One of the most beautiful scenes in Capay Valley is when it rains. A low mist creeps up over the surrounding hills, and drops of water fall steadily from the sky, quenching the thirsty, sun-baked golden hills.
As I sit here and reflect in anticipation of the week’s coming rain, I think about the blessings and gifts that it will provide. Many fields and orchards will thrive, prosper and be sustained by the coming wet season. And they in turn will sustain you, me, and many others with wholesome, abundant food. I am thankful, therefore, for this season of replenishment, which seems appropriate as we enter another holiday season.
In this spirit of Thanksgiving, I extend a hearty and sincere “thank you” to our customers and partners who make our donations program possible. Ever wonder where your FarmShare went when you donated it because you were out of town? We pool donations to support weekly deliveries of local, fresh produce to children who would otherwise be unable to enjoy it.
At the end of each week, after we have finished packing the last of our CSA boxes, we pack one last box—destined for According to Sprouts founder and executive director, Karen Rodgers, our weekly donations have been a serious game-changer for their classes and scholarship program. “The chefs love having fresh produce in their classes, and your box allows us to maintain our commitment and mission statement of promoting seasonal and local produce. Not only that, but there is just no way that we could keep our scholarship program going so strong if it weren’t for the donated ingredients that we receive.” These scholarships help Sprouts offer financial aid to children attending their classes. In appreciation of our members’ generous donations the Winter 2013 scholarships have been named Capay Valley Farm Shop Scholarships.
Your donations also benefit Larkin Street Youth Services, non-profit organization that helps at risk, homeless and under privileged youth in the Bay Area. Your donations have helped provide for their Thanksgiving feasts and other meals provided by Larkin Street.
Wrapping up my reflection and thanksgiving brought on by the promise of life sustaining rain and a bountiful harvest to share with others, I once again say thank you for your support and donations. Thank you to our partner Sprouts for spreading the joy of real food and the skills of real cooking to kids. Thank you to Larkin Street Youth Services for your work to support at risk and homeless youth. And finally, thank you to our farmers for stewarding this fertile land and for your dedication to grow and harvest healthy food.
This article is written by Farm Shop Team Member Seth Wright, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop