Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

First of all, what is Fermentation? People often think of beer or wine when they hear about fermentation, although the process extends to bread, cheeses, vegetables, yogurt, and beyond, and has been around since the beginning of the human era. At first, humans didn’t even know how it happened. In the East and in Europe, people gave thanks to the gods who changed watery juice … Continue reading Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

White Beans & Bitter Greens (Bacon or vegan? You choose!)

I didn’t know a thing about chicories and radicchios except that they’re expensive, gourmet, and look pretty. Of course, when R asked me what they’re like, I told him it is all similar to lettuce. Unsuspecting the almost unpalatable raw bitter taste and rather firm texture, R decided to throw a handful of large leafed treviso in his burrito while walking around the garden. The … Continue reading White Beans & Bitter Greens (Bacon or vegan? You choose!)

Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

Growing List- Spring 2018 We are super excited to see what this spring and summer give us with the varieties we’ve narrowed down to due to hardiness, abundance, and above all, taste. We’ve also added a few more varieties this season, such as the golden beet, chicories and radicchios, elephant garlic, pinkerton avocado, hops, and much more.  Below is an “almost” complete list of what … Continue reading Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

SoCal Planting Guides

A few teeny tiny tomatoes?  Unimpressive shrively winter squash?  One or two spindly sprigs of kale?  Hmmm….sounds like you may have bought veggie plants too early, or planted seeds at the wrong time.  Unless you have a high tech growing facility, Mother Nature isn’t easily fooled.  For a successful harvest, start your seeds and plant out doors when the time is right for our SoCal … Continue reading SoCal Planting Guides

Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

Below is our fall list and layout for our planting beds this year.  Remember, artichokes are perennials, so plan on them staying in a chosen spot for about five years (if they’re healthy and thriving). Since some of our spring/summer crops are still producing and the rest of our beds are being prepared, we got a head start by sowing most seeds in trays with seed … Continue reading Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

The Red Warty Thing

Naturally, you’re probably thinking, “Whatever that is, I don’t want it!” Contrary to what it sounds like, it isn’t a fictional monster, heinous carbuncle, or STD. It is a fabulous pumpkin that was originally introduced as the Victor Squash by Victorby James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, MA in 1897. It was a hybrid between an ordinary pumpkin and a red hubbard squash. This old heirloom … Continue reading The Red Warty Thing

Blue Hokkaido Squash (Blue Kuri)

The Blue Hokkaido Squash, also known as the Blue Kuri, is a beautiful Japanese Kabocha type squash with its bluish hue, and flattened, lightly ribbed globes. Our largest kuris have been almost 10 pounds with a diameter just shy of a foot. An average kuri weighs in between 3-5 pounds.   They are prolific producers with running vines. The orange flesh is thick, hearty, and very … Continue reading Blue Hokkaido Squash (Blue Kuri)

Seed Starter & Potting Mix Recipes

Seed Starter Mix Recipe We started making our own seed starting mix considering that the small 1.5 cubic bag of organic mix costs $8. Making your own seed starting mix is easy, cost effective, and minimizes the hassle of running out and having to buy more. Try out our recipe- it works for us! Seed Starter Mix Ingredients 2 parts peat moss 1 part perlite … Continue reading Seed Starter & Potting Mix Recipes

Lomita Farm Potted Plant List

Our seedlings are going off!  Below is a complete list of our potted plants grown from seeds.  A lot of these we’ll keep, and the rest we’ll be selling at our open house.  Also, check out Grangetto’s Southern California Planting Guide for successful timing. SNEAK PEEK! Here’s what we’ve got growing for our 4” potted plant sale! Place: Lomita Farm  Time: In 2-3 weeks! Artichokes … Continue reading Lomita Farm Potted Plant List