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Sign Up for Farm-Fresh Veggies! 2015 Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA) in South Florida

Nothing is more nourishing for you body, soul and tastebuds than organic veggies right out of the earth. Don’t believe me? Then you have not been getting the good stuff, I promise you. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and essentially means that you help inject funds into the farm (typically in one lump sum) to assist in their seasonal operation by purchasing a weekly “share”- AKA a box of amazingly fresh produce only days if not hours old.

The average ingredient in a grocery store travels 1500 miles to get to you shopping cart and then onto your plate. In order to transport food long distances, much of it is picked while still unripe and then gassed to “ripen” it after transport, or it is highly processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation, and other means to keep it stable for transport and sale. This greatly diminishes the nutrient value (that is already lowered by modern factory farming practices). By supporting a local CSA you are doing good for you body, the environment and the community, not to mention saving money!

If you are not in South Florida or Austin visit Local Harvest for a CSA near you.

CSA Programs in South Florida

Little River CSA
Grower Muriel Olivares offers two share sizes to meet the demands of your household. Pick up at the Upper East Side Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-2pm at Legion Park located at Biscayne blvd and 66th street .  The CSA runs for about 20 consecutive weeks.  Learn More

Bee Heaven Farm
Grower Margie Pickarski offers a weekly or biweekly FAMILY share, which usually satisfies the produce needs for a plant-centric family of 2-4. For individuals or small families, the farm offers a weekly or biweekly SMALL share, which is sufficient for 1-3 people. Additional items may be purchased from a webstore, to accompany your share on your delivery day. Learn More

Nana’s CSA
Grower Michael Borek known for tomatoes, provides farm provides three share sizes, small, medium and large for 30 weeks, starting November 1, weather permitting. Michael previously worked with his mother, Teena Borek of Teena’s Pride CSA  Learn More

Swank Farms Specialty Produce
Jodi and Darrin Swank’s program will be start on October 15. Harvested on the same day it’s delivered to 7 Whole Foods stores throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties  you know your veggies will be crisp & fresh… we hear that if they have enough people asking, they’ll come to Whole Foods Coral Gables…. check out their awesome events line-up too. Learn More

Farm Fresh Miami
Sign up, choose a pick-up location near you (over 30). Choose either a half share, full share or juicer’s share of mixed, thoughtfully varied, seasonal fruits/veggies.  Next add extra a la carte items you want to get (more on that in a few), provide payment details and wait (eagerly!) for your scheduled delivery day.  Learn More

Verde Community Farm and Market
For people, not for profit, Tom Squire has turned part of the old Homestead airforce base into a wonderful farm program– and eatery. Full, half-share and EBT matching programs available at 3 convenient Farmer’s Market locations. Learn More

Harpke Family Farm
Tamer and Claire Harpke (follow their travels in Egypt this summer on social media) offer weekly LARGE shares at their Urban Farm in Dania Beach which usually meet the produce needs for a family of 2-4. Individuals or smaller families who don’t consume lots of produce, a weekly SMALL share is available. Check out their super interesting microgreen CSA & Flexible Carrot Program too! Learn More

Farm Stores & CSA Programs in Austin

Springdale Farms
Owned and farmed by Glenn and Paula Foore, Springdale Farm sits on 4.83 acres just 3 miles east from the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Located at 755 Springdale Road in East Austin, the family operated Urban Farm grows over 75 seasonal vegetable varieties and operates a popular public farm stand every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9AM – 1PM. Learn More

Green Gate Farms
In 2006, Skip Connett and Erin Flynn restored a historic farm site to create a community resource for neighbors of all incomes. “Our vision is to cultivate an organic farm that feeds mind, body and soul”. The farm grows several varieties of vegetables, which are all for sale at their farm stand. They also sell transplants for your garden, herbs, seeds, wildflower bouquets, and baked goods. Learn more

Boggy Creek Farm
Larry and Carola Ann Sayle own an urban farm in East Austin and a larger property in Milam County. On these farms they grow a variety of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, hard squash, summer squash, specialty and salad crops, okra, an much more. The majority of our produce is sold at the farm stand at the Austin farm, at our farm stand Wednesdays and Saturdays. Learn more

Sand Creek Farm
Located in Cameron, Texas, the Godfrey Family became “Farmers to provide healthy foods for our family and to empower you and the next generation to do the same”. Sand Creek Farms grows a wide variety of vegetable crops, and meat and dairy as well and their produce is available through a CSA program. Learn more

Tecolote Organic Farm
The longest-running CSA in Texas and has been brining organic veggies to Austinites for over 20 years and now service over 300 families. They grow over 150 varieties of  vegetables and partner with many of the top restaurants in town. Learn more

Urban Roots
Urban Roots uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Founded in 2007 now has a goal of growing 25,000 pounds of produce with the Urban Roots community of youth, community volunteers, and staff.  They donate 40% of our harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries and sell the other 60% at farmers’ markets, through their CSA program and wholesale distribution. Learn more

Forward Movement: You never know

Last month, I received an email from a major brand that came as quite a pleasant surprise but also had me questioning, “What could a quick-service chain restaurant and TNB possibly have in common?” I clicked on the email from Chipotle. It turns out that I knew they were “doing good” but I didn’t realize how good until they sent me a list of high-quality ingredients they use and local growers from whom they source.

It’s inspiring to see such large organizations committed to health and sustainability, so many companies are going this route nowadays, YIPPEEE! Chipotle is certainly leading the pack in the “fast food” and “quick service” communities, turning that old reputation on it’s ear. Chipotle is committed to cultivating a better world by buying locally grown produce from growers who prioritize the long-term health of their land, meat from healthy livestock who have had space to move- and more. They also take this into the workplace with their employee incentive programs and community-based projects.
We’ll continue to bring you information on eateries and makers that are, well… theNAKEDbite approved. You know us, you trust us… and we need an excuse to get out a little more. 😉

The NAKED Truth, August 2015

Change is inevitable, and can be quite scary. The good news is that more often than not (quite possibly 99.9% of the time) it brings progress, rebirth, wisdom and something ultimately way better than what you had before. The discomfort that change brings give us great power to grow and create, instead of being stuck in the same place. I have experienced so much change in the last year, most of it in my personal life and much of it incredibly difficult. Thankfully even through the changes and challenges, I could see the wisdom and the bigger picture. This helped me trust that all would be alright, and guess what, things now are so much better than ever!

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Some changes have been afoot in The NAKED Bite world also. I go back and fourth between embracing and resisting them. The truth of the matter is that I have resisted Miami since the day I got here. read more…

Pasta with Creamy Avocado Garlic Sauce

manWho doesn’t love avocado? I could eat guacamole until I burst (with a side of margarita of course ;). Enjoy the fruit’s heart-healthy fats in this satisfying, creamy sauce that is a snap to make. Toss it with your favorite pasta/noodles, or, even into a rice based dish for a creamy, risotto-like mouthfeel. I use the lighter Florida variety of avocados from my favorite fruit farm, LNB Groves, but the rich haas variety work just as well!

Pasta with Creamy Avocado-Garlic Sauce
(Serves 4)

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Quick Black Bean Sliders with Cilantro Sauce

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1/2 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
3 large cloves garlic
2 large scallions, roughly chopped
A small handful cilantro leaves and stems
1/2 large red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1-1/2 cups cooked black beans, divided
1 large farm egg or flax egg*
Salt and pepper to taste
Coconut oil as needed for cooking read more…

The NAKED Truth- July 2015

Flow Like Water…

“Be like water”, Bruce Lee said.

My husband Anthony has adopted this saying lately and we have taken to say “flow like water” whenever a situation pushes back at us– or there seems to be something in the way. When I hear these words, I am instantly reminded to accept the flow in the direction it is going, not the direction I had expected it to go or wanted it to go.flowlikewater

So much of our suffering comes from wishing that things are not as they are. I am a firm believer that things unfold the way that they are meant to, no matter how uncomfortable it seems. The more fluid we are in acceptance of what is, the less we suffer and the more open our lives to opportunities we may never have dreamed of. There is always a lesson in everything, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant– and we never know from what we maybe protected– or why our river must flow in a different direction, but we must trust and keep flowing. Often, the hardest lessons are the most profound and transformative.

Trust in the flow of life and you will see…

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Be a Recipe Tester for The Naked Bite

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We are fine tuning some recipes for an upcoming cookbook! If you are interested in being a recipe tester for The Naked Bite, please read the requirements below and then submit an application.

Recipe Tester Information & Requirements

  • When you receive a recipe, you will be able to make the recipe and provide feedback within 10 days from the date the recipe is sent to you.
  • Ability to test 2-4 recipes in 1 month.
  • The recipe must be followed, step-by-step, EXACTLY as written. (There will be room for you to provide your suggestions later.)
  • Be able to take a photo of the finished product and upload the photo to our post-recipe survey.
  • Take detailed notes and provide very detailed feedback via our survey.
  • This is a volunteer position. There will be no monetary compensation or reimbursement for ingredients and supplies. It will be exciting to be a part of bringing this cookbook to life- and practicing your skills!
  • Besides basic kitchen equipment, we do require that our testers have a blender OR a food processor.
  • Sharing or publishing of the recipes is strictly prohibited. Remember: you will be part of a team testing top-secret recipes prior to publication. (FUN!)
  • Applying does not guarantee that you will be selected as a tester. We need a variety of skill sets to test the recipes, and only have a limited number of spaces available.

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