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.

 

May 1, 2017 Veggie Box News

 

Box Contents

 

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Arugula

1 bu Carrots

2 hds Batavian Crisp Lettuce

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

1 bu Green Chard

 

Field Notes: It’s the peak of spring with summer just around the corner. This week we might see temperatures as high as 90 degrees. For the farm, this means increasing the irrigation sets to keep the crops hydrated. This is the time of year when we focus on laying drip line for the summer crops. In the spring, most of the farm’s crops are irrigated with aluminum pipe overhead sprinklers. As it warms up, we switch to drip line for the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant to reduce water evaporation and to reduce the weed germination.

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.

 

 

April 24, 2017 Veggie Box News

April 24, 2017

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Braising Mix

1 bu Carrots

2 hds Batavian Crisp Lettuce

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 lb Rutabagas

1 bu Beets

Field Notes: We hope to include asparagus in the veggie box each week for about 4 more weeks. The braising mix is a combination of mustard greens, spinach, chard and kales. Steam, braise or add to soup – these small leaves cook quickly. We will have lettuce through the end of May. The rutabagas can be steamed, roasted, made into fries, or added to mash potatoes at a 1 to 4 ratio to add depth of flavor.

Capay Valley Mother’s Day Garden Tour

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.

The garden tour costs $10 per person, children under 14 are free. You may bring your own picnic and spread out under a tree at one of the gardens, or buy a local lunch box, available for $10 each. All proceeds from the annual tour benefit community enhancement projects here 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 https://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.

 

 

 

April 17, 2017 Veggie Box News

 

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Snow/Snap Peas

1 bu Gold Chard

1 bu Carrots

2 hds Red Batavian

1 bu Green Garlic

.40 lb Arugula

1 lb Purple Daikon Radish and Rutabagas

 

Field Notes: In the greenhouse this week: watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and basil! All of these transplants are ready to go into the fields, their roots have filled the small cells of the trays. As soon as the soil is dry enough, we will be feverishly transplanting. On the horizon: the spring bunched greens including collards, chard, kale and bunched spinach. Luckily, we were able to transplant 7 acres of tomatoes during the window of dry weather. The tomato plants in the field have overhead sprinkler lines set up in the event that we need to frost-protect the delicate plants. If nighttime temperatures drop below 32 degrees, we turn on the irrigation lines. The water droplets coat the plants with water and freeze on the leaves sealing the leaves, preventing the frost from settling. Frozen ice on the plants is safer than a layer of frost. The frost breaks the plant cells but the coating of water and ice protects them. It’s hard to believe but it works!

 

Spring Hams: There are a few hams left to order for delivery to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday or Thursday this week or for after the Easter holiday. 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.

 

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We also have smoked Chorizo for the same price. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth:

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage (Breakfast, Italian Mild, Italian Hot, and Bratwurst), Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic.

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2017 Veggie Box News

April 10, 2017

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Snow Peas

1 bu Dandelion Greens

1 bu Carrots

2 hds Red Batavian

1 bu Red Spring Onion

1 Butternut Squash

We hope you have a happy Easter or Passover and enjoy spring at its peak of greenness!

 

Our Saturday farmer’s market on Center and MLK in Berkeley is closed on April 15, 2017 due to unpermitted rallies in the park next to our market. We are disappointed about the market management’s decision to close market on this day. Our apologies for not being there the day before Easter to supplement the food for your holiday gatherings. For anyone who scheduled a market pickup for your meat orders on that day, we will email you to arrange a different delivery day this week.

 

Spring Hams: There are a few hams left to order for delivery to the farmer’s markets in Berkeley on Tuesday or Thursday this week or for after the Easter holiday. 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.

 

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We also have smoked Chorizo for the same price. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth:

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage (Breakfast, Italian Mild, Italian Hot, and Bratwurst), Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic.

 

 

 

April 3, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

½ lb Snow Peas

1 bu Green Garlic

1 lb Little Gem Lettuce

1 hd Fennel

1 bu Red Chard

1 bu Carrots

Field Notes: Happy Springtime! Welcome April! This month is the most beautiful time of year on the farm. Goodness greenness surrounds the farm in the hills and on the valley floor. Day time temperatures are mild, the nights are cool. The air is so clear from the winter rains making night sky star gazing extra spectacular. Snow peas are making their first appearance in this week’s veggie box which means that the snap and shelling peas will soon follow. The asparagus harvest will continue until the end of the month unless day time temperatures spike.

Spring Hams: Please place your orders for spring hams by 9:00 am Monday April 10, 2017 to ensure delivery by the holiday. We have a limited supply of hams so it’s best to place your order early. 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. 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.

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We also have smoked Chorizo for the same price. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth:

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage (Breakfast, Italian Mild, Italian Hot, and Bratwurst), Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic.

 

March 27, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

1 bu Purple Carrots

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 bu Green Garlic

1 hd Batavia Lettuce

½ lb Little Gem Lettuce

1 hd Fennel

1 ½ lb Rutabagas

Field Notes: We had about 2 more inches of rain from the last storm. The sun is shining today and the puddles in the fields are quickly disappearing. The weather has created optimal conditions for the asparagus and other spring crops, not too hot and not too cold. This is lettuce season on the farm. We are not able to grow lettuce in the summer due to the warm temperatures so indulge yourself in lettuce while you can! Snow, snap, and shelling peas are about 2 weeks away. Look for them in your veggie boxes soon. Toyko turnips will return in late May, early June.

 

Spring Hams: Please place your orders for spring hams by 9:00 am Monday April 10, 2017 to ensure delivery by the holiday. We have a limited supply of hams so it’s best to place your order early. 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. 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.

 

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We also have smoked Chorizo for the same price. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth:

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage (Breakfast, Italian Mild, Italian Hot, and Bratwurst), Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic. 

 

March 20, 2017 Veggie Box News

Box Contents

1 bu Asparagus

1 bu Carrots

1 bu White Spring Onions

1 bu Gold Chard

1 hd Green Cabbage

1 bu Cilantro

1 1/2 lb Leeks 

1 hd Fennel

Field Notes: Happy Spring Equinox! The valley is looking so lush and refreshed now that the rains have slowed down and the weather is warmer. Red bud is in full magenta bloom, the wildflowers in the hills are prolific, and the oak leaves are starting to emerge. Asparagus harvest began in earnest last week so asparagus bunches should appear in your veggie boxes steadily for the next few weeks.  Now that the fields are dryer, we’ve been transplanting kale, chard, fennel, and lettuce every day along with direct seeding beets, turnips, carrots, and spinach. Looking forward to a long springtime. The tomato starts will be transplanted in mid to late April.

 

Spring Hams: Please place your orders for spring hams by 9:00 am Monday April 10, 2017 to ensure delivery by the holiday. We have a limited supply of hams so it’s best to place your order early. 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. 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 for added spice.

 

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth: New in 2017!!

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage, Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic. 

 

March 13, 2017 Veggie Box News

March 13, 2017

Box Contents

2 lbs Blue Heron Oranges

1 bu Green Garlic

1 lb Leeks

1 bu Curly Kale

1 bu Dandelion Greens

½ lb Little Gem Lettuce

1 Butternut Squash

1 bu Scarlet Queen Turnips

½ lb Napa Cabbage Rabe

 

Box Notes: This week’s box includes navel oranges grown by our friends at Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey. We will include them in the veggie boxes for most of the winter deliveries. Their CCOF certified organic oranges are juicy and delicious. When squeezed, they make very refreshing orange juice. Organic oranges are available for special order: $36 / 20 lb case. Please place your order for oranges by the Monday before your delivery day by contacting csa@riverdogfarm.com.

 

Spring Hams: Please place your orders for spring hams by 9:00 am Monday April 10, 2017 to ensure delivery by the holiday. We have a limited supply of hams so it’s best to place your order early. 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. 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 for added spice.

 

New Pastured Pork Sausage Varieties: Bacon Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package), Andouille Sausage (2 big links per package), and Country Sausage (smaller links, 5-6 per package) $100 for a 10 lb case. These fresh sausages (not pre-cooked) are made at Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg with our pastured pork. We hope you give them a taste!

 

Pork Bone Broth: New in 2017!!

$10 for 32 oz.

We are pleased to offer our pork bone broth made from Riverdog Farm pastured pork bones and our certified organic carrots. Roliroti in Oakland makes the broth for us in their USDA certified kitchen. They roast the bones and carrots then cook them in water and strain the liquid broth into the 32-ounce jugs. We deliver the broth frozen to your delivery site.

 

Whole Chickens and Pastured Pork: Bacon, Sausage, Ham, and Pork Cuts available year round.

Please contact the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com for pricing and to place your order. The meat orders are delivered to CSA sites frozen in a strapped cooler. The farm retrieves the empty coolers from the CSA site the week after delivery. Please take your meat order out of the cooler the day of delivery or return the cooler the following week to the CSA delivery site.

 

Riverdog Farm hogs and chickens are certified organic animals raised on diets of certified organic corn/soy/triticale, produce culls, alfalfa, rye grass, clover, Three Twins Ice Cream overruns, and whey from Cowgirl Creamery. The meat is not labeled organic because the processing facilities are not yet certified organic. We are working with our processors to have the facilities become certified organic so that we can label the packaged meat as certified organic.