Tomato Day Success Benefits School Gardens
Tomato Day 2016 was a slice of heaven on Sunday when 400 tomato lovers came to taste 80 varieties at MorningSun Herb Farm in Vacaville. And thanks to herb farm owners Rose and Dan, Slow Food Solano raised $2500 for its school garden grant program. Yes, it’s amazing how all those $5 donations add up. Plus this year we had the support of EB Stone Organics of Suisun and NorthBay Healthcare. They each gave matching donations of $250 which we managed to just meet from the generosity of additional donations by Tomato Day visitors and Slow Food members.
We also had the pleasure of great chef demonstrations by Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co. in Fairfield – thank you Darren and Elisabeth – Vacaville’s Backdoor Bistro owner/chef Lindsey Gilpin and the always irrepressible Annie Baker of Annie the Baker.com of Napa.
Morningsun grew all the tomatoes this year next door to their herb farm and at Soul Food Farm down the road. A bonanza year for tomatoes – which Rose guesses they will be picking as late as the end of October. So if you are hankering for fresh, organic tomatoes, drop by Morningsun. At $2.50 a pound, it’s a great deal.
All hail glorious tomatoes!
Walnut and Almond News from Nut-N-Other
Walnuts and almonds are still available! We expect to have walnuts until the end of April and almonds through the end of June.
If Mother Nature is good to our almond blossoms, we can expect to have this year’s almond crop ready sometime in late September or early October. Typically, the blossoms appear around Valentine’s Day in February. We’re looking forward to seeing the blossoms and hoping rain and wind storms do not disturb the buds as they blossom.
Email, call or text to pick up at the farm or to arrange to have an order delivered to you. Please give notice if you plan on visiting the farm, we don’t want to miss you!
6212 Silveyville Road
Dixon, CA 95620
Visit www.nutnother.com for information on products and the Farmers Market schedule.
Happiness & Good Health!
Youth Ag Day
Nearly 3,500 Solano County third-graders in 124 classes attended the annual Youth Ag Day on March 18, 2014. Through a wide range of hands-on learning stations, the event encourages students to experience agriculture first-hand. For example, Solano County Weights and Measures weighed each third grade on the cattle scales. Children watched a branding demonstration and then made their own brand to take home. They planted seeds, met lambs and llamas, examined animal skulls, saw the Sheriffs’ canine unit in action, and much more.
At the Slow Food booth children created food art by drawing their favorite fruit or vegetable. They also learned how to check the UPC code on fruits and vegetables to determine if they are organic. They handled a variety of vegetables, like fingerling potatoes and red and yellow carrots, in addition to the typical orange ones. Most had not seen the rarer vegetables, and many asked if they were real. Slow Food volunteers explained the school garden display, and conversed with teachers, parent chaperones and students about the advantages of having school gardens.
The event is a collaborative effort of the Solano County Fair and local businesses, organizations, farmers, ranchers and other individuals that are part of the Solano agricultural community. It is free to all third grade classes in the county.