September 13, 2013
The next 2-3 weeks a critical time for us, and our performance now will determine the success of the winter vegetables. I have finally, after about 35 years of learning, (hard to get it in, hard to get it out of my head), have come to see that planting for the winter after about October 1 in Yolo...
August 30, 2013
In September, when apple season is just hitting its zenith in most of the country, the harvest is already fading in Sonoma County, CA, where the Gravenstein Apple reigns supreme. The Grav (as it's known) is one of the earliest apples to appear in the market; it's ready to harvest in August. The...
August 29, 2013
As I drive around the valley, everywhere I look tomato plants are quickly growing larger. Watching them grow is torture because tomatoes have been on my mind since they went out of season early last fall. The funny thing is, I didn’t even like tomatoes until I moved to the Capay Valley last August...
August 14, 2013
Peaches have been on my mind lately. They are my favorite fruit, and they grow bountifully and beautifully in the Capay Valley. Many of our farms here cultivate more than one variety, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to try so many different varieties of this sweet, juicy, and perfect...
Celebrate Sonoma County’s heirloom apple
July 28, 2013
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” —Martin Luther (1483–1546, German monk and church reformer) In a world awash with Red Delicious apples grown for their size, color, durability, and profitability—but definitely not their flavor—keeping...
Fifth generation organic stone fruit farm
July 28, 2013
Olson Family Farms in California’s Central Valley is truly a family affair. Five generations have lived on the farmstead and worked the land since John and Anna Olson emigrated from Sweden in 1888. They bought a 22-acre parcel in Kingsburg (Fresno County) and planted peach trees. Back then, before...
July 26, 2013
from Full Belly Farm, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop Summer is always a particular kind of crazy. Walk-in coolers are brimming with produce and farm driveways and pack areas are a non-stop flow of trucks and tractors and crews. The weather is hot, the hours are long and there’s always more to...
July 10, 2013
From Capay Valley Farm Shop Open up your corn and find a little surprise? Organically grown corn has a pest that many farmers and consumers have learned to live with. Understanding the growing and handling of fresh-picked, organic sweet corn just may increase your appreciation of this summer treat...
June 19, 2013
from Good Humus Produce, courtesy of  Capay Valley Farm Shop A combination of Royal and Blenheim Apricots From the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris to England’s Blenheim Palace to the imperiled orchards of Brentwood and ”˜Gilroy, California’s finest apricot has had a long journey. Whether you call it the...
June 12, 2013
By Seth Wright, courtesy of  Capay Valley Farm Shop It has been an unusually hot and dry spring here in the Capay Valley.   The rain, which usually occurs from January until the end March, never really materialized.   There have been many beautiful sunny, warm and cloudless days this spring. We...


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