FarmShares Week of June 29, 2015

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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Farm Shop Action Alert: Let`s Grow Better Dirt

Editor's Note: I can't stop reposting these wonderful pieces by Judith Redmond on farms and climate change!  This one has an audience participation piece: if you decide you like SB367, write a brief letter of support (sample letter here) and send it to Climate change, and unusual weather may fall with a ...

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Little Sprouts, Big Harvest

Editor’s Note: Nothing goes better with sprouts, than a nice, juicy burger. This week, in preparation for Memorial Day, we’ve got 2 burgers for you: choose Angus beef patties from Manas Ranch; or grass-fed ground from Casa Rosa Farms. Buy 4, get 1 free. Show those kids your mad cooking skills. When you ...

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Growing Up With Growers

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers’ dedication to the years-long task of raising us. Mothering requires constancy, commitment, and round-the-clock care. And do you know what other job is like that? Farming. This week, I had the good fortune to speak with Trini Campbell, co-owner and farmer at Riverdog Farm, and mother to ...

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Yes, We Can

Last week I watched The Island President, a film about the President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives. Maldives is an island nation in deep trouble from rising sea levels. While in office, President Nasheed worked furiously to raise awareness and promote action on climate worldwide, even playing a supporting role in the landmark Copenhagen Accord 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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