Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest

March 25, 2015

Braising Mix
Red Russian Kale
Lettuce (Hurley Way Farm)

Every Other Week
Lettuce (Hurley Way Farm)
Winter Squash
Green Mustard
Winter Bor Kale (Hurley Way)
Braising Mix
Radishes (Hurley Way Farm)



“There are two types of people; those who eat kale and those who should” -Bo Muller-Moore


Farm News
By Ariel Young

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Annebelle would like to say hello!


This week is filled with fresh leafy greens! On Friday we officially pulled off the reemay on our leaf root block forever because rabbits can no longer damage their larger leaves. The greenhouse is full of starts that signify the busy summer season is right around the corner. Our tomato plants are about two inches tall and will soon be in the ground. On Monday we cleaned up the chard beds and donated 150 pounds of excess foliage to the Sacramento Food Bank!

On Thursday the farm team is planting the firstsuccession of potatoes. Before planting, we have to prepare each seed potato to ensure the crop does well. Alicia is cutting each potato into halves, so there are only three eyes on each piece. Three is an ideal number because each eye on a potato has the potential to become a new plant. If there are too many eyes, there will be too many plants, which will crowd the plants, reducing the size of each new potato once they are harvested.


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Featured Veggie: Asparagus
Asparagus is a member of the lily family. It grows out of a crown that is buried one foot deep in sandy soils. Under ideal conditions a spear can grow up to ten inches in a twenty four hour period.


At Soil Born we harvest asparagus three days a week. As the temperature warms up, the yields grow from about 12 pounds total for the first harvest of the year to 30 pounds at maximum production.

It is a nutrient dense food that contains Folic acid, potassium,
fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin. It also has no fat or cholesterol and a very low amount of sodium.

White and green asparagus both come from the same plant. The difference in color comes from a lack of sunlight. In order to produce white asparagus,  farms hill soil over the emerging spears.

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Featured Recipe: Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan


Dates and Notes

Beginning Home Gardener Course– Spring 2015
American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Individual Price: $225
Dates and Topics: Visit our website


Summer Day Camp
Early Bird Registration begins Jan. 26 $175/camper
Registration after April 3. $195/camper.
8am-noon each day

-Jr. Farmers : Grade 7-12  

-Sprouts: Grade 1-3

-Gardeners : Grade 4-6

To see the dates please visit

Fun on the Farm!
Saturday, April 11 2015, 9:00am - 11:00am

-Explore the American River Ranch!

-Meet the farm animals

-Dig in the garden soil

-Plant seedlings

-Make a farm fresh snack

-Create something special to take home

$15, $10 Coop Owners
Class will be held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr. in Rancho Cordova

Wildflower Wonders 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00am - 04:00pm; $5 suggested donation
Native Plant Sale and Celebration
Join us for:
•  Exhibits
•  Native Plant Sale
•  Walks and Talks
•  Plant & gardening experts
•  Family fun and more!
2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova CA95670


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A mother killdeer fearlessly protects her nest from farmers

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