January 21, 2020


What’s in this Week’s

VEGGIE BOX: A very dainty tender red deertongue lettuce or a nice head of red leaf or deepred ‘eruption’, a large helping of Bok choy, a bunch of parsley, a bunch of red chard, a bunch of carrots, one or two butternut squashes, and our French breakfast radishes.

               This simple list of the products of January at Good Humus has so many stories behind it, and we are missing a good chance when we don’t let you know ‘the rest of the story’.  Take the Italian flat leaf parsley.  I used to go long ago each November to Stockton with a friend and mentor, Ed Looney, and we would spend the morning pulling onion plants to be transplanted from the now vanished small vegetable farmers on the incredible alluvial soils that surrounded a smaller Stockton.  Hideo Morinaka grew transplant onions and we could buy them for $10.00 for a lug box containing 2-4,000 plants.  But he also grew flatleaf parsley and worked at the produce terminal in Stockton.  After several yers, as we got to know him better, we would visit for a time.  His most enduring words of wisdom to me were, “Grow what you want, but if you want to send your kids to college…. grow parsley.”  I can still see his wife out under a shade structure in the middle or about an acre of parsley, picking that day’s orders.  In memory of Hideo’s words, and for a few other reasons, we grow Italian flatleaf parsley.

What’s in your FRUIT BAG? Meyer Lemons, Oranges, Oro Blanco Grapefruit and Tangelos


CSA STUFF-Please Read

We are trying a few new ideas in this New Year to bring up our membership numbers. We are asking for your help, but don’t worry we have something to offer in return!


We are offering a 10% discount on your next quarter to members who refer a friend, just let your friend know to use your name when signing up and save!


We are looking for more members to boost the numbers so we can re-start the Pocket drop.


Starting next quarter in all location we would like to offer as an incentive to host either free weekly bread or 4 flower bouquets each quarter to say thank you for being a host.


We would also like to let you know that we now have a list for bi-weekly box sharing. If you are trying to find someone to share your box with, but just aren’t able to find anyone, let us know and we will add you to our list, and as soon as we find someone else in your area that is also looking to share a box we will connect the two of you.

This Week on The Farm 

This past week, the coming year became a reality for us as Good Humus began to look forward to the year before us.  We had a meeting with the Sacramento Food Coop produce dept on a rainy Thursday morning.  While Annie was in Santa Rosa, Claire, Alison and I sat with Rick, Bernadette and Drew around the kitchen table.  Other than an introduction to the transitions of Good Humus, I mostly listened while the group carried on business.  It was most gratifying to watch the work proceed among responsible young people from both organizations.  This meeting worked in tandem with a similar meeting earlier with the Davis food Coop for the same purpose.  As Claire gave out her spreadsheets of Sacramento purchases and Ali discussed the future of Good Humus within the flower program at the Coop, I saw the vitality and energy that both groups brought to the discussion and felt very at-ease with the capabilities of all present.  It is clear to me that we are an important part of the local producing network for both stores.

               Zach, Alison and I poured a concrete slab in a storage area in the barn on Sunday while the 49ers were advancing to the Superbowl at the expense of a very good Green Bay team.  Zach and Ali went and picked up the 94 lb sacks of cement which Ali loaded into the van while a couple of young fellas looked on in disbelief, and Zach finally convinced me that my math was wrong and we didn’t need 50 sacks of cement for our project.  We used 7…how could that be?  But I can’t argue with the finished product, and it sets the tone for a good year.  There is nothing like a needed concrete slab to either end one year or start another.  AT Full Belly Farm to which I consistently look for inspiration, Paul tells me that they generally look to pour some concrete at the end of each year between Christmas and New Year.  Shakes off the effects of too much good food.  Very wise man, that Muller.

               Last year was tough, no two ways about it.  Whether it is a new piece of land, or a new set of weather conditions, or a new business relationship, or an institutional transition, there is a period of adjustment.  And last year was full of all of those as we navigated some uncharted social, weather, regulatory, financial and labor conditions.  So, even though we will be dealing with the effects of those for awhile yet, it feels good to feel that good old sense of anticipation of what the New Year will hold.  As I have recounted here many times after being told it first by that same Paul Muller: “If a farmer can’t be excited by the coming Spring and New Year, then it is time to turn to another way of making a living”.  There have been years when I was hard-put to feel that, and so it is satisfying to feel the stirrings of excitement as I watch Annie and I, our adult children and the farm wake up to a new world.  I look forward to carrying out my responsibilities to the world around me in a new way that will be identified as the year unfolds.   Jeff