs. Dye”

Ask and You Shall Receive: How to Prepare Cranberry Beans

Cranberry Beans from the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market
Cranberry Beans from the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market

On a recent trip to the Orange County Great Park Farmer’s Market, Evelyn and I stumbled upon a stall which had produced a great stack of beautiful, vibrant and completely fresh cranberry beans.  The 10:00 AM sun was bright and direct and shone the variegated beans in vivid glory.  I became too excited; I had seen cranberry beans in a few books and recently in Living Magazine, but to tell the truth, I’d never cooked a fresh shell bean in my life! Continue reading “Ask and You Shall Receive: How to Prepare Cranberry Beans”

An OLT Field Trip: Farmers Market at The Orange County Great Park

If April is the cruelest month, Sunday may the cruelest day. Mixing relaxation and subtle dread of the coming work week, stirring that border between living and making a living. Luckily, Orange County is ripe with Sunday morning activities that can wring every last drop out of your weekend. The Farmers Market at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine is just such an activity. Held on Sunday mornings, this food, farm and crafts market is worth the trip… a trip that OurLocaltopia recently made. Check out our Great Park Farmers Market report, the edible booty we plundered and the meal it inspired. Continue reading “An OLT Field Trip: Farmers Market at The Orange County Great Park”