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

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Seeds & Seedlings: Reconnecting After A Busy Season!

Happy New Year from OurLocaltopia! Now that 2014 has past and the promise of 2015 is on the horizon, we want to RECONNECT! We look forward to updating you with regular postings again, sharing what we’re involved in and excited about. It’s been 6 months since our last post (for good reasons), so here’s an update on what has been keeping the trio at OurLocaltopia busy.

On the Farm with Jonathan Davis…

I’ve gone back to the land! In April my family and I purchased 20 acres of raw land at 3500 feet in  Aguanga, Ca. The price was right Continue reading “Seeds & Seedlings: Reconnecting After A Busy Season!”

Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty

2_Beets cleaned and ready for the potEvelyn, Jonathan Dye, and I have eaten many pickled beets made with this recipe. They’ve been added to cheese plates, paired with gravlax and other preserved fish, and also served simply with some dark rye bread, some fresh dill, and a dollop of crème fraiche (maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon too?). Evelyn’s winter garden has been a bountiful one. She has bushels of beets and needs a way to preserve them. Pickling is the perfect treatment for a homegrown beet. Here’s what I think Evelyn should do with her winter beet bounty! Continue reading “Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty”

Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14

seed saving flyerJoin OurLocaltopia’s Farmer and Biologist Jonathan Duffy Davis, this Wednesday (5.14.14) at 7pm for a class on seed saving! Held at the Yorba Linda Public Library, this free class will give you the tools needed to effectively gather, save, store and share seeds from your backyard garden or farm. Continue reading “Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14”

Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe

nettle montageForaging for wild foods can be intimidating. The delicious and the deadly can look similar and occupy similar environments. Stinging nettle is a great plant for the novice forager. Simply touch the plant and it will tell you if you’ve identified it correctly! Continue reading “Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe”

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”

Late Winter Gardening for the Southern California “Homestead”

These beets are ready for harvest!

The Southern Californian winter garden is a delicious one. Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale, carrots, beets, and radishes, onions and leeks, and an astounding array of lettuces can all be pulled from your garden’s soil. The winter is starting to come to a close but there remain plenty of options for the winter gardener. The time for tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumber is just around the corner. A post on the summer vegetable garden is soon to come. But today’s late-winter gardener should focus on crops that grow quickly (to make room for soon-to-be-planted summer crops) and on planting fruit trees. Continue reading “Late Winter Gardening for the Southern California “Homestead””

Thursdays in the Kitchen: An Elegant New Year’s Eve – Final Class of 2013 on 11/21

Hello friends! Don’t forget… on Thursday November 21st at 6pm, we will be hosting the final Thursdays in the Kitchen class of 2013, our “Elegant New Year’s Eve” celebration.  This class will be team taught by Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye and will serve a dual purpose: to explore a wonderful menu of elevated cuisine, perfect for end of the year parties AND to celebrate the success of the Thursdays in the Kitchen series, all while enjoying a fabulous evening! Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen: An Elegant New Year’s Eve – Final Class of 2013 on 11/21”

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”