FarmShares Week of October 27, 2014

A Carinata Kale Story

This story comes from Good Humus Produce. It's about a green that our Bushel members received in their FarmShare last week. Carinata Kale (also spelled Karinata)  is a very special and unique green. It is a cross between mustard greens and Red Russian Kale and has a mildly spicy flavor with the texture ...

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Time-Saving Cooking Strategies From Full Belly Farm

There are definitely vegetables that you will get in your CSA box that will stump you temporarily, but over time, once you experiment with them, you may end up developing a favorite way to use them. Because the pace of our activities keeps all of us so busy, and because so many of ...

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Fall Fruit Shortage

2014 has proved a difficult fruit year in the Capay Valley with many farmers experiencing less than anticipated harvests. The situation is readily apparent with this year’s staple fall fruit crops, such as Asian pears and apples, which simply never materialized on many farms. Both human and environmental factors can affect the ...

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Promoting Local Food From Capay Valley

2014 has been an important year of growth for Capay Valley Farm Shop. A few months ago we announced our selection as an inaugural grantee of the Wallace Center’s Food Hub Development Grants, which is helping us improve our operational capacity and expand our services. Last week we achieved another first: The U.S. ...

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Shifting Seasons

The farm is shifting and easing into the start of a fall season. As days shorten, so do our work hours – now starting at 7 am and finishing by 5. The crops that we cultivate and seeds planted reflect the fall and winter approach. Andrew and Jan are planting fall greens, ...

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Cooking With Winter Squash

It is almost Fall here folks. The days are growing shorter, and cooler, (we haven’t had any 100 plus degree days lately) and there is the possibility of rain in this week’s forecast. Hooray! One of the things we look most forward to at the onset of Fall is winter squash. It ...

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The Hoes Down Top Ten

Another summer has come and gone. Baby goats were born, tomatoes were packed and pages on the calendars turned. The farmers on Full Belly Farm generally do not count time day to day. Instead, we see the changing seasons by the events that have become the constant reminder that another year has ...

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Pairing FarmShares With Wine

There are so many ways to be creative in the kitchen when you make the commitment to support local farmers. Our FarmShares subscribers receive regular deliveries of 100% seasonal produce and rely on many of the recipes on our website to help find easy and delicious ideas on what to cook. But ...

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Labor Shortage

This year, a lot of conversation about farming has centered on the topic of drought, but drought is not the only major problem farmers are facing this year: there is also a shortage of farm laborers this year. So this week, in conjunction with Labor Day, I talked to Andrew Brait at ...

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Meet Your Farmers: Blue Heron Farm And Riverdog Farm

At Farm Shop we work with over 45 different farms and ranches, and our family is constantly growing. This week, we would like to feature two of our farmers who’s produce will be in your FarmShares — Blue Heron Farm and Riverdog Farm. Blue Heron Farm Using certified organic production practices, Blue Heron Farm uses ...

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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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