Bill Spurlock & Fern Henry
Sunny Slope Orchard
3574 Cantelow Rd
Vacaville, CA 95688
Announcements from Solano Producers
March 30, 2012: Sunset Highlights Avendano's New Meat Wagon
Did you see the piece about Avedano’s new Meat Wagon in the April issue of Sunset?
Avedano’s is a great supporter of Slow Food Solano, providing butchery demonstrations for the Artisan Butchery fund raising event in October. Moira Burke, owner of Agricola Grassfed Beef, says that Avedano’s continues to support Solano producers, using Soul Food Farm eggs and Katz Olive Oil (that she knows of) in addition to Agricola Beef.
Here's a recap in case you missed it, from Sunset Magazine, April 2012, p. 22:
Get on the Chuck Truck
Ever since it opened in 2007, Avedano’s has been a cut above other Bay Area butcher shops. (Three words: lardo beef patties.) Now the Bernal Heights brick-and-mortar takes its show on the road to Hayes Valley with the new Avedano’s Meat Wagon, a retrofitted 1967 ambulance stuffed with locally sourced New York steak, housemade pork sausage, and, on Fridays, wild-caught fish. If the choices overwhelm, opt for the $20 grab bag, which comes with everything you need to cook for two (meat, veggies, fixin’s), including a recipe card. 11-7 Thur-Sat, 12-5 Sun; 432 Octavia St; (415) 285-6328.
June 17, 2011: Sunny Slope peaches are ripe.
May 29, 2011: Sunny Slope Orchards featuring Valencia Oranges,
from Fern Henry
This cool spring weather has definitely slowed the ripening process for
our stone fruit trees. The apricots, peaches and plums all look very
green, which is unusual for this time of year. It is never easy to
predict the weather or the time of harvest, but we will keep you informed.
Meanwhile, we just harvested our Valencia orange tree and have a limited
number of boxes to sell. Boxes weigh 22# on average. The oranges are
very sweet and the juice freezes well. We are selling them for $12.50
per box. Let us know if you are interested. And keep checking our blog at http://sunnyslopeorchard.blogspot.com/ for updates.
February 4, 2011: Soul Food Farm Egg Share Program
Dear friends of Soul Food Farm,
We've been working away on farm projects such as building new chicken houses, picking olives and maintaining the olive orchard, and prepping a living area for our new pigs. We're happy to announce that we have also added a couple hundred new laying hens so that we will have plenty of our delicious, orange-yolked pastured eggs for you this spring.
In fact, we are going to have so many eggs that we have decided to offer a Soul Food Farm "Egg Share" (ES) to our CSA members and friends. It will help us raise some cash up front during the income-free winter month in order to prepare for spring purchases like feed for the meat chickens, etc. By paying $550 for 100 dozen eggs in advance, you get a small price break: $5.50 per dozen, versus $6.50 per dozen through the regular CSA and on-farm pickups, and $8 for farmers market walk-up and Pop-Up General Store customers.
The Egg Share is designed for you to claim 100 dozen eggs in a year, but you can get an extension of up to an additional 12 months just by letting us know.
Answers to your most likely questions are below. If yours isn't answered, just email me here or at the new firstname.lastname@example.org address.
Sign up here: http://www.soulfoodfarm.com/eggshare_signup.html
When does the Egg Share (ES) start?
We will have eggs for the Egg Share starting in late March and going year-round (see below).
How and where can I claim my ES eggs?
At the Beehive farmers market in Berkeley on Saturdays, the Ferry Plaza farmers market Thursday, at the Pop-up General Store, and via the regular Soul Food Farm CSA deliveries (if you are a CSA member).
Can I pick up ES eggs from Prather Ranch stand at the farmers markets or the Ferry Plaza store?
No. Prather buys eggs from us wholesale and resells them, we cannot ask them to hand out ES eggs.
How many dozen eggs can I get at a time?
In spring, summer, and fall, ES members can claim up to three dozen eggs at a time. If demand is high at any time, we will curtail sales to walk-up farmers market customers so as to prioritize our ES and CSA members. However, in the winter, ES and CSA customers may be restricted to one or two dozen per week per customer due to the hens' seasonal slowdown.
How will you keep track of my Egg Share eggs?
If you want to pick up at the farmers market or Pop-up, we'll have a box with our Egg Share members' cards in it, and we'll punch your card with however many dozen eggs you pick up, and you'll initial it. Same for the farm.
Can I pay for the ES by PayPal?
Yes. Use this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FH4MUVQAT9TN2=
Can I share my Egg Share with another person?
Sure. But you will need to pay for it with one check or PayPal and coordinate picking it up under the same account name.
What if I sign up and then I move, or something happens to the farm?
The Egg Share $550 is nonrefundable. If your circumstances change, perhaps you can have someone buy out your remaining dozens. If the farm suffers some sort of catastrophe (chicken house flood, predator attack, etc.) we may extend the terms of the Egg Share as necessary to satisfy our agreement.