Local Food and Farm Products 
Volume 6 Number 32     August 12, 2014

2 Ways to Celebrate Fall: Local Farm and Food Events

MLH is helping to sell tickets to the Farms of Amador/Amador Farmers' Market Farm Tour and Dinner which takes place on Saturday, September 6. MLH will get a small share of the proceeds from the ticket sales.


Runquist Winery, Karmère Winery, Harmony Hill Farm, South River Lavender


11555 Shenandoah Valley Rd. Plymouth

The theme of this year's dinner is Temporada de Abundancia, with Latin-styled food prepared by Lucy's Spice Box.


Tickets $60 / $50 for Farms of Amador or MLH Members

For tickets call Alice at 245-6042.


On Saturday, September 13, Mother Lode Harvest invites our members to our Summer Open House at Humbug Creek Farm, at 17425 Hwy 26 in Glencoe. Spend a quintessential fall day picking apples and pressing them into cider with farmers Steve Wilensky and Pat Noll! This was a very popular event last year, and this year promises to be a full and lovely day:

7-9 am-- Apple picking

10 am-1 or 2 pm-- Cider pressing

2 pm-- Farm-made Chevre tasting, cider tasting, and Farm tour-- tour the garden and their orchard of over 100 varieties of heirloom and rare apples, pears, and Asian pears, and see their new industrial-size greenhouse!

3 pm-- 4-course Mediterranean-inspired meal, made with MLH produce and meat, of course, and served with local wine and Humbug cider.

The Open House is free to all MLH members. The 4-course meal is $35, including wine on the table (additional wine available for purchase). Seating for the meal is limited, so make your reservation as soon as possible!

For more information and to make reservations, please contact Michelle at 419-2503 or


MLH at the Fair:
Mother Lode Harvest would like to thank the people who made our local agriculture booth at the County Fair possible and a success. First, many thanks to Fair CEO Troy Bowers for inviting us to be at the fair; also, to the fair office staff, particularly Sherri, for their helpfulness. Special thanks go to Wade Kriletich of Paloma Pollinators for bringing an observation bee hive for all to enjoy. And last but not least, thank you to all the volunteers who took the time out of their busy weekend to spread the word about Mother Lode Harvest and the benefits of local agriculture: Daniel D'Agostini of Abbondanza, Mara Feeney of DAMAS, Kurt and Birgit Huffman, Alice Kaiser of Casa de la Pradera, Jo Ann and Dave Daugherty, and Stephanie and Mara LaPilusa. We appreciate your commitment to and support of local agriculture and MLH!

Tomato-and-Peach Salad with Crisp Tofu

Contributed by Hugh Acheson for Food and Wine, August 2014


2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons canola oil

6 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained well and cubed

2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced

2 peaches, cut into wedges

1 cup arugula or mizuna

1/2 cup basil leaves


Put the serranos in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil with the vinegar, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour the brine over the serranos and let stand for 15 minutes, until cooled to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, mustard and 3 tablespoons of the oil.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 cup of oil until shimmering. Add the tofu and cook over moderate heat, turning, until crisp, 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Season with salt.

Drain the chiles, and toss them with the tomatoes, peaches, greens, and basil in the dressing. Serve immediately.


Tomato Soup with Feta, Olives and Cucumbers

Contributed by David Chang for Food and Wine, September 2014


6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

3/4 cup pitted Niçoise olives

2 tablespoons oregano leaves

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Kosher salt

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon honey

5 tomatoes, chopped

Freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

2 ounces feta cheese, preferably Greek, crumbled (1/2 cup)

Baby greens, for garnish


In a medium saucepan, heat the 6 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion, olives and oregano and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in both vinegars. Season with salt. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss the cucumber with 1/2 tablespoon of the honey and season with salt.

In a blender, puree the chopped tomatoes with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of honey and season generously with salt and pepper.

Pour the soup into shallow bowls. Top with the onion-olive mixture, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and feta. Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with baby greens and serve.


Family Box

Tomatoes-- Somerset Gourmet

Raspberries-- Berry Creative Cowgirl

Nectarines– Humbug Creek Farm

Garlic-- Harmony Hill Farm

Cucumber-- Butte Mountain Farm or Harmony Hill Farm

Potatoes-- Harmony Hill Farm

Squash-- Harmony Hill Farm


Single Box

Tomatoes– Somerset Gourmet

Peaches-- Humbug Creek Farm

Plums-- Humbug Creek Farm

Garlic-- Butte Mountain Farm

Cucumber-- Harmony Hill Farm

Kale/collards/chard-- Harmony Hill Farm

Squash-- Casa de la Pradera

Basil-- Somerset Gourmet

Shopping at
Harvest has local food and farm products available to order at
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, 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!

This was passed on by MLH president Alice Kaiser.

hello friends,

Sue and I were comrades in a community organization 40 (!) yeas ago, and she and her husband Hansel have a farm south of us. They have had a csa for many years, and are now working to expand into a market that will let their community have access to more healthy food. If you believe in a grass roots movement to build healthy local food markets, please contribute to them. This is what Mother Lode Harvest is also working to develop here.



il faut cultiver notre jardin.


Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:47:20 -0700


Subject: Kern Family Farm Healthy Market


Dear friends and family,

There's now just about 48 hours left to the close of our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds that will allow us to open a new healthy market in our Sierra Foothill community. I'm re-sending the link to the video that explains the campaign, in case some of you missed it first time around. Here's the link to the Indiegogo video:

And here's the link to the Sierra Star article about what we're trying to do:

Some of you have already contributed to our fundraising effort, and for that we sincerely thank you. some of you are tight on funds and that is something we cmopletely understand. But with just about 2 days left to go, we're just under $3.000 short of our $30,000 goal, and if you can think of others who might be willing to contribute, either for one of the "perks" we're offering or because it's a project they think is worthy of support, we're asking you to help us spread the word by forwarding the link and asking them to check it out. And if you haven't yet seen the video, here's your chance to see what we've been up to.

We're hoping some of you can come see us in the coming year and see how the store and our plans for growing healthy food and a healthy community, unfold.

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