Local Food and Farm Products 
Tomatoes from Harmony Hill
Volume 4 Number 39    September 26, 2012


Don't forget the MLH Open House this Sunday, the 30th, from 12-4 pm at the Distribution Center in Jackson. See details below in the Events section.



MLH is doing an olive oil tasting at the Open House this week, so come by and savor the different flavors of different pressings and farms!


Terra Sole Olive Oil, Vacaville and Fiddletown

Terra Sole Olive Oil was the brainchild of sisters Elida Malick and Alexis Koefoed and was started about 10 years ago when they planted their 200-tree grove of Italian varietal olives at Soul Food Farm, a California Certified Organic Farm that is famous for its eggs and pasture raised poultry. Harvest usually happens in November when the trees are gently hand stripped and the olives taken immediately to the press.

Elida sent this sad news: “My sister has closed her farm and I don't know if there we be a harvest this year or not. Tough economic times for everyone.”

MLH sends sympathies to Elida and Alexis for the closing of the farm. We are grateful to be able to enjoy the last of the 2010 pressing.


Hundred Acre Olive Oil, Ione

A new producer for MLH, Heidi Ilich of Hundred Acre writes: “We are gearing up for our big Harvest Party the first weekend in is a huge deal. People from all over will be attending to help, eat and drink. I am also trying to get the master food preservers there to teach a class on olive preserving and the master gardeners to do a pruning of olive trees clinic.” More details on this new producer to come...


Amador Olive Oil, Jackson

Amador Olive Oil will participate in Farm Day at the Amador County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 26. Farm day is an interactive learning experience geared toward local third-graders to give them exposure to various farm activities. AOO farmer Susan Bragstad and her farm manager Mike Bixler will be teaching the kids about olive orchards, with simulations of harvesting, and tools of the trade. Kids will be able to take a guess at how many olives are in a bin. Thanks to AOO for their contributions to what will be a great learning event.

Susan also reports that they expect a great harvest this year. There is no sign of olive fruit fly, thanks to their use of yeast attractant traps, and spraying the young trees with clay. They usually like to harvest in December, but it is dependent on the weather, as they need to avoid freezes. Luckily, the farmers' almanac is predicting a wet but mild winter!


LOCAL FOOD IN THE NEWS: Here is a thoughtful article from a recent Sacramento Bee.

Sacbee - The Conversation: Small farms harvest hope

Instead of being mad that grocery store tomatoes often taste like you are eating one of your shoes, people can show their preference by purchasing produce at the ever-increasing number of farmers markets and restaurants that give the customer tasty produce and enable the farmer to take home the profit rather than see it shrunken by the cut taken by middlemen and grocery stores.

Read the whole story at:


Tomatoes at Damas

Green Beans and Peppers with Marjoram and Almonds

Bon Appétit | November 1998


2 1/4 pounds green beans, ends trimmed

5 tablespoons butter

3 large peppers, thinly sliced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh marjoram, or substitute ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Cook green beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain well; set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion and sauté until peppers are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Mix in marjoram or basil. (Beans and bell pepper mixture can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)

Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beans and pepper mixture and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with almonds.


French prune plums are fantastic for fresh snacking, and enjoyed with cheese, but they are also wonderful cooked, as this recipe from Mirabelle Vineyard and Orchard shows.


French Prune Compote

1 pound French prune plums, pitted

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

Boil sugar, water, and lemon juice for 10 minutes.

Add the fruit and cinnamon to the syrup and cook until the fruit is soft.

Cool the compote and refrigerate.

Serve with “ladyfinger” cookies and a glass of Muscat dessert wine.

Alice's pole  beans

Spinach, Asian Pear and Green Bean Salad with Riesling Dressing

Adapted from a recipe from Bon Appétit | November 1998


1/2 cup diced peeled cored ripe Asian pear

6 tablespoons medium-dry Riesling wine

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped shallot

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 pound small green beans, trimmed

6 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves (about 6 ounces)

3 ripe Asian pears, quartered, cored, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

3/4 cup walnuts, toasted

Purée diced Asian pear, Riesling, lemon juice, shallot and Dijon mustard in food processor until smooth. With machine still running, gradually add olive oil through feed tube and blend mixture until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook green beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain well. Transfer beans to medium bowl filled with ice water and cool thoroughly. Drain well. (Dressing and beans can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)

Toss green beans, spinach and sliced Asian pears in large bowl with enough Riesling dressing to coat. Divide salad among plates. Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts.


Single Box

Asian Pears - Harmony Hill Farm

Snap Beans - Casa de la Pradera

Golden Delicious Apples - Tin Bird Garden

Tomatoes - Randall's Corner

French Prune - Mirabelle Orchard

Autumn Nectarine - Tyson Hill Farm

Sweet Pepper - Randall's Corner


Family Box

Basil - Butte Mountain Farm

Marconi Pepper - Butte Mountain Farm

Salad Mix - Casa de la Pradera

Carrots - Casa de la Pradera

Snap Beans - Casa de la Pradera

Golden Delicious Apples - Tin Bird Garden

Tomatoes - Randall's Corner

French Prune - Mirabelle Orchard

Autumn Nectarine - Tyson Hill Farm

Barn and trees at Amador Olive Oil
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Last year's producer sample tables


Mark your calendar for these upcoming MLH events!

1. Sunday, September 30, 12 pm to 4 pm-- Fall Quarter Open House, Distribution Center, Jackson


We hope to see you-- and your friends and family-- at our fall quarter Open House!

  • Sunday, September 30 12 – 4 pm

  • MLH Distribution Center, Jackson (1235 Jackson Gate Road, behind Teresa's Restaurant)

  • Producers to Meet!

  • Products to Sample and Purchase!

  • Raffle of Produce Boxes and Tote Bags!

  • Local Food Appetizers!

  • Olive oil tasting!

  • Live Music!

  • Scarecrow Building for the Kids!

2.TBD October-- Canning party, Casa de la Pradera, Fiddletown

3.Saturday, November 3-- Movie Night, movie and location to be announced


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