July 26, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Long Beans, Summer Squash, Purple Basil, Cherry Tomatoes, Desiree Red Potatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers and Shishito Peppers
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Adriatic Figs, Tuscan Cantaloupe, O’Henry Peaches and Plums
Peachy Party- August 6, 2016
Family activities from 2-6
Farm Tour- 4pm
Giving Thanks Circle 6
Dinner and Dancing 6-11
Sunday Pancake Breakfast
10am for the cleanup sleep over crew!
In 1993 we started the Peach Party, which was the year that we purchased our 20 acres here in the Hungry Hollow. We had been farming since 1976 in Woodland, and moved here to Capay in 1983; 10 years later we started the process of land ownership. We thought that was cause for celebration! That year we had 5 interns helping us, also the year we started our CSA program. It was a honoring of the land, of the peaches that are in abundance this time of year, a mid season gathering so that everyone working on the farms can take a few hours off, take a breather, and also a way to give thanks to our community, for everyone that had eaten our produce to come together to enjoy the dripping sweet fruit in every way possible…As the years went by it became a peach fest, trying to find as many ways as possible to each peaches…peach salsa, peach pies, peach ice cream, peachy cool drinks, peach pizza, and peach beer. As the party grew and we started inviting folks like you to come make all of our peachy fun food with us, and we have added kids activities, cider making, swimming in the stock tank, a treasure hunt, and insect catching and identifying… It started as a celebration to purchasing our land, and now it is a our way of giving thanks not only for the eternal peach harvest so we have a large circle to join hand, to give thanks, to be together face to face, for everyone that has been in support of our farm over the years, that has been part of our community, that has carried us through yet another season.
Volunteer to Help create the party:
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the party preparation, so if any of you are so inclined to come help any time during the week, or on Saturday too, we would put you to work helping to set up, or stay to Sunday and help clean up. We would really appreciate the help
Ø The peach beer is brewing by the brew master himself Blair Howard, and should be ready for tasting…he is using some peaches and nectarines this year
Ø Annie’s famous root beer will be bottled this Sunday
Ø Jeff’s Greek lamb will start marinating on Friday the day before so lots of garlic needs to be peeled, oregano crushed…and the grill is all cleaned out, with a stack of wood ready
Ø Help set up the apple press, make pizza dough on Friday with Matthew and Carrie, Max and Bella will be here to help get the stepping stone project ready, and the treasure hunt too
Ø peach pie making on Friday the day before
Ø 200 tamales making this Saturday-chicken and vegetarian with wonderful salsa to top them make by our crew ladies
Ø Annie will be running all over the farm with wild hair getting stresses out….
For the Family Afternoon-we will have on going activities for the family to do-we will have the pizza oven hot and you can make your own pizza ($10) for an afternoon snack. You can chop peaches to make salsa.
Dinner Pot Luck-For the evening dinner bring your favorite seasonal pot luckiest dish to share, (also your own dishes too) and an appetite for neighborly fun, music and of course PEACHES galore!
DIRECTIONS: Good Humus farm is in the Hungry Hollow. Take highway 16 from Woodland or 505 take the Esparto exit and follow Highway 16 up the Capay Valley until you reach the town of Capay, Turn right off of Highway 16 onto Road 85 go four miles and then turn left on road 15B, go one mile to a right turn onto 84A.We are on the corner of 15B & 84 A.
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 to see you at the farm for the Peach Party
ORDER YOUR 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!
Box of Peaches $30
Just give us a call or e-mail with your order!
This Week on the Farm-
What have we got that is different and exciting in the box and bag this week? In a very real way, in spite of our need to fill you in on the larger issues of life confronting us, this is the most important. The transfer of food from the farm to you is the reason we are here and our promise to you in return for all the support you give us. And there is so much knowledge and effort, not to mention millions of years of evolution packed in under the newsletter each week! So much for less than 20 bucks, let’s share it.
Although a large portion, perhaps 90-95% is from our farm, there are local friends and neighbors that grow important and exciting organic items that we either cannot or choose not to grow. We support them in the cases where we think that their product will enhance the looks and feel of the box and where the item fits our purposes. The primary purpose of the box is to provide a good selection of staple fruits and vegetables to you at a price and in a system that excludes as few people as possible. So today the vegetable box includes Desiree red potatoes, summer squash, a slicing cucumber or two, baskets of both shishito peppers and cherry tomatoes, a sweet red onion, a bunch of Asian long beans, and a bunch of basil. The fruit box will have a basket of Adriatic white figs, a pound of Peabody red plums, a Tuscan Cantaloupe from Durst Organic Growers, (whose packing shed I can see working away across the Hungry Hollow) and a couple of our first O’Henry Peaches. Each of those fruit and vegetables has a long story that probably involves clandestine midnight meeting in obscure dives, the transfer of corporate secrets, the carrying of seeds and cuttings packed carefully and buried deep in unusual baggage, careful dissections and strange cultural practices deep in the bowels of an agricultural university situated somewhere west of Sacramento, or New York City, or Savannah. All this work in order to give to us the chance to provide a nutritious, visually pleasing, reasonably priced addition to this week’s meals.
In November we made the order for potatoes to be delivered to us in February. We had left an open section of ground specifically for the purpose of planting potatoes in the late winter days of February. In the good old days of the turn of the century, thousands of acres here in Yolo County were treated this way, bedded up in the fall, sprayed with an herbicide to prevent weed germination and growth, and then planted with tomato seed in the months of January and February into ground that only needed a few days of fog and rain free weather to dry sufficiently to allow the small, tracked planting tractors to speed across the ground without compacting it too badly. It was a highly evolved system for meeting the cannery requirements for a long production season that allowed maximum usage of the canning facilities. It has, perhaps thankfully, gone into history along with hand picking and 50 lb lug boxes as the new technology of millions of transplants raised in hundreds of acres of greenhouses allows farmers to plant a little later. So our open section ground, disced in late November to incorporate the last of the seasons weed growth, stands fallow and exposed to the winter harshness, without its usual protection of a winter cover crop. This we do as a sacrifice to getting potatoes in the ground so they will mature before the intense heat spells and explosion of soil insects of the summer. This reservoir of knowledge, picked up from 40 years of making mistakes, is what makes this year’s crop of potatoes a good one. Four carefully picked varieties; Yukon Gold, Kennebec White, German Butterball and Desiree Red are in storage in our cooler, and need to be delivered in the next month. So expect to see potatoes for awhile. Here in Yolo County, it is the potato season. With a nod to past efforts that allow us to grow potatoes, let’s remember that monoculture potatoes, which we carefully avoid, is what wiped out Ireland and its culture and its people for at least 100 years, and is today a cautionary tale told to small children who may someday want to be farmers. Let’s remember that in Peru, the birthplace of potatoes, there are still over 3000 (yep, three zeroes) varieties, all important in the grand scheme of things, each filling their own unique niche. You have the Desiree Red potato in your box today because we consider it a staple of nutrition when grown in our soil and with all the care we can give it. Because when all the tricks of the trade, learned through doing it every other way but right are applied, this potato gives a good yield of sellable potatoes, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
As we continue to grow potatoes, we know that there will be introduced pests, weather and climate challenges, variety shifts and legal and social issues that will each affect our ability to send these your way. That is the future of things, nothing so constant as change. But for today, we can give thanks to all the efforts of nature and man that has given us these great potatoes. And that goes for all the other storied and legendary foods that are waiting for your use. I hope you really enjoy this box! There is so much more to tell. Thanks for listening. Jeff