Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest

August 20, 2014

In Your Box:

Every Week
Sweet Peppers
Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Slicer Tomatoes
Dragon Tongue Beans
O’ Henry Peaches

Every Other Week
Summer Squash
Butterball Potatoes
Jimmy Nardello Peppers
Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Onions
Red Slicing Tomatoes
O’ Henry Peaches



"I think first and foremost, people only protect the things they love. And you can't love something unless you inherently identify with it. -Kris Tompkins


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Can you spot the praying mantis?


Farm News

By Brock Rasor

No matter how difficult the day was, or how hot the weather is, or how far behind we seem to get, every evening is a chance for me to walk around the beautiful 55 acres along the American River Parkway that make up Soil Born Farms. To identify with a place in a intimate way such as farming, connects you in a physical, emotional, and spiritual way. 


As we bring our transition from summer to fall our squash and cucumbers begin to mellow out and as the weather cools we begin to put or fall brassicas into the ground. The winter squash is setting fruit that grows by the day while its leaves slowly shrink back. Tomatoes are fierce as usual. I encourage each of you, as our members, and more so as our partners, and community to take a few minutes when you come to pick up your box from either of our farm locations; look around. Examine the difference in the field as we do daily. Go listen to the chickens and watch them scratch the ground for bugs and roam green pastures. Watch the peacefulness of the cows and sheep, and the shiftless pigs. Breath the air and for heavens sake, talk to a farmer!

As I begin to think more about starting a farm and what I believe it should look like I keep coming back to one simple things; community. community involvement, community investment, and communal enjoyment! What joy is it to grow a 40lb, beautiful watermelon, or raise a delicious, marbled, grass fed animal, and eat it by yourself?

No, these are pleasure that are meant to be enjoyed with friends, family, and community. Don’t like lemon cucumbers? Instead of composting them, maybe your neighbor adores them and would love the opportunity to catch up on life.


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 A field, bountiful with summer squash.

Featured Veggie: Heirloom Tomato

What’s your favorite part of summer produce? Most might be inclined to say heirloom tomatoes. They boast bold, complex flavor and can reach tremendous sizes.

Try growing your own by saving seeds from the ones we give you! Heirloom seeds can be easily collected and will continue to show the traits of the original seed because this family of tomatoes almost always self-pollinate.

Collecting heirloom seed is as easy as picking ripe tomatoes, chopping or mashing into a jar till less than half-full, filling with water, shaking from time to time and allowing to decompose for 1–6 days until seeds sink to the bottom, then rinsing until the seeds are clean, and drying.

This decomposition is beneficial because it discourages transmission of diseases to the seed, the drying promotes better germination, and because the seeds are easier to separate when they are clean. 


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Midtown Farmers Market

Featured Recipe

Please click on the link to see our recipe: Sweet Frying Pepper & Tomato Sauce




Dates and Notes

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Sometimes we find unexpected surprises in the field.

Graywater System Installation Workshop    
Saturday, September 06 2014, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Come learn how and help install an actual system in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to reuse water from your from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines hands-on . Wear comfortable shoes and gloves and weather-appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. To see if you qualify for reimbursement for the cost of the class, go to

Note: Class will be held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr. in Rancho Cordova

Instructor: Christina Bertea and Daniel Tran, Greywater Action

$60, $50 Co-op owners

Join Us for Our 12th Annual Autumn Equinox  Fundraiser
4:30-8:30pm $60 per person
Saturday, September 20th
 3000 Hurley  Way

- Online
- Soil Born Farms 916-363-9685
- No Tickets sold at the door

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