Pancakes are fairly new on the menu in our house. I grew up eating a couple of these with a side of scrambled eggs as a child and yearned for the day when I could share weekend breakfasts with my kids since my husband could careless about an AM meal. But I patiently waited almost three years…and after his tonsils came out and he felt like eating…my son Jai was throwing back 6 or 7 of these bad boys a day! I was happy he was eating anything after surgery but was pysched that he finally developed a taste for and asked me for pancakes! Soon after, my other little guy turned one and instead of a traditional cake…on the morning of, I decided to make him a ‘pan-birthday-cake’.
So recently we got asked to try out Farm Fresh To You, a certified organic produce delivery service. I usually buy my fruits and veggies via my local farmers market every week, or from a local organic grocery store that where I know I can trust my produce won’t be sprayed with chemicals ever or have not traveled from far away places like Costa Rica.
I was excited about Farm Fresh To You since their story is so sweet.
Thaddeus and Moyra, who work in this family company and have two children, Lola and Lucca.
Born on the farm in Capay, Thaddeus showed an early proficiency in the machine shop and is responsible for designing some of the custom tractor modifications and tools used on the farm today. In 2004, Thaddeus graduated with a degree in Agriculture Engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and moved to San Francisco to start the company’s first retail store and pursue his appreciation for the art of real food and cuisine at culinary school. In 2005, Thaddeus felt driven to continue his connection to the family farm and took on the role as farm manager, actively focusing on selecting, growing and testing specialty produce varieties – chosen for taste not transportability. Today, Thaddeus continues his work of growing a better food system through their own farm and our connection to their farm partners. As a well-spoken and passionate advocate for local and sustainable food systems, he shares his farm experiences with CSA members in a weekly farm news, leads classes for future farmers, participates in panels/conferences and speaks with the media as an industry expert on the progressive change in our food system.
Their farm itself, Capay Organic, is a second-generation organic farm that got its start in the Coastal Range’s Capay Valley, 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 35 miles west of Sacramento, (not too far from where we live in SoCal).
The Capay Valley’s unique microclimate and soil type provides an environment in which we successfully produce an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Taking it one step further, Capay Organic takes special care to select and grow specific crop varieties where exceptional flavor is the focus, (yum).
The farm was founded by their parents, Kathleen Barsotti and Martin Barnes, in 1976 – marking the early stages of the organic foods movement. Understanding the sometimes harmful methods of modern agriculture, they realized that there was a niche for quality organic produce grown the way that nature intended it to be – organically.
Kathleen spent her life raising her four boys and farming there, so it just means so much as a fellow momma that I know this place was one of love, toddlers running around and a true wish for family healthy organic living.
Tis the seasons to rush out to the stores and try to find those perfect gifts for all your loved ones. Sounds easy huh? But as working parents, staying at home moms, dealing with nap times, feed time, homework, after school activities, making meals..we ask ourselves WHEN are we going to have time to go shopping? Not sure about all you other mommas but for the chaimommas, having a list of ideas of what you can buy your kids is really helpful. Amazon has a great 2014 toy list, but we wanted to focus more on learning so check out our top 2014 holiday educational toys! We have linked it all to Amazon so you don’t even have to go to the stores to go buy it Yes chaimommas LOVE Amazon but love Amazon Prime even more!
2014 Holiday Educational Toy List – chaimommas.com