September 18, 2017

Box Contents

1 Green Cabbage

1 Charlyn or Crenshaw Melon

1 lb. Fairtime Peaches

1 lb. Early girl and Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

1 Red Kabocha Squash

1 ½ lb. Mixed Sweet Peppers

Box Notes: The Fairtime peaches are the last stone fruit for us to harvest this summer. We’ve included two grilled peach recipes in the newsletter for you to savor the sweetness of summer that is slowly transitioning to autumn.

Farm Notes: We are gearing up for the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival happening on October 7, 2017. We look forward to this multi-farm celebration of the region’s bounty. One of the ways Riverdog Farm supports the event is our donation of 400 gourds for the children’s area. We grow the gourds two years before the event, as they require a year to dry. Watching the swarm of kids fervently washing and painting their gourds during Hoes Down is such a kick!!

Thank you to all who have signed up for our new online CSA platform! Please follow this link: https://csa.farmigo.com/account/riverdogfarmcsa to log onto your existing member account, check your balance, select a payment plan, schedule hold dates, shop the web-store and more!

Also new: Our online Web Store is live! Follow this link to explore schedule and purchase our pasture raised meat products and other farm-raised goodies: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa

Taste of Capay:

When: Sunday October 29, 2017, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Full Belly Farm in Guinda

$60 per person or $500 per table of ten

This event highlights the bounty of the region with a delectable, multi-course farm dinner. Event proceeds will support the Esparto Park and Aquatic Center, a new 8-acre community park with playing fields, a swimming pool, perimeter walking trail, and a basketball court to be built in 2018.

Contact Maya Walker to purchase event tickets: maya.m.walker@gmail.com or 530-867-5603.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

September 11, 2017

Box Contents

1 hd Napa Cabbage

1 Acorn Squash

1.5 lbs. Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

.75 lb. Mixed Corno di Toro Peppers

1 large or 2 small Globe Eggplant

1.5 lb. Fair time Peaches

 

Very Important News: The Riverdog CSA is now running new online CSA member software!

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SIGNED UP FOR THE NEW SOFTWARE SYSTEM, YOUR DELIVERIES MAY BE INTERRUPTED.

Please head directly over to: https://csa.farmigo.com/join/riverdogfarmcsa/riverdogfarmcsa and sign up ASAP. If you have any questions or would like detailed instructions on the sign up process please email Erin at: csa@riverdogfarm.com or call: 530-796-3802 weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

If you have signed up, thank you! Please follow this link: https://csa.farmigo.com/account/riverdogfarmcsa to log onto your account, check your balance, select a payment plan, schedule hold dates, shop the web-store and more!

Also new: Our online Web Store! Follow this link to explore our pasture raised meat products, and other farm raised goodies: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa

Box Notes: Napa Cabbage and Acorn Squash? The dog days of summer are upon us. This week begins the transition from summer crops to fall crops. You will begin to see winter squash, cabbage, and the first fall greens along side summer fruits like tomatoes, peaches and melons!

Field Notes: Temperatures in the valley are still high during the day, typically in the mid 90’s though the night temperatures are now dropping into the 50’s and some mornings there is a light due on the ground. Fall crops are coming along nicely, while tomatoes and eggplant continue to produce fruit like crazy. With the sun setting earlier daily fall just around the corner.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

 

September 4, 2017

Box Contents

1.5 lbs. Black Pineapple Heirloom Tomatoes

1 lb. Red Bell Pepper

1 lb. Yellow Finn Potatoes

1 lb. Fair time Peaches

.75 lb. Rosa Bianca Eggplant

1 Yellow Canary Melon

 

Very important News:

New to Riverdog Farm: We are embarking on a new era for the CSA. We will now manage the CSA program using Farmigo, a web-based platform that gives you the freedom to manage your delivery schedule and make payments online. As an existing CSA member you have through the coming week to sign-up during the enrollment period to avoid a possible interruption in deliveries. Please enroll by 5pm Friday 9/8/17. We sent all members an email last Friday with detailed instructions on how to set up your new account. If you did not receive this email or you need assistance setting up your account online contact the farm, email us at: csa@riverdogfarm.com  or call: 530-796-4100 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Follow this link to enroll: https://csa.farmigo.com/join/riverdogfarmcsa

 

Box Notes: The tomato plants continue to produce fruit despite the high temperatures. Our trellis method provides some indirect light so that some of the maturing fruit is not directly exposed to the sun allowing the tomatoes to ripen uniformly with some shade. Each row becomes a vertical green wall of tomatoes with the leafy stalks of the plants creating a shady oasis amongst the vigorous tomato bushes. The plants can grow as tall as 6 feet!

Field Notes: Record high temperatures hit the region over the weekend. The only way to stay cool was to plunge into some of the finest swimming holes in Cache Creek. The Rumsey Bridge in Rumsey and Nichols Park in Guinda are two of the great swimming spots. Rumsey tends to have fewer people, while Guinda has quite a few with families picnicking in the shade of the bridge. 

Early Girl Tomatoes are available for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

August 28, 2017

Box Contents

2 lbs Black Pineapple Heirloom and Early Girl tomatoes

2 Slicing Cucumbers

1 bskt Padron Peppers

1 ½ lbs Mixed Corno di Toro Peppers

3 Japanese eggplants

1 Charlyn Melon

 

Box Notes: The Corno di Toro Pepper (meaning horn of the bull in Italian) is an Italian Heirloom pepper. This is a versatile and sweet thin walled pepper. It can be used in any recipe that calls for Anaheim or Poblano peppers, eaten raw in a salad, or roasted directly over a flame. The Padrone peppers are getting quite spicy, one in 5 are very hot, but have incredible flavor. Best blistered whole in a hot skillet with good olive oil and a little salt and served tapas style, perhaps with some crusty bread, heirloom tomatoes, grilled eggplant, and goat cheese.

Field Notes: Temperatures are predicted to be 105 or higher all week, through the weekend and into next week. Despite the heat we will be planting fall crops. Some roots, spinach and lettuces will be going in the ground. We keep seeds and transplants well watered through germination and root set. You can expect to see these crops in your box in October. For now, enjoy the sun soaked summer veggies and fruits, and stay cool!

Pickling Cucumbers are available by the case: $40 for 22 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Early Girl and Roma Tomatoes are available for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10 lb. minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order for pastured pork ribs.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

August 21, 2017

Box Contents

1.5 lb. Black Eyed Peas

1 lb. Yellow Finn Potatoes

1 lb. Early Girl Tomatoes

1 Armenian Cucumber

3 Japanese Eggplant

1 Orange Honeydew Melon

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

 

Box Notes: Melons will be included in your veggie boxes for the weeks ahead. We do a sequential planting of melons (seeded in the greenhouse in March/April/May) so that the melon harvest is continuous throughout the warm summer and early fall months. They are sun kissed and infused with natural fruit sugar. Like many of the summer crops we grow, the heat makes an incredible difference in the depth of flavor and sugar content. The black eyed peas are a farmers market and chef/restaurant favorite. See the recipe below for these delicious legumes.  

Field Notes: Wow! How lucky we are to have experienced the rare solar eclipse today on the farm. The temperature dropped quickly as the moon covered the sun. A sudden still, quietness settled around the farm. The bird chirps and dog barks came to standstill. All was quiet for the hour of the eclipse as though the wildlife and domesticated critters all seemed to think it was dusk.

Pickling Cucumbers are available by the case: $40 for 22 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Early Girl and Roma Tomatoes are available for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10 lb. minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order for pastured pork ribs.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

August 14, 2017

Box Contents

1 lb. German Butterball Potatoes

1 Listada Di Gandia Eggplant

1 lb. Early Girl Tomatoes

1 Slicing Cucumber

1 lb. Mixed Mini Sweet Peppers

1 Charentais Melon

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

 

Box Notes: This week we have included a mix of Aura and Glow sweet peppers in the box. These peppers are thick walled fruits that taper at the end. The sweet golden and bright orange fruits are incredibly viristal and can be used in many recipes raw or cooked. The Charentais melon is a superb French heirloom that originated in the Poitou-Charentes region circa 1920. It is considered by some to be the most divine and flavorful melon in the world. Its bright deep orange flesh is super sweet and very fragrant. Enjoy!

Field Notes: With the weather forecast promising temperatures in the 90’s all week, the pack shed and field crews are getting a much-needed break from the blistering heat of the past 6 weeks. This mornings slight chill in the air and golden light is reminiscent of fall. While we all know more heat is on the way, we appreciate the break and the refreshing energy it brings. 

Pickling Cucumbers are available by the case: $40 for 22 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Early Girl and Roma Tomatoes are available for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10 lb. minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order for pastured pork ribs.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

August 7, 2017

Box Contents

 

1 lb. Green Beans

2 Rosa Bianca Eggplants

1 lb. Early Girl Tomatoes

1 lbs. Mixed Gypsy Peppers

2 Painted Serpent Armenian Cucumbers

1 Charlyn Melon

Box Notes:

The Rosa Bianca eggplant is coming in from the fields with great color and is full sized. This variety of eggplant has a mild flavor and a dense texture. Slice in ½ inch thick rounds, drizzle olive oil over both sides, then sprinkle some salt over all. Place on hot grill and cook until translucent and soft, flipping with a spatula, about 20 minutes total. We sampled the melons at the farmer’s markets this weekend – they are at their peak of sugar levels at this time. We hope you enjoy your pinnacle of summer veggie box this week!

Field Notes:

We had a light sprinkling of rain on Friday. The sky was full of clouds most of Thursday and Friday with several dry lightening flashes appearing in the southern skyline Thursday evening. Each year in August we usually experience a mild summer storm. It’s like a sneak peak of the winter rainy season and provides a refreshing break from the constant summer sun. 

Pickling Cucumbers are available by the case: $40 for 22 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Early Girl and Roma Tomatoes are available for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10 lb. minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order for pastured pork ribs.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

July 31, 2017

Box Contents

1 bskt Shishito Peppers

2 ears Sweet Corn

½ lb. Green Beans

2 ea. Slicing Cucumbers

1 lb. Golden Jubilee Tomatoes

1 Cantaloupe

1 Orchid Watermelon

 

Box Notes: Melons continue to happen in a big way this week! We included 2 in your veggie boxes again. The Orchid melons are now at their peak flavor with a deep orange colored flesh. Enjoy the summer sweetness of melons for breakfast or for dessert after lunch or dinner. We were sampling melons at market last weekend. They are full of sugar and very juicy. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

Field Notes: Harvesting, trellising tomatoes, planting fall brassicas, and keeping the plants watered are the main farm activities this week. July, August and September are the farm’s busiest months. While the days are very full, we still try to make time to go for a dip in Cache Creek to cool down and refresh. The creek, which is more of a river than a creek, runs down the east side of Capay Valley from the north to the south.  Being in the creek is a way to remember the most important daily task – to enjoy life and the fruits of our labor.  

Early Girl and Roma Tomatoes are available by the 20 lb. case for canning and making sauce: $45 for 20 lbs. Place your order by emailing the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10 lb. minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order for pastured pork ribs.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com. 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

July 24, 2017

Box Contents

1 lb Yellow Carrots

¾ lb Russian Banana Fingerlings

1 Cantaloupe

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

1 ½ lbs Early Girl and Heirloom Tomatoes

2 Slicing Cucumbers

¾ lbs Gypsy Peppers

Box Notes: Tomatoes and melons are happening in a big way this week due to the optimal ripening conditions we’ve experienced during the past two weeks. We are including 2 melons in the veggie boxes this week, a cantaloupe and a yellow baby watermelon. The cucumbers and melons combined together with just salt, lemon and chili flakes make a refreshing summer salad.

Field Notes: We are expecting hot weather again this weekend and next week. We will adjust the workdays accordingly by finishing early - by 2 pm most of the triple digit days.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you have a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10lb minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

 

July 17, 2017

Box Contents

1 bskt Padron Peppers

¾ lb. French Fingerling Potatoes

1 Cantaloupe

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

1 ½ lbs. Early Girl and Heirloom Tomatoes

¾ lb. Green Zucchini

1 bu Parsley

Box Notes: This is the first week of heirloom tomatoes. We have been growing tomatoes for 27 years! It is one of our biggest crops. This year, we are growing 23 acres of over 100 varieties of tomatoes. It’s amazing how people enjoy eating tomatoes: on BLTs, in salads, cooked as a marinara sauce, and just on their own with salt, pepper and olive oil – they are the true symbol of summer: colorful, juicy, and flavorful. The plants smell incredible while walking through the rows and rows of this vigorous producer. 

Field Notes: Friday and Saturday were very warm again. We finished the workday early on Friday to beat the heat.

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you have a great summer!

CSA Special Offer: For the next 6 weeks we are offering CSA members a summer sale price on racks of Spare Ribs: $8/lb. (10lb minimum order)

Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order.

Pork Shares are available: The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a custom BBQ pork share. You can choose from a selection of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order. Riverdog animals are CCOF certified organic. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

July 10, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Purple Carrots

1 lb. Mixed Summer Squash

1 Tuscan Melon

1 Yellow Baby Watermelon

¾ lb. Russian Banana Fingerlings

3 ears Bicolor Sweet Corn

1 lb. Early Girl Tomatoes

1 pt. Sweet 100 cherry Tomatoes

Box Notes: This week’s box includes an abundance of melons! The best way to enjoy tall of the summers finest fruits is to slice them and combine in a fruit salad, squeeze some lemon or lime juice over all, toss and eat! We’re excited to include sweet corn for the first time this week. Here is the Sustainable Seed Company’s description of the Tuscan melon variety:  “Bursting with flavor and aroma. Thick flesh, small seed cavity. Salmon colored fruits are 2-3 pounds, sutured and finely netted. Striped outer skin.”

Friendly reminder: For vacation skips, please contact the farm by Monday of the week you need to skip. We need advance notice for skips so that we can program the deliveries and adjust the harvest accordingly. Thank you and we hope you have a great summer!

Field Notes: Friday and Saturday were very warm again. We finished the workday early on Friday to beat the heat.

Pork Shares are available. The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a BBQ pork share that includes lots of ribs (country, spare, or baby back), pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order.

Pastured sausage, bacon, ham steaks, pork cuts, and whole chickens are available. Riverdog Farm pastured chickens and hogs are certified organic animals. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

 Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

July 3, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 lb. Yellow Carrots

1 lb. Mixed Summer Squash

2 Slicing Cucumbers

¾ lb. Green Beans

1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes

1 hd Cone Cabbage

1 lb. Early Girl Tomatoes

1 lb. June Pride Peaches

Box Notes: We’ve packed the veggie boxes with 4th of July gatherings in mind. The Yukon Gold potatoes make a great potato salad, the green beans make a delicious salad – steamed and then tossed with minced garlic, salt, quartered Early Girl tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. The cabbage and carrots can be combined into a refreshing coleslaw. We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July holiday. The farm employees will be working a short day with a full day of pay to give everyone a chance to see some fireworks in the evening. The delivery schedule will stay the same despite the holiday.

Field Notes: This year is our biggest ever plum fruit set: the trees have reached full maturity, they are 17 years old this year! The spring weather was perfect for the flowering phase, and the warm summer temperatures have been optimal for ripening the plums. The trees are loaded with fruit that doesn’t ripen all at once, so we will feature them in the veggie boxes next week.

Pork Shares are available. The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a BBQ pork share that includes lots of ribs (country, spare, or baby back) and pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order.

 

Pastured sausage, bacon, ham steaks, pork cuts, and whole chickens are available. Riverdog Farm pastured chickens and hogs are certified organic animals. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

June 26, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Carrots

1 lb. Mixed Summer Squash

2 Slicing Cucumbers

½ lb. Green Beans

1 lb. French Fingerling Potatoes

1 bu Parsley

1 bskts Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes

1 lb. June Pride Peaches and Santa Rosa Plums 

Box Notes: It’s another week of first appearances in the veggie box: first green beans, first cucumbers, and the first peaches! Summer crops are coming along at a nice pace. We picked our first melons today so they will be featured in your veggie box soon along with heirloom tomatoes.

Field Notes: We got through last week’s heat wave and are feeling so relieved that the forecasted temperatures this week are expected to be in the mid 90s. Last week, the employees who work in the fields harvesting and weeding the crops finished each day by 12:30 pm. The temperature being 20 degrees lower - from 110 to 90 - makes a huge difference. But even on days when it’s above 80 degrees we take precautionary measures to ensure that the employees are staying hydrated, have easy access to shade and take extra breaks to prevent heat stress. 

Pork Shares are available. The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a BBQ pork share that includes lots of ribs (country, spare, or baby back) and pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order!

 

Pastured sausage, bacon, ham steaks, pork cuts, and whole chickens are available. Riverdog Farm pastured chickens and hogs are certified organic animals. Riverdog Farm meat is not certified organic due to being processed in an off-farm facility that is not certified organic. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

 

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

June 19, 2017 Veggie Box news

Box Contents

1 lb. Napa Cabbage

1 lb. Mixed Summer Squash

1 bu Nantes Carrots

1 hd Cone Cabbage

1 lb. Yukon Gold New Potatoes

1 bu Red Beets

1 bskt Tomatillos

½ lb. White Nectarines

Box Notes: Welcome back summer squash! This is the first week of a steady supply of a variety of summer squash: Ronde De Nice, Zephyr, Crookneck, Costata Romanesco, as well as gold and green zucchini. This colorful array of squash is great for grilling, sautéing or eating raw as spiralized veggie noodles. The white nectarines are cosmetically challenged (the way they grew on the trees) and may have split pits, but are incredibly sweet and delicious! Since it’s warm throughout the Bay area the recipes in this week’s veggie box include some no-cook recipes. Beat the heat with chilled, shredded beet and carrot salad, cabbage coleslaw or potato salad! 

Field Notes: We are prepared for this week’s heat wave but it is no fun nonetheless! Our workdays will be two hours shorter than usual. We will be taking breaks more frequently and have encouraged all of our employees to stay hydrated. It is unusual for 110 degree days to last more than 4 days but that is the forecast for this week. Luckily next week will drop down to the low 90s and will provide some relief from the extreme heat of this week.

Pork Shares are available. The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a BBQ pork share that includes lots of ribs (country, spare, or baby back) and pork cuts and sausage for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order!

Pastured sausage, bacon, ham steaks, pork cuts, and whole chickens are available. Place your order for Riverdog Farm’s pastured meats by emailing: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

June 12 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Nantes Carrots

1 bu Chioggia Beets

1 bu Italian Parsley

½ lb Almonds

1 ½ lbs Scarlet Queen Turnips and Black Spanish Radish

1 bu Dandelion Greens

1 bu Purple Carrots

¾ lb Napa Cabbage

Box Notes: June is a lean month on the farm as we are waiting for our labor (field prep, seeding, transplanting, weeding and laying drip line for irrigation) of the past 6 months to bear fruit. This is the time of year when we focus on trellising the 23 acres of tomatoes to train them to grow vertically for easier harvest and more uniform ripening; direct seeding of winter squash; and greenhouse seeding of the fall crops (kale, chard, fennel, and cabbage) to be transplanted in early August. Leeks will arrive from Headstart Nursery in Gilroy that we will transplant next week. The planting cycle is perpetual here at the farm. Thank you for your continued support of the farm with your weekly purchase of the veggie boxes, eggs, and pastured pork/chicken!

Field Notes: Whoa, the rain continued, literally out of the blue, on Sunday with a very dramatic downpour in the afternoon and a big show of lightning and thunder. We received about .4 inches during the June storm, enough to settle the dust and keep the plants moist for a few days before temperatures spike later this week. We harvested the first Gold Nugget cherry tomatoes last week and are excited to feature them in the veggie boxes by early July. Also new for the farm are tomatillos and Shoshito peppers. As soon as we have these in quantity, we will offer them in the summer veggie boxes.

Pork Shares are available. The pork shares are a combination of smoked and cured pastured pork sausage and bacon along with cuts such as ribs, chops, and roasts. During the summer months, we also offer a BBQ pork share that includes lots of ribs (country, spare, or baby back) and pork cuts for grilling. The pork shares are $8 per pound and range in total weights of 10 to 19 lbs. Please email the farm: csa@riverdogfarm.com to place an order!

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

June 5 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Nantes Carrots

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

1 bu Italian Parsley

1 ½ lbs. Fresh Yellow Onions

¾ lb. Arugula

1 bu Collards

1 ½ lbs. Purple Daikon/Black Spanish Radish combo

1 hd Green Cabbage

Field Notes: We had a light rain early last week. Cloud cover throughout the week made the daytime temperatures mild. We harvested our first gold nugget cherry tomatoes! Soon there will be a cascade of cherry tomatoes of all colors. Now that school is over for summer, high school students are starting to show up at the farm office to apply for summer jobs. One of the tasks we assign to the high schoolers is the cherry tomato harvest. This is a good starting assignment for the beginner workers.

Lavender Festival

Cache Creek Lavender Farm
3430 Madrone Street
umsey, CA 95679

 June 10 - 11, 2017 A weekend of fun in the Fields, harvest your own lavender, taste wines from Capay Valley Vineyards, enjoy lavender ice cream, lemonade, listen to a live band, learn from field talks. Family friendly!

Visit: http://www.cachecreeklavender.com/

Spring Hams: Hams are available to order for delivery to your CSA drop site or to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The weight range is 3-7 lbs per ham. The price is $10 per lb. The Riverdog Farm hams are smoked and cured (pre-cooked) at Roundman’s in Ft. Bragg. They are delivered frozen to your CSA delivery site or to the one of the farmer’s markets. Glaze the top with orange marmalade, place in a casserole dish in 2-4 cups of orange juice and cover loosely with foil to hold in the moisture. Stick a few cloves in the ham before heating for added spice

 Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

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May 29 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

1 bu Fennel

1 lb Scarlet Queen Turnips

2 hds Batavia Lettuce

1 bu Cilantro

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Red Beets

2 hds Bok Choi

Field Notes: This is likely to be the last week for asparagus in the CSA boxes. We will continue have limited amounts for sale at the farmers market as the season winds down. Come visit us there if you haven’t had your fill of this quintessential spring staple. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Spring marches on here. With days reaching 100 degrees this past week and all the hills surrounding the farm turned to gold, it’s important to remember it is still spring! Three weeks away from the summer solstice we are looking forward to the first tomatoes, potatoes, basil and cucumbers. The first of the summer crops are sizing up nicely and should be harvestable by the end of June. 

We have plenty of certified organic, pastured eggs available. They are $8 per dozen. If you’d like to add eggs to your weekly delivery, please email the farm to place your egg order: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Spring Hams: Hams are available to order for delivery to your CSA drop site or to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The weight range is 3-7 lbs per ham. The price is $10 per lb. The Riverdog Farm hams are smoked and cured (pre-cooked) at Roundman’s in Ft. Bragg. They are delivered frozen to your CSA delivery site or to the one of the farmer’s markets. Glaze the top with orange marmalade, place in a casserole dish in 2-4 cups of orange juice and cover loosely with foil to hold in the moisture. Stick a few cloves in the ham before heating for added spice.

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

May 22 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

.5 lb Snow Peas

1 lb Scarlet Queen Turnips

2 hds Batavia Lettuce

1 lb Napa Cabbage

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Curly Kale

 

Field Notes: The cucumbers, summer squash, and sweet corn (it’s 6 inches high at this time!) have germinated uniformly and are growing rapidly with the last three days of warm, sunny weather. Today’s temperature is predicted to be in the high 90s which will give the tomato plants a big boost of vegetative growth. The cherry tomatoes are beginning to flower so we will see small fruit very soon.

We started harvesting a new crop of beets. The beet greens are especially delicious at this time of year so look for the beet bunches in your veggie boxes in the coming weeks. Colored carrots are also on the horizon, depending on the daytime temperatures.

Our chef/cooking teacher/author friend Samin Nosrat’s new book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is now available. It has made the New York Time’s Bestseller list! Visit: www.saltfatacidheat.com to learn more about her book, her cooking ideas, and for great recipes.

We have plenty of certified organic, pastured eggs available. They are $8 per dozen. If you’d like to add eggs to your weekly delivery, please email the farm to place your egg order: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Spring Hams: Hams are available to order for delivery to your CSA drop site or to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The weight range is 3-7 lbs per ham. The price is $10 per lb. The Riverdog Farm hams are smoked and cured (pre-cooked) at Roundman’s in Ft. Bragg. They are delivered frozen to your CSA delivery site or to the one of the farmer’s markets. Glaze the top with orange marmalade, place in a casserole dish in 2-4 cups of orange juice and cover loosely with foil to hold in the moisture. Stick a few cloves in the ham before heating for added spice.

 

Save the Date: Saturday October 7 and 8, 2017 Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Visit: hoesdown.org for ticket information and volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

May 15 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

1 lb Shelling Peas

½ lb Snow Peas

2 hds Batavian Lettuce

1 bu Chioggia Beets

2 hds Bok Choi

Field Notes: Great turn out at the annual Capay Valley Mother’s Day Garden Tour! 800 tickets were sold! Thank you to all who attended and all who shared their gardens for many to enjoy! The patchy clouds and intermittent light rain kept everyone cool and content. The almond ice cream sold out before 2 pm at the Guinda Grange Hall. Looking forward to next year’s garden tour.

The first cherry tomatoes and summer squash will appear mid June. We are looking forward to the summer crops: eggplant, peppers, summer squash and tomatoes! The first of four tomato plantings are sizing up beautifully. The green houses are full of tomatoes for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th plantings.

The pea plants are continuing to produce. The temperatures may soar to the high 90s later this week. Hopefully we’ll be able to include the peas in next week’s boxes too but they may be done by then depending on the hot weather. 

We have plenty of pastured eggs available. They are $8 per dozen. If you’d like to add eggs to your weekly delivery, please email the farm to place your egg order: csa@riverdogfarm.com.

Spring Hams: Hams are available to order for delivery to your CSA drop site or to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The weight range is 3-7 lbs per ham. The price is $10 per lb. The Riverdog Farm hams are smoked and cured (pre-cooked) at Roundman’s in Ft. Bragg. They are delivered frozen to your CSA delivery site or to the one of the farmer’s markets. Glaze the top with orange marmalade, place in a casserole dish in 2-4 cups of orange juice and cover loosely with foil to hold in the moisture. Stick a few cloves in the ham before heating for added spice.

 

 

May 8, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Arugula

½ lb Snow Peas

2 heads Iceberg Lettuce

1 bu Spring Onions

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

1 bu Red Russian Kale

Field Notes: Wind and warm weather last week kept the irrigation crew busy with moving pipe sets to keep the crops hydrated. It has cooled down a bit this week but it’s still windy so we will focus on keeping everything well watered. The iceberg lettuce is new this week. It’s a crisp, refreshing variety that’s hard to find as certified organic in grocery stores. 

Capay Valley Mother’s Day Garden Tour

Sunday May 14, 2017 in gardens throughout the beautiful Capay Valley

The self-guided tour features over 7 different gardens and points of interest along the way. The valley is home to an array of gardeners and farmers — from a 2-acre homesteading garden to a 20-acre floral production field. Seven gardens will be on display sprinkled throughout the valley towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey. Along with the gardens, there are other points of interest, including the new Seka Hills Olive Mill and wine tasting rooms, the Capay Valley Vineyards tasting room and the historic Guinda Corner Store built in 1891 featuring many local farm products.

 

The garden tour costs $10 per person, children under 14 are free. You may bring your own picnic to enjoy under a tree at one of the gardens, or buy a local lunch box, available for $10 each at the Guinda Grange Hall. All proceeds from the annual tour benefit community enhancement projects in the valley. This year’s proceeds will support the renovation of the Western Yolo Grange Hall, a community-gathering place for over 75 years. Visit www.thecapayvalleygardentour.com to purchase tickets online or call 530-796-3464 for more information.

 

Spring Hams: There are a few hams left to order for delivery to your CSA drop site or to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday and Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The weight range is 3-7 lbs per ham. The price is $10 per lb. The Riverdog Farm hams are smoked and cured (pre-cooked) at Roundman’s in Ft. Bragg. They are delivered frozen to your CSA delivery site or to the one of the farmer’s markets in Berkeley. Glaze the top with orange marmalade, place in a casserole dish in 2-4 cups of orange juice and cover loosely with foil to hold in the moisture. Stick a few cloves in the ham before heating for added spice.