Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest

August 6, 2014

Every Week
Heirloom tomatoes
Purple Potatoes
Red tomatoes
Dragon Tongue beans


Every Other Week
Honey Dew Melon
Green bell peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Red potatoes

People who love to eat are always the best people”
-Julia Child


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Porter in the tomatoes

Farm News

By Elle Huftill-Balzer

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The farm is so amazing right now.  There is so much beautiful food growing, it is blowing my mind.  What also is cool to see are the rhythms of nature..  Last year around this time, we, along with the rest of the farmers in California, were dealing with a serious aphid issue. They were sucking the life out of the plants, thus weakening them and impacting the amount we were able to harvest.  We had very low yields and what we did get, the quality was effected by the infestation. 


Our winter squash was a sad sight to  see.  The leaves were almost non existent, a lot of the fruit was damaged by the sun because they were not covered by leaves….  But this year is a whole different story. The field is going bonkers.  We aren’t 100% what to attribute last year’s aphid issues to and don’t know why this year they are not present in the same numbers, but I think  there are certainly rhythms in nature that cause an eb and flow. 


This year, we are experiencing an incredible year with huge quantities of produce coming out of the field.  Not only is there a lot, but it all looks pretty darn amazing.  We are at maximum capacity with our cooler space, since January 1, we have donated 17,890 lbs to the food bank!!  We haven’t even started sending them tomatoes yet!!  We always have more tomatoes than we can deal with here, so we are able to pass that nutritional, delicious fruit on to those in need.  

If you haven’t been able to make it out to the farm, or you have and want to share it with someone else, please do.  The winter squash is, no joke, a sea of green.  The foliage is about 31/2 feet tall and  beautiful.  Under all of that green, I hope there are bunches of squash waiting to pop out for the fall time, which is right around the corner.


Holy cow!  I can’t believe it is already August.  It literally feels like yesterday it was the middle of March.   Time zooms by when you are working working working to grow and bring in all this good stuff.

Come by the farm stand on Saturday, 8-1, grab a cup of coffee and take a stroll around the farm.  We would love to see some new faces.Or come visit us at the Midtown Saturday Market!!


Featured Veggie/Herb: Rosemary

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region and is part of the mint family,.  The name Rosemary comed from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “Dew of the Sea”.

Rosemary is used as a decretive plant in many gardens, id drought tolerant, and have many culinary and medicinal uses.  


Ideal growing conditions for rosemary is in full sun and in well drained soil, it does not withstand waterlogging and some varieties are susceptible to frost. According to Wikipedia, there are 25 different types of rosemary, some that have yellow leaves, some with white, blue or pink flowers, some that droop and some that grow upright.

Rosemary is high in Iron, Calcium and Vitamin B6 .  Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega 3-rich oils.

Personally, I make a rosemary water (1 cup fesh rosemary to 8 cups of water, boil and cool, strain out rosemary, store in fridge) to use on my hair after I wash it. Just pour on and let air dry,  Your hair will be super shiny, squeaky clean and smell great!!



Featured Recipe

Please click on the link to see our recipe:

Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad


Dates and Notes

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Marketing Value-Added Products
Saturday, August 9
Value-added products can mean anything from dried fruit to bacon.  Learn how to add value to raw materials and how to comply with the new Cottage Food Law and food safety regulations.  Bob Corshen has over fifty years of experience in the food industry in sales, marketing and operations.  From reducing production costs for Clif Bar to advising small business owners in Suriname as a Peace Corps member. Recently retiring from CAFF (Community Alliance for Family Farms) where he served as the Farm-to-Market Director, he is now consulting with a local apple grower on a start-up hard cider company in Sonoma. Bob will share his wealth of knowledge and experience and teach you how to successfully create and market value-added products to grow your business.
Instructor: Bob Corshen

Seasonal Fruit Tree Care Class
Wednesday, August 13
Growing fruit trees can be an immensely rewarding and fulfilling investment, and can add a perennial, valuable product to diversify your harvest.   Learn how to plant and grow fruit trees in your yard, garden, or small farm.  Find out how to care for your trees all year long to ensure healthy and abundant harvests. This class will cover variety selection, propagation, seasonal pruning, chill hour requirements, nutrient requirements, pest and disease control, climate-specific considerations, and more.

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