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March 6, 2018


What’s in this Week’s VEGGIE BOX:

Cabbage, Oranges, Lemons, Asparagus, Kale, Cauliflower and Carrots


What’s in this Week’s FLOWERS BOUQUET-A mixture of Anemones, Tulips, Rosemary, Daffodils and sweet bush. The cold weather is keeping the flowers short, slowing them bloom. But watch those tulips in your bunch as they grow in your vases quite amazing!



Woodland CSA Promotional Gathering

March 20th


628 4th Street Woodland

We would like to promote our Saturday Woodland CSA and are asking your help to get the word out about our gathering. We will be offering a 6 week special for $100 starting April 21st, with a giveaway of a CSA Box, Flowers, and a Fruit Bag the evening of the gathering.


The Pocket and Edible Pedal drops are also in need of promoting, if you have ideas of potential gatherings let us know.



This Week on the Farm

          Driving home from making deliveries yesterday I was thinking about what to write in this week’s newsletter, sometimes it is a challenge to come up with a topic, sometimes it is a one word inspiration that gets Jeff or I going for a page or two. Sometimes I feel like we have written about everything multiple times, and what is there left to say? And then sometimes it is a page of stream of consciousness more like a very long run on sentence. And once we start the first of the writing, you never know where it will fall in all of those categories, just let go, have faith and hope it is worth reading by the end.


          Spring time came to mind, and once again the weather, and how the rain has given everything a feeling of being washed. The sky is so clear blue, as if it went through the washer, removing all of the dust particles out, just leaving the squeaky clean sky itself. The air is cold and crisp, also a feeling of clean and fresh. As I pass the orchards they now have wet ground all settled, the grass on the orchard floor is greener than last week. I guess really the rain makes everything look and feel right again, back on track for today or this week no certainty for the future, just for right now.


          The hills to the west-well they are trying real hard to turn from the washed out brown to the spring green they usually are this time of year, it will take some more rain to grow past last year’s stubble. The oak trees are starting to bud out, my favorite time of year, there is a beginning of a chartreuse green buds that are set against the stark brown craggy old oak branches, such a contrast, and the start of another cycle once again. As I was driving, what came popping out were the reddish pinkish blooms of the Redbud trees. There is not much blooming this time of year, except the Redbud, a California native that can’t be missed. I remember when the kids were small and we would drive up the Capay Valley and play I spy. Ali remembers mostly looking for the hawks sitting on the telephone poles (Zach the older, always had the Hawkeye).


          We also would look for the Redbud trees, hawks were harder to spot than those brilliant redbuds trees when in flower, and then harder when it was just the heart shape leaves that came out after the flowers. Right now is when the Redbud are in full of color. As I was traveling yesterday afternoon, I did my own I Spy for those old naturally growing Redbud, not seeing a lot, but on some of those neglected farm corners there would be some huge shrubs. It took me back to wondering what the valley looked like when the California Native Indians lived here, minus all of our agricultural landscape transformations.  And I thought of the California Indians using those Redbud branches, harvesting them in the winter rainy months splitting and drying them, and then using them as a red design in their baskets. I have done some basket making years ago, and have used the Redbud, not too successfully, so I have an appreciation for the knowledge and skill it takes to make a fine detailed basket. They would tend their redbud plants, making sure to prune them so the branches or new shoots were straight and just the right thickness.  Now the redbud is known and planted for its early color in a drought tolerant garden. If you ever get close up to one, make sure to sample the flowers, they are sweet and edible, the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds like them too. I guess I was on my own journey traveling through the valley towards home, enjoying seeing those Redbud trees, knowing how long they have been around, knowing they used to be highly valued and useful in another time.


           Not much of a farm newsy newsletter, but spring is definitely coming to us once again. The cycles can’t be easily stopped, delayed or ahead of itself, but the seasons come not matter what and those Redbud flowers, the oaks small green buds coming out are proof that we are moving into spring. Take a drive out into the country, or walk the UC Davis Arboretum (which has a huge collection of Redbud) and see if you too can I Spy our native Redbud, and keep an eye out for those hawks too. Have a great week~Annie

     This Weeks Newsletter

July 28, 2015