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Tomato cravings

It’s almost that moment. The moment that you pop the first succulent cherry tomato in your mouth and taste warm sunshine. Its magical. I feel like they must be close…Jorge grows the best but all of them are just sooo delicious.

Until tomatoes though, we are at the peak of springtime produce! I’m loving Linda’s white and purple onions and will be featuring them in this weeks soups. The asparagus, carrots and snap peas are perfection as well!

A central coast bald eagle! photographed by customers, Phil and Debbie

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

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

1. TURKISH RED LENTIL

2. LEMON HERB MINESTRONE GNOCCHI

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars! Also…a little insider info…the Cambria farmers market is now on summertime hours and goes till 5:30 rather than 5. If you are looking for a time to shop a super uncrowded farmer’s market, that 5-5:30 window is your time! The photo below was taken at 5:05 last Friday.

Adventures

I want to tell you about a bike ride I went on last week. Because Big Sur is basically shut down (no beach, camping or trail access anywhere…and actually enforced) the road itself is empty north of all the usual chaos just outside of Cambria. Like eerie empty. I went on a 44 mile bike ride up and down the coast and pretty much had the place to myself. In case you ever dreamed of biking the 1 but were afraid to get hit by a car, I do encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity. It’s a great stress reliever and the beauty is just unparalleled.

Thanks to all of you who came out for soup last week! I’m starting to see people I haven’t seen for awhile and it’s just really great to see you all!!

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

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

1. COCONUT CURRIED LENTIL

2. CREAMY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars! Also, it seems to be an ever developing debate but until I’m presented with information that changes my mind, I love, respect and appreciate when you wear a mask and keep a 6′ distance from me and other customers when coming to the booth. Thanks so much!

Head held high!

📸 Brian Macelvaine

I love seeing the stregnth of humans. I love the innovation, the kindness, the unity, the patience and willpower all around us right now. I love watching us respect eachother. I love that we are all learning a new universal language and adjusting to it the very best we can. I love that we do not give up hope.

You guys, I have to tell you, this was just a great weekend. The wind finally laid down on Saturday and I got to surf with my buddy, John, who turned SIXTEEN today (my husband and I met him when he was twelve). Then we went mountian biking in the forest and THEN I ate my weight in ice cream. I spent Sunday with my sweet mama (6ft apart, of course) and was once again, reminded that I scored in the parent department.

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

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

1. TEMPEH CHILI

2. CREAMY GOLDEN BEET WITH SWEET POTATO AND QUINOA

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

Always seeking the good

I’m not exactly sure how much I want to remember about the last couple months but what I’m absolutely sure that I’ll NEVER forget is the kindness I’ve been shown. While it may appear that it’s just me running the business, it has truely taken a team to keep this little operation afloat and the players involved have participated unsolicited and with nothing but gratitude as payment.

Soup booth Brian, Little Red Hen Bread Kirsten, Michelle and Jack from Stepladder creamery, United Foods truck driver, David, Carole from the Joselyn center, farmers market managers Jeff Neilson and Robyn Gable, Cari and Craig from Chaparral Gardens, Kendra Glazebrook and you sweet sweet customers who have been encouraging and supportive, giving tips, donating to the “soups in need ” program …you guys will hold a place in my soul forever.

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

Monday in Baywood (in my close to the bay spot), Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. SPLIT PEA (finally!!)

2. CREAMY TURMERIC POTATO

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

Photo by Ingrid Brink

Kindness

I always knew the farmers market had the best customers and that the soup booth customers were the cream of the crop but you guys have stepped up your kindness to a whole new level. I experienced more love at the market last week than ever before and let me tell you, I have never been more thankful.

I know we are all craving normalcy. I know the farmers markets don’t feel normal yet but what I’ve noticed is that we are adapting. Every week, things get easier, things get more organized and efficient, and even with an increased amount of shoppers, the markets are able to provide a pleasant and safe place to shop. I’m happy to hear your feedback if you see ways we can improve or feel free to share your experiences with our managers.

Don’t forget, I’m in a new spot in Baywood!

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

Monday in Baywood (in my new spot closer to the bay), Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. COCONUT LEMONGRASS (remember to pick up some fresh cilantro and/or spring onion for this one at the market, it’s so much better when you add it right before you eat it!)

2. CREAMY TUSCAN WHITE BEAN WITH KALE

I look forward to seeing you guys and don’t forget your jars! (And yes, jars with lids, the new program is working!) Also, the “soups in need box” is still available but with the warmer weather, it’s in a freezer bag hanging at the booth 😊❤

Essential CUSTOMERS!!

Wow, you guys, it has been so great to see you all again! I’m cooking with a whole new sense of gratitude and taking absolutely nothing (right down to mopping and scrubbing out the sinks) for granted. Thank you so so much for coming out to the markets and supporting the local farmers and artisans. I know it’s a challenge but keep it up, it has never been more important!

I’ve been up at night doing mental battle with the “bring your own” jar situation. I hate the idea of creating waste and that I’m going through 20 cases of Mason jars per week. Not to mention, the extra $1.50 per jar you guys are having to pay. I’ve come up with a plan that I tested out with a few customers in Cambria last Friday and I think I’ve found a solution.

So remember how I told you not to bring your lid? Forget I said that. BRING YOUR OWN JAR WITH YOUR LID. 👍👍 I’ll walk you through the new protocol but basically, if you want the BYO jar deal, you’re going to end up with a different, sanatized jar and the lid you brought. The whole point of this is to keep a sanatized environment in the area where the soup is being served. New jars and paper cups will continue to be available as always. **PLEASE NOTE: in order to make this work, the jar you return MUST be a 32 oz Ball or Kerr brand, clean, unstickered (no sticker residue) and placed upside down in the red box, by you.

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 (Portobello and Shiitake)

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

Thank you

I want to acknowledge the struggle you guys are going through to get to the market right now and express how extraordinarily grateful I am when I get to see you. I am so impressed with our farmers market managers and all they have done to make the farmer’s market a safe place to shop.

It was absolutely an honor to be back at markets last week and I’m optimistic that I can continue to source my ingredients and expedite my process to get you soups in a timely and safe way. Thank you, seriously, for sticking with me as I have had to make the necessary changes during this challenging time.

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

Monday in Baywood (BOOTH IS NOW ON THE 2ND STREET END!!), Thursday in Morro Bay and Friday in Cambria

1. LEMON-HERB MINESTRONE GNOCCHI

2. RED LENTIL WITH CARMALIZED FENNEL

I look forward to seeing you guys and do bring your jars! I can offer a fifty cent credit for your clean, unstickered (and no sticker residue), Ball or Kerr, 32 oz jars. No lids, please, just the jar. You can place jars upside down in the red box at the booth.

I’m dedicating a box of soup per market for people who have hit hard times unexpectedly. If you or someone you know can’t afford your soup right now, take one from this box, no questions asked, no explanation needed. You are loved and cared for ❤