California is the magical market garden of North America, with it's fertile soils of the sediment-filled basin gifted to the Central Valley from it's geological history of the Sacramento alluvial plains. Team that up with plenty of sunshine together with ample irrigation and you have the ultimate recipe for success in arable production.
That's on a large scale of agriculture, however, there's NOTHING like picking fresh vegetables and herbs from a beautiful small garden, my dear friend Pam Stoesser's abundant garden that is ... can't wait to raw or cook it! Mmm...
I was so excited to meet local farmer Lee today, who runs Chico's Grub C.S.A. to learn all about how our community's fruit and vegetables are produced on their farm. Located off West Sacramento, in the North West corner of the city, the farm grows enough produce to supply their C.S.A. members, as well as selling at 3 markets per week for most of the year.
Lee's accent gave away an English twang, which I discovered emanated from his roots in Preston in the North of England. After he met his wife from the Chico area, they decided to settle and set up their C.S.A. off Dayton Rd, 14 years ago, before moving it to W. Sacramento in 2013.
They grow a variety of seasonal crops in open field, as well as in poly tunnels ( a.k.a. hoop houses ), to maximise the yield and start work as early as 6am to avoid the heat of the day. I chanced my arm at asking if I could volunteer to help out to improve my knowledge of growing and harvesting processes, to which Lee replied "Certainly", so watch out for my adventures on the farm coming up!