Soil Born Farms Digest: CSA Newsletter

August 24, 2016


“Food is our common ground, a universal experience. “
-James Beard


In Your Box:
Every Week:
Galia melon
Eggplant– Listad and Black Beauty
Italian large leaf basil
Cal Early Garlic
Mixed variety potatoes
Mixed variety onions
Cherry tomato baskets
Verde and Purple
tomatillos baskets
Heirloom tomatoes


Every Other Week:
Galia melon
Eggplant– Listad and Black Beauty
Italian large leaf basil
Cal Early Garlic
Mixed variety potatoes
Mixed variety onions
Cherry tomato baskets
Gypsy and green bell

Farm News
By Elle Huftill-Balzer

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Flowers from the farm!

I can’t believe it is already the end of August!! The time just flew by. The Fall Equinox Celebration that was months down the road, is now right around the corner!
It is being held at the American River Ranch on Sept 17th. This is the first year that the fundraiser will be held at the ranch. In previous years, it has taken place that the Hurley Way Farm in Arden. I am excited to see what the change of location has to offer the event! One thing that it will enable us to do is open the celebration to more participants and attendees.

Get your tickets early, we sell out every year and have folks looking for tickets even after we sell out!

Another thing the ranch will have to offer is a great view of the sunset. If you haven't seen the sunset from the American River Ranch, you are missing out, it is pretty beautiful. For some reason, the sunrises and sun sets are consistently beautiful from the ranch.

If you aren’t familiar with our annual Equinox Celebration and Fundraiser, please hop on our website for more complete info and ticket sales.

As we get in to September, which we can consider the fall in these parts, we start to see the farm slow down in production of the summer crops. The summer squash and cucumbers are starting to produce a lot less than they were in the heat of the summer, the tomatoes are taking a break until the next succession comes on in mid September, and the watermelons-we just harvested their last big flush of the season.
Though some crops are just hitting their stride– like peppers, eggplant and cantaloupe. Having been here for almost 5 seasons now, it is so interesting to me to see how the crops are different each year, how they produce, what pests we get, when they start to put themselves down for the winter.

After a long summer of non stop action, it is kind of a relief to see some of the summer production slow and a change of energy happens– planting little starts for the fall/winter season.

Featured Fruit: Galia Melon
Originating from a cross between the green-flesh melon cultivar 'Ha-Ogen' and the netted-rind melon cultivar 'Krimka'. Developed in Israel at the Ne´ve Yaar Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organization by the melon breeder Dr. Zvi Karchi[1] and released in 1973, the Galia melon was named after Karchi's daughter, whose name means "God's wave" in Hebrew. Left at room temperature, Galias keep well, but after cutting, uneaten pieces should be wrapped and refrigerated to preserve taste.
To make a palate cleanser between courses on a warm evening, peel, seed and cut a Galia melon into chunks. Mince a few of the chunks and set aside. Peel, seed and cut a cucumber into chunks. Add the cucumber and melon chunks to a blender, along with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt (I like Nancy's brand). Puree, then chill for 45 minutes. Serve in small glasses, each topped with a teaspoon of the reserved minced melon.


Featured Recipe: Potato & Roasted Pepper Salad


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Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms for sale at the Farmstand!


Dates and Notes
Bird Walk
Sat. August 27, 8-10am.

Price: $8
We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season.
Instructor: Cliff Hawley


Cooking out of the CSA Box
Wed, August 31, 2016, 6 - 7pm
Price: $10
Come learn to cook with seasonal produce right out of our CSA box! Instructor: Michelle Smith, Soil Born Farms


Fall Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale
Saturday, Sept. 3, 8am-3pm
Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. Registration will occur at the event ONLY and be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Growing Medicinal & Culinary Herbs
Wed. Sept. 7, 5:30-8:30pm.

Price: $25
This class offers classroom and hands-on instruction for growing an array of annuals and perennials, including how to harvest and use what you grow.
Instructor: Daylin Wade


Flower Arranging for the Home Gardener
Sat. Sept. 10, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Price: $25
Elle will show you how to create a plan for growing cut flowers as well as different types of flower arranging. Participants will create a bouquet to take home.
Instructor: Elle Huftill-Balzer

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