April 22nd 2019

Box Contents:

¾ lb bu Asparagus

1 bu Red Beets

¼ lb Arugula

1 bu Carrots

½ lb Snap Peas

1 bu Fennel

1 bu White Spring Onions

1 bu Oregano

Box Notes: This week’s box represents the peak of the spring harvest. In about 1 month, we’ll start harvesting more little gem lettuce, spring bunched greens, spinach, and braising mix. The leeks are winding down. The seed potatoes are planted, we are expecting them to be ready to harvest in mid-late June. The steady winter rains caused some delays in planting but we are grateful for all the water we received. The heavy rainfall means ground water replenishment (for our agricultural and domestic wells) and a reliable supply of water in Cache Creek, our 2 main sources of irrigation water for the 400 acres we farm. 2019 is starting out great, with an abundance of water and steady supply of harvestable crops. We’re looking forward to a productive farm year.

 

Spring Hams: Place your order for spring hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen (we can thaw the ham prior to delivery by request) delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa.

 

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

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

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

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

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

April 15th 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb bu Asparagus

1 bu Red Beets

1 bu Spinach

1 bu Carrots

¼ lb Snow Peas

1 bu Tokyo Turnips

1 bu Leeks

Box Notes: Spring has sprung! The golden California poppies have unfurled themselves along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge mountain range. The combination of last year’s wildfire and prolonged rain season has created a potent cocktail for vegetative fertility in the wildlands of the region. The Capay Valley is experiencing its own mini super bloom. Check out Bear Valley in May for the incredible wildflower display: http://tuleyome.org/trails/bearvalleyroad/.

The scoop on the re-usable gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Spring Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen (we can thaw the ham prior to delivery by request) delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Capay Valley Garden Tour

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

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

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

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

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

April 8th 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

2 lbs Murcotts

1 bu White Spring Onions

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Red Beets

¼ lb Snow Peas

¼ lb Arugula

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. This is the last week of mandarins. They are slightly cosmetically challenged but are still deliciously juicy and sweet on the inside.

The scoop on the re-usable gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Spring Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

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

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

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

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

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 1st, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

2 lbs Murcott Mandarins

1 lb Leeks

½ lb Baby Chard

1 lb Black Spanish Radish

1 bu Spinach

1 bu Dandelion Greens

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the re-usable gray plastic totes: When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Holiday Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Special Fire Fundraiser Event Saturday April 6, 2019 2:00 pm, Ione, CA: Riverdog Farm and PT Ranch are inviting those interested in the future of wildfire mitigation in California’s changing climate to a late afternoon lunch in the field. We will come together over local food and drink to hear from Christian Cain about how agriculturalists can play an important role in fire prevention. Chef Kevin O’Connor of Cobram Estate will be behind our own fire grilling pastured meats from PT Ranch and organic veggies from Riverdog Farm. All proceeds will be donated to North Valley Community Foundation who is working to rehabilitate victims of the Paradise Fire. Menu & further details to follow! Tickets available in PT Ranch’s Ranch General Store.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

March 25th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 lb Asparagus

3 lbs Murcott Mandarins

1 bu Green Garlic

1 bu Rainbow Chard

2 hds Batavia Crisp Lettuce

¼ lb Savoy Rabe

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Holiday Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Special Fire Fundraiser Event Saturday April 6, 2019 2:00 pm, Ione, CA: Riverdog Farm and PT Ranch are inviting those interested in the future of wildfire mitigation in California’s changing climate to a late afternoon lunch in the field. We will come together over local food and drink to hear from Christian Cain about how agriculturalists can play an important role in fire prevention. Chef Kevin O’Connor of Cobram Estate will be behind our own fire grilling pastured meats from PT Ranch and organic veggies from Riverdog Farm. All proceeds will be donated to North Valley Community Foundation who is working to rehabilitate victims of the Paradise Fire. Menu & further details to follow! Tickets available in PT Ranch’s Ranch General Store.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 18th, 2019

Box Contents:

¾ lb Asparagus

1 ½ lbs Murcott Mandarins

1 bu Spinach

1 bu Collard Greens

1 lb Purple Daikon/Black Spanish Radish

1 lb Leeks

¼ lb Napa Cabbage Rabe

1 ½ lbs Oranges

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. And the navel oranges are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey. They are also CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Holiday Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

March 11th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Murcotts

1 bu Curly Kale

2 hds Batavia Lettuce

1 lb Purple Top Turnips

1 lb Leeks

½ lb Almonds

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. And the navel oranges are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey. They are also CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Holiday Hams: Place your order for holiday hams! The whole hams are $11 per lb and average about 8 lbs. The hams come frozen delivered to a CSA drop site or one of the farmers markets we attend (3 in Berkeley and 1 in Sacramento). Email the farm at csa@riverdogfarm.com to place your order or visit https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa. The deadline to order for Easter delivery, to be picked up at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Market, is April 18, 2019. For ham deliveries to the CSA drop sites, please place your order by Friday, April 12, 2019.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 4th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Murcotts

1 bu Rainbow Chard

2/3 lbs Little Gem Lettuce

1 lb Purple Daikon

1 ½ lbs Butternut Squash

1 lbs Yellow Finn Potato

¼ lb Napa Rabe

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. And the navel oranges are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey. They are also CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends and/or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: Two 4+ inch rainstorms caused a lot of flooding along the county roads during the past 2 weeks. Asparagus is on the horizon! We hope to begin the asparagus harvest in one week.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 25th 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Murcotts

1 bu Green Mustard

2 hds Red Batavian Lettuce

1 bu Chioggia Beets

¼ lb Mei Qing Choi Rabe

1 lb Yellow Finn Potatoes

1 lb King Richard Leeks

1 bu Gold Chard

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. And the navel oranges are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey. They are also CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: Rain is in the forecast this week. It’s looking like 4 inches may fall over the next few days. This storm will bring the annual rainfall total to higher than average so we’re feeling relieved that this winter will not be another drought year.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 18th 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

1 bu Red Spring Onion

1 ½ lbs Scarlet Queen Turnips

½ lb Red Oak Leaf Lettuce

2 lbs Murcotts

1 bu Yellow Carrots

1 bu Collards

Box Notes: The Murcott mandarins in your veggie box this week are from Gold Oak Ranch in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic.

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes:

When you pick up your veggie box, please check it for a white sticker label (either on the sides/ends or top). If it has a white sticker label with someone’s name on it, then it has add-ons and is a special order for someone else. Be sure to take a veggie box without a white label if you are picking up a veggie box without add-ons. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: Last week was a doozy with over 4 inches of rain falling Wednesday/Thursday. Cache Creek reached flood stage at about 8 am on Thursday morning and came over the banks onto some of our fields that are adjacent to the creek. Luckily, the water receded the same day. It was incredible because during the 2017 winter when we had a higher than average rainfall, the creek didn’t quite as high as it did last week. This is probably linked to the wildfires and the reduced vegetation that would have absorbed some of the rainfall.

Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5-town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library, and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage will be for sale in the hamlet of Rumsey and a variety of bands/food at all of the 5 towns. For more info about the Almond Festival visit: https://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/events/2019/2/24/capay-valley-almond-festival.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

Update to Week of February 11, 2019 CSA Box

We want folks to be made aware that we changed the Little Gems previously available in the box to walnuts.

The good bit of cold we have been receiving in the valley has caused some quality issues so have substituted 1/2 pound walnuts for the Little Gem Lettuce.

For those with nut allergies, please rest assured that the nuts will be individually packaged and will not come into contact with any of the other produce.

Feburary 11th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

1 lb Bok Choi

1 bu Green Garlic

1 lb Leeks

1 bu Spinach

1 bu Red Chard

½ lb Walnuts

Box Notes: The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the citrus harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season!

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes: Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: Very cold weather has hit the valley this week. We’ve had sub-freezing temperatures each night. Luckily, the winter crops are hardy down to the low 20s so we have not experienced any crop losses. The virtue of frosty nights means that all of the items included in your veggie box this week are very sweet. The frost converts the starch in the plants to sugar so their sweetness is very pronounced.

Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5-town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library, and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage will be for sale in the hamlet of Rumsey and a variety of bands/food at all of the 5 towns. For more info about the Almond Festival visit: https://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/events/2019/2/24/capay-valley-almond-festival.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

February 4th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 bu Carrots

1 lb Purple/White Daikon

½ lb Little Gem Lettuce

1 ½ lbs Butternut Squash

1 head Green Cabbage

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

Box Notes: The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the orange harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season!

The scoop on the new gray plastic totes: Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: The rain has continued. The annual rainfall is at about 16 inches. We need about 6 more to come close to the average annual rainfall.

Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5 town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library, and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage will be for sale in the hamlet of Rumsey. For more info about the Almond Festival visit: https://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/events/2019/2/24/capay-valley-almond-festival.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 28th, 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

1 bu Carrots

1 bu Red Chard

1 bu Green Garlic

1 lb Leeks

1 lbs Bok Choi

¾ lb Arugula

Box Notes: The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the orange harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season!

Your veggie boxes will be packed in a gray plastic box starting this week. Please return the tote to your drop site the following week or bring an empty bag to transfer the items into the same day that you pick up. This new packaging system will reduce the farm’s use of cardboard boxes and thereby reduce our total packaging costs over time and reduce the time we take to assemble the cardboard boxes. By using plastic, re-useable totes we plan to streamline some of the veggie box assembly steps. Thank you for returning the totes to your drop site for re-use!

Field Notes: We have ordered tomato, eggplant and peppers seeds for 2019. We have begun to seed these summer crops in the greenhouses and are looking forward to a fruitful year. The winter crop harvest will continue for about another month. Then the spring crops will begin with asparagus, peas, and a new round of several varieties of head lettuce.

Save the Date: Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5 town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library, and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage will be for sale in the hamlet of Rumsey. For more info about the Almond Festival visit: https://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/events/2019/2/24/capay-valley-almond-festival.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 21st 2019

Box Contents:

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 hd Fennel

1 bu Spinach

1 bu Red Russian Kale

¾ lb Little Gem Lettuce

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 lb French Fingerling Potatoes

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

Box Notes: Happy New Year! The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the orange harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season! Thanks to a grant from Stop Waste in Alameda County, we were able to augment our purchase of new plastic totes that are more permanent/re-usable than the cardboard boxes we have been using. We will soon pack the weekly veggie boxes in a plastic tote with a lid. Please return the plastic tote to your CSA site the following week or bring a bag to transfer the veggie box contents into and leave the plastic tote at the site.

Field Notes: Hooray for steady rain!

Save the Date: Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5 town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library, and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage is served in the hamlet of Rumsey. For more info about the Almond Festival visit: https://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/events/2019/2/24/capay-valley-almond-festival.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

January 14th 2019

Box Contents:

¾ lbs Loose Baby Chard

¾ lb Arugula

1 ½ lbs Cauliflower

1 bu Carrots

1 ½ lbs Navel Oranges

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

1 Butternut Squash

1 hd Savoy Cabbage

Box Notes: Happy New Year! The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the orange harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season! Thanks to a grant from Stop Waste in Alameda County, we were able to augment our purchase of new plastic totes that are more permanent/re-usable than the cardboard boxes we have been using. We will soon pack the weekly veggie boxes in a plastic tote with a lid. Please return the plastic tote to your CSA site the following week or bring a bag to transfer the veggie box contents into and leave the plastic tote at the site.

Field Notes: Hooray for steady rain!

Save the Date: Almond Festival Sunday February 24, 2019 An all-day, 5 town event celebrating the almond blossoms of the region. There’s a pancake breakfast served by the FFA at the Esparto High School, a book sale at the Esparto Library and delicious wood-fired pizza featuring Riverdog Farm sausage is served in the hamlet of Rumsey.

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

January 7th 2019

Box Contents:

1 bu Rapini

1 bu Red Spring Onions

1 bu Green Garlic

1 hd Green Cabbage

1 bu Purple Carrots

2 lbs Navel Oranges from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey

1 ½ lbs Broccoli

Box Notes: Happy New Year! The navel oranges in your veggie box this week are from Blue Heron Farm in Rumsey and are CCOF-certified organic. The oranges will be a weekly feature of the veggie boxes for a month or two. They are great for juicing and eating sliced or by sections. Then soon after the orange harvest is done, we will begin the coveted asparagus season! We are featuring loads of multi-colored produce, citrus, garlic and leafy greens in this week’s box to help fortify your health and wellness defenses during these winter months. Thanks to a grant from Stop Waste in Alameda County, we were able to augment our purchase of new plastic totes that are more permanent than the cardboard boxes we have been using. We will soon pack the weekly veggie boxes in a plastic tote with a lid. Please return the plastic tote to your CSA site the following week or bring a bag to transfer the veggie box contents into and leave the plastic tote at the site.

Field Notes: The holiday weather was surprisingly dry and sunny. Over this past weekend, we finally received a substantial amount of rain. The ground is soaked and Cache Creek is starting to fill up. We are hoping for more rain in January/February/March.

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

December 17th 2018

Box Contents:

1 lb Watermelon Daikon Radish

1 bu Red Onions

1 bu Parsley

1 hd Red Cabbage

2 lbs Bok Choi

1 bu Red Mustard

1 ¼ lbs French Fingerling Potatoes

Box Notes: From all of us at the farm, wishing you a happy holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous 2019!

Field Notes: We recently received about an inch of rain. The fields are very muddy making harvesting conditions sticky but we need all the rain we can get. We’re hoping for a wetter January and February.

 

December Delivery Schedule:

The farm will be closed from December 23rd through January 1, 2018. There will be no regular CSA deliveries the last week in December and the first week in January. You may pick up a veggie box at the farmer’s markets and we’ll adjust your account balance. Veggie box deliveries will return the week of January 7th 2019.

We will be at the Farmers Markets on the following days at the end of December and in early January:

Saturday December 22: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Center and MLK

Sunday December 23: Sacramento Sunday Farmer’s Market on 8th under the freeway

Thursday January 3: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Rose and Shattuck

Saturday January 5, 2018: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Center and MLK

 

2019 CSA Payment Schedule

Quarter 1: Wednesdays $288   Thursdays $288   Fridays $288

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

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

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

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

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

 

December 10th 2018

Box Contents:

2 lbs Fuyu Persimmons
 (not certified organic)

OR

1 Butternut Squash

1 bu Rapini

1 bu Scarlet Queen Turnips

1 ½ lbs Yellow Finn Potatoes

1 bu Red Beets

1 bu Spinach

1 lb Red Napa Cabbage

Box Notes: The Fuyu Persimmons are from Frank Espriella’s orchard in Guinda. We feature the persimmons every year that he has a good fruit set. They are not certified organic. He doesn’t use synthetic sprays or fertilizers but opts to not get certified as his operation is so small. The Fuyu is the type of persimmon that is eaten when firm, like an apple. We are at the tail end of the persimmon harvest so your veggie box may have either the persimmons OR a butternut squash.

 

Field Notes: We’ve had the most optimal Autumn weather recently. The days have been sunny and warm in the 60s and the nighttime temperatures have been chilly with light frosts landing most nights which greatly enhances the sweetness of the crops in the ground.

December Delivery Schedule:

The farm will be closed from December 23rd through January 1, 2018. There will be no regular CSA deliveries the last week in December and the first week in January. You may pick up a veggie box at the farmer’s markets and we’ll adjust your account balance. Veggie box deliveries will return the week of January 7th 2019.

We will be at the Farmers Markets on the following days at the end of December and in early January:

Saturday December 22: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Center and MLK

Sunday December 23: Sacramento Sunday Farmer’s Market on 8th under the freeway

Thursday January 3: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Rose and Shattuck

Saturday January 5, 2018: Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Center and MLK