November 15, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Radishes, Tokyo Turnips, Lettuce Head, Tatsai, Cabbage, Parsley, Arugula and Eggplant
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Mandarin Oranges, Dried Peaches, Lemons and Pomegranates
WINTER Quarter payment is due November 15
The new quarter begins November 22 and ends February 21
No deliveries December 24, 27, 31 and January 3
There will be No Delivery Saturday November 26
All boxes will be delivered the TUESDAY before Thanksgiving on NOVEMBER 22rd at your regular drop off site. If you are unable to pick your box up, please give us a call
(530-787-3187) and we will arrange to donate it to a family in need.
Holiday Specialty Orders
Orders due by November 30
Orders will be delivered as part of your delivery on Tuesday December 6 and Saturday December 10. Check over the list of products from our farm and our neighboring farms that you might want to give as gifts this season or stock up for your cupboards for the coming year. Send in your orders with a payment and we will put together your wish list for you and bring it to the CSA delivery site before the holidays.
Holiday Wreath Class at Good Humus
Saturday December 3 at 10am
Includes a farm fresh lunch and a farm tour
Holiday Wreath Class at Seka Hills
Sunday December 4 from 11pm-3pm
Contact: Sekahills.com 530-796-2810
Bits and Beverages during the class
A fun way to start the Holiday Season
Join me in one of the Holiday wreath classes being offered. We will be using freshly harvested greenery and all of our dried flowers to make a beautiful wreath for your home or as a gift. Learn the techniques to create your own gorgeous evergreen or dried flower wreath in this one-day workshop. The fee includes a large assortment of homegrown evergreen branches, herbs, dried flowers and other embellishments brought from our Capay Valley farm. You may also bring your own elements to personalize your wreath.
This Week on the Farm
Well that certainly was a bright moon and it shone in a cloudless sky, making it all the brighter. We didn’t get it together to see our double shadow at sundown on the day before the full moon, but I did hear it could be done. Casting two shadows, now that is a phenomenon. Next chance is either 2034 or 34 years from now, I’ve heard both. Not that I am going to mark the date or anything. I must say that at the rate of change of the environment of our lives, my imagination probably is not equal to the task of envisioning the single, particular future that awaits us. But it does seem to be a special moment for the earth to have spent the full 24 hours slowly rotating and bathed in the full strength of the transformed sun’s rays. Being as this has been happening occasionally for a few billion years, and is probably a constant stabilized element of humankind’s entire existence, I like to believe it’s special light was an untabulated, undefined force for stabilization and strengthening and perseverance on a farm, in a country, in a world that sorely needs them.
We’ve been using the dry weather that has followed the rains of October to lightly till and plant the ground yet one more time. We are putting in the ground the last of next spring’s flower crop, pressing spidery ranunculus and little acorn-like anemones into the moist ground just below the surface. Annie and I did this together, in one of those rare moments when we get to work in the field together. Of course, we joked around at each other’s planting method, mine too close together, hers too far apart, and gently smiling at the remembered times when those arguments were real and had force. But Annie drove me hard and we almost finished as the day fell into night and we cleaned up. After those arguments of the past, we would have planted in the dark and seen the moonrise, and finished the job to go in for a hasty dinner. Today, we leave the last 250 ranunculus for tomorrow, and go in to a warm home and a quiet evening. After all these years, it feels a welcome time, still with a little guilt at evening jobs not being finished and a little wishing that we had that youthful vigor, but so glad that these moments are available to us.
Well, CSA signups are a little slow this winter quarter, and of course the anxiety increases if we let it. But we have come to realize that it is not all about us, and each of our members has a life full of juggling and prioritizing of all the adventures of a modern life. While we do recognize the value of the modern communication network, we are acutely aware that it is not really innate in us and we are hampered in our reliance on antiquated (well, 20 years old at least) notions of maintaining presence in your lives. And yet we move comfortably along as a real part of the lives of many families in our area, and are pleased, proud, and so well rewarded by all the relationships that have been established. It is those one-on-one and family to family relationships that are the basis for the existence of Good Humus Produce. Inasmuch as the quality of healthy, nutritious, food from a cared for land is the basis for that relationship, we continue in our own way honor that relationship in the stores, farmer’s markets, and households of our region. As this quarter draws to a close, thank you all so much for the wonderful experience of producing a part of your food every day. Jeff