Monthly Archives: February 2015

FarmShares Week of February 23, 2015

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Asparagus — Durst Organic Growers • Curly Parsley — Full Belly Farm • Black Spanish Radish & Green Chard — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

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Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Kohlrabi — Capay Organic • Red Beets, Red Butter Lettuce & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • Gold Turnips & White Spring Onions — Riverdog Farm •

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Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Asparagus — Durst Organic Growers • Red Beets & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • White Spring Onions [...]

FarmShares Week of February 23, 2015

Bushel

Asparagus — Durst Organic Growers • Curly Parsley — Full Belly Farm • Black Spanish Radish & Green Chard — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Kohlrabi — Capay Organic • Red Beets, Red Butter Lettuce & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • Gold Turnips & White Spring Onions — Riverdog Farm •

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Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Asparagus — Durst Organic Growers • Red Beets & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • White Spring Onions [...]

News from the Farm | February 23, 2015

What we put in the CSA boxes last year

Veggies in Your 2014 Boxes

(Not including Fruit or Alliums)

Number of weeks out of 48 

Bunched Greens

41

Carrots

24

Potatoes

22

Lettuce and Salad Mix

19

Beets

16

Eggplant

15

Tomatoes – mostly heirlooms

14

Peppers (Flamingo, Jimmy Nardello)

14

Winter Squash (mixed varieties)

13

Broccoli

13

Cabbage (Green, Napa or Red)

11

Herbs (chives, dill, parsley, rosemary)

9

Basil

8

Spinach

7

Cucumbers

7

Turnips

6

Summer Squash

5

Asparagus

5

Red Daikon

4

Green beans

4

Fennel

4

Cherry Tomatoes

4

Kohlrabi

3

Celery Root

3

Rutabagas

2

Radishes

1

Black Eye Peas

1

Artichokes

1

Every year we like to look back at what went in the CSA boxes during the previous year.  This year I compiled the table that we are including here so that you can think back about how you used the vegetables that we put in the boxes over the 48 weeks that we made deliveries in 2014.  

I have a separate list for fruit and I also took all of the Alliums that we grow and grouped them separately.  Allium is the botanical name for the Genus that includes Onions (fresh and dried), Garlic (green and dried) and Leeks.  I grouped these because to me, they seem like the foundation of so many vegetable dishes that I was curious how many weeks of the year they were included.  The answer turned out to be 44.  That means that 44 out of 48 of your 2014 boxes included onions, garlic, or leeks.

I also grouped fruit separately.  We put Grapes (10 times), Oranges (10 times), Melons (9 times), Peaches (7 times), Pomegranates (6 times), Strawberries (3 times) and Apricots (once) into your boxes last year, adding up to 46 weeks out of 48, with fruit in the box.  I do remember that someone commented that we were including too many pomegranates, but with so many of these seasonal vegetables you have to enjoy them while they last because it will be an entire year before you get them again.

We should probably tell anyone who joins our CSA that we really hope they enjoy bunched greens, because Full Belly CSA families will be eating bunched greens at least once a week for almost 10 months of the year.  The bunched greens that we put into your boxes last year included arugula, bok choi, chard, collards, lacinato kale, joi choi, karinata kale, red kale, mizuna, red mustard, and tat soi.

Overall, it’s clear that the CSA box brings a great diversity of fruits and vegetables into the kitchen.  Sometimes it may require a spirit of experimentation to figure out how to cook everything and other times you may have to repeat a recipe here and there with vegetables that are repeated. Let us know what you think of this list of veggies. We always enjoy hearing your ideas and comments.

–Judith Redmond

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Open Farm Day

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Open farm day on Sunday March 22nd has a lamb and wool theme this year, with a complete Full Belly Farm tour included.  We have over 150 young lambs frolicking around the farm this year and they are guaranteed to make you smile. Arrive by 10:30 so that you can park and be ready for the tour which starts at 11:00 sharp.  We invite you to come and get to know your farm and the farmers.  Non-CSA members are welcome.  After the tour, which usually lasts 1 1/2 hours, you are welcome to stay and continue to walk around the farm or enjoy a picnic lunch.  

 

Down the road from Full Belly Farm, on the same day, there is another opportunity to learn about sheep and their wool – Sheep to Shawl, at the Grange Community Hall. For more information about this event and the hands-on activities being offered, visit the Facebook page. At 1:00, lunch of soup, bread and salad will be on sale at the Grange for $5.

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FarmShares Week of February 16, 2015

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Baby Tokyo Turnips, Bintje New Potatoes & Wild Mustard Greens — Full Belly Farm • Red Radishes — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Jester Lettuce, Nantes Carrots & Yellow Spring Onions — Full Belly Farm • Meyer Lemons — Good Humus Produce • Bok Choy & Curly Kale — Riverdog Farm •

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Navel Oranges — Blue Heron Farm • Jester Lettuce & Yellow Spring Onions — Full Belly Farm • Meyer Lemons — Good Humus Produce [...]

News from the Farm | February 16, 2015

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 in Guinda at the end of January for the 2nd Annual Seed, Plant and Scion Swap. It was a chance to bandy and barter all manner of plant matter, from seeds to starts to fruit tree cuttings. Seed and plant exchanges like this one have sprung up across the country in recent years, and represent a hearty interest in community resiliency and local self-sufficiency.  Regionally saved seeds can be selected for, and therefore more adapted to, the specific climate and environmental challenges of a locale, and for farmers or gardeners, saving their own seeds expresses independence, knowledge and access. The exchange and preservation of seeds can be organized relatively informally, as a once a year community seed swap (like here in the Capay Valley) or it can take on the more formalized form of a seed library. Across the United States, there are now over 300 seed libraries, all providing low-cost or “free access to seeds, protect[ing] the diversity of our food sources, and educat[ing] community members about growing food and saving seed.” (seedlibrary.net)

Inspirational, right? Perhaps you already use your local seed library or seed swap, or perhaps you now want to start one. But did you know that there’s an important campaign under way to ensure that these models of local and regional seed sharing don’t become unfairly targeted by state department of agriculture laws that were written with commercial seed transactions in mind?

Here’s what happened: Last summer, a seed library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania received a letter from the state’s department of agriculture warning that the non-profit library was in violation of the state’s seed law. Then, later in the fall, the Minnesota DOA cracked down on a seed library in Duluth.  These actions have prompted a nationwide effort, led by the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, calling for revisions to state seed laws.

These laws mostly deal with labeling, germination and noxious weed requirements and their original intent is to protect the consumer, the farmer or gardener. Which makes sense, because if you’re a farmer purchasing a large quantity of seed, you want to make sure that you don’t unknowingly sow a bunch of noxious weed seeds in your fields or sink your hard earned money into seed that has abysmally low germination. In some states, the law clearly only applies to the sale of seeds; however, in other states, the law may be construed to apply to seeds that are bartered, shared or transported – basically, any transaction that involves seed changing hands. To you and me, applying the same laws intended to govern commercial seed transactions to 

community seed swaps and seed libraries seems unreasonable, and certainly like a giant misapplication – in terms of scale (seed libraries deal in small volumes of seed, not commercial quantities), resources (seed libraries don’t have the staff or the budgets to meet germination testing and labeling requirements), and mission (seed libraries are focused on giving people access to low-cost or free seed and preserving unique varieties, not on profit). But not so to the state DOAs in Pennsylvania and Minnesota – and possibly others.

So what can you do? The Sustainable Economies Law Center has created an online petition. State legislatures in Minnesota, Nebraska, and California will consider bills this session to remove these unnecessary legal barriers to sharing locally grown and saved seeds. You can sign the petition at seedlibraries.net and learn more at www.theselc.org/seed_advocacy_faqs

What else can you do? Save seed. Grow plants. Support your local seed library. Invest in community food resiliency. Sustain your local farmers. And eat your veggies from Full Belly Farm!

–Gwenael Engelskirchen 

Full Belly crew

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Plates of tomato seeds that Full Belly saves from the previous year’s tomato harvest.

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FarmShares Week of February 9, 2015

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Broccoli & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • Sage & Yellow Carrots — Riverdog Farm •  Plus everything in the Peck

Peck

King Richard Leeks — Full Belly Farm • Sun Dried Peaches — Good Humus Produce • Valencia Oranges — Guru Ram Das Orchards • Collards, Dragon Tongue Radishes, Rutabagas & Scarlet Queen Turnips — Riverdog Farm •

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Broccoli & Spinach — Full Belly Farm • Sun Dried Peaches — Good Humus Produce • Valencia Oranges — Guru Ram Das Orchards • Yellow Carrots — [...]