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 won’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
Eduardo Valenzuela is the Del Rio seed production supervisor and head of
all things mechanical. He also manages seed orders, computer data and field
Juvencio Palomarez is
following quickly in the foot steps of Eduardo and
becoming our new seed production supervisor, irrigation expert and CSA
Lusila Munoz is in charge of seed cleaning and
produce inspection. It is not wise to argue with Dona Lusila
over quality issues.
Segrario Alvarezis 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.
Carolyn Cismoske, Jose Diaz, and three summer
students plant, pick, weed, water, pack, sweat and freeze along with