We Need Boxes

Lots of our drop points have zero empty boxes for our driver to pick up each week. So it’s time again to remind everyone to please return your reusable carton; dispose of it only if it’s gotten dirty. We don’t want to be filling our landfills up with cartons that can easily be resued time and again! So please, return your box when you pick up your fresh share each week; or transfer your produce into your own bags and leave the empty carton behind.



4th of July Delivery Change

We’re switching our July 4th deliveries to July 3rd. That’s only a week away, next Wednesday. So please mark your calendars, if you normally pick up on Wednesdays, we’re shifting all deliveries to Tuesday in one marathan harvest/delivery day so that our crew and you, our loyal subscribers can one and all focus on celebrating the day.


Farm News

So I’m nervous about posting our blackberries on the harvest ticket, I’m really surprised how slow they’re ripening, and despite our pre-dawn heroic efforts, we’re barely able to find enough to put in our large shares. I’m pretty sure we’ll be in blackberry heaven next week for all.
Tomatoes are here! Yeah!

What’s up with the non existent apricot shares? Yup, got ripped off AGAIN. So we care for our apricot trees, water, prune, feed and weed all year. And at the last minute, every year for 4 years now, they’re stolen. Every last ripe one. We have ONE tree of unripened fruit left. I’ll tell you, it’s beyond discouraging, because in a way, our property rights are confiscated if we can’t grow and care for a crop without pretty much certain 100% theft.  Whomever picks, does it at night and can’t tell between ripe and unripe, so they strip pick (which means they pick every last one and sort later.) (And since all those apricots were destined to go into our CSA boxes, each and every CSA member got ripped off (again) this year as well.  We should either fence the front parcel or give up the 1000 or so trees that are planted there. We’re debating the ($) dilemma.

Ok, here’s a copy block of an email I sent off to a loyal egg buying subscriber:

Sorry we didn’t fill your egg order this week! We had no idea what the demand for our eggs would be, and have more orders than we can fill. I have asked our software developer to put new orders on hold, but we’re having a software issue. Either we’re “sold out”, or we’re “not.” We’re neither. We HAVE eggs, just not enough to fill any new orders. Ha ha, you should have seen us last Wednesday, literally I was standing in the chicken coop waiting for eggs to be laid. Everyone’s tapping their feet in the barn and I’m calling out, “Got one! Got another!” I’ve been farming for a long time, but you know, I’ve never actually seen an egg being laid. So that was a first. I fumbled with my I-phone camera feature, and every time an egg  popped out,  I missed it.

Another thing that is interesting, I was unaware—we have dozens of nice nests but one favorite one that is made out of plastic that the hens actually stand in line for. We may increase egg production if we provide more of those nests. I just had preferred the old fashioned wood nests, but the hens like the ugly plastic one. Who knew?  As the truck drove out on Wednesday, we were putting the last of the eggs that had been laid those last 20 minutes in cartons for delivery. We could have waited another hour and filled all orders, but decided that wasn’t a good idea to delay any further.

So we will continue to increase production, and will rotate those that don’t get their full order…until through attrition or increased production we are even again. You shouldn’t miss out for a while now.

And no new orders, I promise!

Thanks for referring your friends to us; that means a lot to me and I’m truly appreciative. Of course, jeez; they can’t have eggs. We just ordered another 50 baby chicks, but they won’t be in production for 6 months.



Harvest Ticket June 26-27 2012


Farm Tour and Work Party

Date: June 30th, this coming Saturday
Time: 9-12
Address: 2120 Rainbow Glen Road, Rainbow, CA

Bring: closed toe shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, and if you’d like to get your hands dirty: gloves and work boots.

Leave at home: Your pets! We have a fragile balance, an armed truce really, between our dwarf goats, llamas, chickens, farm cats Rudie and Samie; and Tyson the farm dog. Let’s not disrupt the apple cart by bringing along Fido. We LOVE your dog, I swear we do, and would thoroughly enjoy meeting him, but there’s a whole boatload of other species out here that are suspicious of  their own extended animal kingdom family members, much less yours. So let’s make it easy on all of us, and nix the play dates between our animal kingdom and yours.

Sara is excited to show you a little about her edible flower plantings, and what she picks and how. Not all flowers are edible, not by a mile, learn which flowers Sara loves and how easy they are to grow!

Meet  Couscou and Dreamie, our chicken facility llama body guards. Now that we have them in the compound, we haven’t had a single chicken attacked. Great job guys! We provide the treats!

 Get a chance to pet our baby goats and offer your treats from home. Goats will eat just about anything, but please no junk food! They’re worse than farmer Donna’s teenaged son; they’ll eat MacDonalds until they burst if you offer it. But please stick to crunchy granola bars, crackers, chips, toasted bread, and air popped popcorn. (We’ll provide some, too!) Gracie likes bananas but none of the others do. Carl eats clothes and critical paperwork, but prefers food. For those that arrive at 9:00 sharp, you’ll get to see us milk. We don’t sell our raw goat’s milk, but we do enjoy it here on the farm, and love making cheese, butter, and more from our Nigerian dairy goat’s milk.

We were surprised when so many of our CSA members ordered our cage free, free-ranged, llama protected, heirloom,  soybean-free-organically-fed, humanely raised, rainbow chicken eggs. We’ve ordered more baby chicks, and can’t wait to introduce you to our newest chirping additions.

For the few of you that would like to get your hands dirty, we can always use the help!