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Local Food and Farm Products 
GOOD FOOD NEWS
Volume 5 Number 50    December 17, 2013

FIELD NOTES

December Announcement

    Due to the surprise winter snow and freezing weather, MotherLode Harvest
has determined that we will need to take a break from providing our weekly CSA boxes to
our subscribers.  Our producers are reporting much snow and ice, so crops are growing
more slowly than expected.
 
    We anticipate being able to begin again by the end of January or early February.
We will alert you when producers determine that they have quantity and quality produce 
ready for your CSA boxes.
 
    Here are further details:
 
*1.  Your last subscriber box of the year will be on Tuesday, December 17 and it will 
be a DOUBLE BOX (count for two weeks of your subscription) and will be full of items
that will last for several weeks.
 
**2.  You can still order add-on items for next week as they are available but they must be
picked up at the distribution center.
 
***3. You may go on line to check your current credit balance at any time.  Look at the
"invoice" tab to find your current information.
 
****4.  MOTHERLODE HARVEST will be CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS beginning
Wednesday, December 18 until January 7.  There will be NO ORDERING during this
two-week period.  We thank and appreciate our staff members and wish them a refreshing
two-week break!
 
We wish you a healthy and happy holiday with friends and family.
 
Karen Friis for MotherLode Harvest

Scissor Salad

Hello all from SunEarth Garden..

I'm sure you have all heard of Caesar salad. Well, this is "Scissor Salad". So named because it is harvested with a pair of scissors from a mini garden .

 

It is very simple to plant a window garden or mini Garden.

Fill any empty pot or flat with the richest compost you can get.

Place the filled containers in a sunny winter exposure, like a window sill or a covered porch.

Then start planting salad greens. Either by seed or small seedlings from a nursery.

Here is a list of plants that grow well in a mini garden.

Arugula , all varieties of lettuce, broccoli , kale, cabbage, Pac choy, mizuna, chard,endive, cilantro , collards , spinach,peas,onions, garlic.

As these plants sprout and grow they can be harvested on a daily basis. Just use a pair of sharp scissors to prune off the largest leaves. It is surprising how many fresh tasty tender greens can grow in a small sunny space. After harvest rinse them in cool water, spin dry and enjoy your " Scissor Salad".

A message from Daniel D'Agostini of Abbondanza Farm:

Greetings, happy holidays and happy new year.
 
In the new year I will be announcing my intent to run for the position of County Supervisor District 5 in the June 5th Primary Election. You may be scratching your head wondering why I would want to do that or be thinking, how could I fit that in with Abbondanza and the photography. (look here to see what's going on: http://www.dagostini.com )
 
Well,  I do have abundant energy but I am also feeling these days a growing sense of civic responsibility and an internal feeling of "if not us, who? If not now, when?" 
 
I will be running as an independent creative thinking person seeking ways to enhance the lives of all members of our community and be wise in our stewardship of these precious rural foothills we call Amador County. I will be running on a campaign of "fresh positive leadership".  
 
I have scheduled a meeting at Kamere Winery on the evening of Wednesday January 8, beginning at 6:30 pm where I will present and discuss my views and plans and most importantly, seek helpers in the election.  I would sure appreciate you coming to the meeting and bring others with you too.
 
Again, all the best to you over the holidays,
 
Daniel
{  Signature-In-Lieu filing papers can be picked up on Dec. 27 and I will need help getting signatures. If you would like to help get signatures before the January meeting or have special election skills you would like to share with me, please call (209-245-3846) or send me a personal e-mail at any time. Thanks :-) }
WHAT'S IN YOUR BOX
 

Single Box#1
 

Asian stir fry – Tyson Hill Farm
1/2 dozen Eggs, Mixed size SOY-FREE -  Butte Mountain Farm

 Mixed fruit – Tyson Hill Farm

Meyer lemons  - Abbondanza

Heirloom purple top white turnips– Tyson Hill Farm


Single Box#2
 

Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) -  Butte Mountain Farm  

Shallots -  Butte Mountain Farm 

Apple Cider - Humbug Creek Farm

English walnuts  - Abbondanza OR

Small Jar Honey - Paloma Pollinators

 

Family Box#1
 

Asian stir fry – Tyson Hill Farm

English walnuts  - Abbondanza

Mixed fruit – Tyson Hill Farm

Shallots -  Butte Mountain Farm 

Heirloom purple top white turnips– Tyson Hill Farm

 

Family Box#2
 

Moroccan tomato jam - Casa de la Pradera

Quince paste - Casa de la Pradera

Apple Cider - Humbug Creek Farm

Dried tomatoes: Casa de la Pradera  OR 

Butte Mountain Farm 

Greens braising mix- Casa de la Pradera OR 

salad mix- Casa de la Pradera OR 

braising mix-– Tyson Hill Farm

1/2 doz  eggs, mixed sizes - Casa de la Pradera OR 

Butte Mountain Farm

Customers Dick and Josie
Shopping at www.mlharvest.com
MotherLode
Harvest has local food and farm products available to order at www.mlharvest.com.
THE ORDERING WINDOW IS FRIDAY AT 9 AM THROUGH SUNDAY AT NOON.   
Orders received during that time can be picked up on Tuesdays between 10:30 am and noon, or 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at 1235 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson, behind Teresa's Restaurant. Payment may be made at pickup by cash or check made out to MotherLode Harvest.
 
New customers will need to register by using the "join" button on the website before they can shop. If you have any questions or problems with using the website, please contact our tech leader, Jo Ann, at joannd@volcano.net, or 304-7654.
 
MLH has enacted our new membership policies. Customers will need to sign a customer agreement and pay membership dues before they are able to order subscriptions or order from the website. Customer members will be able to increase their participation in MLH. Sign up today!
 
B Y   P O P U L A R   R E Q U E S T
New satellite locations for CSA Boxes
MotherLode Harvest now has two convenient delivery locations, Plymouth and Volcano.  At each site, you are able to order and pay ahead of time by mail.  The produce boxes are delivered each Tuesday after 11:00 am.  In Plymouth, the site is Amador 360 Winery Collective, right on Highway 49, and in Volcano, the delivery point is the Volcano General Store.  Pick-up times for each site are noon until 6:00PM.  You can drop by your delivery site each Tuesday and pick up your pre-ordered box.  We anticipate being able to continue year-round produce boxes and hope you will consider joining us at one of these delivery sites.  If you are interested in considering pre-ordering a produce box, contact our MLHarvest administrator, Carolyn Boyd at the center, 223-LODE.  Here are items included in the produce boxes in the past few weeks just to tempt you!
NOVEMBER BOX                    DECEMBER BOX                                                                                                          
Apple Cider                                    braising mix                                            
Shallots                                         romaine lettuce
thyme                                            fuju persimmons
Pickled beets                                  pomegranates
lettuces/greens                              green tomatoes                                            
braising mix                                    turnips
heirloom tomatoes                                                  
         
 HAVE A WONDERFUL DECEMBER and Happy healthy eating!
Karen Friis, Customer Representative
MLHarvest 
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