Fall Is In The Air!


Fall Is In The Air!

Hey everyone! Isabel here, I have officially been here on the farm for over 6 months and what a fun time I am having! There has been a big learning curve for sure, but I am loving it all. We just had our Barn Dance last month and now we are getting all set for Pumpkins on Pikes. I have heard so many great things about it and I cannot wait to experience it myself. I hope to see you all on the farm soon!


Massive Meal Prep

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Like many of you I am sure, my daughter and I are still trying to settle into a good routine after the start of school.  I always underestimate how busy this time of year is.  August is crazy busy! We have four birthdays, my daughter has performances for her summer show, school starts and of course we have the fun filled Barn Dance here on the farm.  With the whirlwind that is August, we seem to be playing catch up for the first few weeks of September.  My daughter and I sat down at the beginning of the month to plan (my daughter loves planning, me not so much, but it’s worth it).  After figuring out how busy we were going to be, we needed a way to make things easier for us both. 

I don’t know about you, but for us the most challenging part of the day is dinner - who cooks, what are we eating, do we have the supplies … it’s so much to coordinate.  If we don’t plan, inevitably we end up picking up something or eating out!  We have been meal planning for quite a while now, and it helps a lot, but we often would still be too busy or exhausted to actually follow through.   So after looking at the problem, we decided to take our meal planning to the next level by starting to use our crockpot (ok, it’s a pressure cooker with a slow cook function, but same difference).  Priority number 1 - it had to be super-fast and easy in the mornings.  To say I am not a morning person is a bit of an understatement, I loathe mornings!  This meant we needed to literally be able to dump everything in the crockpot, push a couple of buttons and go. 

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜This process is labor intensive; it took us most of a day to prep about 12 meals (including the shopping).  But trust me when I say it is SOOOOOO worth it.  Today my daughter has rehearsal until 7pm and I have errands to run after work.  This morning we put a batch of chili in the slow cooker and tonight dinner will be ready when we get home.   All I will have to do is slice up some avocado and if I am feeling energetic chop up some onions for the top.  We have eaten out much less in the last couple of weeks!  I think we will probably do this once a month or so. I can’t wait to try more recipes.  If you find a recipe you love share it with me!

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Side note: My daughter is what she calls a VeggieChickaTurkeyFishiarian, so we had to look for recipes that could be adapted to vegetarian or made with chicken.  This is why all my recipes below are vegetarian or chicken.  If I was prepping just for me, , and so many more things would have been included. 

Here is what we did:

Step 1:  Plan the meals

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜We didn’t plan which nights we would eat what, we just decided on a variety of recipes to prep and freeze.  My daughter loves Pinterest, so this part was quite fun for us.  There are endless possibilities for what they call Dump Dinners (What an awful name!). 

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Step 2:  Make a grocery list and go shopping

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜This is possibly the most challenging part of the whole thing.  It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole on Pinterest and lose track of what you wanted to make!  Just pin what you like and either write down ingredients right then or be able to quickly get back to it.  We like to split our list up into sections of the grocery store, this makes shopping much easier! I recommend either physically writing down your list or using a list app (I like paperless).  It is so easy to forget things if you don’t keep track, especially when you are talking about prepping 10+ meals at a time. 

Step 3:  Prep to prep

Some of the prep!

Some of the prep!

What?  Before you can actually put together your meals you need to prep your groceries and space.  This means starting with a clean kitchen, getting out the tools you will use, taking the time to sort your groceries into piles and washing all your veggies.  Then cut everything you will need and put it all into bowls, so you can grab what you need for each recipe.  Yes this meant cutting a whole bag of onions at a time, but everything else moves much faster when you do this!

Step 4:  Meal prep

Once all your veggies and meat is prepped you can quickly put together what you need for each recipe and get it in the freezer.  If you need things cooked before they go into the freezer – for example ground beef (we use chicken of course) then cook them all at the same time.   Once all this is done actually meal prepping is a breeze!  Find your recipe and place all the ingredients in your freezer container.  Label them so you don’t forget what is in each container.  Trust me you do not want to miss this step!  It is so easy to forget.  Safety note:  Don’t partially cook meat that is going in the freezer, either cook it all the way through and cool completely, or leave raw!

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Step 5:  Enjoy


In the morning if you have a busy evening just grab a meal and dump it in the crock pot and set it for the number of hours you want it to cook  -if you have a pressure cooker or instapot after the cooking is done it switches to the keep warm setting – I love this because if you are late you do not need to worry about it!  When you get home your dinner is ready, just add something for freshness and possibly make some sides if needed.  A salad, a steamed veggie, sliced avocado, or whatever goes with your meal!

Here is a list of what we made, but there are endless recipes out there, so just make what sounds good!  We also tried to add more veggies to most of the meals, as a lot of crockpot recipes are kind of heavy.  The veggies can get a bit soft, but I figure it’s better to have them in there! I also did not follow the recipes exactly as  I rarely do unless I am baking!

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Most recipes would make 2 meals since there are only 2 of us. 

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Ramen - We just prepped all the veggies and spices, will add the stock the morning of and the noodles right when we get home.  I confess I did not use a recipe for this, as we eat ramen a lot, and I know what we like now.  (This is easily done with pork, chicken or beef depending on what you like!)

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜 – For tacos, or over rice

Farm Update

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Farm Update:


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜As the days get shorter and the mornings get colder we start looking to fall on the farm.  This means Turkeys and of Pumpkins on Pikes!  The turkeys have all arrived and are almost all big enough to move to their home on pasture (some are already there).  The turkeys spend the first little bit of their time on the farm in the brooders and then are moved to pasture where they live a happy life.  The baby turkeys are very curious and mischievous, getting into all kinds of pickles and keeping our farmhands busy.  Once the turkeys start to jump up on the fence it is about time for them to move.  You can see the turkeys if you come visit the farm.  They will be here until the week before Thanksgiving … have your reserved your Thanksgiving turkey yet? 

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜We are in full swing of planning for Pumpkins on Pikes.  The pumpkin field is chock full of pumpkins! It takes over 1400 pumpkins to host two days of Pumpkins on Pikes.  We are changing up the menu for this year and are super excited to be working with an amazing chef!  Stay tuned for more info about what to expect, just trust me when I say it is going to be YUMMY!  In addition to menu planning we are coordinating face painters, rock painting, ice cream, a hay pyramid and maze and of course the pumpkin carving.  We are so excited; this year is going to be amazing!  Tickets are already sold out; we are hoping to add some more days for next year! 

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Thank you for supporting our farm, and we hope to see you soon!


Springtime on the farm


Springtime on the farm


Springtime on the farm means lots of babies and cuteness. This Spring we welcomed three kid goats and a bunch of ducklings. We have been overloaded with adorable antics every since. It is hard to get any work done at the moment, because all I want to do is go watch the kid goats frolic and play. Both of our goat moms, Chili and Pepper, had challenging births, but we are happy to report they are both doing fine! Chili welcomed two little girls, Saffron and Sriracha, and Pepper welcomed one little girl, Wasabi.

Yes we call them the spice girls … I mean how could we not?


Little Saffron and her sister Sriracha are mischief makers, who are bundles of energy. They love playing on planks and slides in the front pen on the farm; where they go everyday to get some sunshine and run around. Wasabi was born with bent leg syndrome and was very weak in the beginning. She is much stronger now and is getting the splints for her legs off soon.

Our ducklings spent the first couple of weeks in Jen’s living room, but have since graduated to the front pen. They are enjoying the sunshine and playing the their kiddie pool. Ducks grow so fast that they have already turned from fluff balls to feathered beauties, and will soon move to their permanent home at the duck pond.


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜We are excited about the additions to the farm!

Trust me when I say, you should come see the goats while they are little, it is worth the trip!


Bacon & Asparagus Quiche

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宝贝你下面的水儿真甜We have lots and lots of eggs coming from our chickens at the moment, so I have had eggs on the brain a lot lately! When I need to use up some eggs my go to is baking. This last weekend I made a huge carrot cake for an event and it took 20 eggs! But, when I want something special with eggs, my go to is a quiche. Since we have the best bacon I thought I would share a bacon asparagus quiche recipe with you.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜The base for a quiche is a good pie crust. I like to make mine in my stand mixer, here is my go to technique, feel free to use your own:

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups organic flour (you can use all organic unbleached white, or make it a little healthier and use half whole wheat).

  • 宝贝你下面的水儿真甜8 oz chilled unsalted butter (use a high fat content European butter for the best results, preferably grass fed)

  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup ice water

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Take your flour and mix it with the salt in your mixer bowl. Place the bowl with the flour mixture in it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. While it is in the freezer cut your butter into fairly small pieces and get your ice water ready. Once your bowl and flour are nice and chilled remove from freezer and add the butter. Mix with your paddle attachment on slow to medium until it looks like the butter is pea size or smaller. Add the apple cider vinegar. While mixing on slow add your ice water about a tablespoon at a time. The dough will not come together on its own in the mixer, take a handful and squeeze it, if it holds together nicely it is ready. Split the dough in half and make 2 disk. Wrap each disk in wrapped in the fridge for at least an hour. Note: This will make enough for two pie crust, if you only want to make one quiche you can roll out the second one and place it in a pie dish, wrap tightly and freeze, or make 2 quiches and freeze the second one for later. It will keep in your freezer ready to go for at least a couple of months.

For the Quiche:

  • 6 Eggs

  • 1/2 pound of bacon (I usually cook the whole pound so I can have a BLT for lunch too!)

  • 1 large onion

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 1/4 cups of your favorite sharp cheese, shredded

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3-4 stalks of asparagus (you can use any veggie you like for this, just be sure if you use something like greens to drain all the excess liquid.


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Start by blind baking your crust for about 10 minutes, no soggy bottoms here. Roll out your pie crust and place in pie dish, prick the bottom all over with a fork. Put a piece or parchment in the crust and pour baking beads (dried beans work just as well, I keep a bag handy for just this.) Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cook the bacon until it is nice and crisp, set aside to cool, then rough chop it. Dice the onion and cut up the asparagus into bite size pieces. Cook these until onion is translucent and asparagus is just soft. I like to cook these in the pan I made the bacon in, so I don’t have to use extra butter, but if you prefer to you can cook in a couple of tablespoons of butter. Mix the eggs, cream and milk together until smooth. Add bacon, onions, veggies, cheese, salt and pepper. Once it is all mixed up pour into your slightly cooled pie crust, you might have a little leftover. Be sure not to overfill, as spilled egg on your oven is no fun! I like to place my pie crust in the oven and pour the mixture in while it is in there, to avoid spillage.

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宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Bake for about 40 minutes until center is just set and crust is golden. Remove from oven and cool, this can be served warm or at room temp. Leftovers are good cold too … although that might just be me.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜I love to serve with sliced avocado.

Tip: If you don’t want to go through the process of making pie crust you can use the quiche mixture (I usually add a couple extra eggs if I am doing this) and pour it right into greased cupcake tins. Bake about 20-25 minutes. It makes the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

Looking Ahead

Summertime on the farm is busy! We have our Turkeys arriving sometime in July; we anticipate having a couple of hundred turkeys on the farm for the summer and fall. Our Annual Barn Dance is happening again this August, and we are very excited that this year we will be celebrating the Ten Year Anniversary of the farm.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Starting in June we are having our Summer Treasure Hunt for our CSA members!

Stay turned for more happenings on the farm and information on our summer events. CSA members watch your email for details of our Treasure Hunt and advanced ticket sales for the Barn Dance.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Like us on Facebook to keep up to date on the farm! Plus lots of cute animal pictures and videos!


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Welcome to the Farm!


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Hello Everyone,

Today marks the beginning of my third week here at the farm and I am writing to introduce myself to you. My name is Isabel and I am the new CSA Manager for Tara Firma Farms.  Let me start by saying I am thrilled to be here, and still can’t quite believe I get to work here.  Everyday, at some point, I walk out of the office here on the farm, look around at the beauty, listen to the birds singing overhead, walk past the sheep, goats and pigs, and get greeted by Tractor the farm dog and am hit with a surreal feeling; amazed at being fortunate enough to experience this daily. Over the last few years I have been on a search for meaningful, fulfilling, challenging, purposeful, and fun work.  I am hopeful that my new role here at Tara Firma Farms will check all those boxes.

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I grew up in Petaluma and have lived here most of my life.  I live with my fabulous teenage daughter and my 80-pound rescue pup, who thinks he is still small enough to be a lap dog . . . he is not.  We live out in the country in a house next to my mom and stepdad.  Living on land, my mom has always had gardens and we love eating off the land . . . although only if my parents grow the food, as I am not the one in the family with a green thumb!  My daughter and I spend our free time cooking, baking, doing puzzles, reading and playing an endless game of name that song; there is almost always music on in the house-musicals are our favorite!  I have a large family, both locally and in the Southeast were my dad and step mom live.  My family gathers at my mom’s most weekends, enjoying the fresh air when the weather is good, eating, singing and dancing.  We travel to see family in the Southeast whenever we can, and immediately miss our amazing Northern California weather (although the flooding is getting a little old!) 

I have spent most of my working life in the corporate world, managing for a coffee giant for over ten years (I am sure you can name it) and more recently, in healthcare working for a dentists’ support organization.  Most of my career at the coffee giant was fulfilling, as I always felt I was working for an organization that cared about people as much as profit, and allowed me to be the kind of manager that put people first.  Sadly I felt that culture starting to change and decided it was time to move on.  The next chapter of work was the opposite of meaningful, despite meeting some amazing people. I knew soon after I started that the healthcare industry was not for me; I think many will agree that our healthcare system is broken, and working in it was challenging to say the least.  So I went looking for something that I could feel good about doing.  I have been managing businesses for a long time, and I cannot wait to apply that experience to running a local, family owned business. 

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Enter Tara Firma Farms!  When my uncle heard I was looking for new work he suggested me for the CSA manager position and I knew pretty quickly that it was an opportunity I did not want to pass up.  Growing up a Squire, with my mom running an organic sprout farm and my dad working with his brother at the Good Earth, food was always important in our lives.  What that food was and where it came from was just as important.  Now, raising a daughter of my own it is more important than ever.  As a consumer, Tara Firma Farms speaks to my values, so naturally I knew working here would speak to me as well.  In today’s world it is vital that we are paying attention to the world around us, making changes were we can, and having a positive impact on the world at large.  Now, more than just eating local, buying organic, or choosing sustainable products, I am working local too!  Thank you Tara Firma Farms for asking me to join in the vision.  I could not be more excited do something that feeds my soul!

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Farm News - Summer/Fall

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Farm News - Summer/Fall

Happy Summer, I mean Autumn!宝贝你下面的水儿真甜  It has been a busy summer, now I missed a summer blog post so here is our fall farm update. In this part of California it still feels like summer almost;). Farmer Rowan’s has headed back to preschool and the mornings are crisp and the nights are getting colder.

Farm Update - It is a great time to visit the farm! We have moved the weekend tours to 11 am to avoid the heat of the day.  The weather has been really nice out here, excluding a few hot days. It can be a bit hot if your carrying a bundle of electric fence up a steep hill, but besides that, very pleasant.  There are lots of baby animals right now as we have two litters of piglets. We recently harvested a bumper crop of squash that is available in the farm shop. Pumpkins on Pikes was a great success, hope you all were able to make it. We are beginning the slow clean up.  It’s almost the the time to plant trees, and we hope to get as many as we can in the ground this winter. We have also been planting an herb garden for animal health, it will be a treasure trove for keeping all our animals healthy. New on the farm we have a friendly chicken named Pecker that lives with the goats and runs around the parking lot.  The animals are all doing great.


Turkeys - 宝贝你下面的水儿真甜 The turkeys are out standing in their field. Turkeys are one of my personal favorite as they are very inquisitive and friendly, if you have a chance to visit us, I recommend taking the time to visit them as well.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Thanksgiving is fast approaching and we are expecting to sell out this year, so I would recommend reserving yours soon. We still have a few left ;-)


Cows - The big exciting news is we have borrowed a bull from a neighbor and are expecting calves in February of next year. We have one Calf right now who was a pleasant surprise (we had purchased a pregnant heifer without knowing).  Although close to the birth it was obvious that the mom was expecting, and not just growing really big.

Pigs - 宝贝你下面的水儿真甜The pigs are loving this cool weather,  We are still recovering from the summer when the electric fences did not work as well. We have a few sections of the property that have a perimeter fence, back up for our electric fences when the ground is dry and little piglets are not heavy enough to have the fences work. The breeding pigs are still in the corrals by the drive through barn.  Come check them out.

Chickens- Our new batch of 500 chicks have grown into teenage poulets. They are close to the parking area in the corner brooder. During the day they are out grazing with the sheep.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more animal cuteness and farm happenings.

Events at Tara Firma Farms

We love events on the farm! As the sun goes down the whole farm is filled with golden light, kids love to run and visit the animals.  A magical place and time to share with friends while the event barn lights twinkle and the stars come out, with a glass of wine in hand, the air is filled with music. No place I would rather be! Ask about our event space rental.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Autumn Wreath Workshop by Mandaliondesigns (SOLD OUT)


Join us and our Lovely sustainable flower grower Mandy, for a crafty day on the farm of wreath making. No experience needed.

November 18th 11am-1:30pm $65 All materials included (a wide selection of design materials), light snack and beverage. This is a gem of a class and last year it sold out so get your tickets soon:). BONUS pick up your Turkey after the class and be Thanksgiving ready!

Contact mandaliondesigns@gmail.com for tickets.

Turkey Pick up- Open Farm Day

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜November 17th & 18th

Please join us on the farm for a hot drink and to pick up your Thanksgiving turkey. Take a self guided tour of the farm, regular guided tours at 11:00am Saturday and Sunday.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Our Pasture raised turkeys are now available. You can reserve yours online. These birds have been organically fed and rotated on our organic pasture.


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Nothing extends those summer time vibes quite like the smoky-sweet flavor of BBQ. We love eating outside on the grill and these fall days are perfect for cooking up some mouth watering eats. This recipe is a great way to up your BBQ game, perfect for a special get together with friends and family. Our Membership coordinator Brandon has been drooling over this method of grilling all summer and has put together this recipe for us. It is a great recipe for when you have a little extra weekend time to be at home to keep an eye on things.


Brandon’s Pork Loin


宝贝你下面的水儿真甜1 CUP SONOMA COUNTY SPICE QUEEN BBQ DRY-RUB (Now Available in our CSA) or similar BBQ rub.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜1 CUP AVOCADO OIL




Your choice of wood chips to add smoke (soaked overnight)




宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Place the pork loin in a glass bowl. Add salt, whole peppercorns, and add filtered water until loin is covered. Let soak in brine overnight or 12 hours in the refrigerator. Start your wood chips soaking the night before as well.

宝贝你下面的水儿真甜Remove from brine and pat dry. Allow loin roast to come to room temperature (tempering the meat)


Rub loin down with Avocado Oil (this will help the dry rub to stick to the meat). Cover with BBQ Dry-rub and rub in to cover whole loin roast


PREPPING THE GRILL: Remember. INDIRECT HEAT is the key to cooking this cut to perfection.

Charcoal: Start the coals using a chimney so you are not having to use lighter fluid. Once they are ready, pour the coals on one side of the BBQ. Place your grilling surface over the coal until it is nice and hot, then move it to the opposite side of the BBQ away form the coals.  Have a place you can prep more coals as needed as you will need to keep adding them as you go.

Propane: MAKE SURE YOUR PROPANE TANK IS FULL宝贝你下面的水儿真甜. THIS IS A LONG COOK TIME. Start the night before by soaking mesquite or apple wood chips in water overnight. Drain the water off and place on the smoking rack in the preheated grill (you can use a tin can to lift it up if you do not have a smoking rack).

Place your roast fat side down on your grill on the opposite side from the heat. CLOSE THE LID. Check it every 30-40 mins to be sure your coals are OK. THEN LET THAT PUPPY COOK FOR 4.5-5 HOURS!

ENJOY THAT AMAZING PORKY GOODNESS. Best accompanied by potato salad, grilled apples and some ‘slaw.

-Brandon C


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Farm News - Spring

Farm News - Spring

The farm has sprung full force into longer daylight hours and warmer weather, and this means there is always too much to do and everything needs to happen all at once. Alas such is the way of the farm and the life.  

Take Note- In May we are switching our weekend tours to 11am Saturday and Sunday.

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This Month -This past weekend we had a bee hive that swarmed and that was after we had split our hives twice already. Pepper the goat is a new mama and baby Billy Bean is getting cuter every day. Our new Babydoll Southdown Sheep, Shawn and Raisin are settling in nicely. Spring Farm Trails was a blast, we had over 680 people visit our farm over the farm trails weekend! We have a few new items in the Farm Shop. We especially excited about Mandalion Designs bouquets in the Farm Shop.


The Cows- In the last week the grass has shot up almost a foot and the cows are in heaven in a sea of knee high grass. The grass is starting to go to seed which is not as palatable to the cows but they are doing their best to keep up with it.



The Pigs- We have been experimenting with keeping the pigs in one spot for the rainy season as we need to drive the tractor into their paddocks a fair amount. We are bringing them bins of yummy ‘gleen’ organic fruits and vegetables from the Good Earth Kitchen. We need to fill their tank of water when they are not near a water source (which is most of the time). When we are driving continuously on saturated pasture it can be detrimental to the soil, grass and the land. Our new method keeps them in one location close to everything during the wet times and we can then come back and seed the area after the pigs have moved onto greener pastures. We are committed to doing what is best for the land and when things are saturated, it is the most vulnerable to pigs.


Piglets- We are also excitedly getting ready for the next litters of piglets. The projected date of our next piglets is May 16th, give or take a few days. We will post on FB and Instagram, please follow us!



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The Chickens- 2 new hen houses have just start laying eggs, so consequently now we have an eggsplosion. Check out our sale page . We have had some issues with hawks and are experimenting with different deterrents for them, that have met limited success. We are hoping that once the rodent population takes off, the hawks will leave our chickens alone.   


Turkeys- We will be getting our first batch of turkey chicks the week of July 24th.

Long term projects- We would love to put up semi permanent internal electric fences that will facilitate multi species rotational grazing. Right now we are setting up each cow paddock by foot and with so many moves and our extra steep hills it becomes really labor intensive. We have started installing pieces of the plan in our spare hours, but as always, everything takes longer than we would hope. We also are offering fishing passes for the fisher people in your life.

Spring is one of the most beautiful times on the farm, please come visit us. Members are always welcome to come hike, fish and picnic. Please sign in at the store before you explore the land. If you are visiting for the day and are not a member, Trail Access is just $10 per car

Join us for a free tour Saturday and Sunday at 11am starting in May.

Please sign in at the store before you explore the land. If you are visiting for the day and are not a member, Trail Access is just $10 per car.

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What's on Sale- Eggs, eggs, eggs are on sale, please see our sale page with items that change weekly.



2018 Events-

- SOLD OUT - May 12: Mother's Day Picnic and Open house - Hosted by Mandy of who grows beautiful heirloom flowers by the event barn.

June 16: Father's Day Fishing Tournament - A Catch and Release Tournament and BBQ Picnic. $20 Entry Fee includes Lunch and a chance to win a Tara Firma Rib-Eye Steak, as well as bragging rights for the year. Register at the Farm Shop for details.

August 18: End of Summer Barn Dance -

Come enjoy a fun community event featuring musical artist . A fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute to help fund farm connection and experiences for youth.

Come early and tour the farm from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm!
Dancing from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. All levels encouraged.


October 20 and 27: Pumpkins on Pikes - A Magical Family Tradition at Tara Firma Farms. One last party to welcome the fall. BBQ, Pumpkin Carving and so much more. This has been such a popular event, we made a second day!

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Kitchen News-

We are always looking for easy ways to eat healthy unprocessed dinners while saving time in the kitchen. Our families new favorite is a recipe to cook once and enjoy 2 to 3 meals (depending on how many people) from one main dish. To me this is a win win win, and if this is meat too many nights in a row, skip a night with a large salad.

This Slow cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork can tie your week together first as a main, then as tacos and lastly as a hearty veggie and pulled pork soup.

I am such a noodle, Now that I’m re-reading my original recipe it calls for unsweetened apple cider. Me, in my haste (and what I had on hand) assumed apple cider vinegar, and that is what I used:/ needless to say it came out great, more of a North Carolina style you could say;) and so I’m going to say use either one :). I cooked the Apple Cider Pulled Pork with yams and slaw on a Sunday night, had delicious pork tacos and Salad on Monday and Hearty Vegetable Soup on Wednesday. All surpassed my expectations of deliciousness.

Dinner 1:

Slow cooked Apple Cider Pulled Pork Recipe:

-One 3-5 Lb pork Butt- I used 2 Tara Firma Farms Pork shoulder boston Butts, both around 1.5-2 lbs

- 1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced

- 1 ? cups unsweetened apple cider.

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Sweet Spice Rub Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Sea Salt

2 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp garlic powder

1 ? tsp chili powder

? tsp ground ginger

? tsp fresh ground pepper


Combine all of the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the rub over all parts of the pork roast, gently rub it in.

Place the cut onions evenly over the bottom of the 6 quart slow cooker, then place the seasoned pork on top of the onions. Making sure each piece of meat is pushed down. You can cut the pieces of meat in half if that will make them fit together better.

Then add the apple Cider

Cover with lid and cook on high for 7-8 hours or on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat is easily shredded with a fork.


If Making Yams- 1 ? hours before eating, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry yams, wrap each one in tin foil and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for an hour and 15 minutes or until a knife easily pierces them. Time depends on thickness of Yam, if you have really big yarms bake for 1 ? hours.

Turn off the slow cooker and when cool enough to handle, Carefully transfer meat to a large platter or wide bowl and let rest for a few minutes.

Shred the pork using 2 forks.


Pour the cooking liquid through a sieve. Add ? cup of liquid back to the shredded meat (more if you like it really moist) Discard the rest of the liquid and onion (or save for another meal:). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

? hour before the meat is ready. Make the coleslaw.

Coleslaw recipe- This makes enough for 2 nights and then some.


1 Cabbage outer leaves removed- can use green, red or napa cabbage- Look for a small cabbage or use half if large.


1 large carrot

Extras - 5-10 kale leaves de-steamed.

2 large heaping spoonfuls of mayonnaise

1 tsp of favorite mustard- we like a dijon.

? tsp sea salt

? tsp celery seed

? tsp fresh ground pepper

2-3 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar or more to taste.

Quarter the cabbage (remove the core) Either chop thinly or use your food processor with the slice blade. Place shredded cabbage in a large bowl.

Next in the food processor grate the carrot and add to the large bowl. Then destem the kale leaves and thinly hand chop.

In a small bowl or cup add mayonnaise, mustard, celery seed, ground pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Mix until smooth. We like a coleslaw that is just sweetened by the carrots and cabbage, if you like a sweeter coleslaw add a pinch of sugar to taste.

Mix all ingredients in the large bowl and ADD Most OF THE DRESSING, Mix thoroughly, add more dressing to taste. Add salt or more apple cider vinegar to taste.

Refrigerate. We love a spoonful of coleslaw on top of our salads, gives it a nice mild kick.   

Dinner 2:

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In a small pan heat up the shredded pork (1 cup per person) add a splash of water to the pan.

Prepare a salad and heat up the tortillas, we like corn but any variety would be delicious. The key to great corn tortillas is having a medium hot oiled pan, and rinsing the tortillas briefly in water. This lets them steam a little for a soft tortilla. When first placing tortillas in the pan, let them cook for a minute before flipping them. Fill tortillas with the apple cider pulled pork and top with coleslaw.


Optional toppings-

Finely chopped cilantro

Finely chopped red onion

Or any other taco topping you like.





Dinner 3:

Rustic Veggie Soup

We are still in soup weather! And after I made this soup it was so delicious and nourishing, I decided on the west coast it's always soup weather.


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1 Tbsp high heat or coconut oil

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Medium onion- finely diced.

1 medium carrot- sliced

1 stalk sliced celery (about ? cup)

2 cloves of garlic, roughly minced

5 Cups bone broth, veggie or chicken stalk- preferably homemade

1 (14oz) can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes

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1 tsp of italian seasoning blend

1 small butternut squash, about 4 cups

1 tsp sea salt (more to taste)

1 bunch of kale or chard (chopped about 3 cups firmly-packed)

The rest of the pulled pork.


In a large soup pot over medium heat, add the high heat or coconut oil. Then add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes or just until the onions start to get translucent.

For a quick soup, put all vegetables except the greens through a food processor with the slice blade. Or for a rustic look- hand chop;)


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Add the stock, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, butternut squash, and salt. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Then add the chard or kale and simmer for another 15 minutes or until all the vegetables are soft. Add the pulled pork during the last 5 minutes, serve with hearty bread or rice, or by itself.

I had leftover soup that made a great lunch for the next day!

Let us know if you try the cook once and enjoy 2-3 times meal, and how it comes out. Tag us on instagram or Facebook.


Thank you and Eat Well,


Farm manager


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