Monday, June 24, 2019

Spiced Tea Time: And a special deal, too.

This year, in addition to our boxes of teabags, we now offer loose tea. As an introductory offer ("while supplies last," as they say) the price of a box of loose tea includes a tea infuser. That's a sweet deal.

Loose tea is more economical and, if you have an infuser, just as convenient as teabags. Put that together with our insanely good spice teas and it's a winner.

Both loose tea and tea bags are package in a poly, food-safe, zip lock inside the box for freshness and maximum flavor in every cup.


  1. Occasional Mention: Two types of black tea infused with warm, sweet spices and sweet orange. Popular during Colonial times and still a favorite today. Serve iced or hot. Contains caffeine.
  2. Jasmine Ginger Green: Select green teas, intensely floral jasmine flowers, and the lovely pungency of ginger. Insanely good summer beverage served iced or hot. Contains caffeine.
  3. Spiced Rooibos: The South African herbal favorite (rooibos or red bush tea) infused with warm, sweet spices and sweet orange. Lovely color and aroma. Serve iced or hot. No caffeine.
  4. Red Sails Tropical: Deep ruby red herbal tea based on hibiscus flowers. smooth, tart, and fruity with a hint of ginger but no caffeine. Enjoy hot or iced. Especially refreshing iced summer beverage.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Smiling Coyote Salsa

This salsa freezes well and adjusts easily to your heat preference. It's better with Smiling Coyote Farms vine ripened tomatoes and chilies but excellent using canned tomatoes as well. When tomatoes are in season, substitute an equal amount of chopped paste tomatoes for canned. Either way, it's better than any off-the-shelf salsa... Even the one from New York City.


  • 1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 20 - 28 oz. by volume water depending on thickness desired
  • 1/4 cup rice (or other) vinegar
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 4 large or 6 small jalapenos, finely diced  (see "Adjusting Heat" below)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, large stems removed, chopped

Adjusting Heat

For a very mild salsa, remove seeds from all jalapenos. For a little spice, leave seeds in one or two. For some real heat, use all the seeds. To maximize the firepower even more, substitute serrano chilies for the jalapenos and use all seeds. 


Some may prefer to use a food processor for dicing the onion and jalapeno as well as mincing the garlic. We always dice and mince by hand because the resulting texture is better but use whichever method you prefer.

After emptying the can of crushed tomatoes, we measure the water using the same can.

  • In a 3 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, add all ingredients except cilantro.
  • Bring to boil, reduce to simmer
  • Simmer over low heat, uncovered, 30 minutes
  • Remove from heat, stir in cilantro
  • Allow to cool


Refrigerate, covered, up to one week. Freezes well--allow to defrost slowly.

Scrambled eggs with fresh chives, salsa, and tomato.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Starting 2019

At Smiling Coyote Farm, we start all our transplants from seed on site. Our varieties are chosen for one thing: Flavor. Most are "heirloom" varieties flavor-proven for decades, or longer. Some go back centuries--the same vegetables your grandparents and great-grandparents loved. That's important to us.

Cold hardy greens ready to transplant

There is great beauty in small things -- sun and green leaves.

Onions--perennial "bunching" types, thyme, parsley, & cutting celery.
Ready to go out soon.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year's Tradition

Black eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread: Traditional New Year's fare in the South. Why and how do you cook it all up with style?

Grandma Explains

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holiday Pick-up / Deliveries

This Friday (December 14, 2018) is the cut-off for pick-up / delivery orders for next week--last chance before Christmas. You can buy for pick-up / delivery here or on our Facebook store.