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Santa clara / San Mateo counties 5/14 & Santa Cruz 5/15 The O2T Fish & Farm Box Plus Add-ons

Greeting Fish & Farm Enthusiasts,


The King Salmon Season is open locally and the fish are biting! We are excited to offer more King Salmon aka Chinook as well as Trim, Collars & Frames this week


Plus, local and sustainably caught Sablefish & Bocaccio Rockfish. Northern California Natural Morels, Spring Porcini & more of our favorites!


To view the full alert, recipes, and details of all of our collaborators please check the Full Alert & Recipes button leading to our blog below.


We will be making ONLY Home Deliveries


Santa Clara / San Mateo Counties : Friday, May 14th

Santa Cruz County : Friday, May 15th


Our normal delivery range limits apply, with no deliveries to remote portions of the counties. Due to the complex nature of this new delivery process, we will not be taking pre-paid orders for this week as we adjust to the new format. We will resume in the coming weeks. Thank you for understanding. NOTE: Please leave out a sanitized cooler for our delivery drivers. If you ordered an O2T Fish & Farm Box or Produce Box, please sanitize last week's box and set it out for pickup.


To order, please head to our Online Store


The O2T Fish and Farm Box Includes:


One Produce Box

One share of King Salmon

One Local Sourdough Loaf from Companion Bakery Produce Box 1 Basket of Strawberries

2 Artichokes

2 lbs Orange Sweet Potatoes

2 lbs Fuji Apples

1 bunch Red & Green Chard

1 bunch of Dino Kale

1 bunch of Red Beets

1 bunch of Radish

3 heads of Gem Lettuce

Add-on Items Produce Box

Spring Porcini

Natural Morels

Produce Box

King Salmon Fillet

King Salmon Collars

King Salmon Trim

King Salmon Frames (great for stock or your garden!)

Sablefish Fillet

Bocaccio Rockfish Fillet

Fogline Chicken Half Birds

Fogline Chicken Frames (great for making bone broth!)

Pajaro Pastures Eggs - Medium & Large Egg

11th Hour Rwanda NyamashekeWhole Bean Coffee

All are available on our Online Store and can be purchased individually



Farm: Swanton Berry Farm

Farmer: Unionized Workers of Swanton Berry Farm

Location: Santa Cruz

Harvest Date: 5/13/20

Farming Method: CCOF Certified Organic, Hand Harvested

Item: 1 basket of Strawberries & Artichokes


Farm: JJM Farm

Farmers: Efrain Morales

Location: Hollister

Harvest Date: 5/13/20

Farming Method: CCOF Certified Organic, Hand Harvested

Items: 1 bunch of Red & Green Chard, 1 bunch of Dino Kale, 1 bunch of Red Beets


Farm: Sea to Sky Farm

Farmers: Chris and Dana Laughlin

Location: Bonny Doon

Farming Method: CCOF Certified Organic

Harvest Date: Winter 2020

Items: 2 lbs Small Sweet Potatoes


Sea to Sky farm is located in northern Santa Cruz County in Bonny Doon. It is a 24 acre CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetable and herb farm, located 10 minutes from the ocean at 1600’ in elevation, surrounded by coastal redwoods with natural springs, and sites of Native American historical significance.  The farm was started by Chris and Dana Laughlin on Thanksgiving of 2018. 

Chris comes from four generations of family farming – her great grandfather, grandfather, father and both brothers are farmers.


Farm: Prevedelli Farm

Farmers: Nick Prevedelli

Location: Corralitos

Farming Method: Certified Organic, Hand Harvested

Harvest Date: Fall 2019

Items: 2 lbs Small Fuji Apples


Prevedelli Farms is a fourth-generation certified organic, family-run farm.  We have been operating in Watsonville since 1945,

​for over 75 years. The farm was originally established on Old San Jose Road in Soquel in the 1930s.  It was started by Arturo Prevedelli, who emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s. 

A true family-run farm, the entire family works on the farm; whether it's planting, harvesting, or selling at the farmer's market: everybody is involved!


Blue Heron Farm

Farmers: Dennis Tamura

Location: Corralitos

Harvest Date: 05/12/20

Farming Method: CCOF Certified Organic

Items: 1 bunch of Radish, 3 heads of Gem Lettuce



Species: King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Catch Date: 5/11/2020

Boat: F/V Sculpin

Captain: Chris Seeno / Joseph Lucido

Port: Moss Landing

Catch Method: Trolling Lines

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Rating: Good Alternative

Share Size: Full Share 1.0 lbs


The Chinook Salmon is a fascinating fish that is born in freshwater streams and rivers. They are unique fish in that they have physiological abilities to adapt to both freshwater and saltwater. The first 3 months to 2 years of their lives are spent in fresh water before migrating to the open ocean where they will end up spending the majority of their lives growing to maturity in 2 to 4 years. In the ocean, salmon feed on plankton, kelp and krill which is what gives them their noticeably pink coloration. When adult Chinook salmon are ready to spawn they migrate back to their ancestral river where the female selectively creates a nest at the bottom of the stream based on her ideal gravel type, water depth and flow. The males then come to spawn with the female and will actively defend their nest site for up to a month before ending their life cycle. Chinook Salmon are a full flavored, high fat content fish with large reddish-orange flakes.

Chinook Salmon in California are fighting an uphill battle. Since the Gold Rush, development on land has lead to the destruction of critical Salmon spawning habitat. The damming of rivers, sedimentation and water diversion projects has meant that huge reaches of essential fish habitat has been blocked or destroyed. With a constrained ability to reproduce, Salmon numbers plummeted. Here locally, the San Lorenzo River which once had runs of 60,000+ fish now sees less than 5000 fish each year. Global warming is also a major contributor as rising ocean temperatures and acidification have lead to increasing variability in bait fish populations. Overfishing has historically been a problem as well. More recently strong regulations backed by extensive scientific efforts has helped to limit the effects of fishing from contributing to the decline of Salmon populations. Every year quotas and the date of season opening is adjusted based on National Marine Fisheries Service surveys. For these reason California Chinook Salmon has been labeled as a “Good Alternative” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.



Item: Local Sourdough Loaf

Bakery: Companion Bakery

Location: Santa Cruz

Baked Date: 05/07/2020

Companion Bakery is located on the west-side of Santa Cruz. They turn out all the local's favorites when it comes to baked goods. A staple for morning treats and tasty loaves. Local Simple Sourdough made with local Blanco Grande whole wheat flour


Add-On Items


Item: Half Bird

Farm: Fogline Farms

Farmers: Caleb Barron

Location: Ano Nuevo

Harvest Date: 05/11/20

Farming Methods: Fresh Pasture Daily, Organic Feed

Weight: 1.60-1.80lbs


Item: Chicken Frame

Farm: Fogline Farms

Farmers: Caleb Barron

Location: Ano Nuevo

Harvest Date: 05/11/2020

Farming Methods: Fresh Pasture Daily, Organic Feed

Weight: 2.0-2.5 lbs


Fogline Farms will be supplying the chickens & was founded in 2009. We share our space with these guys and they honestly grow some of the tastiest, ecologically friendly chickens we've ever tried! Fogline leases land right near Ano Nuevo State Park, where they raise Cornish Cross broilers, on an all-organic feed that are set out to pasture daily.

Species: Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)

Catch Date: 5/10/2020

Boat: F/V Sea Harvest

Captain: Calder Deyerle

Port: Moss Landing

Catch Method: Bottom Set Line

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Rating: Best Choice

Share Size : Full Share 1.25 lbs

Skin on fillet with some small pin bones


Sablefish is commonly known as butterfish due to its soft texture, delicate flakes and rich buttery taste. These characteristics can be contributed to its high levels of healthy fatty acids. It has been consumed as a delicacy in Japan for many years and is now making its way onto the local market. Sablefish are found in muddy seabeds at depths of up to 9,000 feet and prefer the edge of the continental shelf. They are opportunistic hunters who like to feed on other fish, squid and even jellyfish. Sablefish mature early and have a long lifespan (up to 90 years).

Sablefish’s buttery, rich and flakey texture make it a great substitute for other impact fish, such as the Chilean Seabass. It is a very well managed fish with its population numbers well into the healthy range. When they are caught using fishing methods such as traps or bottom set lines, they have minimal bycatch and environmental impacts.


Species: Bocaccio Rockfish (Sebastes paucispinus)

Catch Date: 5/10/2020

Boat: F/V Sea Harvest

Captain: Rich Deyerle

Port: Moss Landing

Catch Method: Fly-Line

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Rating: Not Rated

(Little to no by-catch and minimal habitat disturbance)

Bocaccio is a large species of rockfish that is found ranging from Alaska down to Baja California. As their name in Italian suggests, they can be easily identified by their large mouths. The adult color ranges from a reddish hue to brown and once they are caught and brought to the surface their color tends to brighten to a stronger red hue. Juvenile Bocaccio tend to stay together in loose schools and spend most of their time in shallower water. After about two years of age they begin to descend into deeper water of up to 750 feet near a deep, rocky environment. Bocaccio enjoy a colorful diet of many difference species of fish as well as squid and crustaceans.

Females begin to mature when they reach 17 inches long and they typically grow larger than the males and have a longer lifespan. Fertilization takes place internally within the females body and she holds the developing young until they are ready to hatch as live larvae. Hatching occurs during the months of December through April with the females being capable of hatching 1.5 millions eggs per cycle. Bocaccio can live to be 50 years old, are slow growing and late to mature making which puts them endanger if over fished as their populations take time to recover.


Item: 1 Dozen Medium or Large Eggs

1 Dozen Large Eggs

Farm: Pajaro Pastures

Farmers: Ryan Ableson

Location: Pajaro

Harvest Date: 05/12/20

Farming Methods: Pasture Raised, Non-GMO Feed


Pajaro Pastures where we will supply farm fresh eggs is located in Corralitos, just down the coast. Unlike the average “free-range” or/and “cage-free” chicken farm, Pajaro moves the birds’ grazing area every week. Their chickens primarily eat native vegetation and are also fed High-Quality Certified NON-GMO Chicken Feed, Certified Organic Vegetables, and Brewers Grain


Salmon Collars, Salmon Trim & Salmon Frames

Species: King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Catch Date: 05/11/2020

Boat: F/V Sculpin

Captain: Chris Seeno / Joseph Lucido

Port: Moss Landing

Catch Method: Trolling Lines

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Rating: Good Alternative

Share Size: Full Share 1.5 lbs


Strawberry Jam

Farm: Swanton Farm

Harvest Date: April 2020

Harvested by: Unionized workers of Swanton berry Farm

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Farming Method: CCOF Certified Organic, Hand Harvested

Share Size: 10 oz

Swanton Berry Farm is located in Davenport, CA. Swanton has long been a leader in organic farming practices and known for empowering their workers. They were the first organic farm in the US to sign a contract with the United Farmworkers of America and to carry a union label. 



Species: Natural Morel ( Morchell spp.)

Harvest Date: 5/10/20

Location: Siskiyou County

Harvester: Lukas Vrana

Share Size: Full Share 0.60 lbs


Morels are unique and rare in the marketplace because they're not typically grown commercially. Morels are one of the finest tasting mushrooms worldwide. They're beloved by mushroom enthusiasts for their meaty, woodsy flavor.


Species: Spring Porcini ( Boletus rex-veris)

Harvest Date: 5/10/20

Location: Siskiyou County

Harvester: Lukas Vrana

Share Size: Full Share 0.75 lbs

Spring Porcini is found from central California into British Columbia and are generally fruiting in early Spring. Spring Porcini have a mycorrhizal relationship, meaning they are living in a partnership with conifer trees, most commonly Firs and Pines. They are found under Fir and Pine trees at elevations ranging from 3,000 feet to 7,000 feet and are often hidden under conifer needles covering the forest floor.. They have a large, edible body that with pinkish to brown caps with a thick, large stem. Young Sierra Porcini have a firm texture and a white hymenophore that begins to soften and turn yellowish with maturity.



Item: Rwanda Nyamasheke (Single Origin)

Whole Bean

Roaster: 11th Hour Coffee

Location: Santa Cruz. CA

Country: Nyamasheke District, Rwanda

Farming Method: No Pesticides & Naturally Processed, Directly Traded

Roast Type: Medium Roast

Share Size: 12 oz

This bright coffee is from the Nyamasheke district in the western province of Rwanda. With tart fruit-like acidity, this coffee is a picture perfect representation of what African coffees can produce. Perfect for those who are trying to venture out and discover how different coffee can taste from your average cup of joe.


Recipes:


King Salmon with Morels



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb King Salmon Fillet

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1 share of fresh natural morels; sliced

  • 1/2 cup shelled fresh (or frozen, thawed) peas

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or 2 pea tendrils

Procedure:

1. Place salmon, skin side down, in a large high-sided skillet. Add wine, 2 Tbsp. salt, and cold water to cover salmon by 1/2". Cover pan and bring liquid to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover, and gently poach salmon until just cooked through and barely opaque in the center, about 6 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer salmon and 2 Tbsp. poaching liquid to a plate; tent loosely with foil.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup salmon poaching liquid and peas and simmer until peas begin to soften, 2–3 minutes. Add cream and bring sauce to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Using a spatula, transfer salmon, skin side up, to paper towels. Gently peel off and discard skin. Invert salmon onto serving plates and spoon mushroom sauce over. Garnish with chives.


Morel & Porcini Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 share of spring porcini & 1 share of morels

  • 1 bunch of green & red chard, about 1 inch wide, rinsed and dried*

  • 4 large egg whites

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Procedure:

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Chop mushrooms and chard.

3. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and separate the four egg whites.

4. Heat the olive oil in the ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.

5. Add the mushrooms until soft and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Add the chard and cook until limp and still bright, about 4 minutes, then reduce heat to medium.

6. In medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, eggs, salt, and pepper.

7. Pour into the pan, making sure the mixture covers the pan completely. Sprinkle the chives and green onions around the top and gently pat them into the egg mixture. Cover and cook until almost set, about 3 to 4 minutes.

8. Sprinkle the cheese all over the top

9. Transfer to the oven and broil 3 minutes or until the egg is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for minute, then cut into wedges and serve.




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