Root Box

CSA Collective Roots

Week of August 27, 2014

This week's selection from our wonderful Farmers are:

Gallardo's Farm: Strawberries(Full),

Castellanos' Farm: Purple Grapes, Nectarines, Plums, Apples

Pang Va Farm: Okra

Ponce: Cauliflower, Broccoli

Laura Bowe: Banana Bread

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Roasted Okra Chips


  • 20 okra (about 3 cups, sliced vertically or horizontally)
  • 2 tablespoon oil, cook’s preference
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Toss sliced okra gently with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Move okra onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Turn okra to the other side halfway through the cooking time. Total time to cook the okra depends on the thickness of the slice, so adjust baking time accordingly. Remove from oven when crispy and transfer to a paper towel. Any leftovers can be refrigerated. They will lose their crispiness but may be reheated.

  3. Grilled Okra Variation: Slice okra or leave whole. Toss gently with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Preheat a grill pan on the stove, or preheat the grill to medium. Add the okra to the hot pan or grill and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove when crispy.


Dear Root Box Subscribers,

Collective Roots is entering an exciting period of growth and transition. As we finalize our strategic plan, we look forward to focusing current programs while creating new opportunities to build a sustainable, affordable, and accessible food system in East Palo Alto.

As part of this transition we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Root Box. August 27 will be the last Root Box. We hope to reintroduce the Root Box in the future, and we hope that you will rejoin us at that time.

Thank you for supporting our farmers, and for enabling them to provide fresh, organic and affordable produce to the East Palo Alto community. You can continue to support our farmers and Collective Roots through our weekly Farmers Market at Ravenswood Family Health Center (Wednesdays, 12-3) and monthly garden work days at the East Palo Alto Charter School (third Saturdays, 9-12).

Everyone involved is looking forward to the great possibilities that the future holds. To stay up-to-date about our great work, join our eNews.

Thank you for your time and support,

Tiffany, Neha & Nicole

Collective Roots

We are a nonprofit organization founded and based in East Palo Alto, CA. We seek to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. Collective Roots achieves its mission through the innovative integration and implementation of two key program areas: community based programs and school based programs.