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Rancho Pica Pica

Rancho Pica Pica To us Rancho Pica Pica means The Sting of Life. Picar literally means to sting, to bite, to pick, to prick. On the farm there are tons of stinging nettles,

Pica Pica is a market garden project that is in it’s first year of growth, and run by farmers Mathew Ladegaard and Molly Baker. We cultivate a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers, all grown at Maggie’s Farm; tucked away in beautiful Agoura Hills, CA. This season we are trying our hand at offering weekly boxes of produce to people in our neighborhood and beyond. Every Wednesday sta

Pica Pica is a market garden project that is in it’s first year of growth, and run by farmers Mathew Ladegaard and Molly Baker. We cultivate a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers, all grown at Maggie’s Farm; tucked away in beautiful Agoura Hills, CA. This season we are trying our hand at offering weekly boxes of produce to people in our neighborhood and beyond. Every Wednesday sta

08/10/2015

Yesterday was slow at the market, and so we have lots of flowers/food! Mostly flowers! I will bring them to your home or you can pick them up at the farm. Our sunflowers are almost done- so get them while you can! Custom order a bouquet today!

07/11/2015

Cool as a Cucumber
“Cucumbers”



In the throes of heat, in the summer sun, a farmer is tired. Weeding, harvesting, weeding, weighing, sorting, slinging, eating, weeding, sleeping-repeat. That is my life these days. I am exhausted, eating huge meals to compensate for my energy expelled and all the while never felt better! One of the summer veggies that is seeming to get me through, despite the knee aching agony it can be to harvest them, are cucumbers. It is the cucumber, that ultimately is cooling me down in moments of severe stress, I invoke the spirit of the cucumber: cool, calming, and contained. Cucumbers are seasonal, so it's only for a few months out of the year that we have the luxury of controlling stress with something as simple as a vegetable. Not to mention, these guys can be processed into something that can warm you up in the winter months- Pickles! Today I am going to focus on a few ideas that can give your cukes a nice twist that can cool you down or warm you up depending.


Cucumber Cocktails

3 slices cucumber, each 1/2 inch thick
1/2 of a lime, cut into two wedges
1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
1.5 ounces white rum
club soda
cucumber slices and lime rounds, for garnish

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2/3 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1.In a large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix in cucumbers, and marinate 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
2.Gently toss tomatoes, onion, mint, and olive oil with the marinated cucumbers. Season with salt and pepper.


Cucumber Rounds filled with Smoked Fish

½ smoked mackarel (or 1 can sardines)
1 tbsp butter at room temperature
2 tbsp mayonnaise
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and freshly ground pepper
a few drops lemon juice
1 whole cucumber

Mix all of the ingredients, except the cucumber, in a food processor or mash them in a bowl using a fork. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Cut the cucumber in sections the length of an apple corer. Trim away the ends. Using the apple corer, remove the seeds. You can also use a thin sharp knife, for that matter. Fill the created cavity with the fish mousse and wrap the rounds with plastic wrap. leave to cool and set for about an hour in the refrigerator.
Cut the cucumbers into thick slices with a sharp knife and enjoy!

Pickled Cucumbers
this recipe is for 2 lbs of vegetables.

2lb pickling cucumbers
plenty of salt
a few sprigs dill
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1 2/3 cup sugar
4 cloves
1 tbsp caraway seeds
12 peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Place the cucumbers in a baking pan and generously rub them with salt. Leave to stand in a cool place for 24 hours. Wash them thoroughly. The salt is necessary to slightly strengthen the peel and ensure that the pulp is firm and well seasoned. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise. Then cut to size, to fit nicely in the jars. Insert the dill sprigs.
Bring the vinegar, water, sugar and spices to a boil. Reduce for 10 minutes and cover the cucumbers in the jar with the liquid. Seal the lid. Cover the jars of pickled cucumbers for 20 minutes in a pot of boiling water and boil.

07/02/2015

July 4th BBQ? Why not grab a box of veggies from us! Suggested donation: $20 a box with grillables (lots of zucchini) salad fixins, and some flowers bouquets!

We will deliver
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06/28/2015

Hey facebook friends! Have you ever canned tomatoes? Pickles? Dilly beans? Let me just say there is nothing like popping open a mason jar of good tomatoes in the throes of winter. If you are interested... We will be taking bulk orders! Any veggie that we offer that you want to preserve- we got you.

Never pickled? Preserved? Don't even have the slightest clue how to cook?

We want to have a workshop for you that provides resources and recipes for your personal larder! (Look up what a larder is)

If you are interested in any of this, please leave a comment and we can set something up!

04/13/2015

Pica Pica Farm is busy planting seeds, weeding, composting, and everything else that needs to be done on the farm this time of year. (while also juggling full time jobs and life). BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY we are looking for customers! We are selling weekly boxes of produce and flowers, which is enough for a small family to eat healthy weekly for at least 1 month. Not to mention the beautiful flowers you'll be able keep on your kitchen counter for inspiration and admiration.

To give you a sneak peak, we will be growing green beans, zucchini's, tomatoes, chili's, corn, okra, winter squash, cucumbers, including pickling cucumbers, melons, turnips, beets, onions, chard, ethiopian kale, lettuce, culinary herbs, tons of flowers, and oh boy could I keep going! If you are interested, have any questions, or just want to show some love, please feel free to contact us via Facebook or our email: [email protected]

04/09/2015

Pica Pica is a market garden project that is in it’s first year of growth. We cultivate a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers. We were given an incredible opportunity to grow food with Maggie’s Farm tucked away in beautiful Agoura Hills, CA.
This season we are trying our hand at offering weekly boxes of produce to people in our neighborhood and beyond. Every week starting June 17 through October 21, 18 weeks, we will be selling pre-packaged boxes of our weekly fares.

Many of the varieties that we grow are adapted to our Southwest climate. We place emphasis on heirloom seed as well as proliferating the seeds we have collected from our travels. With the drought in mind, we take pride in growing food ecologically, organically, and giving it back to you ethically.

For more information and how to get involved email: [email protected]

04/08/2015

Pica Pica is a market garden project that is in it’s first year of growth. We cultivate a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers. We were given an incredible opportunity to grow food with Maggie’s Farm tucked away in beautiful Agoura Hills,CA

Many of the varieties that we grow are adapted to our Southwest climate. We place emphasis on heirloom seed as well as proliferating the seeds we have collected from our travels. With the drought in mind, we take pride in growing food ecologically, organically, and giving it back to you ethically.

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Agoura Hills, CA
91301

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(818) 648-5218

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