Flowers at the market! 😀🌈
Farm to Yoga at Suzie’s Farm
On Sunday my Mom & I ventured down to Suzie’s Farm, a local organic produce farm, & the CSA which I am a member of, for San Diego’s second “Farm to Yoga” event with Suzie’s Farm, Green Truck, & Sarah Clark Wellawareness Yoga. Three of my favorite things - my CSA, vegan food, & yoga - I certainly couldn’t pass that up!
Farm to Yoga was founded in New York by yogi, farmer, & healthy foodie Abby Paloma, whose goal is to “unite yoga communities with their local farmers & farmers with their local yogis.” As Abby is a San Diego native, & our city has a growing number of organic farms, a thriving yoga community, & passionate locavore chefs, it was only natural that Abby bring the Farm to Yoga experience here.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this fun farm adventure. We began the afternoon with a lovely yoga practice completely outdoors - under the blue sky, the trees, & in the warm spring breeze. The closest I’d practiced yoga outdoors was in a palapa in Costa Rica., which was awesome, but this was even better! I couldn’t help but leave my eyes open during savasana & focus meditatively on the trees above me. So peaceful! Sarah is one of my absolute favorite teachers in San Diego & I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks with her in January during an intensive “Living Yoga Immersion” at Pilgrimage of the Heart.
After yoga, we toured the farm, foraged & nibbled edible weeds like “Lamb’s Ear,” & experienced “Amcella Oleracea” aka, the “Toothache Plant,” an edible flowerhead that causes a novocain like numbing sensation in the mouth. It’s acrid ignition causes extreme salivation, followed by a few moments of numbness, then a stimulating tingling sensation. Wow. It was quite a fun experience for me, a CSA member of Suzie’s, to walk the among the rows & rows of gorgeous organic vegetables & see where the nourishing food I prepare my meals with is actually grown. Standing there on that farm I could really seeing the heart that goes into cultivating the land really reaffirmed my mission to eat locally, as locally & organically as possible. As I often hear, “we vote with our dollars,” & my vote is for supporting local farmers’ & farmers’ markets.
After the farm tour we were treated to a lovely “al fresco” vegan meal prepared by Green Truck who serves fresh, local, organic food out of their veggie oil truck & solar powered kitchen! San Diego’s Green Truck sources much of their produce for their menu from Suzie’s Farm, & 98% of the meal created for us that day was made from Suzie’s produce.
“Green Truck’s Farm to Yoga Menu”
- “Kale Coconut Curry Salad” - curly kale, watermelon radish, raw beet, quinoa, coconut curry dressing, & crispy curry cashews
- “Garlic Green & Yellow Beans” - steamed & seared in California EVOO, Bragg liquid aminos, & red chiles
- “Baby Broccoli Tacos” - grilled baby broccoli, fresh lemon, almond chile romesco sauce, local fresh corn tortilla
- “The Farm Pesto” - grilled Floridor squash, balsamic wilted spinach, basil & nettle pesto, white arugula flower
- “Fresh Suzie’s Strawberries & Lemon Verbena” - simple as that!
The meal was amazing! So fresh & flavorful. I am already planning a recreation of that kale salad. And those tacos? Perfection! I know what I’ll be doing with my next bunch of Suzie’s baby broccoli. I absolutely leapt off the bench at the opportunity for seconds! Yum.
It was a truly unique & wonderful experience, & I can’t wait to do it again! Thank you to Abby, Sarah, Suzie’s Farm, & Green Truck for a magical day!
Tierra Benton (shesostankh.tumblr.com)
"So you plant your own garden and
-Jorge Luis Borges (via Swanfeather Songs)
decorate your own soul, instead of
waiting for someone to bring you flowers."