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     “The dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” Rumi blessing from ATFP
                                                   6/13/10 service

                                     Meet Your Food: Lima Beans
Nutrition                       History                 Preparation                                                          Storage
Lima beans      Although lima beans have been           To shorten their cooking time and make them easier to digest,        Store dried
are a very      cultivated in Peru for more than        lima beans should be presoaked (presoaking has been found            lima beans
good            7,000 years, historians are unsure      to reduce the raffinose-type oligosaccharides, sugars                in an airtight
source of       whether they originated there or in     associated with causing flatulence.) Soak the beans in water         container in
dietary fiber   Guatemala. Soon after Columbus'         for eight hours or overnight, placing the pan in the refrigerator    a cool, dry
and             discovery of America, Spanish           so that the beans will not ferment. Before cooking the beans         and dark
manganese       explorers noticed different varieties   drain the soaking liquid and rinse the beans with clean water.       place where
. One cup of    of lima beans growing throughout        To cook lima beans, place them in a pot and add three cups of        they will
cooked lima     the South America, Central              fresh water or broth for each cup of dried beans. The liquid         keep for up
beans           America and the Caribbean. They         should be about one to two inches above the top of the beans.        to six
provides 13     introduced them to Europe and           Bring the beans to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partially     months.
grams of        Asia, while the Portuguese              covering the pot. Lima beans generally take about 45 minutes         Cooked
fiber. Lima     explorers introduced lima beans         to become tender when cooking this way. Lima beans may               lima beans
beans are       into Africa. Since lima beans can       produce a lot of foam during cooking. Simply skim any foam off       are very
good            withstand humid tropical weather        during the first half hour or so of the simmering process. Mix       perishable,
sources of      better than most beans, they have       puréed lima beans with chopped garlic and your favorite fresh        they will
folate,         become an important crop in areas       herbs. Use this spread as a sandwich filling or a dip for crudité.   only keep
protein,        of Africa and Asia. Lima beans          The heartiness of lima beans make them a great soup bean,            fresh for
potassium,      were introduced into the United         especially when added to a soup that features root vegetables        one day
iron,           States in the 19th century with the     such as carrots, turnips, beets, and/or rutabagas. For a twist       even if
copper,         majority of domestic commercial         on the traditional native American dish succotash, make lima         placed in a
phosphorus      production centered in California       bean burritos. Fill corn tortillas with lima beans and corn          covered
,                                                       kernels, and then top with chopped tomatoes, avocado and             container in
magnesium                                               scallions. Blend cooked lima beans and sweet potatoes                the
and thiamin.                                            together. Serve this tasty dish on a plate accompanied by your       refrigerator.
                                                        favorite grain and fresh vegetable.

                Casey’s Better than Chickpea Lima Bean Hummus
                3 cloves garlic                                    1 tsp salt
                2 tbsp olive oil                                   ½ cup water
                2 cups cooked lima beans                           ¼ cup tahini (sesame seed puree)
                Juice of 1 lemon                                   Tahini can be found in health food store

                Blend garlic and olive oil in food
                processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process, slowly adding the
                water. Add more water or oil if you want a creamier hummus.
                Experiment with flavors by adding cilantro, avocado, black beans,
                jalapenos or chipotles or basil or roasted red peppers.                                                             CSA Newsletter                                                      Week of June 21st, 2010

    What’s In Your Box
 You will most likely find these items in
                                                                      Meet Your Farm:
your box this week:                        It is a bittersweet time on the farm. Our interns are finishing
Green Snap Beans                           up their experience on the farm while new interns are being
Royal Burgundy Snap Beans                  interviewed for next year on the farm. So many incredible
Hass avocados           Sugar Snap Peas moments and seasons of life, relationship, hard work, and
Lacinato Kale Green or purple Cabbage love have gone into this past year on the farm. Harvesting
Basil               Pink Beauty Radishes our first crop-radishes, of course! Packing our first round of
Swiss Chard              Romaine Lettuce CSA boxes-we hope to see those original subscribers at the
Imperator Carrots            Ruby Lettuce
                                           farm this Sunday! Flying to Mariposa together with Paul in his
Candy Striped Beets         Geode Squash
Turnips                  Siberian Kale
                                           airplane! Painting faces, carving pumpkins, and touring
French Breakfast Radishes                  chickens with children at our Dia de Los Muertos/Harvest party!
Not sure what an item in your box is?      Honoring farmworkers at our inter-faith Thanksgiving service
Check our website (under Join the Farm! and potluck! Getting to know all our awesome subscribers-
CSA-VEGGIE INFO) for pictures,             you’ve opened your homes to our vegetables, shared your
nutritional info, preparation suggestions, recipes and vegetable stories, and have become members of
history, and storage ideas for all produce our farm family, some of you have even shared in farm work!
in your box.                               We hope you will come and celebrate these moments and
                                              seasons this Sunday, June 27th at the farmhouse!
            CSA Reminders
F                                          This Sunday, starting at 5:30 pm, we will close the year the
   Please bring your empty crates to same way we started-with a liturgical service in the
    your pick up site or drop them off farmhouse living room. At 7:00 we will be serving a Santa
    at farmer’s markets (we are            Maria style BBQ with grilled meat, beans, rice, and salad.
    running low!).                         You absolutely don’t want to miss Farmer Paul DeBusschere’s
                                           2nd place winning Lima Bean Chili! The farm will be providing
   Drop off your extra rubber bands with  all the food, just bring whatever you’d like to drink. We will be
    your empty crates. We will use them to enjoying our BBQ picnic style with the accompaniment of live
    bunch your veggies.                    music! So come for both the service and BBQ or one or the
                                           other! All are welcome! Don’t miss this special event.
           Upcoming Events
Sunday June 27 5:30 pm service, 7pm BBQ The interns will be writing their goodbyes on the blog this

Come on over to the farm house to celebrate the week. Check out each intern’s post at
end of the spring season, welcome in the
summer season, and say goodbye to the five
Abundant Table Farm Project interns. Enjoy live You’ll find dried lima beans in your box this week! These
music and vegetable and meat BBQ!               cleaned, washed, organic limas are from Paul’s crop last
Every Sunday at 5:30pm                        fall. They were grown not too far from our growing grounds.
Join us for The Abundant Table worship and
                                              We cook them and throw them into everything in our kitchen.
dinner at the Farm House! We share liturgy    We especially love them in Casey’s AMAZING lima bean
and break bread. Food for the soul and then   hummus-see recipe on back! Farmer Paul also has an award
a potluck style dinner! All are welcome.      winning lima bean chili recipe. You can find the recipe under
                                              recipes on our website, or come out Sunday and taste it from
Every Monday at 5:30pm
                                              Paul himself!!
Community yoga at the Farm House.

             Meet Your Farmers: Stop by your local farmer’s market!
                                Come visit us at your local farmer’s market!

Wednesday: mid-town Ventura, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall
Thursday: Thousand Oaks, 1:30-6:30pm, The Oaks Mall
Saturday: old town Camarillo, 8am-12pm, 2220 Ventura Blvd

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