Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest

January 21, 2015


Savoy cabbage
Romanesco Cauliflower
Acorn Squash


Every other week
Kiwi (Ariza Farm)
Red Russian Kale
Mustard Greens
Purple Top Turnips


“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
― Erma Bombeck

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Crazy Turnip Lady


Farm News
By Elle Huftill-Balzer

Many times, it seems like the theme of these digests are “Things We Cannot Believe”.  For example… I cannot believe that it is almost February!!!!  With the coming of February, comes the first plantings of crops for the spring.  This spring has certainly come fast and also crept up on us.  Thanks to being in the great state of California, we are able to grow year round, which means that we get to have amazing produce to offer you through the winter, but it also means that there is no rest for the weary!  =) But we love what we do and it all works out in the end. 


Jared the Ranch Manager will be hoping on the tractor later this week to begin the process of preparing the field for those early spring crops...kale, cabbage, broccoli, chard...they are much like the crops you see in your box through the winter time, but...are in the spring.  =)  Michele, the Greenhouse Manager, and her stellar team of volunteers have begun seeding trays of starts in the green house.  Soon we will have little plants to put in the ground and to start this season!

 Our new crop of apprentices are showing up March 2nd, so that’s another thing that I cannot believe.  This year is on the trajectory of being a fine year with a great mix of apprentices. So far we have a fellow from Texas, another fellow from India via the east coast, a woman from Connecticut, and a woman from Long Beach, Ca. They all have a great interest in making farming their lively hood and have a diverse background to share with each other and Soil Born.    

More up and coming events...Jared will be bringing home (to the farm) a new breed of pig this weekend, the Gloucestershire Old Spot.  They are a British pig, fondly called “Old Spot”.  The boar can reach up to 600lbs and the sow 500lbs.  They are known for their intelligence and docility.    It is very exciting!!  I’m sure that you will hear more about them when it is his turn to write the digest. =)

There are many new and exciting things that are happening and I am looking forward to the year ahead!  Enjoy your box!

Note on the mustard in Every Other Week: The mustard is cosmetically damaged, but still tastes great!! Sautee it up, rip it in pieces for a salad, you will never notice those holes!


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Gloucestershire Old Spot Pig


Featured Veggie: Savoy Cabbage

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Like the rest of the cabbage family, savoy cabbage has high nutritional value. It is very low in calories, and contains no fat or cholesterol. It is a good source of dietary fiber, and protein.

 It is also rich in many vitamins and minerals, such as: Thiamine (B-1), folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, manganese, calcium, copper, phosphorous, and copper. They are also an excellent source of both Vitamins K and C. Each of the different types of cabbage have high nutritional value, as well as tremendous antioxidant and disease combating properties.


Savoy cabbage can be used in a variety of recipes. It pairs well with redwine, apples, spices,

horseradish and meat. It can be used for roulades, in stews and soups, as well as roasted plain and drizzled with olive oil . 


Fresh whole cabbage will keep in the refrigerator for one to six weeks depending on type and variety. Hard green, white or red cabbages will keep the longest while the looser Savoy and Chinese varieties need to be consumed more quickly.


Featured Recipe: Cabbage rolls


Dates and Notes


Intermediate Home Gardener Course– Winter 2015
Saturdays, 9:30-12pm at the American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova

Designed for gardeners with at least a year of edible gardening experience under their belts, this hands-on course will emphasize garden design and planning, seed saving and propagation, garden ecology, and more.

Individual Price: $225.00

Dates and Topics: Visit our website

Register: www.soilborn,org

Rain Barrel System Workshop
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00am - 03:00pm

This workshop will show you how to install a simple, inexpensive rain barrel catchment system for your home. This is a hands-on workshop (you can also observe anything you're not comfortable doing). Plus, walk away with a FREE 55-gallon rain barrel!! Some participants may be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of the class, depending on where you live.

To see if you qualify, go to Instructor: Christina Bertea, Greywater Action.

Register at or call 916.868.6399

$45, $40 Co-op Owners

Location : American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova


Harvest Sacramento Events:


  • Arden-Arcade Citrus Harvest

Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9am-1pm


Search: Harvest Sacramento


  • Pacific Elementary Citrus Harvest

Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9am-1:30pm


Search: Harvest Sacramento


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