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FarmShares Week of March 23, 2015


The Weedeaters

Editor's note: This photograph is of plantain lanceolata, a supposedly edible thing I will not eat again. The hairs on the oxtongue are not entirely inviting. It looks like it might throw its quills at you and run. But the internet says you can eat it, and there’s not any misinformation on the internet, ...

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Luck Of The Draw

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we celebrate our Farm Shop patrons--you--and all the wearing of the green that you do, all year round, via your vibrant health. Inspired by Judith Redmond at Full Belly Farm, here is this year's 2014 wrap-up for our FarmShares boxes. What follows is a list of everything ...

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Everything We Want To Do Is Illegal

With weather in the 70s and blossoms on the trees, it’s spring fever for certain. And with thoughts of spring come thoughts of planting, and seeds. Indeed, such were the thoughts of an enthusiastic group of farmers and gardeners from the Capay Valley and beyond, who gathered at the Western Yolo Grange Hall ...

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The Color Green

Editor's Note: Nothing goes with greens, like bacon.  This week we are featuring pasture-raised bacon from Simas Swine and Wine, locally cured and smoked.  Available as an Add-On.  Dice, brown, add fresh greens from your box, and savor the season. This week's post is by Annie Main, of Good Humus Farm. As I drove home from ...

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No Rumen There

It's a new year, and our standards are higher. Proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, was passed by California voters in 2008 and goes into effect this year. This law mandates that chicken cages, sow gestation crates, and veal crates be large enough for animals to stretch their legs and ...

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Nuts about Nuts

Each spring around this time, the ground squirrels come out of their holes and start foraging. They eat ryegrass, oatgrass, and clover. Barley, brome and lupine. And they take the first course of their annual almond feast--white almond blossoms from between the grass. And each spring around this time, bees arrive in Capay ...

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Love Letter to a Hardware Store

Editor’s Note: Gillies Robertson of Skyelark Ranch is our guest blogger today.  Skyelark Ranch pastured meats - “Always Good Natured” - are available through our MeatShares as well as in person at the Jack London Square and Davis Farmer’s Markets.  This post was originally featured on Gil’s Place. Upon entering any self-respecting hardware ...

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Pickles and Ice Cream

One of my best friends is pregnant, and one has just given birth. There was a moment there, last week, where two of my best friends were pregnant, and I was in the kitchen trying to triple all my recipes--to bring food to sustain them and their kids-to-be. Like you, intrepid box subscribers, ...

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Who Will Own the Land?

“In the next 20 years, 400 million acres of farmland will change hands.” Severine von Tscharner Fleming was speaking to a gathering of young and not so young farmers and farm allies in Capay Valley at the Guinda Grange Hall. She came equipped with facts, stories, models and strategies to share—all with ...

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Great Human Endeavor

It appears that we are in a little dry cycle here for awhile, we’ve dried out from that magnificent and fulfilling set of storms from December, and have even had a few days of north wind now, an old friend who we remember from our childhood, blowing away the fog and bringing ...

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Capay Valley Farm Shop offers a rare opportunity for families and institutions to buy 100% local, seasonal food direct from 40 small, family farms.

WHERE WE ARE

Our pick-up locations.
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

Sacramento Insight Coffee

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