We love rain, except when it rains too much.  After FIVE days of rain (over 1 3/8 inch!), it’s about time we dry out a spell.  It’s been a very dreary past couple of days and we are slightly starved of sunshine.   Will Ms Sunshine come out today?  Hope so!

The wet weather does help the garden but it doesn’t help the produce business.  It’s hard to pick produce, especially salad, in the rain. The front porch farm stand is quiet;  but we did have a very large order this week which helped pull us through.  The Chef at Cal Tech put on a special “Meet the Farmers” dinner featuring many a dish made with our very own homegrown produce.

As city farmers, we make a living off and from the land, so we are thrilled to have a new local client, especially after long time customer Elements unceremoniously dumped us.

With such a special dinner featuring a few dishes from “Dervaes Gardens”, we had to get out there and pick even in the rain.    And this order pretty much “cleaned us out” of surplus produce for the week; but at least we made our “daily bread” for the week and that was truly a blessing.

Featured at the dinner was our “world famous” Salad Mix along with the heirloom Italian summer squash and winter squash (you can get the seeds from our little seed company –

We set up a little farmers market in the patio area featuring a few items from our farm. But before the expected 175 dinner guests showed up,  we were able to take some photos of the incredible buffet spread and meet the staff.

I hadn’t seen so much food, in well, awhile!  Tables were lined with all sorts of culinary delights and it was really nice to see our three homegrown items featured so prominently

The Chef and staff were incredibly friendly,  talking about how much they enjoyed preparing the squash for this weekly dinner event for the Cal Tech and JPL people.  Our produce was picked up at 11am and it was served at 6pm. Talk about super fresh!

After dinner, folks moseyed on over to our table telling us how much they enjoyed seeing us there and raving over the amazing squash they just had.      Food has a story (and that evening, a face), so we shared how we picked the salad and squash in the rain just hours before.

Of course, they wanted to know “now, where exactly is this farm located?”  You should have seen their faces when we informed them just a mile or two up the road!

As farmers, even though we eat our own produce all of the time,  it’s always great to get a chance to see the produce you grew used and appreciated!  Although we made only a handful of sales that night, we hope that dinner patrons that evening will remember to support our front porch farm stand in the future

Thanks, everyone, for a special evening!

Now for some pics!

Young tromboncino squash (

Who's that picking in the rain?

Farmer D introduces himself and tells the staff about our little farm in the city

Chef Leo

Getting the buffet ready for the dinner guests

Dining hall

The older tromboncino squashes made a great winter squash dish

Baked tromboncino squash (

Mixed salad greens

The tromboncino squash was the squash of the evening!

Buffet spread

There's our salad again!

Tabling out in the patio

Patrons enjoying dinner on a cold, drizzly October evening


  1. Deanna says:

    That looks like a wonderful dinner!

    We have been learning and trying to live in a simpler way. We have a garden this year, and have learned so much. More to come next year! And chickens soon!

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. CE says:

    Based on the interior of those dinning rooms, it just had to be raining and cool that night. The rooms look like they were transported right over from England so the rain was just the perfect touch. And of course you could not serve just any old thing in rooms like that so your Dervaes heirlooms were the perfect fit. It is good to see support of small and local agriculture and clean foods.

  3. i5lV64vMkn says:

    Have you tried totamo leaf tea? Soak totamo leaves in water over night, drain out leaves, use as spray on garden. It is good for most soft bodied bugs like afids. Diatrimatious Earth, made of powdered sea creature skeletons, found in the pool section. Lightly puff on vegetable garden for most exoskeleton bugs, like ants, fire-ants, and crickets. Gets in their joints and dehydrates them to death. Must reapply after rain. Completely harmless for humans and pets to touch, although avoid inhaling the dust. I did notice the application on the plants needs to be a dust, if you apply to heavily, it seemed to dehydrate the plants.Great Blog. Thanks.

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