July 19, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Sting Beans, Summer Squash, Basil, Cherry Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplant, Cucumbers and Parsley
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Peaches, Flavor Top Nectarines, Flame Grapes and Satsuma Plums
WHEN: August 6
Family activities from 2-6
Giving Thanks Circle 6
Dinner and Dancing 6-11
Join us in giving thanks for the eternal peach harvest this season at our farm-A Country Pot luck dinner from barbequed lamb, to homemade everything from tamales to ice cream. Bring your family. Come early and help us make Peach salsa, take a farm tour with Jeff, and stay late to enjoy watching the stars fall. Open to CSA members new and old, and all our friends and family from our local food community. We'll have activities for the entire family all afternoon from pizza making, to insect gathering, to treasure hunts, apple cider making. For the evening meal we will have farm fresh organic food from Greek Lamb to homemade tamales and of course peach salsa, peach beer, peach pies and peach ice cream and live music into the wee hours. Please bring your pot luck dish to add to the community dinner.
This event is free and open to all, but we do encourage donations for the food and libations
And please bring your own dinner ware and blankets to sit on-and leave your pets at home
We sure hope you all will come out and join us!!!!!
WHERE: Good Humus
12255 County Road 84A Capay CA 95607
Order your Peach Pie or a Box of Peaches
We are once again making special Peach Party peach pie or will have
cases of peaches that you can take home for your enjoyment. Let us
know your order ahead of time if you would like a pie, we will be
baking on Friday just for you!
Just give us a call or e-mail
with your order!
Box of Peaches $30
This Week on the Farm-
I woke up Sunday morning thinking how after almost 40 years of farming the days blur into years, and decades, and if I write a newsletter how will it be different from any other third week of July letter? For some reason I had the idea reading all the newsletters from July 18 that Jeff and I had written and see what has happened or changed over the years. Then I thought maybe this would make a book- 52 Weeks on the Farm! So I went back to handwritten pages from 1995-I think we started our CSA in 1993…and I pulled out what I thought was interesting from each year and still so very appropriate for today’s letter. It is all relevant, the views of the valley fields are exactly as described, Jeff is still fixing drying trays for our fruit, and the cooler is full of abundance. So just maybe this is the first pages of a Jeffnannie Good Humorous book. You may be able to tell who wrote which section, but probably not-collected from Newsletters from 1995-2015
The Abundance of our Valley-We
were up at 5am on a run for more drying trays for our peaches, we
ran out with 200 full trays in the dry yard.
As we head out in the truck the red sunrise swirls over the
silhouette of the Sierra in the east with the contrasting multicolor
of the golden rolling hills of the west. As we drive through the
valley laborers are already setting irrigation up in the files or
hoeing tomatoes. The safflower has reached a golden orange, dry, and
ready for harvest. The sunflowers look like tired little girls with
their petals of straggly hair against their round face of seeds that
are also soon to be harvested. The corn stands straight and tall,
the field of tomatoes plumping up, cotton green and lush.
A sea of alfalfa with rows and rows of hay in
windrows waiting for the right moisture content for bailing,
while against the skyline I can see mountains of already stacked
hay. Another day has begun in this grand valley from the
blue Sierra in the east to the golden foothills of the west
there is one large field of green
full of food, fiber, grains and oils ripening for the
This is the season for our Lady California to strut her stuff. What an amazing diversity of product I am seeing come out of the life process on this 20 acre we manage. It is almost a vision of the cornucopia a never ending flow of plenty. This Great Central Valley is such a treasure. It is acknowledged unique in the world-being a hot, dry climate with incredible amount of life-giving water cascading down from all sides. Now it is our turn to enjoy the benefits of this time and place. Sixty years about, when my father was growing up in the San Ramón Valley just east of Oakland, the great center of agriculture were the San Fernando Valley, San Ramon Valley, Santa Clara Valley and Santa Rosa. Unquestionably among the most beautiful combinations of sun, soil, water and season in the world. Few believed we could fill the Great Central Valley with agriculture! The extent to which we have altered the landscape of this great region gives us come pause-but meanwhile let’s enjoy the boxes of produce.
The abundance keeps coming in, boxes full of cucumbers, squash, basil so lush and beautiful all in the field waiting to be harvested and off to someone’s dinner table. Today in opening the cooler door there were 15 cases of slicing cucumbers that Jeff picked last night after dinner! He actually didn’t harvest the squash patch on Sunday and on Monday he picked from 6am to after lunch getting 6 boxes each of yellow, green and gold squash. The lemon cucumbers are starting to produce, as are the yellow, purple and green bell peppers and the eggplant too. I had a box of the red Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying peppers at the market on Saturday, the start of tomatillos and cases of cherry tomatoes. Jeff told me last week we had 50 cases of cherry tomatoes, and more to pick. We have already gone through the basil patch and cut for drying for my herb blend mixes. Last year I ran out, so I wanted to make sure we had ample, but enough is enough! A few weeks ago I put the basil pesto recipe in the box, so it is not here today, but I hope you have time to make some pesto to put in your freezer for the winter months. We have been eating tomato, cucumber, red onion, fresh mozzarella cheese and chopped basil salads, my favorite. One of our CSA customers that just receive the fruit bag said they were having a hard time keeping up with all the peaches. When I bring a box into the house they sit for a few days, and then my mom finally takes them, peals them, adds some sweetener and put them in the refrigerator, ready to use on yogurt, fruit salads, or a pie of course also put a bit of cream over them for a nice fruity dessert.
Yesterday I took our little Volvo car (smallest delivery vehicle among the Capay Valley growers) loaded with 50 cases of Good Humus bounty to the two food coops: Sacramento and Davis. We have been making twice a week deliveries to the Coops and that has really helped the overflow of fruit and veggies, but so have all the other farms been delivering their abundance. What amazes me is that nobody is buying yellow crookneck squash, and if you go into the stores there is this small little basket of usually the ugliest yellow squash ever. I asked the two produce managers of the stores, and they said it doesn’t sell; they buy 1 box a week and can’t sell it. But those two stores are packed with local farm produce, trucks coming in every day delivering fresh yummy food. But it isn’t enough for us, we need to sell more of everything, and can’t, so cases of squash and cucumbers are getting composted. And I ask the question, is this different from last year; I sure don’t remember the abundance so abundant that we are sending cases and cases to the compost pile. Jeff and I really have not had time to process, discuss, contemplate the issue as we are so busy trying to harvest, pack and sell the produce.
A customer sent us an article from the New York Times this morning and I thought it was interesting and might tie into what I was writing about: Our Coming Food Crisis by Gary Paul Nabhan published: July 21, 2013
The article starts with…TUCSON, Ariz. — This summer the tiny town of Furnace Creek, Calif., may once again grace the nation’s front pages. Situated in Death Valley, it last made news in 1913, when it set the record for the world’s hottest recorded temperature, at 134 degrees. With the heat wave currently blanketing the Western states, and given that the mercury there has already reached 130 degrees, the news media is awash in speculation that Furnace Creek could soon break its own mark. Such speculation, though, misses the real concern posed by the heat wave, which covers an area larger than New England. The problem isn’t spiking temperatures, but a new reality in which long stretches of triple-digit days are common — threatening not only the lives of the millions of people who live there, but also a cornerstone of the American food supply. The article goes on to give some solutions as to how to help farmers adjust to the Climate Change…One strategy to help our food supply would be to promote the use of locally produced compost to increase the moisture-holding capacity of fields, orchards and vineyards. In addition to locking carbon in the soil, composting buffers crop roots from heat and drought while increasing forage and food-crop yields. By simply increasing organic matter in their fields from 1 percent to 5 percent, farmers can increase water storage in the root zones from 33 pounds per cubic meter to 195 pounds.
Is it possible that because of the cultural practices that we have been using here at Good Humus with increase compost, and green cover crops to increases soil life, soil structure, soil fertility, this has helped keep our farm producing such abundance we are seeing this year? I can’t say that is true, but compost is certainly something to contemplate in the wee quiet hours.
Well to get back to the drive to Sac and back, I got stopped by a police man on 80 going back to Davis-arg! He said I notice your car registration is past…Jeff…didn’t you take care of that??? So as I am scrambling for my driver’s license and the paperwork in the glove box, he notices that I have cases of zucchini in the back. He goes on to tell me that his wife made some zucchini bread and his kids who don’t eat veggies loved the zucchini bread. Well we got to talking about how we were farmers in the middle of harvest, and those car tags must be on the bottom of Jeff’s desk in a pile…thank goodness he just asked me to check Jeff’s desk and take care of it…THANK YOU ZUCCHINI!!!!!!!!
~JeffnAnnie-Good Humorous Produce
40 years of going to market in the old pickup truck-circa 1979