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A Visit to Earthtrine Farms

These vine ripe cherry tomatoes taste just like sunshine, and if you've ever had one of Pure Joy's Farmer's Market Salads, you know exactly what I mean.


I can’t remember the first time I bought something from Robert “BD” Dautch…but I can tell you it is one of the greatest pleasures in my weekly rituals today. And after starting every Saturday since 2000 at his Farmer’s Market Stand, I got the Golden Ticket. We were off to go see his farm - like Charlie finally getting into The Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory! 

With more than 100 Certified Organic different crops throughout the year, he grows a large selection of heirloom varietals that you just can’t find anywhere else. Absolutely pure inspiration for any chef. Countless fresh fragrant herbs, figs, oranges, melons, different onions, kales, fennel, radishes, fresh garlic, lettuces, pomegranates, tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes and mulberries are just a few of the treasures he produces.

Known by some as the “Organic Alchemist,” BD has been farming for more than 40 years. The farm name Earthtrine comes from astrology, referring to his family’s triangular combination of astrological signs. Otherwise known as “harmony of the earth elements, the Earthtrine farm in Ojai is a farmer’s nirvana.

Years ago I asked BD if he got to sleep in on Sundays and he said “Oh no! Sundays are mine, I get up very early & stay up as late as I can to maximize them!”. Genius words. Over the years he’s shared many tips and words of wisdom with me and I treasure his friendship very much.

With Love, Lynette La Mere, Pure Joy Catering, Executive Chef

For Earthtrine produce; go to Santa Barbara's Farmers Market Tuesday on State Street, Saturday in downtown Santa Barbara (my personal favorite) or Sunday in Ojai, or, at a Pure Joy Event ;) 


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