Wow!!! So nice to see you!!

So I noticed last week I got to see some faces ( well half faces) I haven’t seen since the first lockdown! I’m loving this vaccine thing!! Even my parents are fully vaccinated and might make their first Farmers market appearance since Last March! I hope in the coming weeks more and more of you will feel like venturing out. As always, we are here to help you feel as comfortable as possible so if you need us to assist you in any covid protocols, just ask!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. MUSHROOM BARLEY

2. CHIPOTLE BLACK BEAN WITH HOMINY

She likes to stick her face in the water and blow bubbles…weirdo

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!

Fresh air and Sunshine

Photo by soup booth Brian

I will never take fresh air for granted again after the fires this year. Today was no exception and I took each breath with gratitude, so happy to be walking in green grass and sunshine with people I love. The slightly warmer temps felt lovely today and more and more hope is on the horizon each day. I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy the weekend.

This is Dinky, my sister in law

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week!

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. SPLIT PEA ( the green kind)

2. CARROT GINGER ( by popular demand 😁)

My family ( from 10 feet away)

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!

Happy love day!!

I love you guys!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!! I wish I could give each and every one of you a valentine this year cause let’s face it, we all need some extra love!! I hope your soup this week feels like a warm, comforting hug and that you know you are appreciated and cared for!

The farmers market is showing hints of springtime!! I found a calendula in my Mount Olive seasonal salad mix and Linda Delacruz said she will have pea shoots in the next couple of weeks! I can’t wait!!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria:

1. SRI LANKAN STYLE RED LENTIL

2. LEMON HERB MINESTRONE GNOCCHI

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!

Gimme the GOOD news!!

So last week a bunch of you told me you got vaccinated or got an appointment and it made me feel really really happy so feel free to share that info with me!! A path to a normal and super fun farmers market experience is what I want for everyone and anyone!! You guys have truly been an amazing gift through all of this. Besides wearing a mask while cooking ( which is really nice when it’s super cold or I’m working with black pepper or mushroom powder), oh and the fact that the once bustling community center where I cook is now empty, oh and that I’m now washing and sanitizing 80 jars… the cooking part of my day has remained the same…

He’s not dead. Just very very relaxed

But … I’m ready for my leisurely strolls through market waiting to get hit with soup inspiration for the week. thank goodness for all the farmers who post their good stuff on Instagram so I know just what is at the peak of its season, this week?! It’s cauliflower, you guys!!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria:

1. CREAMY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

2. COCONUT CURRIED LENTIL

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!

Water.

I wish there was some sort of bravery medal I could hand out to those of you who came to market for soup on Monday or Thursday. My goodnessssssssss. That was some serious weather!! I hope you all made it through unscathed. Kudos to the giant pine tree in my front yard who took those 80 mph gusts like a champ.

It looks like a little moisture could greet us toward the end of Monday’s market but it will feel minor compared to the wind/dust storm y’all endured last week.

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. POZOLE ( a savory Mexican stew with a red chili and Carmelized onion broth with Hominy and Marinated Jackfruit)

2. CREAMY TURMERIC WHITE BEAN

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!

Brainercize

So while cooking soup last week, I was glued to a podcast with Neurologist, Sanjay Gupta who was talking about brain health and how best keep our brains healthy. Three things he said really stood out, he said to do new things, move your body and get your vitamins from real food. So, soup eaters, congratulations, if you eat my soup, you’re a third of the way there!!

I took his advice and decided to mountain bike somewhere new! Two birds with one stone!! I had to do a Costco run and so I decided to check out the trail system that is behind the Costco parking lot … and it was awesome!! It was steep, rocky and challenging but delivered a breathtaking view of all of SLO and an amazing workout. Yay brain health!!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. BLACK LENTIL VEGETABLE

2. CREAM OF MUSHROOM

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!

Toasty!!

It’s been a bit torturous having this warm weather and waves much too big for me to surf!! Not a total loss though, I just got back from a mountain bike ride in the forest. I think this heat made some kind of white butterfly emerge from their cocoons because at one point I was riding alongside hundreds of butterflies in the pine trees and it was so beautiful!!

I’m also starting to feel a shift in the right direction with the pandemic. Many friends in healthcare have now received their second vaccination and forward progress has me feeling so hopeful!! I suppose it’s time to start thinking about what the “AC” ( after COVID) soup booth might look like! It was a little hectic creating the current set up so I’m looking forward to mindfully creating a soup booth that works for everyone. I have learned and grown so much this year and for that, I am thankful!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week : ( ps: all my soups are healthful but this week, they’re off the charts!! )

1. MUNG BEAN WILD RICE WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO AND DILL ( I’ve called this “kitcharie” in the past)

2. CREAMY GOLDEN BEET WITH RED QUINOA

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!

Silver linings

Did anyone else see the clouds on Saturday morning that literally had silver linings!? I’ve decided to take it as a sign of good things to come and that everything is for a reason!!

It was so nice to work a full week of soup this week!! I buy all the produce for the following market’s soup at the market before and so when I miss a market everything gets all kookie. Thankfully, José from Cortez farms was able to put together an emergency order of broccoli for me last week and saved the day. And might I say, it was some of the most beautiful broccoli I’ve ever worked with!!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood, Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria ( and Harvestly)

1. YELLOW SPLIT PEA

2. MUSHROOM BARLEY

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!

Regularly scheduled program

We did it! We got through the holidays!!! That was weird right? All I can say is thank goodness for bicycles, surfboards, dogs and wide open spaces. I’m exited to get back to a more predictable schedule. It was nice having unlimited morning dog snuggles but also like I’ve said before, I love my job and am looking forward to seeing all you guys ( especially you Thursday soupers!!!)

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week :

MONDAY IN BAYWOOD, THURSDAY IN MORRO BAY AND FRIDAY IN CAMBRIA ( and Harvestly)

1. TEMPEH CHILI

2. CREAMY BROCCOLI

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!

Im seeing signs of RAIN!!

You guys!! Rain clouds!!! And rain in the forecast!!! So exiting!! All these sweet little green grasses popping up are going to get a big drink of water and doesn’t that just feel nice to know?? I love the way the vegetables taste after a rainstorm too, I feel like the row crops like kale and lettuce just really are at their best after some raindrops.

It’s been a lovely break but like always, I’m looking forward to being back in the kitchen making soup. My husband and I have been working on a project that we finished up just before Christmas so it will be nice to put on my headphones and just think about getting a perfect caramelization on my onions and nothing more! Heaven, I tell you!!

Here’s what you will find at the soup booth this week:

Monday in Baywood: FRENCH LENTIL VEGETABLE AND ROASTED BUTTERNUT SWEET POTATO WITH SAGE.

Thursday in Morro Bay: market closed

Friday in Cambria: TURKISH RED LENTIL AND ROASTED BUTTERNUT SWEET POTATO WITH SAGE

Harvestly orders are still on hold till next week!!

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars!!