Still up on the berkeley roof dialing in the irrigation and plantings, hopefully done this week in order to get back on track with the fall abundance. We have a number of crops that are just amazing. SO thankful for a place to grow.
We were very busy installing our rooftop farm this last week, soon we plant for winter production, thank you for your patience, the crops are still growing, ready to be harvested, The parsley and watermelon radishes are off the hook!
September is here and we are so excited to be working some amazing local chefs. We are currently serving 5 restaurants in the area. Pican, Pizzaiolo, JUHU Beach Club, Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop and Benchmark Pizzeria along with local residents and some local cafes. Our lettuce mix was a hit last week, harvesting over 40 lbs. and the kale is sweet, the basil vibrant, parsley is perfect, head lettuce crisp and our new successions of mustards and arugula are filling in nicely.
Being a small farm our production is limited, thus we are on a first come first serve basis. Some items have been pre-ordered and others are sure to sell out, we will respond within a few hours to let you know if we can fill your order. Please note that we prefer to get your order in the day before.
THIS WEEK WE WILL NOT BE DOING HARVESTS OR DELIVERIES ON WED OR THURSDAY DUE TO THE INSTALLATION PROCESS OF OUR BERKELEY ROOFTOP FARM.
Kevin planting out Aurora Basil, with Frank's crispy lettuce mix behind him.
Our mustard mix, leafy mustard and Pink Lettucy Janicopia mustard are at their last harvest until the next succession comes in late September. These mustards are amazing! The green leafy mix can be cooked down or served straight onto sandwiches (no need for mustard!) The Janicopia is tender and sweet and the mix is a straight up splash of feathery colors. We have a small amount of arugula this week before our next beds start pumping which will be week after next.
The head lettuce we have is incredible! Leafy and sweet, loose brilliant heads, Camo Oakheart, Hyper Red Rumpled and a large Red Romaine. Our lettuce mix is crisp and diverse, Special this week at $4 lb.
Brilliant marigolds, flashback calendulas and our purslane are here, in smaller quanities, first come first serve. And the Kale... Well our Butter kale you won't find anywhere else, it is a Russian Siberian Grex that doesn't transport well or display for very long, More like a lettuce, incredible flavor and excellent for Kale salads.. sorry Epic for Kale salads. The White russian and Winter Red are also tender and beautiful. We have them under a shade tree during the hotest time of day, providing an ideal climate. Ask us for a few bunches to try if you like.
Imagine you had a farm just down the street that harvested for you, when you needed it... super fresh, same day delivery by bike. Here we are. Look forward to harvesting for you!
Transition into fall. The summer heat is starting to kick and the days are getting shorter already, Our greens are pumping and the kale is buttery, truly. These rare trails are unlike the Kale you know, as tender as some lettuce, Special selections from Frank Morton's Wild Garden Seeds.
Our parsley is coming on and last of the easter egg radish, the watermelon radish is next along with dragon's tongue arugula. The lettuce mix is epic, get your order in, look forward to serving you!
Salad is On! We have an amazing mix of greens in our salad mix, 13 different varieties of Butterheads, Oakleaf, Encore and All Star mixed baby and larger leaf lettuce, Frank's crispy Mix with Johnny's select Varieties.
Our Kale... well this is a real treat for you Kale lovers! It is oh so tender and abundant, we have 6 different varieties that are sure to to get you to look twice and keep on munching. We can bunch these together or mix and match a case that has 15 large bunches, which is approx. 8 pounds.
Hyper local and ultra fresh, from our field to your kitchen in less than 2 hours, can't beat that!
Harvested and delivered within 3 hours
We offer hyper local and ultra fresh greens grown organically and serving only customers within a 3 mile radius of our farm. We currently harvest in the morning between 6:30-9 am and then deliver to our clients shortly thereafter. Ultimate freshness. We currently are growing for a select group of Chefs. If you re viewing this, you are most likely one of them!
Our farm at 51st and telegraph is in production!
We are excited to offer hyper local and ultra fresh greens grown organically and serving only customers within a 3 mile radius of our farm. Our nursery and seed farm in Oakland is growing strong and we are excited to soon be producing off our flagship farm in Berkeley in September. We grow an extreme amount of diversity and many varieties are available.
Benjamin Fahrer is the owner and operator of Top Leaf Farms and has over 18 years of organic farming experience, building, design work and teaching in natural resource management.