Consumer Supported Agriculture
IF: Your favorite stores include Trader Joe's, David Berkley, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op or Taylor's market --
OR: Your favorite restaurants are Waterboy, the Paragary Group, or 47 other local or Tahoe Restaurants supplied by Del Rio Botanicals, the Produce Express Farm --
AND: You love to cook with healthy, organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs
Then: A gourmet Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) box delivered each week to a restaurant or office building is just what you need to make ordinary dining healthy and spectacular. Our CSA boxes include the same items delivered to specialty restaurants: baby squashes with blossoms attached, Italian cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, lemon basil, Early Lady beans, calendula petals, chocolate mint, and 125 other specialty products picked for same-day delivery. Recipes, tips for use, tidbits of information on which chefs are using what, and yearly culinary events at the ranch are part of your CSA.
CSA The consumer supported agriculture concept is based on local consumers using fresh, local and seasonal produce grown on a nearby farm. Del Rio Botanical is located on Old River Road between Sacramento and Woodland. We produce open pollinated organically grown seed and fresh pack specialty produce for Produce Express. As more of the 200 acre ranch is converted to organic production we are expanding our product base to include gourmet CSA offerings.
The Contents All of the Del Rio Botanical Produce is harvested in the morning for same day delivery. Everything we do, from seed harvest, planting, picking and packing is weather dependent. The most abundant, variety rich months are July thru November. March and April are the most demanding but least culinary interesting months as the valley crops change from spring to summers. Our seasonal product list in on page 3.
Recipe suggestions for using your specialty produce, news from the farm and the latest restaurants tips are included in your weekly box. We focus on easy, quick, fresh ways to present vegetables, fruit and herbs. Need extra for a party? Call and ask for availability. We can include a commercial pack delivered with your order. Special pick up at the ranch is also available.
Del Rio Botanical hosts several events during the year. Our summer event is a cherry tomato tasting party. Our winter event is New Years Day with a Hoppin John Party. If you would like to tour please give Suzanne a call at 916-919-1843. We also have ride, tour, and dine options as well as special classes during the year.
Your fresh, local, seasonal, organic, gourmet produce box delivered to a restaurant/office location near you is twenty dollars per week, paid by the quarter. Quarters begin on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. You may start your CSA delivery at any time-your quarter will be prorated. The contents of your box is guaranteed to meet or exceed the value of the same or similar items at Sacramento Natural Foods Coop. To reduce bookkeeping and facilitate planting we charge by the quarter. Planting and growing take a lot of time and we have to work with the variables of MOTHER NATURE!
Your CSA box is delivered to your drop off site. If you have an office location the person or office supervising the pickup and distribution from the delivery area will receive a free weekly box. Your pick up time is determined by your CSA office building coordinator or restaurant location.
If you know you will be on a vacation before we bill for the quarter then we will not bill you for those weeks, we wonâ€™t send the box and we will resume when you get back. If you need to be away on a pickup day please call or e-mail 2 days in advance. We will not send your box and you will get credit the next quarter unless you are not with us the next quarter-then you loose your credits.
Del Rio Botanicals Staff
Suzanne Peabody Ashworth was born and raised on Peabody Ranch. She farms, teaches, lectures, does research on additional crop base and specialty seed production. The second edition of her most recent book, Seed To Seed was released last year.
Roger Ashworth married Suzanne a long time ago not knowing what he was in for. Among other things he is in charge of all aspects of Del Rio wine and beer production. It takes a lot of beer to make good wine and a lot of both to farm.
Jesus Dauto is the Del Rio seed production supervisor and head of all things mechanical. He also manages seed orders, computer data and field maps.
Silvia Perez is following quickly in the foot steps of Eduardo and becoming our new seed production supervisor, irrigation expert and CSA harvesting supervisor.
Lusila Munoz is in charge of seed cleaning and produce inspection. It is not wise to argue with Dona Lusila over quality issues.
Lupe Garcia the fastest picker and sorter at Del Rio. This has earned her the title of queen of arugula, cherry tomatoes and braising mix. She supervises picking and packing.
Isabel, Fernanda, Elizabeth and summer students plant, pick, weed, water, pack, sweat and freeze along with us.