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Spring bounty at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, California

April farm stand and Garden Share
April farm stand and Garden Share
Linda Kincaid

Warm weather and gentle rains bring the best of spring at Full Circle Farm. Open 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Sundays, the farm stand features a variety of salad greens and cool weather veggies such as cabbage, kale, chard, and cauliflower. Baby carrots and beets add color to spring cuisine. Early green onions and garlic greens offer subtle pungence that will develop as the seasons progress.

The fourth Sunday of each month is Garden Share. Gardeners from the community bring extra produce and spare seeds to share with neighbors. There is no charge to participate in the Garden Share, making it especially attractive for individuals seeking healthy produce on a budget. Visitors with children enjoy a stroll to the chicken yard to watch the farm’s hens strut and scratch in the soil. Cracked corn is available as a treat for the hens.

April Garden Share featured an array of fresh herbs, lemons, locally produced eggs, braised carrots served with homemade pesto, banana bread, and homemade cider. Freshly picked spearmint and lemon balm make a perfect tea for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Fresh oregano enhances a simple pasta dish accompanied by Tuscan kale and purple artichokes.

The Farm Stand currently features an assortment of veggie starts in 4” pots and six packs. Many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and melons tempt the home gardener. Herbs and flowers complete the palette.

Individuals who lack time or space to grow their own gardens can enjoy the bounty of Full Circle Farm through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In exchange for an advance fee to support the farm, members pick up weekly shares of freshly harvested seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Produce is sustainably grown, harvested at the peak of ripeness, and ready to collect within hours of harvest.

Extra CSA shares are available for the first time in several years, said Senior Board Member Victoria Armigo. The Full Circle Farm website shows $300 as the cost of a 3-month share. Armigo said new members joining mid-quarter will receive a pro-rated price. The farm accepts major credit cards and PayPal. Send inquires to csa@fullcirclesunnyvale.org.