Cooper's Harvest

Growing Organic Food in the east bay, ca

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Cooper's Harvest strives to bring its customers with the most diversified organic produce grown in the Contra Costa county.  We use seedlings for most of our crops to extend the crops' season.  We will eventually do this process ourselves, but are working with First Generation Farmers in the meantime to have these done. 


The following lists include all crops currently in our crop plan for our 2019 season.  Varieties are included in parentheses and we have included links for those crops that are less familiar.  Each crop and variety has been carefully chosen based on our favorites or what we think our customers will enjoy the most. We'd love to hear from you on your favorites, too!  


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Kohlrabi

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Variety: Terek
Nutrition:  More vitamin C than oranges!  Also rich in Vitamins K and A, as well as a good source of Dietary Fiber. Lots of antioxidant compounds too, so eat up!
How to store: In fridge bin uncut.
How to prepare: Probably one of the most versatile veggie, great raw with a little lemon and salt, add some to you salad, roast it like potatoes, or add it to your favorite soup. And don't throw away the greens!  They can be prepared the same way as collards

Komatsuna

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Variety: Summerfest
Nutrition:  Rich in Vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of Dietary Fiber. Lots of beta-carotene, too!
How to store: Wash, wrap in moist paper towel and store in plastic bag. 

How to prepare: This Asian greens, that some would say is a cross between a mild mustard and cabbage, can substitute your bok choy or saute in your favorite Asian sauce. So simple, yet so good!
 

Braising Mix

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Includes bok choy, komatsuna, young kale, young collards, and young mustards

Nutrition:  Rich in Vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of Dietary Fiber.
How to store: Wash and store in airtight container.
How to prepare: Braise this mix with a little broth and soy sauce. Also good adding to your soup or stew to add a few extra greens. 

Swiss Chard

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Variety: Oriole, Fordhook, Rhubarb

Nutrition: Excellent source of Vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Dietary Fiber. 

How to store: Wash, wrap in paper towel and store in plastic bag in fridge.  

How to prepare: Steam, saute, use in place of celery, add to soups. 

Basil

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Variety: Genovese

Nutrition: Rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium 

How to store: In water in a cool, dry location

How to prepare: Pesto, add to your favorite pasta, season your favorite dish

Spring Onions

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Variety: Walla Walla

Nutrition: High in vitamin C and a good source of fiber and folic acid.

How to store: In fridge uncut.  Once cut, in a sealed container.

How to prepare: You can use the entire onion.  Use bulb raw or cooked, the middle white section should be used cooked, and the green part can be used raw or cooked and can be a sub for green onion.

Kale

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Variety: Red Russian

Nutrients: Great source of Vitamins A, K and C. Very high in antioxidants. A superfood.  I think you know that you should just eat this.

How to store: Wash, wrap in paper towel and store in plastic bag in fridge. 

How to prepare: Raw, sauteed, chips, in soups/stews.  I would just add this to everything you make to add a boost of nutritional goodness. 

Collards

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Variety: Tiger

Nutrients: Great source of Vitamin K, good source of Vitamin A and Folate. 

How to store: Wash, wrap in paper towel and store in plastic bag in fridge. 

How to prepare: Our favorite is a classic collard greens recipe with some bacon, but you can add it any recipe calling for some greens.  You'll likely want to cook them a little bit longer as they're a bit tougher than other greens.

Broccoli

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Variety : Happy Rich - smaller heads than your typical variety, but the taste makes up for size.

Nutrients:  Excellent source of Vitamin C. High in Fiber and has Potassium, B6 and Vitamin A. 

How to store: Wash and store in vegetable bin in fridge.

How to prepare: Steam, saute with some citrus, add to a salad. 

Slicing Tomatoes

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Variety: New Girl

Nutrition: Major dietary source of lycopene.  Also high in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

How to store: cool, dry location

How to prepare: raw, cooked, sauce, dried

Cherry Tomatoes

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Variety: Sungold, Esterina, Pink Bumblebee

Nutrition:   Major dietary source of lycopene.  Also high in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. 

How to store: dry, cool location

How to prepare: raw

Zucchini/Summer Squash

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Variety: Dunja (zucchini), Zephyr, Patty Pan

Nutrition:   High in vitamins A, B6, and C.  Also high in folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium.

How to store: In perforated plastic bag in fridge drawer.  Don't wash until right before use.

How to prepare: Roast, saute, grill, bake

Pickling Cucumbers

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Variety: H-19 Little Leaf

Nutrition:   Good source of pytonutrients, which have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Skin and seeds are most nutritious.

How to store: Tightly wrap in plastic in fridge.  Don't wash until right before use.

How to prepare: Besides pickling, they can also be used like other cucumbers, but you may want to peel the skin as it tends to be a little bitter.

New Potatoes

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Variety: Kennebec

Nutrition:   Nearly half your daily requirement of vitamin C, more potassium than bananas, good source of B6.

How to store: Airtight container in fridge.  Don't wash until right before use.

How to prepare: Pan roasted, boiled, crushed.  

Shiso

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 Variety: Perilla Green Ao Shiso

Nutrition:   High in fiber and vitamin C.

How to store: Air tight container in fridge or in water in fridge.

How to prepare: Can be used as a substitute for mint, great with rice, fish or pork.  Sprinkle on salads.

Full Crop List

Spring Crops (April - July)

  • Lettuce (Red Cross, Ridgeline, New Red)
  • Salad Mix (Encore)
  • Spinach (Corvair)
  • Mustard Greens (Red Giant)
  • Swiss Chard (Fordhook, Rhubarb Supreme, Oriole)
  • Kale (Darkibor, Red Russian)
  • Broccoli (Happy Rich)
  • Onions (Walla Walla, Parade)
  • Collard Greens (Tiger)
  • Komatsuna (Green Boy, Summer Fest, Komatsuna)
  • Kohlrabi (Terek)
  • Bok Choi (Savoy Tatsoi, Tatsoi, Dwarf Bok Choi, Red Tatsoi)
  • Radishes (Red Planet, Garden Party, German Giant)

Summer Crops (July - November)

  • Eggplant (Millionaire, Traviata)
  • Cucumbers ( H-19 Little Leaf, Lemon)
  • Bell Peppers (Lunchbox, Olympus, Sweet Sunrise)
  • Tomatoes (New Girl, Esterina, Pink Bumble Bee, Sungold)
  • Melons (Israeli, Divergent)
  • Okra (Clemson Spineless)
  • Basil (Genovese)
  • Shiso (Hojiso, Ao Shiso)
  • Summer Squash (Zephyr, Y-Star, Dunja)
  • Cilantro (Calypso)
  • Potatoes (Kennebec)
  • Onions (Walla Walla, Parade)

Fall Crops (October - November)

  • Winter Squash (Kabocha, Butternut)
  • Salad Mix (Encore)
  • Radishes (TBD)
  • Beets (Touchstone Gold)
  • Komatsuna (Green Boy, Summer Fest, Komatsuna)
  • Bok Choi (Savoy Tatsoi, Tatsoi, Dwarf Bok Choi, Red Tatsoi)
  • Spinach (Corvair)
  •  Potatoes (Kennebec)

Test Crops

  • Lilikoi/Passion Fruit (Frederick)
  • Green Beans (Trilogy)
  • Carrots (Romeo, Shin Kuroda, Short Stuff)
  • Strawflowers (Sultane Mix)
  • Zinnia (Benary's Giant Mix, Queen Lime Orange, Queen Red Lime)
  • Statice (Apricot, Seeker Mix)