December 4, 2017

Box Contents

1-½ lbs. Fuyu Persimmons (not certified organic)

2 hds Batavian Lettuce           

1 bu Gold Beets

1 lb. Broccoli

1 Butternut Squash

½ lb. Loose Spinach

1 bu Purple Carrots

1 bu Rapini

Box Notes: Before the 17th century almost all cultivated carrots were deep purple, almost black or yellow. Purple carrots provide many of the same health benefits as orange carrots but offer some additional nutritional benefits due to their high concentration of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are flavonoid pigments that give many blue, purple, and black vegetables and berries their intense hews and strong antioxidant rich immune-boosting properties. Learn more by going to our source: http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/purple-carrots-nutrition-vs-orange-cultivars.php#ixzz50Kz5Xfr0

The Fuyu Persimmons are grown by our neighbor Frank Espriella in Guinda. He has spent over 20 years developing his specialty persimmon orchard. They are not certified organic but are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. This type of persimmon can be eaten when firm, like an apple. No need to peel the skin.

Field Notes: Dry weather is forecasted until December 14, 2017. During this time, we will continue to prepare ground for spring planting and cultivate the winter crops. This is also the time of year when we direct seed cover crops to build soil fertility and plant triticale that we harvest in June for the livestock feed. 

Riverdog Farm Holiday Delivery Schedule:

The farm will be closed from Sunday December 24th - January 1ST for our annual holiday break. There will be no CSA deliveries 12/24/17-1/2/18. Deliveries will resume on Wednesday 1/3/18. Napa Fatted Calf members, your first box of the New Year will arrive on Thursday 1/4/17. Please make a note of the December Holiday delivery schedule on your calendar.

The farm will not be at the Berkeley Farmers markets on Tuesday December 26, Thursday December 28 and Saturday December 30. We will be skipping the Sunday markets in Sacramento on December 24 and December 31, 2017. We will be at the Berkeley Farmers Market on Saturday December 23, 2017 and Tuesday January 2, 2108. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hams are available for reservation on the web store!

Limited availability. Please specify desired weight and delivery date at check out. Hams are $10/lb and require a $15 deposit.

Riverdog hams are smoked over apple and alder wood chips by Roundman’s Smokehouse in Fort Bragg. They range form 3.5 to10 lbs. and contain no added nitrates. Our certified organic hogs live on 50 acres of organic pasture and enjoy an all organic diet that consists of our vegetable culls, Cowgirl Creamery whey, Three Twins Ice Cream, foraged black walnuts, acorns, grasses, farm grown grains and certified organic feed. Riverdog Farm hogs are certified organically raised animals by CCOF. Our meat is processed at non-certified organic USDA facilities therefore; the pork is not certified organic.