April 16, 2018

Box Contents:

1 lb. Asparagus

1 bu. White Spring Onions

½ lb. Loose Arugula

1 bu. Spinach

1.5 lb. Baby Orange Carrots

1 bu. Red Beets

1 lb. Leeks

Box Notes: This week’s box contents represent the best of springtime: spring onions, arugula, asparagus, and young carrots. Each crop has their own distinctive flavor and in our northern CA growing climate, the season is brief for these delectable vegetables. All of our spring crops prefer cooler temperatures. While we harvest the spring’s splendor, we watch the summer crops grow and tend to them giving them the attention they need to thrive for the next 7 months.

Field Notes: One of our favorite seed variety discoveries in recent years is the purple daikon. We grow it for spring, winter and fall harvest. It is a mild flavored radish with a purple hue. When we sample the purple daikon at market, it flies off the table, along with the carrots, black Spanish radish, and even the raw turnips. The April showers have continued to keep the soil moist and are hydrating the recent transplants reducing our need to irrigate.

On the meat front, we are experimenting with some chicken sausage recipes at our processors Manas Custom Meats in Esparto and Roundman’s Smokehouse in Ft. Bragg. As soon as the recipes come together, we will be offering pastured chicken sausage via our web-store. ETA on the chicken sausage availability is mid-May to early June.  

Upcoming Events:

The California Honey Festival in Woodland, Saturday May 5, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm: https://californiahoneyfestival.com/.

Capay Valley Mothers Day Farm and Garden Tour May 13th, 10am to 5 pm. $10 per adult, children 12 and under are free.

Visit the breathtaking 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, box lunches will be for sale at the Guinda Grange Hall using local ingredients.

Follow this link to learn more: https://www.thecapayvalleygardentour.com

Web Store Highlights:

Cases of Asparagus: 11 and 21 pound cases available. All asparagus $5/lb.

Loose Mixed Beets: 10 pound cases for $2/lb. and 25 pound cases for $1.50/lb. Great for juicing! Follow this link to shop the web store: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/riverdogfarmcsa

Spring Hams are available in the web-store:

Our pasture raised whole hams are bone in. Smoked and cured to perfection by Roundsman's Smokehouse in Fort Bragg. Hams are $11/lb. and range from 7-9 lbs.

When ordering please select the number of pounds you would like your ham to weigh and we will choose a ham as close to that weight as possible.