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The Subtle shift in temperature means…

Fall is upon us and it’s time for me to start making veggie soups again!

This week I had:

Red onion, Red bell pepper, Celery, Garlic, Broccoli, Black kale, Red potatoes and Tomatoes from our order. Adding whole grain barley to that gives it some extra heartiness. My clear soup bases start with what is known as a mirepoix which serves as the flavor base. There are varieties of mirepoix, this one is a cajun style, it consists of 2 parts Onion, 1 part Bell Pepper, 1 Part Celery. These are sweated together in a large pot, add in salt to expedite the process. Then I add a tablespoon of olive oil and turn up the heat just long enough to lightly brown the mixture. Throw into the pot your remaining ingredients sliced and chopped to your desired bite size. Add enough water to fill the pot within a couple inches from the top, add more salt and your choice of available herbs and spices. I used Oregano and crushed Rosemary. Bring all that to a rolling boil then turn the heat down to a low boil and cook covered until the potatoes are nice and tender. Enjoy!

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Pick-up information

Orders can be picked up by customers at BLT’s Restaurant at 41799 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear Lake, near Summit Boulevard, typically between 6 PM and 7 PM on Tuesdays on weeks that deliveries are scheduled. Produce arrives in the farmer’s crates, so bring a container or bags to transfer into if you don’t want to hassle with returning the crate. A supply of reusable bags and boxes is available.

Direct delivery to the address you specify for shipping is available for an additional $5, which is selected at checkout.

Do not hesitate to contact F2M about delivery needs or order issues: 909-547-4163 (call or text). Email might not be seen quickly, so please call or text regarding time-sensitive issues.

Crate return

Many of you probably have empty crates stacking up or stored from past orders, and if you find them they can be returned to BLT’s any time you pass by. If you are ordering regularly, the crates can be traded out at your next order. You are always welcome to transfer produce to a bag, box, or other container to avoid having the crate.

Visitors Who Will Return Home Soon…

If you have been a visitor in Big Bear during the covid19 stay-at-home order, please return your crate before you leave Big Bear. If you wish to be removed from the Farm2Mountain email updates, just let me know as well. You are always welcome to order if you return!

Big Bear Prime Meats

Big Bear Prime Meats offers a wide variety of naturally-grown (including organic) meats that come from sources near the Big Bear area. To order, contact Big Bear Prime Meats directly at 909-725-8820. Since they are an independent operation and have a different order and delivery schedule.

How to clean produce

To clean your produce, a few drops of natural dish soap in a sink of water will be enough to wash off anything lurking on your food. Thick-skinned produce can soak a few minutes, leafy greens just need a dip and swish, and thin-skinned produce can be dipped and wiped or soaked quickly. Rinse everything well. Vinegar can turn leafy greens black if it’s used as a veggie wash in too high a concentration, and it might not kill viruses. Soap-based cleaning products will strip the virus of its outer coating and kill it.