September 17, 2019

What’s in this Week’s VEGGIE BOX: Basil, Holey Basil, Squash, Cucumbers, Green Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Potatoes, and Onions

What’s in your FLOWER BOUQUET: Globe Amaranth, Sunflowers, Marigolds, Zinnias, Celosia, & Cockscomb

What’s in your FRUIT BAG? Ambrosia Melon, a few Peabody Plums,

figs and Almonds



Hoes Down Harvest Festival

Howdy y’all! Full Belly Farm’s Education team  here- Sierra & Haley here! It’s been a couple of years since our last Hoes Down Harvest Festival, so we thought we’d give you a quick reminder of all the fun to be had, coming up on October 5th! Lo and behold, here’s the first installation of the ABC’s of the Hoes Down Harvest Festival:    

A - Agricultural Workshops 

Interested in how to raise chickens, discover native plants, or learn the fundamentals of natural building? Well the Hoes Down is the place to do all that and more.  There are over 25 workshops available with the price of admission.  

 B - Barnyard Animals

Visit all of your favorite Full Belly Farm regulars, that help make this farm run.  Stop by and learn how Eclair gets milked, what our lucky pigs get to eat, how our chickens move around the farm in their mobile homes and how our sheep get shorn.  Don’t forget to visit the FFA’s petting zoo too!

 C - Crafts 

Are you a maker or an enjoyer of the handmade? Hoes Down Harvest Festival can scratch both itches! You can find dozens of artisans selling their hand-made, natural material items in our marketplace.  Or also, wander over to the kids area to learn how to make flower wreaths, corn husk dolls and fiber arts for your own craft adventures. 

 D - Dancing 

One of the most popular events each year at the Hoes Down is the Contra Dance.  People of all ages, visiting from all over, join hands near the banks of Cache Creek to be lead through the dances. Choose from three stages – Utah Phillips Family Stage, Farm-On-and-On Stage, and LocalLore Stage to hear everything from the family fun Banana Slug String Band to the jazzy beats of the King Street Giants.  

 E - Energy & Excitement! 

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is filled with energy!  Once you arrive, it’s hard not to feel the buzz in the air of all the Hoes Down volunteers running to help at their booths, the talented chefs preparing the next feast, excited students arriving in school groups, and enthusiastic families setting up their campsites.     

 F - FOOD! 

Almost everything you eat at the Hoes Down is organic and uses the freshest ingredients.  There’s delicious grilled lamb at the Mediterranean Café, homemade tamales from Full Belly Farmers, and the most scrumptious apple galettes provided by Frog Hollow Farm.  Want to be more hands-on with your food? Head over to the kids area to make your own pizzas in the wood-fired oven! 

 G - Giving 

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is proud to be an on-farm fundraiser for community groups.  Your support goes to help the Ecological Farming Association, scholarships to young eager college bound students, and grants to over a dozen local community groups.  None of this giving could happen without your participation, or the amazing amounts of donations by our super sponsors.   

 H - Hay Fort

Dive in and explore the caverns of the famous Hay Fort! A great place for kids to adventure for hours of fun.  Worried you might get lost? Don’t!  The Hay Fort is protected by a group of kid-volunteers who can squeeze into every nook and cranny, available to help folks out if needed.  

 I - Incredible location

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival takes place on the beautiful 450-acre, organic and family-run Full Belly Farm.  Located in Yolo County’s gorgeous Capay Valley, feel free to wander the fields, orchards, and pastures that make up this beautiful working landscape.  And come prepared to take a dip in the refreshing Cache Creek!   

J - Jump onto our website to purchase your tickets before we’re sold out!

All tickets sales are on-line, in advance this year.  Another change from previous years is that there is no car-camping, all the camping will be walk-in tents in the walnut orchard.



Melon and Cucumber Agua Fresca

Dual purposes are served here, first is to make a drink that is greenly cool and refreshing, and the other is to use up the extra melon and cucumbers. Adding the cucumber diminishes the sweetness of the melons. Agua frescas are always best drunk the day they are make

4 cups honeydew or other melon cut into chunks

1 medium cucumber peeled and chopped

Simple syrup

Zest of juice of 1 or 2 limes

Handful of mint leaves, lemon verbena

2 cups water spring or mineral

Garnish with sprig of mint, lemon verbena,

Puree the melon and cucumber in a blender or food processor just enough to break them up without letting them get too foamy. Pour the juice into a large pitcher; add the syrup to taste, lime zest and juice. Add herbs. Chill well, Stir in the spring water and serve over ice.


Summer Vegetable Succotash

1 pound of potatoes

1 tablespoon oil

½ stick of butter

2 cups fresh corn

½ pound of mixed summer squash

½ pound shelled fresh beans (or edamame)

¼ cup chopped red onions

½ cups chopped fresh chives

Cover potatoes with cold salted water by 1 inch in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and cool, then cut into bite size pieces. Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a well-seasoned 10 inch cast iron skillet over high heat until foam subsides, then sauté potatoes with salt and pepper to taste, turning once or twice, until nicely crusted 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sauté corn and squash in remaining 3 tablespoons butter in skillet over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp and tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans and sauté, stirring until heated through. Season with salt and pepper and add to potatoes with onion and chives, stirring to combine.

Cook’s note

If you can only find frozen edamame or baby Lima beans cook according to package.

The fresh beans can be boiled (not sautéed) with the potatoes one day ahead. Cool then chill, covered


Potato Roti Curry

This mild soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it is often made with sweet calabaza squash, and served alongside or stuffed into the Indian flatbread roti. Serve with lime wedges and rice.

1 ¼ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 /1/2 teaspoons coriander

1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

1-teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon oil

1 ½ cups chopped onion

4 garlic cloves. Minced

1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite size pieces

1 ¼ cup beef broth

1 cup water

1 cup chopped dried apricots

1/3 cup apricot spread

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

¼ cup buttermilk

  • Combine turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl stirring well.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add spice mixture cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add onion, sauté 2 minutes. Add ginger bay leaves, and garlic, sauté 15 seconds. Add beef, sauté 3 minute. Add broth and next 5 ingredients bring to boil. Cover reduce heat and simmer 1 12/ hours. Uncover, discard bay leaves. Simmer 30 minutes or until beef is very tender. Remove from heat stir in buttermilk. Yield 4 servings.


Tulsi, Holy Basil Benefits to Health

Holy basil has been used for many years in Ayurvedic cooking. It is believed to promote long life and good health. It is considered the “elixir of life.” Some of the other health benefits include:

  • Holy basil is an adaptogen. It can help your body deal with stress and other things such as illness.

  • Holy basil may help with weight loss. Even just one cup of holy basil tea (keep reading for recipe) has been said to help individuals lose up to 10 pounds a year, without doing anything else.

  • Holy basil is antibacterial. You can use the leaf on wounds to help speed healing.

  • Feeling anxious? Holy basil is a great antidepressant and reduces stress and anxiety. Drink a cup or two of the tea each day.

  • Holy basil can help improve digestion.

  • Holy basil helps to support the immune system.

  • Holy basil helps to clear the mind and improve memory. It has been used by some to treat symptoms of ADHD.

  • Holy basil can help balance hormone levels. It has been used to help relieve PMS and menopause symptoms.

  • Holy basil can help to repel bugs naturally.


Holy Basil Tea

While making teas might be thought of as easy, there are some steps to take when making holy basil tea that will make it even better.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • fresh holy basil leaves, about ¼ cup

  • hot water

  • a cup, a spoon, some ice, and a saucer

  • honey or other sweetener

  1. Wash the holy basil leaves well and then place in the cup. With the back of a spoon, press the leaves against the side of the cup. This bruises them and allows the essential oils to escape.

  2. Pour hot (not boiling) water over the leaves and stir. Place the saucer on top of the cup, right side up. This will trap the essential oils and prevent them from escaping.

  3. Place a few ice cubes on the saucer. This will, in effect, make rain. Condensed steam will fall back into the cup and take the essential oils collected on the bottom of the saucer with it.

  4. Wait about 5 minutes. Remove the saucer, strain the leaves, and sweeten the tea as you like it.

Drink warm. This tea can also be iced