FarmShares Week of July 27, 2015

The hotter the summer, the sweeter the fruits

Editor's Note: This piece by Judith Redmond originally ran in the 7/6/2015 Full Belly Beet, and is every bit as relevant this week, with an expected high of 107 F.  Keep farmworkers in your thoughts this week, as we all try to stay cool and stay sane. At Full Belly Farm, there can ...

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And in this corner…

I do it, too. Every Thursday, I pick up my box full of beauty, check over the contents, and tote the box out to my car.  When I get home, I fill up my fridge and place the empty box by the door. And then, sometime during that week, I pick garlic.  Or I ...

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Follow that Rooster

Editor's Note: Capay Valley Farm Shop is proud to be a part of the Follow the Rooster campaign to support new farmers.  Read on to learn about the issue, and how you can take the pledge. Excerpt from, and more available, at In just the next 20 years, 400 million acres of American ...

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And the winners are…

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our winners! Our hearty congratulations go out to Regina Zerne (first place Bushel), Christine Powlan (first place Peck), and Abby Jaramillo (second place Bushel)*! This was a tough competition to judge, as every single entry looked appealing, nutritious and fresh. We are inspired by your cookery, and the ...

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Reinventing the Wheel

So we are what's called a food hub: here at the Farm Shop, we aggregate local produce, for local distribution.  At a time when our food system spans continents, getting local food to market is a simple wish that's complex to fulfill. As we learn how to coordinate with farmers, chefs, site hosts ...

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Holding Back the Ewes

Editor's Note: Home chefs, start your engines! This week, June 22-27, is the Capay Valley Farm Shop Cooking Contest! Enter your menu submissions this week, based on your FarmShare, to win fabulous prizes. If you missed the contest rules, you can read it all here. Email us at by this Saturday, ...

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Allez Cuisiner!

Summer is in full swing, and that means it's time for some fabulous prizes. Home chefs, welcome to the 2015 Capay Valley Farm Shop Cooking Contest! This year's competition begins and ends next week, June 22-26, and the theme is Menu Planning.  You know: that thing you do, when you're really organized and together ...

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Better than a Tote Bag

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 2015 Summer Membership Drive. It's like a pledge drive, only we don't stop the music. Or the produce. "How can I get involved?" you ask. "How can I get $5 off for every referral, and hook my friends up with $5 off their first box?" Well, ...

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Downtime with the Doyennes of Dirt

So I'll tell you what happened today, but first I'd like you to call your state Senator. You know, catch up on things, say hey, how's the kids. And urge her-or-him to support SB 367, the Agriculture Climate Benefits Act. Voting is this week, so the moment is now---unless you're reading this Friday, ...

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Into Uncharted Waters

Editor's Note: We've heard about the "tragedy of the commons" - wherein individuals acting in their own self-interest, overdraw a shared resource. As the drought deepens, Californians are struggling to avoid this tragedy at home. Farmers sit at an uncomfortable nexus of resource management - we act in the interest of our community of ...

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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.


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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