FarmShares Week of October 5, 2015

Change is on the Way!

Editor’s Note: This week’s piece is brought to you by Jeff Main of Good Humus Produce. The piece ran originally in the September 25th GOOD HUMUS NEWSLETTER. Batten down the hatches, change is on the way! Nothing as powerful as a total eclipse of the Moon, about as powerful a statement of sudden ...

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Hoes Down Top Ten

This year marks the 28th annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival. We hope you will join us. In case you need extra convincing, we have created a list of the Top Ten Reasons to come to the Hoes Down Harvest Festival.   #10 – The Location – If you and your family have yet to visit ...

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And we don`t stop

Since our last blog, the Valley and Butte Fires have become national news, so you may not require an update. For those non-news-readers among us: the Butte Fire, which destroyed 545 homes and took two lives, is 74% contained as of Monday. Typically, once this far contained, the fire goes out within ...

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Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

The sky has turned gray again, and not the kind we like. Friday, just as our latest heat wave broke, smoke from the Butte Fire covered the skies. This fire is in the foothills east of the Bay Area, with thousands of evacuees, large animals as well as people. The fire is presently ...

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No fruits without labor

Happy Labor Day, all. May you be enjoying a short week - or at least a quieter one. I want to share with you an oldie but goodie. Last fall, Farm Shop Operations Manager Seth Wright interviewed farmer Andrew Brait about the farm labor shortage here in the Valley. This year, local farms ...

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History of the Heirloom Renaissance

Editor's Note: This week's piece, as well a share of the heirloom tomato renaissance, is brought to you by Judith Redmond and Andrew Brait (pictured) at Full Belly Farm. The piece ran originally in the July 27 Full Belly Beet. Many of the tomatoes that we call ‘heirlooms’ today were developed in home gardens ...

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Falling not far from the tree

Living here in the Capay Valley, we are surrounded by some of the world's finest and freshest produce. Pasture-raised meats, organic vegetables of every stripe, award-winning olive oils, and even heirloom grains are grown within a few miles or a few feet of our homes. There's just one problem: where can we buy ...

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From Ketchup to California Cuisine

Editor's Note: This piece by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins is part of the Cal Ag Roots Series, a project of the California Institute for Rural Studies, and was originally titled From Ketchup to California Cuisine: How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted Today's Food Movement. Prepare to be schooled!  Ildi is the director of the Cal Ag ...

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We`re hot and we`re cold

Fire Update I am very happy to share the news, that the Rocky Fire is now 85% contained!  People near Clearlake have returned to their homes.  Firefighters kept the fire away from thousands of homes, but still 100 homes were lost.  If you want, you can contribute to the relief fund here. The ...

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Should we talk about the weather?

"Get everything wet," reads one farm's list, and then, "Move gas." "We have fire hoses hooked up at strategic points," writes another friend, "and the generator hooked up so we can pump if the power goes out." As of this writing, Monday 8/3, the Capay Valley is preparing for fire. On the north end of ...

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We currently serve the San Francisco Bay Area through public and private pick-up sites. Our public sites include:

Esparto Pacific Ace Hardware

Oakland YMCA, Bay Grape Wine Shop

San Francisco Avedano's Holly Park Market & Meat Wagon, Cheese Plus, Drewes Bros. Meats, Fatted Calf, Say Cheese

Palo Alto Calafia Cafe

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