Hot Summer Day Lemonade with San Diego Grown Lemons

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Hot Summer Day Lemonade with San Diego Grown Lemons

With the latest heat wave sweeping through San Diego County once again, it only seems appropriate to give you our hot summer day lemonade recipe.


Start with some medium to large lemons. If you’re at the La Mesa Farmers Market on Friday, Poway Farmers Market on Saturday or the Allied Gardens Sunday Market, you can get some good lemons for this recipe from Farmer Steve. Depending on the size of the lemons, Farmer Steve will give you about 6-10 lemons in a basket for $5.

farmer steve's offering


We’ve tried this recipe with several different sweeteners. We like the raw, unfiltered honey best for this and generally use Nature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Honey 32-oz. Squeeze Bottle from Costco. However, unbleached, non-GMO cane sugar does the trick too (like the one from Zulka Morena). And replacing some of the honey or cane sugar with a little Stevia will work well too.

Secret Ingredient (well, not-so-secret-anymore now…)

The one ingredient that most people tend to forget is adding a pinch of salt. This seems to enhance all the flavors just a little bit. How much is a pinch? Ha! Generally, it’s supposed to be the amount that you can squeeze between your thumb and your index finger. For this recipe, I’ve found that 1/8 teaspoon of some Himalayan Pink Salt makes it just right.

Let’s do this!

This simple recipe goes as follows:

  1. Take a 1/2-gallon container of drinking water
  2. Take about 10 oz of the water out and make some ice cubes with it
    (see our ice section below)
  3. to the water add:
    • 1 cup of cane sugar or honey
    • The juice of 2 1/2 lemons
    • 1 “pinch” of salt
  4. Make sure everything is mixed well and dissolved
  5. Add the ice cubes and Enjoy!

Lemonade Concentrate

In my house, everyone loves this recipe. Ironically, while I’m the one that makes it, I personally think it’s a little too strong. So, when I have glass of it, I actually fill my glass halfway and add the other half water. If you’re like me and you find this recipe to be too strong, consider using the same recipe, only this time use a full gallon of water to start with.

lemon splash

Ice Cubes

We like to play around with our ice cubes and use different shapes and sizes. These are some of the favorites that we’ve found on amazon. My favorite is the giant ice ball:

photo of ice ball maker

We’ve also enjoyed the Star Wars theme:

photo of starwars ice makers


We always welcome feedback. Please let us know how this recipe worked out for you or if you have one you would like us to try, or in general, if you just want to say hi.

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How to eat Fuyu Persimmon

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How to eat Fuyu Persimmon

Once again, Persimmon season is upon us. And what better way to enjoy them than using the method recommended by Farmer Steve himself!

Fuyu Persimmon cut in half

Farmer Steve recommends how to eat the Fuyu Persimmon variety by cutting them into bite sized chunks and then squeezing some fresh lime juice on top. As fate would have it, Farmer Steve currently has both Limes and Persimmon available.

Lime slices from above

Next time you see Farmer Steve, make sure you ask him for some ripe Fuyu Persimmons and limes. And if you already have a tasty recipe, make sure to share it with us and with Farmer Steve when you see him again!

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Jujube Tea Recipe

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Jujube Tea Recipe

Sometimes, Farmer Steve’s CSA box includes a bag of Jujube fruit. While it’s possible to just eat them like that (well, wash first!), especially in the months when outside temperatures cool down, this is a very welcome tea that can be made from the dried fruit.

jujube roughly chopped

It’s pretty simple to make, since there’s really only two ingredients: water and jujube. I’ve heard of people adding some ginger to it as well.

Start by boiling the water. You’ll need about 1 quart of water for every 100 grams of the dried jujube fruit. While the water is boiling, chop/slice the jujube in about 1/8 of an inch slices. It may get hard to cut in the center because of the seeds so use both hands.

jujube tea boiling in water

Once the water is boiling, add the copped jujube and leave it simmering for 30 minutes. If you’re adding fresh ginger, you can add 1-2 1/8 of an inch slices now. Alternatively, if you’re adding ginger oil (for example, the Ginger Oil from Doterra), we recommend adding that at the very end when straining the tea and right before drinking.

doterra ginger oil

We drank the tea warm first and then saved the leftovers to drink cold another day. The tea is amazing hot or cold and doesn’t even require any sweetener!

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October Green Juice Recipe

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October Green Juice Recipe

Not sure what to do with some of the greens in Farmer Steve’s box?

csa box from farmer steve filled with yummy veggies

How about making a healthy green juice! This is the recipe that we came up with after receiving our last CSA delivery from Farmer Steve.

You’ll need a juicer (we use a Hamilton Beach centrifugal juicer, similar to this one).

green juice in the making

For this recipe, using the juicer, prepare in a 1-quart container

  • 6 small green apples
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves
  • bunch of kale (10-15 leaves)
  • 1 medium cucumber
citrus fruit in a bag

Separately, squeeze the juice of 1 lime or lemon into the container

For an extra kick, you can add

  • 2 1-inch cubes of ginger
    (if you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, 2 drops of ginger oil from Doterra will work too

And if you’re still feeling summerly, add

  • 6 medium ice cubes
green juice in espresso mugs


Apart from the ginger and ice cubes, you should be able to find all ingredients in Farmer Steve’s CSA box, unless it’s currently not in season.

Please contact us whenever you are unsure of what will be delivered in Farmer Steve’s next box.

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Blood Orange Water

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Blood Orange Water

Farmer Steve’s delivery today included some blood oranges. Oh, and they were sweet too!

While we always enjoy slicing up and simply eating Farmer Steve’s oranges, today, we did something different: Blood Orange Water.

It’s not really a hard recipe… One takes a blood orange and slices it in 1/8th-inch slices, then adds it to some water. In our case we took a 2-inch diameter blood orange, cut it in 1/8th-inch slices and then added half each into two 24oz mason jars.

Why would you want to drink this? Blood Orange is very high in Vitamin C. Also, once you drink your water, you can actually eat the slices whole – peel and everything! The peel and the white “fuzz” is actually what hold most of the nutrients. Also a good source of fiber, Vitamin A and Calcium.


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