Crop Talk 05/11/2018

image: West Coast Produce Expo 2018

MAY 12th IN PALM DESERT, CA

 

Trade Show Season Has Begun...

Trade show season is back in full force! The first stop for the Babé Farms crew was CPMA in Vancouver. This was a special show for Babé because we got to debut our new, social media themed booth and see many of our wonderful Canadian friends. Next stop was the Baldor BITE in NYC (don't call it a show!). Baldor is an amazing customer of ours doing great things on the east coast. We thank them for the opportunity to exhibit. Things will pick back up this weekend in Palm Desert as Babé Farms attends West Coast Produce Expo. Look for updates and photos on our social media pages!

image: TradeshowsTop-Left: Rocio and Ande at CPMA; Bottom-Middle: Ande at Baldor BITE

 

Radish, Fennel, and Citrus Salad

image: Radish, Fennel, and Citrus Salad

View this Recipe Here!

 

Vista Del Monte Visits the Farm

Recently, we were paid a visit by Chef Michelle and the team from Vista Del Monte Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, CA. This unique senior living community is one of California's best and Chef Michelle does a great job of making sure the meals are on point. Vista Del Monte's dining hall menu changes weekly and Michelle is always looking for ways to switch things up. This is what brought her to Babé Farms. Michelle and her team had a fun time learning about everything we grow here at Babé; we'd like to thank them for making us a part of their menu!

image: Vista Del Monte

 

FVF Softball

image: FVF Softball

The Fresh Venture Screwballs concluded another successful softball season last Monday as they completed their last regular season game. Made up of employees from Fresh Venture Foods and Babé Farms (Ramona Chavez, Corey Maroney, and Matt Hiltner), the Screwballs played a much improved season over last year. They'll look to build on their recent success in the playoffs next week. Go Screwballs!

 

image: Best in Season

BEST IN SEASON NOW!

We have a plentiful supply of the following items:

  • Leeks, Baby (1 dz. Bunches) - Great Availability!
  • Lettuces, Baby Head - Great Availability!
  • Bok Choy, Baby (10 & 30 lb.) - Great Availability!
  • Carrots, Baby French (12 or 24 ct.) - Great Availability!
  • Carrots, Baby Mix (12 or 24 ct.) - Great Availability!
  • Carrots, Round (12 or 24 ct.) - Great Availability!
  • Chervil (10 x 1 lb.) - Great Availability!
  • Kohlrabi, Medium Green (12 ct.) - Great Availability!
  • Kohlrabi, Medium Red (12 ct.) - Good Availability!
  • Radishes, Specialty (24 ct.) - Good Availability!
  • Radish, Black (10 & 25 lb.) - Good Availability!
  • Turnips, Tokyo (24 ct.) - Great Availability!
  • Parsley Root (12 ct.) - Great Availability!
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    Limited Items

    • Cabbage, Savoy - Limited Availability
    • Cabbage, Red - Limited Availability
    • Radish, Purple Ninja - Limited Availability
    • Lettuce, Little Gem - Limited Availability or N/A
    • Celery Root - Limited Availabilty
    • Fennel, Large - Limited Availability
    • Romanesco, Baby and Large - Limited Availability
    • Radish, Watermelon - Limited Availability
    • Beets, Baby All Colors - Limited Availability
    • Beets, Large Red - Limited Availabilty

    *Check with your Babé Farms sales representative for more information

     

    Chef's Corner Chef's Corner

    We couldn't be more excited to announce our latest chef-collab: Food Blogger, Sarah Strachan. Sarah is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator in Toronto, Canada. She has done an amazing job of incorporating Babé Farms veggies into her already colorful creations. Check out that Avocado Toast with Rainbow Carrot Ribbons and Curls! The radish/fennel/citrus salad recipe above is hers as well. Be sure to check out her Instagram here!

     

    SB Vintners Festival 2018

    Back in April we exhibited at the 36th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting in Lompoc, CA. With wine from over 70 wineries and food from top local chefs and farms, the event drew attendees from all over California and even some from out-of-state. Check out our Food Safety Director, Ron "Boss" Labastida serving up some salad and our wonderful display by Ramona Chavez of Sales!

    image: SB Vintners Festival 2018

     

    Garlic Ginger Baby Bok Choy Garlic Ginger Baby Bok Choy

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 10-12 baby bok choy cut in half lengthwise, root and leaves trimmed
    • 1/4 cup water plus more as needed
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or flour
    • sesame seeds or furikake for garnish

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Heat the sesame oil in a wok or dutch oven over high heat.
    • Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a couple minutes, be sure the garlic doesn't burn.
    • Add the soy sauce, then the baby bok choy, constantly stirring the baby bok choy until it is coated with the sauce mixture.
    • Add ¼ cup of water and cover the pan with a lid. Steam the baby bok choy until the stem end is tender, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
    • While the baby bok choy is steaming make a slurry of the cornstarch or flour with some water to form a thick paste.
    • Once the baby bok choy is done steaming push the baby bok choy to the sides of the pan and pour the slurry into the center, stirring to make a sauce. It should thicken and become glossy. Add water if sauce is too thick.
    • Remove the baby bok choy to a platter, pour the sauce over top and garnish with the sesame seeds or furikake.

     

    Sustainability InitiativesSustainability Initiatives

    At Babé Farms we feel strongly about being good stewards of the land. We are 100% committed to implementing practices that preserve our natural resources, as well as producing safe, fresh produce for our end users.

    Click here to learn more!

     

     

     

     

    Digital CatalogueBabé Farms recently launched a digital catalogue where anyone can view our entire product line. We feel this will help our customers to better familiarize themselves with our products, pack sizes, etc. Winter/Spring 2018 catalogue below!

    View Our Digital Catalogue Here!