Bee Present

 

flying bees and sunflower 2015

 

We can’t believe we’ve arrived at the end of our second growing season, how quickly this year passed. In a week or so the entire farm will be plowed and seeded with a comfy cover crop to rest and recondition until it’s time to plant again. Watching the changes throughout the year through my window makes my heart sing with gratitude and I’d like to thank the many people from our Community that shared the Farm experience with us this year. We had an unusually slow start to our planting season in 2015 due to brutal freezes that continued into late February. Fortunately, our Farmer Thomas had acquired an additional location in the Happy Valley area that provided the right climate to sow the seeds and prepare for the busy spring planting. Without our anticipated landscape of a Farm in Production we had to delay activities at Bee Fruitful Farms. Finally by May we were planted, growing, and ready to share. Our first guests were the three kindergarten classes from Vine Hill Elementary School. That was 77 little sprouts running free, climbing boulders, and feeling the enchanted space of this farm. The field trip included a tour of the farm while tasting produce growing in the field. They learned that there are heroes and villains in all environments (in the plant world that would be insects & pests). We coordinated with Mrs. Sanguinetti ahead of time to have the classes bring decorated flower pots so everyone could get their hands in soil and leave with a plant that was both beautiful & edible (a sunflower), just in time for Mother’s Day. We topped off their visit with tastings of natural strawberry soda and carrots fresh from the earth. Below are photos from our joyful days with Vine Hill Elementary School.


 

 

Bee Fruitful Farms would like to thank Michele Sanguinetti, Laurie Ponos, and Liz Rose for being outstanding kindergarten teachers; and recognize them for planting seeds of compassion, caring, and environmental awareness in each of their little sprouts.

 

Two months Later…….We received this picture from Benjamin from Miss Rose’s Kindergarten class!!

vine hill kinder veggies 2015                                                                (Benjamin’s vegetables)

 

Four months later………..Mrs. Sanguinetti brings her harvest from Bee Fruitful Farms field trip to a new class of inspired little sprouts.

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She wrote:

I shared my sunflower with kids today. Your seeds are awesome.

Michele


 

 

 

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Farm to Table Wednesdays

 

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Make Wednesday nights a “Farm to Table” dinner at your house. What fun to buy fresh produce at the farm and then the whole family prepares the meal together. This might become your most favorite night of the week!
Starting this Wednesday from 1:00 -6:00pm you can buy the freshest produce in town.

Visit Thomas Herzog, Farmer of Stone Meal Farm at Bee Fruitful Farms, his Scotts Valley location, just a hop and a step off Mt Hermon Road, at 335 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley. Just follow Rebeccah’s signs

thomas farm stand sign                                                  (photo courtesy of Stone Meal Farm)

 

This week they will have…

strawberries, flowers/bouquets, cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, ronde de nice, kale, sorrel, chard, salad mix, basil, bunching onions, chives, shiso, thyme, oregano, rosemary

 

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We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu & Frequently Asked Questions

THE MENU

Subject to change based on seasonality.

BREAD BOARD WITH FRUIT & CHEESE
Assortment of Companion breads, Garden Variety cheeses and seasonal fruit
EARLY SUMMER SAVORY SALAD
Snap peas, chicory, green garlic, nasturtium and a simple vinaigrette
BISCUITS WITH SAUSAGE GRAVY
Companion biscuits with El Salchichero sausage gravy and fresh herbs
POTATO & ROOT VEGGIE HASH BROWNS
Shredded new potatoes, parsnips and carrots hot from the griddle
ASPARAGUS, SALMON & FARM EGG
Lemonade Springs farm egg hard boiled and sliced over braised asparagus, dressed with olive oil and topped with smoked salmon
SWEET FINISH
Meyer lemon pound cake with fresh whipped cream and mixed berries
TASTY BEVERAGES COURTESY OF
Equinox Wine, Hidden Fortress Coffee and Companion Bakeshop

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MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have additional questions please contact Nicole Zahm at (831) 325-4294 or education@santacruzfarmersmarket.org

CHILDREN

Children are absolutely welcome at all of our farm-to-table events including the Mother’s Day Brunch. Keep in mind that during the meal this is a seated event. Children small enough to sit in your lap (2 or younger) may attend at no cost. For older children who require their own seat a ticket is required.

If you don’t think your child will enjoy sitting through a two hour brunch we invite you to bring the whole family back to Bee Fruitful Farm from noon to 2pm to enjoy games on the lawn and play by the creek. This later portion of the event is free!

ANIMALS

This is a food service event – pets are not allowed to attend unless they are formally registered as service animals.

SMOKING

Bee Fruitful Farms is a non-smoking venue. This includes but is not limited to tobacco, vapor or e-cigarettes.

DRINK

We welcome you to bring your own celebratory bottle of champagne or sparkling wine – there is no corkage fee. Hard alcohol is not permitted.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Tickets are on sale for $88. Purchase tickets online at http://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/campaigns/mother-day-brunch-benefit/ or in person at one of the five Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets. Online purchases include a $3 surcharge fee per ticket.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Bee Fruitful Farms!

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Come Join Us for Mother’s Day Brunch at Bee Fruitful Farms!

Get your tickets before they’re gone…..

On Sunday, May 10th our boutique farm in Scotts Valley will be transformed into the ultimate farm-to-table dining location. Imagine Mom relaxing under the oaks, fancy beverage in hand, as the enormously talented chefs from Companion Bakeshop present her with one delicious course after another. Guests will be given a tour of the grounds from the picturesque cottage on the creek to the thriving natural process farm where many of the ingredients for the morning’s meal are growing.

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What is not grown onsite will be sourced from the Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market with nearly 100% of ingredients coming from talented local food artisans. Beverage tastings will be included with the meal but feel free to bring your own libation in celebration of Mom – with no corkage fee!

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Perhaps the most exciting part of this celebration is that we have partnered with the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market to host this as an annual fundraising event. Proceeds will go to SCCFM’s Market Match program to help provide access to fresh local food for those most in need in our community (visit http://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/campaigns/market-match/ to learn more about this amazing program).

As we tip our caps to Mom at Bee Fruitful Farms this May, guests can delight in knowing that they are supporting all that nourish and sustain us: our mothers, our communities, our local foodshed and our earth.

When: Sunday, May 10th

Time: 9:30 am to noonish

Where: Bee Fruitful Farms in Scotts Valley

Cost: $88

Tickets go on sale Monday March 16th and we can’t stress this enough friends – the event will sell out quickly! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

http://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/campaigns/mother-day-brunch-benefit/

You can also buy your tickets at any of the 5 Farmers’ Markets

Menu and event details to follow. We hope to see you in May!

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COMING IN 2015 . . .


 

Farm to Table Dinners and Brunches

Next season we will be hosting farm to table dinners and brunches at our stunning Scotts Valley location. Come prepared to enjoy a fabulous multi-course meal, delicious beverages, live music, and lively conversation with members of your community. Local chefs will prepare seasonal offerings made with produce from right here on our farm! Add yourself to our email list and be the first to hear about these special events.

Coming in 2015table

We will kick off the 2015 season with a Mother’s day brunch.

What better way to show Mom you care than by treating her to an amazing meal in a beautiful, relaxed farm setting? Look for an email from us next spring with menu and event details. We anticipate this event will sell out quickly so purchase your tickets early! Cheers!

 

Watch us Grow!

In 2015 we plan to add a few friends to the farm including bees, chickens and goats. We will also be joining the Felton Farmers’ Market so our San Lorenzo Valley friends can enjoy our amazing produce! We invite you to grow with us.

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Classes

At Bee Fruitful Farms our primary goal is to be an educational resource for our community so we can all lead healthier, happier, more complete lives.

 

Youth Programs

Instilling a love of nature in children is the first step towards raising adults capable of nurturing our planet. Our vision is for Bee Fruitful Farms to be a place where the youth in our community come and fall in love with nature. With your support we hope to make all youth programs FREE. Your presence at farm to table dinners and classes will help us achieve this goal.

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Future Classroom at Bee Fruitful Farms

 

~Sample Classes~

  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Rain Water Harvesting/Grey Water
  • Pest Management
  • Bee Keeping
  • Preserves
  • Cooking with the Seasons
  • Gluten-Free Cooking
  • Vegetable Gardening 101

 

Company Off-Sites

Is your company looking for that perfect place to host your special event? Or do you just want to show your employees some appreciation by treating them to lunch and a fun afternoon at the farm? BFF is the perfect place for companies and their families to recreate, rejuvenate, and reconnect.

 

 

Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or send us an email at beefruitfulfarms@gmail.com to learn more!

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Keep Yourself Healthy and Happy

If you’re feeling the effects of the shorter days – lack of energy, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, weight gain – you’re not alone. It is estimated that up to 15% of Americans experience from some form of the “winter blues” with an estimated 6% suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a major depressive disorder.

So what can we do to avoid feeling SAD this winter? Eat your winter squash!

Winter squash has been shown to improve symptoms in people with a host of depressive disorders but is specifically beneficial for those suffering from SAD. How does this humble veggie manage such a feat?

Feel Good Starches. Serotonin levels decrease in the winter months because as the days get shorter our bodies are exposed to more melatonin (the sleep hormone) which drives out serotonin. To boost our serotonin levels many of us reach for “comfort foods” because they make us feel good – temporarily. Overindulgence of the wrong types of carbohydrates however will make us feel even worse, especially when we can’t fit into our favorite pants! Replace simple carbs and sweets with winter squash which is high in fiber, naturally sweet and has a low glycemic index. If eaten right before bed a winter squash will also help you sleep better! Butternut Squash grown by Stone Meal Farm is our favorite.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Winter squash is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are linked to improved mood and cognitive functioning.

Improved Immunity. Nobody feels good when they are sick! The Carotenoids, Potassium and Vitamin C that abound in winter squash are all essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Don’t forget the seeds! Winter squash seeds help our immune system out too by providing zinc, magnesium, and Omega-6 fatty acids in ample amounts.

 

 

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Although grown in the summer and harvested in the fall, winter squash has a thick exterior rind which makes this veggie suitable for storage through the winter. Thanks nature for providing us with this delicious treat in our time of need!

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Bee Wise About Bees!

Did You Know…

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Honeybees fly at 15 miles per hour.

Bees communicate with each other by dancing
and by using pheromones (scents).

Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top
of the head and two big ones in front.

Honeybees are responsible for approx. 80% of all fruit, vegetable
and seed crops in the U.S.

Honeybees are the only insects that
produce food for humans.

Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances 
necessary to sustain life, including water.

To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony
must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles
and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.

It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a 
honeybee’s flight around the world.

Honeybees never sleep!

Honey never spoils.

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