September 16, 2019

Box Contents

1 bu Chioggia Beets

1 Charlyn or 2 Cantaloupes

¾ lb Purple Daikon Radish

1 ½ lbs German Butterball Potatoes

1 bskt Shishito Peppers

1 ½ lbs Early Girl Tomatoes

Field Notes: Miraculously, we had a real rain event the morning of Monday September 16, 2019. The forecast predicted 3/10 of an inch and we received about that much, if not a bit more. It helped settle the dust and significantly cooled the daytime temperature. After the hustle bustle of summer harvest and hot days, we’re looking forward to the upcoming season of cool, rainy days.

Box Notes: From Specialty Produce, we found this description of the colorful purple daikon: “The Purple daikon radish is botanically classified as Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus and is a member of the Brassicaceae or mustard family. The word ‘daikon’ is Japanese for “great root”. Daikon radish is a cool weather root vegetable grown primarily for its tuber though the entire plant is edible. It has a typical root shape that is globular and tapers to a point. This variety of daikon can be recognized by its bi-coloring that is a violet purple on its exterior and a bright white to pale violet on its interior. The inner flesh is very crisp and offers a mild to medium heat and classic daikon radish flavor. When grown in a cool climate Purple daikon will be mild, when grown in warm to hot climates the radishes will develop a more intense heat.”

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.


 

September 9, 2019

Box Contents:

1 bu Red Beets

1 Cantaloupe

3 Slicing Cucumbers

1 bskt Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb Mixed Sweet Peppers

1 ½ lbs Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

Field Notes: September is one of the most colorful months on the farm. From the bright hues of peppers and tomatoes to the deep orange/yellow/green colors of the winter squash harvest, the beauty of the melding of summer and fall is all around us in the fields and in the packing shed where the produce is washed, sorted and packed for orders.

 

Box Notes: Remember to try out the beet greens as well as the roots. The greens are tender and succulent, with a flavor similar to spinach. Now that the nighttime temperatures are cooling down, we are featuring a fresh lasagna recipe in this week’s newsletter for your dinnertime culinary delight. On the horizon, in about one month: carrots, winter squash, spinach, and little gem lettuce.

 

Riverdog Farm pastured pork and chicken orders are available via the webstore: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. Please place your order 24 hours prior to your delivery day. You can also order cases of tomatoes for making sauce or other produce items in bulk.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

September 2, 2019

Box Contents:

 

1 bskt Cherry Tomatoes

1 Sharlyn Melon

1 1/2 lb Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

1 bu Parsley

3/4 lb Mixed Sweet Peppers

1 bu Scarlet Queen Turnips

Field Notes: Because we plant 4 sequential tomato blocks, we will have tomatoes all summer. Tomato varieties can be determinate or indeterminate. The determinate varieties have 1-2 flower sets (the plants stop growing after they are certain size) and then they are done producing fruit.  Determinate varieties tend to product fruit sooner than the indeterminate types and they produce a lot of fruit all at once. The indeterminate types continuously grow and flower, setting fruit until the temperatures become too cold for them grow/flower. The majority of the tomato varieties that we grow are indeterminate, they continue to grow and flower for a long period of time (about 5 months in our climate). This is why we trellis the indeterminate tomato varieties, because they can become quite lengthy. Some of the trellised rows of tomatoes are currently 6 feet tall! Towards the end of the season, they start to look more like hedges of tomatoes rather than rows of tomato bushes. Some years, the tomato harvest has lasted until Thanksgiving. The length of the season depends on the first frost date that can happen anytime between early to late November.

 

Box Notes: We started to harvest fall roots this week. The beets are about golf ball size, we had them at market over the weekend so they will be appearing in the veggie boxes soon. The scarlet queen turnips are a first harvest this week. The tops of the turnips are great to eat too. Cook them like you cook spinach, either sauté with garlic in olive oil or blanch briefly in boiling water and then toss with lemon, vinegar, olive oil and salt.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

August 26, 2019

Box Contents:

1 1/2 lb German Butterball Potatoes

1 Sharlyn Melon

1 1/2 lb Mixed Heirloom Tomato

1 1/2 lb Red Torpedo Onion

1 bu Tokyo Turnip

1/2 lb Mixed Sweet Peppers

Field Notes: The recently transplanted fall crops of broccoli, cabbage, kale and chard are looking great in the field. We’re keeping them hydrated with frequent irrigation sets so that they make a robust transition from the shade house to the real world. While this plant family (brassicas) don’t like the recent heat we’ve been experiencing, we need to get them started now so that we have fall crops to harvest from October to springtime. As soon as it cools down a bit, they will be more in their element. The leeks are also doing well. Soon it will be time to plant garlic. The overlapping of seasons will begin in late September as we have just begun to harvest winter squash.

 

Box Notes: The color variety in this week’s box captures summer as a feast for the eyes. Layer slices of heirloom tomatoes with thin slices of the red torpedo onions and insert fresh mozzarella in between. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt/pepper. This is summer at its peak. 

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

August 19, 2019

Box Contents:

1 bskt Shishito Peppers

1 Cantaloupe

2 lb Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

1/2 lb Gypsy Peppers

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

1/2 lb Painted Serpent Cucumbers 

Field Notes: We made it through last week’s heat wave. It was quite the doozy, with 3 days in a row hovering close to 107 degrees. We shortened the harvest days to avoid the hottest part of the day outdoors. The heat wave coincided with the Yolo County Fair. Despite the high temperatures, there was still great attendance in the evenings when the temperatures were cooler. The Yolo County Fair is one of the last fairs in the state to offer free admission. Luckily, we have experienced very few heat waves this summer like we did last week. It’s been the coolest summer in a long time. The crops benefit from the milder temperatures and so do the employees. Hope you enjoy the end of summer as we transition to autumn.

 

Box Notes: Purple Bells are a mild sweet pepper. They are great raw in salads or added to soup broth. Tokyo Turnips have returned. Like the purple bells, they are also good raw or cooked. Painted Serpent Cucumbers are very mild and the seeds are small. No need to peel the skin.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

August 12, 2019

Box Contents:

3 Jalapeño Peppers

1 pint Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

1 pint Tomatillos

2 Red Torpedo Onions

1 1/2 lb Early Girl Tomatoes

1 lb Purple Majesty Potatoes

1 Sharlyn Melon

Field Notes: The cool evening temperatures and nighttime dew are giving us a glimmer of Autumn. August and September are known as the sweet pepper months around here. They take a little longer than the tomatoes to ripen so we begin harvesting them in earnest about a month after the tomatoes begin. Some years, we experience a flood of peppers. This year, they are taking their time. Look forward to more peppers soon. This week on the farm, we’ll be direct seeding beets, turnips, and spinach in the field.

Box Notes: One of the highlights of summer is the intensity of flavor of the crops harvested at the peak of ripeness. The sungold cherry tomatoes best exemplify this phenomenon: concentrated golden orbs of juicy sweetness. Out of all the cherry tomato varieties, they are our best seller at the farmers markets and one of the favorite items we grow that customers return for weekly. We hope you savor each bite of the miniature tomatoes in your box this week. The red torpedo onions are great grilled: slice in ½ inch thick rounds latitudinally of the onion, brush with olive oil and a bit of salt, place on hot grill until translucent and limp, about 10 minutes.

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

August 5, 2019

Box Contents:

½ lb Painted Serpent Cucumber

1 pt Mini Charm Cherry Tomato

1 Cantaloupe

1 lb French Fingerling Potatoes

3 ears Sweet Corn

1 lb Mixed Heirloom Tomato

1 pt Shishito Peppers

Field Notes: Summer is in full swing!  We’re selling heaps of cases of heirloom and cherry tomatoes every week and everything is in peak production and flavor.  Now’s the time to do that summer canning project, get an extra case of Roma tomatoes to can or pickling cucumbers for those bread-and-butter pickles that’ll remind you of summer all winter long.  This week we’re harvesting our first Jimmy Nardello peppers (look forward to those in the next few weeks) and our first hot peppers.  We’re getting steady weather in the high 90’s up in the Capay Valley, so things are chugging along beautifully!

 

Box Notes: We’re including our first (non-watermelon) melons this week, and they’re fragrant and gorgeous.  We grow almost 10 different kinds of melons, our CSA manager Lola eats them with salt and lime sprinkled over them.  Enjoy your heirloom tomatoes as simply as possible, they’re gorgeous!

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

July 29, 2019

Box Contents:

1 Painted Serpent Cucumber

1 ½ lbs Early Girl Tomatoes

1 lb Mixed Summer Squash

1 ½ lb Yukon Gold Potatoes

3 ears Sweet Corn

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

2 Red Torpedo Onions

LAST WEEK to refer a friend and get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we would like to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week! This offer is available through the month of July, so send your friends to our website this week.

Box Notes: The painted serpent cucumber is a mild cucumber that doesn’t need to be peeled. It’s great with tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, as a Greek salad. You’ll receive 4 ears of corn - one freebie - to cover any worm tip damage. For damaged tips, just cut the end off of the ear.

Field Notes: Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

July 22, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb French Fingerlings

1 bu Carrots

1 bskt Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes

3 ears Sweet Corn

1 lb Santa Rosa Plums

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

LAST WEEK to refer and friend and get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we would like to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week! This offer is available through the month of July, so send your friends to our website this week!

Box Notes: You’ll be receiving 4 ears of corn - one freebie - to cover any worm tip damage. For damaged tips, just cut the end off of the ear.

Field Notes: While we’ve only had a handful of days over 100 degrees this past month, it looks like it’s starting to heat up this week. We’ll schedule some shorter days when temperatures go over 100 degrees to ensure that the farm employees are not working in the hottest part of the day which, in the Capay Valley, is usually between 3-5 pm. Luckily, we have a newly constructed public park and swimming pool in Esparto so this summer is the first time ever in our region that families can cool down in community pool that is staffed with YMCA trained lifeguards who are local high school kids. The new pool also offers swim lessons, water aerobics, lap swim times, and is available to rent for family celebrations. It’s a real treat to go for a swim at the end of the day in an area with such hot summers. For our region, unincorporated Yolo County, the Tuli Mem Park and Aquatics Center is a new community asset that will provide recreation outlets to people of all ages for decades.

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

June 15, 2019

Box Contents:

1 bu Rainbow Chard

1 bu Carrots

1 bskt Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb Crookneck Squash

1 lb Tilden Apricots

¾ lb Santa Rosa Plums

1 lb Yellow Finn Potatoes

1 bu Basil

Refer a friend, get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we would like to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week! This offer is available through the month of July.

 

Field Notes: Although we’re just getting started harvesting summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, and melons, we’ve already started planting for the fall.  Leeks, beets, and carrots are in the ground!

 

Box Notes: The apricots this week are our later maturing variety called Tilden. They are a ripe-when-firmer variety so good to eat upon arrival and will keep refrigerated for a few days. We hope you enjoy the variety of flavors – both savory and sweet – in this week’s veggie box.  Look forward to peppers and melons in the coming weeks!  Thank you for subscribing to the Riverdog Farm CSA!

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

July 8, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Mountain Rose Potatoes

1 bu Carrots

1 bskt Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb Summer Squash

1 lb Santa Rosa Plums

¾ lb Green Beans

1 bu Basil

Refer a friend, get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we would like to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week! This offer is available through the month of July.

 

Box Notes: The plums are back! The fruit set this year has been incredible and temperatures have been optimal for steady ripening. We continue to harvest the delectable Santa Rosa plums this week. New this week is basil: a crinkly, broadleaf “lettuce” variety with a Genovese basil flavor. 

 

Community Pizza Night at our neighbor’s Full Belly Farm

Friday July 12, 2019

5 pm to 9 pm

16090 County Road 43 Guinda 95637

$15 per pizza

The pizzas are wood-fired, the freshest, from-the-farm toppings around!

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

July 1, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Yukon Gold Potato

1 bu Carrots

1 bskt Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb Summer Squash

1 lb Santa Rosa Plums

1.25 lb Royal Blenheim Apricot

2-3 heads Napa Cabbage

Don’t Forget-holiday delivery changes this week! Tuesday, Wednesday, Farmer’s Market Box pick up as usual, Thursday & Friday pick up switched to tomorrow, 7/2 (Tuesday). Pick up hours as usual.

 

Refer a friend, get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we want to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week! This offer is available through the month of July.

 

Box Notes: The Santa Rosa plums are making their first appearance. They are juicy and ripe. The Royal Blenheim apricots - yield and sweetness/flavor - are incredible this year! Some may have slightly green shoulders, some may have a few exterior, cosmetic challenges, but their flavor, juiciness and sweetness are out of this world. They are ready to eat. Eat or slice and freeze them for smoothies ASAP as they continue to ripen off the tree. Next week look forward to cucumbers!

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

June 24, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb French Fingerling Potatoes

1 bu Carrots

1 bskt Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb Summer Squash

1 bu Rainbow Chard

3/4 lb Royal Blenheim Apricots

1/2 lb Sugar Snap Peas

Refer a friend, get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we want to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week!

 

Box Notes: The Royal Blenheim apricots are incredible this year! Some may have slightly green shoulders, some may have a few exterior, cosmetic challenges, but their flavor, juiciness and sweetness are out of this world. They are ready to eat. Eat or slice and freeze them for smoothies ASAP as they continue to ripen off the tree. We’re also so excited to be offering the first tomatoes of 2019 in this week’s veggie box: gold nugget cherry tomatoes, fresh off the vine.

 

Field Notes: Amazingly enough, summer and spring are still overlapping on the farm, weather-wise and crop-wise. Rarely do we have snap peas when we have tomatoes and rarely have we had asparagus when we’ve had summer squash. There’s always a first time for everything and with global warming, we are witnessing some pretty unexpected seasonal crop overlap.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

June 17, 2019

Box Contents:

1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Green Chard

1 lb Summer Squash

1 bu Toyko Turnips

1 bu Red Torpedo Onions

3/4 lb Snow Peas

Refer a friend, get $10!  We know you’re our best cheerleaders, and we want to thank you! Now when you tell a friend about Riverdog’s CSA and they sign up for their first month of boxes, you’ll both get a $10 credit on your account!  That means a free dozen eggs, some Riverdog pork, or just some extra veggies coming your way. Look out for an email in the next couple days with more details, and make sure to grab a couple flyers at your pick up site this week!

 

Field Notes:  The Sand Creek Fire is completely contained. We are so grateful to the firefighters for their efforts to extinguish the wildfire as fast as possible, from start to finish it lasted about 4 days. The combination of waning winds and swift responses of firefighting by air (jets dropping fire retardant), ground crews, and helicopter helped get the fire under control. While many acres burned (over 1000), homes and properties were protected. One neighbor lost a 25-acre wheat field, there were 7 outbuildings burned, and one of the rafting companies lost some of their equipment. The other rafting company in the area is supporting the one with the losses by sharing vehicles and boating equipment.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/. Ticket sales are limited this year and only available via online, advance purchase.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

June 10, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes

1 bu Carrots

3 hds Baby Red Batavia Lettuce

1 lb Mixed Summer Squash

1/2 lb Arugula

1 bu Gold Beets

3/4 lb Sugar Snap Peas

Box Notes: We are so jazzed to be offering new potatoes in this week’s veggie box. They are freshly dug, have not-yet-set skins, and make wonderful mashed potatoes or potato salad the warm weather ahead. Also new this week is the first harvest of summer squash. The sugar snap peas may not last much longer so enjoy them while they are here. We are so pleased to have had such a long asparagus season so until next year, we’ll await this special treat.

Field Notes: You may have heard about the Sand Creek Fire near Rumsey that started last Saturday. The farm is not in the danger zone at this time. According to Calfire as of Monday morning, the wildfire has grown to about 2200 acres, is 30% contained and the mandatory evacuation for County Road 41 is still in effect. Our farm headquarters was in an “advisory” evacuation zone. We kept areas irrigated to protect buildings and houses and were monitoring the event. Our neighbors up the road lost a 25 acre wheat crop and about 7 outbuildings were damaged by the fire on properties in Rumsey. Hopefully, this first fire of the season will help reduce the fire fuel in the hills and keep future fires from happening later in the summer when the vegetation is even drier.

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

June 3, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Chioggia Beets

1 bu Spring Onions

1 bu Rosemary

1/2 lb Bok Choy

1/4 lb Baby Lettuce

1 bu Collard Greens

Box Notes: Chioggia beets are a pink and white concentrically striped beet with a mild, sweet flavor. They make a beautifully colorful, scrumptious salad. Cook then slice, then toss with a vinaigrette dressing, add salt and pepper and thinly sliced spring onions, chill and top with crumbled goat cheese. Beets make a great cold salad for this upcoming wave of heat that’s forecasted for the end of the week. Tip: When boiling Chioggia beets, add a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar to keep their color from fading.

 

Field Notes: Our potato crop will soon be ready, in about 2 weeks. We’ll be harvesting some of the spud crop early, when the skin is not yet set, as “new” potatoes. Then the rest of the crop will be harvested over time as needed with set skins. We’re looking forward to offering these new items in June: potatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, and green beans.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

 

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

May 27, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Curly Kale

1 bu Red Beets

1 bu Red Torpedo Onions

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

2 hds Batavia Lettuce

1/2 lb Mei Qing Choi

Box Notes: Late May rains are incredibly rare in our region. We had over an inch of rain during this past weekend in May. It’s helping keep the crops hydrated but also slows down summer crop growth. We’re still hoping to see the first ripe cherry tomatoes in early July. This week’s box offers the first of the head lettuce: it’s one of our favorite varieties called Batavian Lettuce, a mild type that is like a cross of butterhead and iceberg lettuce.

 

Field Notes: The soil is not too wet for field and bed prep so the farm’s tractor experts are out in full force discing, making beds and cultivating (weeding with a tractor mounted implement) the young crops. We planted sweet corn this year since we had plenty of rain. It’s coming up uniformly in the fields and should be ready in late July. This is also the time of year when we order our winter squash seed and get it into the ground so planning is happening for quantities of butternut, kabocha, spaghetti squash, delicata, and all the other tasty, vitamin packed winter squash varieties that we grow.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

May 20, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

1 bu Red Torpedo Spring Onions

1 bu Red Russian Kale

1 bu Red Beets

1 bu Green Garlic

1 bu Oregano

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

Box Notes: The very cool weather has kept the asparagus harvest steady. Usually by this time of year, the asparagus is starting to slow down. New this week: Red Russian Kale! We’re starting to harvest the spring greens. While the weather is still cool, squeeze in a roasted root dish by combining the beets and turnips with asparagus. Roast all 3 together. Cut the beets and turnips into ½ inch square pieces, and the asparagus into 3rds, coat/toss all with olive oil, layer flat on a cookie sheet and sprinkle salt over all. Roast at 350 degrees until all are soft inside/crisp on the outside. You may need to turn/flip the veggies with a spatula about 20 minutes into the roasting time to crisp all sides.

 

Field Notes: With the recent storm, we received 2 inches of rain! This is very rare for the month of May. The rainfall will give us a respite from moving irrigation pipe for a little while.

 

Save the Date: Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11 am to 11 pm. For ticket and event information visit: http://hoesdown.org/.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 2: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

May 13 2019

Box Contents:

3/4 lb Asparagus

1 bu Dandelion Greens

1/2 lb Mei Qing Choi

1 bu Carrots

3/4 lb Sugar Snap Peas

1 bu Red Torpedo Spring Onions

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

Box Notes:

The sugar snaps are at their peak of flavor, sweetness and crispness this week. Enjoy them raw straight out of the bag or chopped in a green salad. The head chef at Bull Valley Roadhouse, rated in the top 100 Bay area restaurants, raved about the flavor and texture of the Tokyo turnips that he bought at the Berkeley Farmers Market last Saturday. Here’s a link to an interesting article about ways to cook dandelion greens: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-heck-do-i-do-dandelion-greens-180950389/. There’s about 2-3 weeks of asparagus harvest left, depending on the weather. On the horizon: summer squash in late May/early June, little gem lettuce soon, and cherry tomatoes by early July.

 

Field Notes:

With many summer crops recently transplanted, the rain forecasted for the end of the week - possibly up to 1 inch - will be a hydrating refresher and dust settler. The rainfall is predicted to break records for the average annual rainfall in May in northern California.

 

CSA Survey: 

Thank you to all our customers who filled out our survey, we love getting your feedback!  Everyone who participated was entered into a raffle to receive 2 free CSA boxes; we want to announce that our winner is Lisanne Leask, thank you Lisanne and all our other lovely CSA members, we appreciate you!  We’ll be reading your responses and making improvements in the coming season!

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 2: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

 

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to the farm’s operations. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!

May 6, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

1 bu Red Beets

1/4 lb Arugula

1 bu Carrots

1/2 lb Purple Snow Peas

1 bu Fennel

1 bu Green Garlic

Box Notes: After a spectacularly wet spring, we’re so excited to finally be back on track with our summer planting.  We were delayed getting our ground tilled for planting because the soil was wet for so long, but we managed to get the fields prepped and the summer crops are going into their beds for the year.  That means we’ve got our first tomatoes peppers, eggplant, melons, and much more in the ground!  We’ll be rolling in heirloom tomatoes before we know it… for now, we’ve got a couple more weeks of peas and asparagus to look forward to and will be getting some different greens in the box over the next few weeks; keep an eye out for collards, spinach, and bok choi. 

 

CSA Survey: This is the last week to complete our member survey!  If you do, you’ll be entered to win 2 weeks of free CSA boxes.  We want to hear from you, and appreciate it if you’ve already taken the time to fill it out.  Find the survey here:  

https://forms.gle/WwwbgKP7JsK62ZPfA

 

Capay Valley Garden Tour: Visit the gardens of the Capay Valley! Come join in the delight of spring flowers, strolling through many of the Valleys’ finest gardens. Talk to the gardeners themselves and learn the secrets of their success. New gardens have been added this year as well as several points of interest along the drive though the valley. Many of the gardens are also showcases for agricultural production in the Capay Valley. You are welcome to picnic in the gardens – delicious box lunches will be for sale at the Guinda Grange Hall using local ingredients. Art and plants will also be for sale at the Grange Hall.

There is a wonderful line up of workshops this year at some of the locations. Each workshop is $10. Take home a bouquet, or a plant for your garden to commemorate this Mothers Day.

All proceeds from this tour will go towards establishing and enhancing public garden projects in the communities of Esparto and the Capay Valley, including the historic Guinda Grange Hall’s restoration project. Thank you for helping keep the Capay Valley beautiful! Please leave all furry friends at home.

To learn more about the annual garden tour visit: https://www.thecapayvalleygardentour.com/.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 2: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 3: Wednesdays $312   Thursdays $312   Fridays $312

Quarter 4: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

Annual Payment (annual payers receive 2 complimentary veggie boxes): $1,152

We encourage you to consider making the annual payment for your veggie box deliveries. This helps support the farm by providing advance purchasing power for labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming expenses that are essential to get the next growing season going. Thank you for supporting the farm with your continued CSA subscription!