Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest

November 25, 2015


Weekly and Every Other Week

Beets or Carrots
Butternut Squash
Mushrooms (Dragon Mushroom Company)
Sage, purple
Broccoli raab or lettuce
Rutabaga (Full Belly Farm)
Chard or dino Kale


“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ”
-W. T. Purkiser

Farm News
By  Clara Villalobos Andino

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As the day of thanks approaches, I am reminded of one of my favorite poets, Pablo Neruda, and one of his beautiful odes.  


by Pablo Neruda


Thanks to the word that says thanks!
Thanks to thanks,
word that melts iron and snow!

The world is a threatening place
until thanks makes the rounds
from one pair of lips to another,
soft as a bright
feather and sweet as a petal of sugar,
filling the mouth with its sound
or else a mumbled


Life becomes human again:


it’s no longer an open window.


A bit of brightness
strikes into the forest,
and we can sing again beneath the leaves.

Thanks, you’re the medicine we take
to save us from the bite of scorn.

Your light brightens the altar of harshness.

Or maybe a tapestry known
to far distant peoples.


Travelers fan out
into the wilds,
and in the jungle
of strangers,
merci rings out
while the hustling train
changes countries,
sweeping away borders,
then spasibo clinging to pointy
volcanoes, to fire and freezing cold, or danke, yes!


and gracias, and the world turns into a table:

a single word has wiped it clean,
plates and glasses gleam, silverware tinkles,
and the tablecloth is as broad as a plain.


Thank you, thanks,
for going out and returning,
for rising up and settling down.


We know, thanks,
that you don’t fill every space-
you’re only a word-
but where your little petal
appears the daggers of pride take cover, and there’s a penny’s worth of smiles.


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One of the first light frosts on our oregano patch


Featured Fruit: Apples

Fun and interesting facts about Apples(Malus domestica)


Apples are in the same family as roses.


They contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a great source of fiber.

Most apples that are grown today are still picked by hand.


36 states in the U.S. grow apples commercially.


The study of apples is called pomology.


Pilgrims planted the first apple trees the Massachusetts Bay colony.


Archeologists have found that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 B.C.


There are 7,500 varieties of apples in the world!


Featured Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


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Alicia checking out the garlic at the Hurley Farm


Dates and Notes
Come join us at the Midtown Market. Last Saturday was the last day of our farm stand season at the American River Ranch. Please visit us at the Midtown Market(2020 J St) on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. The market will go on  through the end of December and possibly through March.

The Joy of Succulents: Wreath Making Workshop           

Wednesday, December 02 2015, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us and learn how to make beautiful succulent wreaths like you’ve seen on Pinterest and in magazines. We will go over how cuttings are prepared, how to care for your wreath to keep it beautiful year after year, and using different design principles in creating your masterpiece. The finished wreath can be hung in your home or garden to enjoy. Many people use as a centerpiece during the holidays with a candle placed in the middle.

Instructor: Pamela Marentis

$35, $30 Co-op owners (plus a $35 materials fee, payable to the instructor at class, will be required)

Note: This class will be held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch

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Herbal Medicine for the Winter Time

Saturday, January 23 2016, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Candis Cantin (EverGreen Herb Garden) will be highlighting herbs to enhance your health during the winter season. We will focus on herbal teas, soups enhanced with herbs, herbal honeys, poultices, foot baths, and other applications. This class is very experiential, and there will be lots of sampling and making of herbal healing medicines. We will talk about herbs such as astragalus, codonopsis, goji berries, cinnamon, cardamom, garlic and more.

$35  $30 Co-op owners


Note: This class will be held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch

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