Without chemicals from my farm to you!

Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

 

 

 

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer

3537 Phillips Avenue

(707) 585-9444

E-mail: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

REGISTERED ORGANIC.

County Registration Number: 49-002937

Principal County: Sonoma

Expiration Date: January 1, 2022

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

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 E-Mail: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com  

Skype I.D.:  donsfarm              

 PLEASE E-MAIL  to  schedule a farm visit or an ONLINE SKYPE video chat. 

 

Monday December 06, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday-Sunday Sale Days!

 

 

 

12PM-4PM

 

 

[OR YOU SEND ME AN E-MAIL WITH A TIME AND DAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU!!]

 

 

I REQUEST THAT YOU BOTH CONFIRM AN APPOINTMENT,

 

OR LET ME KNOW YOU WILL BE COMING ANY TIME YOU

 

PLAN TO VISIT MY FARM. 

 

 

[Rain Cancels]   

 

 

And after 201 days of draught we finally got some. 

 

When will there be more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don's Farm will reward any farm visitors who arrives without using fossil fuel: 

 

$2 off total purchase + 5 apples

 

 

Got a horse, a bike, a buggy, an electric car or scooter?? 

 

Walk ins on foot, too. 

 

I will install an electric charging system very soon.  It's coming! 

 

 

 

 

The farm season is rapidly coming to an end. 

 

But right now, there are boxes and bins  of fuyu persimmon!! 

 

 

 

 

I will box the items you want, and then you can send or give almost anything I sell as gifts to

 

friends and loved-ones!  Just tell me how much you want. 

 

 

 

Items on the list:

 

 

 

Wonderful Pomegranate 

 

Chandler English Walnut (2021 crop) 

 

Fuyu Persimmon 

 

Bush Delicata Winter Squash (2021 crop)

 

Watham Butternut Winter Squash (2021 crop)

 

Grapes

 

 

APPLES

 

Granny Smith

 

Fuji M7 and M27 

 

Braeburn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items are still being picked:

 

 

 

Persimmon, Apple, Lemon

 

 

 

I will be available most days for your visit. 

 

 

 

NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED FOR SATURDAY OR SUNDAY!

 

 

 

All other days, just CONFIRM your visit before-hand BY E-MAIL

 

 

 OR I MIGHT NOT BE THERE! 

 

 

 

OTHERWISE,

 

You can set a time and a date for any day. 

 

 

Tell me what you want,  and the approximate quantity. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know by e-mail a day that you are coming!

 

 

 

 Open Saturdays & Sundays, unless raining! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items available: 

 

 

 

PRICES REDUCED!! 

 

 

 

Meyer Lemon   2/$1  

 

Bush Delicata Squash   $2/each   

 

Watham Butternut Squash     $2/each   

 

All-In- One Almond (2021 in shell):            $2/lb. 

 

Chandler (+ Franchette, Mayette, Howard) 2021 Crop English Walnut (in shell):    $2.50/lb.

 

Grape Vines, Fig Trees            $20-$25 

 

Wonderful Pomegranate       $2/ea. 

 

Fuyu Persimmon       $3/lb.  for purchases less than 12 lbs.

 

Fuyu Persimmon     $2/lb. Whole box [13lbs. +  ]

 

Chandler (2020) English Walnut    $2/lb. (and still good quality!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gravenstein Apples (new crop)      [Sorry- All Gone] 

 

 Assorted Squash  $2 ea. 

 

Perlette and Fantasy Grapes          [Please inquire. Almost All Gone] 

 

Wonderful Pomegranate     $1/ea.

 

Other Assorted Apple varieties      $1/lb.  (minimum 5 lbs.) 

 

(including Braeburn, Fuji M7 and M27, Granny Smith 

 

Apple 2nd's  [Blemished]      $?? 

 

Yellow/Orange Brandywine Organic Tomato    $1 lb. 

 

Fuyu Persimmon      $2/lb. [wholesale whole-box price]

 

 

 

**RAIN CANCELS ANY SCHEDULED SALE DATE**

 

 

 

This is fall, and today the temperature is 70 degrees!   

 

Starting at high noon (or other days and times by appointment), 

 

I'll sell some produce to any waiting customers who schedule an appointment time.    

 

Stick around and chat with me, if you like. 

 

 

 

Season ends in December.   

 

I've got coffee for those who've come by. 

 

 

No animals raised on this organic farm!

 

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

 

 I'll have coffee with you!! 

 

Won't you join me??

 

 

 

SEND ANY QUESTIONS TO:  

 

 

 

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

 

 

 

I'll do my best to answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the what I've grown: 

 

*Tell me what do you want, how much, and I'll pick it, and assemble it for your arrival!!*

 

  Perlette and and Fantasey Grapes                                  White Flesh and Indian Free Peaches                Assorted Apples

 

 

 

Ripe Bartlett and Seckel Pears                                         Almonds, Chandler Walnuts, plus Assorted Fruit and Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19!! 

 

The same should be true for you too. 

 

Wear a **Mask** especially so if not vaccinated, while on my farm!! 

 

And I will ask you that question.   

 

 

 

 

Under those conditions, I'm open for business. 

 

 

 

 

 

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com  

 

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Sunday, December 4, 2021

IT’S NOT RAINING,

 

IT’S NOT POURING,

 

BUT I'M GIVING 25% OFF! 

 

Saturday – Sunday from 12-4:00 PM. 

[Through Sunday, December 19, 2021]

[Prior visit notification is requested or an  appointment please]

APPLES FUYU PERSIMMON LEMONS AND WALNUTS!

+ 25% discount on bulk box purchases over 15 lbs.

except walnuts.  See the prices/lb. below>  

PRICES are in POUNDS and already boxed unless packaged otherwise.

Here’s an update on assistance and donations.  On Monday, December 20th, 2021, Don’s Farm was able to make a donation to

 Sonoma Food Runners and the Sonoma County Food Bank.  Last time, that donations was six boxes of fresh apples, persimmon,

and squash. 

 

   Again, I also want to thank my former Santa Rosa neighbors, Bud and Cathy, who now live in Chico.  They’re been doing so

much to help others in their community that it is an inspiration to me.  I realized that “talking about what you’d like to do” falls far

 short of “actually doing.”   

    Sometimes when we are inspired to action by others, we can do so much more than we ever

 imagined!  Please, we must not forget our California neighbors a week from now, a month from

 now, or even a year from now.  They may still need assistance, and be grateful for our attention  

 long after the last embers, disasters, or PANDEMICS are extinguished. 

Much of my remaining produce will be donated.  Right now, my business operation is expected to close at the

 end of Sunday, December 19, 2021. I would like to hope for a miracle for myself and my business bottom line.  But perhaps this is

enough no matter what the totals actually show. 

 

Yes.  That's what I'm saying to myself.  

 

I hope you will drop by before then and buy some delicious produce.  That will, of course, also

 help  me! 

  This Sunday, December 5th is also the last night of Hanukkah.  As I did last year, we will light the Menorah with the holiday

 candles, have something to eat and drink, and say the holiday blessings.  That will be our ending party for this year for friends,

 family, and customers alike.  Happy Hanukkah!    I hope you can make it!

Let me wish you the best for the Holiday Season! 

 

THE END OF THIS SEASON HAS ARRIVED.

 

Not Everything has been harvested.  And I still have vast quantities to sell.  

   

Tell your friends about me on Social media.  https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/ 

See website ^ for map and directions. 

Apples and walnuts!  What a treat!  And don’t forget those Fuyu Persimmon!  I hope you can drop by for a visit.   

 

 

 

P.S.:  These are the same prices I used in 2018!! 

 

 

 

(25%  discount on bulk box purchases over 13 lbs.  except walnuts already discounted.)

 

Chandler English Walnut         $2.50/lb.  [in shell] (25% Discount)

 

All-In-One Almond                    $2/lb.  [in shell] 

 

 

Fuyu Persimmon                $2/lb.  on purchases over 13 lbs. 

 

 

Apples (all varieties)        $1/lb.

 

 

 

 

(25% discount on bulk box purchases over 15 lbs.  ^^except walnuts.

 

Large Squash                     $3/ea.

(Get my picture recipe for these uniquely shaped and colorful items.)  

 

RAIN MAY CANCEL SALE    

  [PLEASE Customer E-Mail*** notification to arrange and verify your visit.]   

 

    BECAUSE…..If I don’t hear from you, I won’t expect you, and may not be on the farm.  Just e-mail, “I’m coming by today at [time??], and I might be interested in…??.”

 

 

   THEN, Tell me what you want, and how many boxes or pounds.  Your order will be ready when you arrive….just for you!    

 

Prices**:

(PRICES are in POUNDS and already boxed unless packaged otherwise. 

 

*****This will be my price until nothing’s left)

 

 

 (25% discount on whole-boxed item discount starting at 15 lbs  ^^except walnuts already discounted 25%.)

 

 

 

 

 

Fuyu Persimmon    $2/lb. on purchases greater than 15 lbs.

Fuji Apple       $1.00/lb.

Braeburn Apple       $1.00/lb.

Granny Smith Apple       $1.00/lb.

All In One Almond (still in the shell) $2/lb. [15 lbs. remain]

Large Squash $3/ea.

Meyer Lemon  2/$1

English Walnuts     $2.50/lb.  [60 lbs. remain] 

English Walnuts     (2020 season)     $2/lb.   (50 lbs. remain)

 

 

 

 

 

ASSORTED VINES AND FRUIT TREES  $25 /ea. 

 

 

 

 

 SOME GRAPE AND TREES  ARE 10 GALLON OR MORE. 

BRING YOUR PICK-UP TRUCK FOR EASY LOADING.  I WILL HELP YOU. 

 Black misSion fig trees (9)

ASSORTED TABLE grape vines (5)

 APPLE TREES (2)   Gala (1); Red Delicious (1)

 WONDERFUL POMEGRANATE TREE (1)

 MAYETTE WALNUT TREE (1)

 APRICOT/PLUM/APPLE SUITABLE FOR GRAFTING (8)  

 

@$7/ea.

 

 

 

 

 These are non-producing  scions with plum root-stock .  Suitable for winter grafting!   

 

 

ORNAMENTALS         $7

5 PERENNIALS  

(Includes Freesia and Brandy Master  

 

 

Open until 4:00PM on sale days through Dec. 19, 2021  

 The days are short!    It’s STILL autumn, but very soon, I’ll be closing up for the winter.     

Please tell your friends on Social media

 No obligation, other than to let me know by e-mail, that you are coming!  

And you can also make an appointment during the week or place your order at: 

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

Please visit https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

**** I would love to hear from you on ****

SKYPE.  My SKYPE I.D. is donsfarm

 

 

 

 

 CONTACT ME IF YOU WISH TO MAKE YOUR

 

PAYMENT ELECTRONICALLY  USING

 

  "ZELLE" 

 

WHERE I HAVE A "RECEIVE PAYMENT" ACCOUNT. 

 

Once you have seen and approved the produce for purchase, payment can be made to me by using your phone or your computer. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

    Because of drought, this year's planting and production is limited.

 

    Please consider the idea of pre-ordering for fruit or vegetable crops this year. 

 

I expect crops for apples and pears (Bartlett and Seckel).  

 

Persimmon, Pomegranate, Chandler Walnut 

 

Fruit is still on many of the trees.  

 

     And that's a very good reason to visit:  Put your money on what you might want.  

 

 

 

An e-mail appointment is required to be sure that I'm here.   

 

 Let me know (by e-mail) if you want something special.

 

Depending on who's coming, I'll make coffee!! 

 

 

 

Pictures taken in late February at the height of spring bloom:  

 

 

 

Not long ago, it was spring:

 

 

  

 

 

 

The tree above to the left, was in full bloom in February. 

 

 I've picked all the Blenheim Apricots. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And now, it's Fall!   

 

 

And finally there was rain....more than 12" in the week of October 10th! 

 

 

Apples, Lemons, Persimmon, and Walnuts are still here!    Plus lots more

 

 

 

 

 

This last year was the driest and hottest year since the drought of 1971!! 

 

 

 

 Climate experts tell us to expect longs periods of drought, followed by monster storms in a

 

in a much shorter rainy season.  That is what's ahead as a result of

 

 

global  warming! 

 

 

 

 

 

And followed by parched earth again in just a few months. 

 

 

 

 

WOW!   

 

 

 

Here are some other trees and crops that I hope will be growing next season:   

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

         My farm in 2021 is Registered Organic with a California State organic license!   

 

 Here's one small correction, which Google never seems to fix:  I am not a ranch

 

And I don't raise ANY animals, if you are looking for bunnies!

 

 

Don's Environmentally Correct is an state registered "Organic Farm."

 

 

 

One very sad note for me:  My beloved companion for the last 21 years has been Inky The Cat.  I buried Inky on April 2, 2021. 

 

She was really my only "family" here, and I miss her more than I can express. 

 

 

 

 

Inky The Cat

 

April 2000 --  March 27, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Wear your mask here, especially if you are not vaccinated. 

SO,  DAMN IT,  GET VACCINATED!!

 

Best Wishes to you! 

There's hope in the future, BUT ONLY if we do what must be done. 

That's my view regarding global warming, and making life livable during COVID-19. 

 

 

 

 

ON SALE DAYS, I REQUEST THE FOLLOWING  :         

 

 

 

 

PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR  "TENTATIVE" VISIT OR APPOINTMENT DATE!!! 

 

 

If you let me know, at night, when I'm actually inside, I can show you the produce, when you contact me on Skype .  

 

Skype:     donsfarm  [my Skype i.d.] You must set up a Skype call in advance)

   

 

 

AND I'M CERTAINLY OPEN FOR QUESTIONS TO YOUR E-MAILS!!

     

 

Not all items will be available on a daily basis: 

  

 

    

    Granny Smith and Braeburn Apple

                      Bush Delicata Winter Squash 

                    Watham Butternut Squash

Yellow Crook-Neck & Marba Squash (large)

Fuji (M7 & M27) Apple  

   All-In-One Almonds   

       Heirloom Brandywine Orange Tomato

Chandler English Walnuts

Fuyu  Persimmon

Meyer Lemon  

 

 

 (Availability and price for items may vary.) 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE ITEMS LISTED.  

 

 

 

  PAYMENT. 

 

An invoice is created for all sales. 

 

Payment method:  check, money order, cash paid on the farm. 

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC PAYMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH "ZELLE".  *** 

 

 

 

Contact me for my account details, if you wish to do this. 

 

 

 

 

Because of COVID-19, produce can be pre-packaged** for the buyer.   

 

MY HEALTH DEPENDS ON FOLLOWING SANITARY RULES. 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE

 

Wear a MASK, WHILE ON MY FARM! 

 

 

 

 

As is Available: 

 

Don's Unique Salad Mix*:   

[Seckel Pears:      

White Honeydew Muskmelon:    ** NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME]

 

 

Don's Salad Mix           

Bush Delicata Winter Squash:     $3.00/ea.

Meyer Lemon:      2 for $1. 

Large Squash:   $3ea.

All-In- One Almond (in shell):           

Chandler English Walnut (in shell):   

Fuyu  Persimmon:                       

Heirloom Tomato 

       BRANDYWINE Organic TOMATO  (Yellow/Orange),

 

Large assorted SQUASH!    .

 

 

 PRODUCE ORDERS 

 

CAN BE BOXED IN ADVANCE!!

 

 

 

**I now have an apple press and for an additional $25 fee, I will "juice" your purchase.**

 

 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO GROW THIS NEXT YEAR, 2022?

 

 

 

 

      
 

Hopefully, that's lots and lots of everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please E-mail . 

 

Right now I have apples, and walnuts.  The new walnut crop (2021) won't be too much longer.    

Fuyu Persimmon, and MORE except where noted, are still coming .  [See above]

I purchased an apple/fruit press! 

Would you believe that I haven't put it together yet!

 
 

               Here is what I still have boxed and ready for sale: 

             CHANDLER ENGLISH WALNUT

(4) 2 lb. boxes @ $2/lb. -  $4/box  [2020 harvest]

(1) 10 lb. box @ $2/lb. -- $20/box     [2020 harvest] 

plus 70 lbs. @ $2/lb. Chandler English Walnuts  [2020 harvest]

10 lbs.  All-In-One Almonds  [2020 harvest] 

 

This year (2021) 60 lbs. are left @ $2.50/lb. of Chandler English Walnuts  [2021 harvest]  

 

and another 70 lbs. of English Walnuts from 2020 @ $2.00/lb. [still great quality]

 

  Questions?

E-mail or Skype.

 

 

 

 

My apples are an excellent option for cider makers, pie-makers, canning, and sauce!!   

 

 

 

Granny Smith    

 

 

Fugi  [M7 and M27]   

 

 

Braeburn       

 

 

Gravenstein Apple for cider and juicing [SOLD OUT]

 

 

"Europea" Olives     

 

 

Chandler English Walnut  

 

 

Fuyu Persimmon     

 

 

Bush Delicata and Waltham Butternut Winter Squash 

 

 

Orange Brandywine Heirloom Tomato

 

 

Meyer Lemon 

 

 

"Europa" olives!   ($4/LB)   [Unavailable at this time]   

Wonderful Pomegranate   [Unavailable at this time]    

 

 

 



Still currently available from 2020: 

 

Chandler English Walnut [$2/lb. 2020 walnut crop]

 

Chandler English Walnut [$2/lb. 2019 walnut crop]

 

 

All-In-One Almond @$2 lb.  


Black Mission Fig trees, and grape vines available@ $25/ea. 

 

 

 

 

Please see my recipes below>>>! 

 

 

20 lbs. Wonderful Pomegranate

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Fuyu  Persimmon:

 

Yesterday my brother and sister-in-law gave me the most delicious and moist cake made completely from this year's Fuyu Persimmon harvest.  It's so

good that I had to force myself to stop eating, so that I can take a picture of it today, and display the cake and Karen's recipe.  The best part is that is made 

without any sugar at all!  That's good and necessary for me.  Karen told me she used Splenda, in place of sugar.  Next year, I hope to plant Stevia, a sweetening herb from South America, which  I'm going to grow in the years to come. 

 

Here's a picture of my Easy Persimmon Cake, and the recipe to bake it. 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Ken and Karen!! 

Delicious!

Easy Persimmon Cake

 

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

1 t baking powder

½ t baking soda

1 t ground cinnamon

½ t salt

2 large eggs

¾ cup Splenda  (as substituted for same amount of sugar)

½ c olive oil or your favorite oil

1 c Fuyu persimmon puree (about 6 very ripe and soft)

¾ c milk or your choice of non dairy

1T orange zest

2 t pure vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray an 8x8 square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and oil vigorously until creamy , about a minute

Add the persimmon puree, milk, orange zest and vanilla extract and whisk until well combined

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the

prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Serve at room temperature.  Refrigerate leftover cake in airtight container

 

 

 

 

    

 

Skype address:     donsfarm

 

  

 

PLEASE VERIFY THAT I WILL BE OPEN

 

 

 

 

**days and hours are always possible for an individual

 

 appointment 

 

 

 

 

Just contact me to set IT up!

 

 

E-Mail Contact: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

See website map for your easy arrival:

https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/    

 

My Skype address:     donsfarm

 

 

 

 

 22nd ANNIVERSARY FOR DON'S FARM

 

Friday, November 5, 1999 -Friday, November 5, 2021! 

 

    Twenty-two years is a long time in anyone's life. 

 

What a Difference a Year Has Made.  I'm Lucky To Say That after our fires and COVID-19!

 

 

A Note To My Community I wrote two years ago 

 

I had to tell someone so that the day would not go without fanfare.  Twenty years ago at approximately 2:30PM, on November 5, 1999, I received the title and took possession of my farm after signing everything at the title company in Santa Rosa.   As I recall, nobody had the keys for me and the realtor/lender from Washington Mutual Savings and Loan, helped me into the house by allowing me to climb onto his back and shimmy in through the window.  I still can’t remember how I finally got the keys.  I want to thank everyone who helped me get here.   

When I first arrived here, all that existed was a barn without a roof.  No fruit trees, grape vines, irrigation or otherwise:  Just a blank slate waiting to be drawn and created. 

So what did I do this November 5th, 2019, the actual 20th anniversary of my arrival??  I came in late that evening, after harvesting close to 80 lbs. of apples, perhaps 15 lbs. of Wonderful Pomegranate, and 60 lbs. of Fuyu Persimmon.  No, I didn’t work all day, but had a bit of an incentive after seeing that very faded note, a 20- year- old card that I’d stuck to the wall marking the close of escrow on November 5, 1999!  Buy some produce while you are here.  There’s an abundance, and I hope you will celebrate that with me, and perhaps offer a word of congratulation! There is cause to be thankful.    

The Kincaid Fire is now contained as of this writing, although I'm told it may not be completely extinguished until after our first real rains of fall.  There are long-term and immediate consequences, even as we strive to help our neighbors to re-build and muddle through the aftermath.  Large fires at this time of year now seem to be the normal, after the last three years of autumn catastrophes.  Yes.  Most of us are simply fortunate to be alive after our latest contest with natural disaster.  I hope we can all do better for ourselves and the planet, by remembering what’s happened, and working towards changes that will slow and eventually reverse a life-time of environmental ignorance, and neglect.  It’s not too late, provided we take heed of how we live, and the factors that can easily make life unlivable for future generations. 

      I hope you can visit in the next few days and share a glass of wine with me to mark my 20th Anniversary here. We all have a debt of gratitude for survival in these uncertain times of fires and catastrophes.     

 

That's what I wrote then.   

 

 

The Covid-19 virus arrived with a vengeance in March, 2020.. 

 

 

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT I WOULD STILL BE CLOSED ON MAY 1, 2020 as a result.   

During the summer of 2020, the pandemic and the fire conditions were even worse in Sonoma County. and throughout the entire state, the western portion of the nation and now rural portions of America.   Everywhere on the planet, I think. 

 

2021 came and now is almost over.  And now a new year, 2022, will soon be upon us.  What are your hopes?  What dreams do you have?   This is what I'm thinking,.... 

AND YOU MIGHT SAY THE SAME THING FOR THIS COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD:

 

A HOPE FOR RENEWAL

 

WE NEED IT.   

 

All the Best to You! 

 

A world-wide pandemic first struck  in 2020, and continued this last year with the fury of fear, death, and economic disaster.   It continues and probably will continue to plague us, until almost all the world, no matter where you live, has been vaccinated.  That's the reality we may have to accept.  

It's still here with new and deadly variants, etc.   

None of us will ever be the same.   

   

     There's a final item that needs to be mentioned right here.   It has nothing to do with food, farming, money,

 

 

produce, or climate.  It has everything to do with how we treat each other, and those who we will never know. 

 

 

Saturday, September 11, 2021 was the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on that date in 2001. 

 

 

To forget the more than 3,000 people killed that day at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Shanksville

 

 

 Pennsylvania in the early morning of 9/11 is a crime.  To remember is hopefully to both cherish what was lost, 

,\

 

and to learn from it.  To me, it seems like yesterday.  And again, I must add, 

 

 

None of us will ever be the same.  

 

 

,

(my picture in 2007)

 

Sincerely,

 

Farmer Don 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Goals About Energy Usage and Climate Change:  

 

       

 

 

Solar power is not yet part of this farm.  And it probably never will be, unless I win the lottery. 

 

Right now I'm not hopeful.  But I'll keep trying. 

 

That's one more step I can take regarding "climate change." 

 

I haven't forgotten that pledge and that issue. 

 

 

I HOPE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AS A CSA MEMBER in 2022! 

 

Well, I'm really starting to feel my age.  Would you like to help me? 

 

SEND AN E-MAIL TO SIGN UP AGAIN OR FOR THE FIRST TIME!!

 

   

Tell your friends about me on Social media.  https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/  See below for map and directions. 

 

 

 

 

[CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture" enabling you, as a member, a share of each week's harvest.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PRODUCTION YEAR 2022? 

 

 

 

JOINING THIS CSA TODAY, ENSURES I'M OPEN TOMORROW. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

ASSORTED VINES AND FRUIT TREES    $25 /ea.

 

 

 SOME GRAPE AND TREES  ARE 10 GALLON OR MORE. 

 

BRING YOUR PICK-UP TRUCK FOR EASY LOADING.  I WILL HELP YOU. 

 

 

 Black misSion fig trees (14)

ASSORTED TABLE grape vines (17)

 APPLE TREES (2)   Gala (1); Red Delicious (1)

 WONDERFUL POMEGRANATE TREE (1)

 MAYETTE WALNUT TREE (1)

 APRICOT/PLUM/APPLE SUITABLE FOR GRAFTING (8 )    $7/ea.

 

  These are non-producing  scions with plum root-stock .  Suitable for winter grafting!   

 

 

ORNAMENTALS         $7

10 PERENNIALS  

(Includes Freesia and Brandy Master  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please tell your friends on Social media.  See below for the cost of a CSA Membership! 

 

THIS year'S 2021 CSA subscription COST:

 

monthly payment $150. 

 

 entitles member to (4) weekly pick-ups that month

of all produce available that week.

 

 

 

 

 

HELLO,

 

 

 

I'M FARMER DON  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips Ave., all the way back to the barn!

 

Parking is in  MARKED AREA next to the vineyard. 

 

 

Use e-mail if you have questions.  Hope to see you here soon!

And the real truth? That's me in 2000. My hair's now turned white! 

   

 

Image result for music symbolsOh,...but I was so much younger then

          I'm older than that now! Image result for music symbols  

 

Thanks,    

 

 

 

 

     

 

Farmer Don

Are you seeing double?

 

 

FOr year 2021 CSA

(Community Supported Agriculture)  

subscription list:

monthly pre payment IS $150. 

 entitles member to (4) weekly pick-ups that month

of all produce available that week.

 

  

 

***SENDING AN E-MAIL WILL START THE PROCESS FOR CSA MEMBERSHIP THIS SUMMER. 

 

I

 

Dear Customers,

 

 Equipment repair, planting, pruning, seed and related supplies for my greenhouse seed-trays, repairing trellis stanchions in the vineyard...along with other repairs await me.  

 

I want your help, but only when it's safe to ask for it.

 

 

 

The items listed below, since you are reading this, are available on my farm from me, only by

 

verified delivery/appointment.  

 

DO THIS BY E-MAIL. 

 

 

 

Larger Trees and vines in containers vary in size. 

 

  

 

  

 

   

•   Map is on this web site below for your easy arrival. https://www.donaldrosenberg.com  . 

 

 

****Drive all the way in past both houses (DON'T BLOCK THE DRIVEWAY), and park in designated area next to the vineyard marked "Park."  Look for me in the produce barn, the greenhouse, or outside.  Better still, yell "Don!  Where are you?" 

I don't own or use a cell-phone. 

Thanks and Hoping To See You Soon,

  

          

 

Farmer Don

 Yes, I'm working twice as hard as ever! 

 

***

 

Registered Organic Produce
Don's Farm.
3537 Phillips Ave.
Santa Rosa, 95407. 
Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips Ave., all the way back to the barn!

 
 

·   Map is on this web site below for your easy arrival. https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/ 

·    Bring your own bag or box, if you have it.

·   Cash and exact change, please. [Sometime this season I hope to have on-line ordering available through use of credit card purchases.]


 

These are my Fuyu Persimmon

 

 

 

 

When this becomes possible, you can make an appointment  for a day that works for you. 

 

 

 

 USE  e-mail to alert me.  Tell me what you  want, and  to verify that  I'll  be there. 

 

 

 

Thanks and Hope to See You Soon,  

 

 

Farmer Don   

Perhaps I should put your picture here?

 

 

P.S.:  We really know that there will be more viruses.  Severe fires and weather events are due principally to the effects of global climate change/global warming.  We have lost so many friends, and mentors in the last year.  Sean Connery, the Scottish actor of James Bond fame, died yesterday.  I remember speaking with him on a location shoot in Golden Gate Park, as we both waited for our next scene to set up.  In my professional life as an actor, I remember that conversation fondly, because of his kindness.  I'm indebted to my friend Billie Blumenthal.  She encouraged me to no end, and I deeply miss her optimism and her presence. 

 

**Registered Organic by California Department of Food and Agriculture Organic Program 

 

** ***“This farm complies with state and national organic practices

 to assure consumers that organically produced products

 meet consistent standards and contribute to a safe and healthy environment.” 

Organic Spot- Inspection completed on June 27, 2017.

Sonoma County Dept. of Agriculture/ Wts. & Measures

    

 

[CSA customers: Your Subscription Pick-up day for 2021 is Friday, 2-6  PM. 

 

First CSA date:  Friday, July 9 , 2021 .

 

There’s a map on the web site, just below, > for your easy arrival.

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

New items are added every week as they become ripe.   

   

   

I'm Farmer Don.   

 

 

 

  Join this CSA by purchasing a membership subscription. 

 

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE??  THAT'S EASY! 

 

 

Come by for a visit to see what's growing!  

 Every year, individual items are boxed and on sale!  You can get them in advance!

 

  

 

HERE'S HOW

YOU

 

 

 

 

CAN STILL FIND ME:

   Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips Ave., all the way back to the barn!

 


Use e-mail if you have questions.  Hope to see you here soon!

  

Thanks,

Farmer Don

 

 

Regular Price

FIG TREES    $25

GRAPE VINES    $20

Don’s Farm is Registered Organic! And so are these trees and vines. 

 

Don, that's me, is available by appointment. 

   

Perhaps you’ll decide to become a

SUBSCRIBER FOR MY WEEKLY SUMMER PRODUCE.

YOU CAN EVEN BUY A DISCOUNTED ***PORTION OF CROPS TO COME!   

 

   

     See something that interests you?  Have an unanswered question about crops, trees, politics, or the meaning of life?  I'll do my best to answer.  And just by chance, should you want to help me, there are loads of  projects in the fields, and in the greenhouse that are begging for attention.

 

I'd like the company or the HELP, if you can make it!  Just ask! 

 

 

 

Over winter and even into late spring, I pruned my Black Mission Fig trees, and an assortment of table grape and a few wine grape vines.  These grape cutting, and fig root spurs already rooted while still attached to the mother vine or tree.  They can be instant producers. 

Selling fig trees, grape vines & more

[such as pomegranate, apricot for grafts, apple, ornamentals]

Trees and vines in larger containers sell for more    

 

For the first time, I will be able to juice apples and other fruit with my new press!  Cost is still to be determined. 

 

Look Forward to Seeing You,

Farmer Don

 

 

 

 

 

MAY YOUR DAY  BE FILLED WITH JOY AND RENEWAL!! 

 

 

(For a change, don't you think?)

 

 

     

 

MY MOTTO:

Buy fruit and vegetables

Grown with care

Grapes to squash

Apples to pear

Kept in cold storage

Preserved from the air.

They're ready for transfer

At a price that's fair

Just bring a box

And some cash to spare

There’s a little of everything

And it’s all waiting here!

 

 

 

 

  

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

E-mail, if you want to help. 

 

 

Exact change and e-purchases  helps.  If you e-mail, I will try to answer.  Drive all the way back towards the barn, and park next to the vineyard. Look for me when you arrive!

I still have lots of grape vines and fig trees for sale, too. 

 

Come by for a visit, and I'll show you my farm! 

 
Here's a map [>>SEE BELOW] for your easy arrival.

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

 

 

   Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips

 

 Ave., all the way back to the barn!

 


 

When it's possible, hope to see you here IN 2020!  



The Market Basket

Our Registered Organic Produce Box

 

  for subscription customers   

Containing  everything in season for that week! 

 

SUCH AS:

 

Gravenstein, Breaburn & Fuji Apples; Magda Squash; Ruby Table Grapes; English Walnuts, All-In-One Almonds; Sunburst Hybrid Squash; Wonderful Pomegranate; Fuyu Persimmon; Watham Butternut Squash; Bush Delicata Winter Squash; Black Mission Figs; Crane Melon; Sugarbaby Watermelon; Red and Yellow Brandywine Tomato; Small Sugar Pie Pumpkin;

and

Don’s Unique Salad Mix

 

  for paid subscription customers

 

 

 

There's a map on the web site for your easy arrival.

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/



E-mail, so I know what you want. 

 

 

 

     I welcome your help to supply food to our community! 

    Over winter, I will need to once again prune, remove, and then spray the cuts on some "Fire Blighted" branches on the apple, apricot, peach, and pear trees.  That was very necessary last year to remove the contagion before it had an opportunity to infect the rest of the tree.  The good news is that I've actually saved two Bartlett pear trees this year using my practices and, I will be able to bring them back into production.  Maybe a miracle??

    Fire Blight is spread by bacteria in the dust, and can be further spread by rain dripping that bacteria on surrounding portions of the tree.  A word to the wise, take care of Fire Blight before it infects and then kills the whole tree.  There is no known remedy or cure other than removing the infected branches, sterilizing the cuts and then spraying the affected area with a copper solution. With some success, I also use the fungicide mixture Actinovate, or Serenade which helps the bark to actually regenerate/grow and seal the cut. 

    Indian Free Peaches:  Weather will always be a factor and sometimes a disappointment due to the timing of late frosts and heavy rains during the time of bud-break.  This occurred for almost all my last year trees and severely cut back on the potential harvest.  

 

Here's an example of  what you might find in the weekly MARKET BASKET, assembled in the wicker basket below.

    

                                                 

So here's the real invitation! Come out for a visit.  I'd like to meet you.  You're welcome by daylight appointment.  E-mail is the easiest way to set that up!  I'm closed on Saturday, the Sabbath. 

 

 

Mr. Scrooge, our Founder

 

 

 

                       

 

BRER FOX     

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 

               There’s a first time for everything, I guess.  That afternoon, the last day of summer (and truly a scorcher), I started to walk into my greenhouse, and then stopped rather abruptly.  Lying at the far end of the planting table, and rolled in sleep was a brown and silver fox.  I backed up a few steps and made some cooing noises.  I was hoping not to disturb it too drastically, and certainly not to provoke the creature into an aggressive response.  It roused itself slowly and looked straight at me.  Then it yawned and got to its haunches, still looking at me, but not with any sense of concern.  The rear leg came up to attack the lice and fleas that bedevil anyone and anything  traversing the dry, not entirely over-grown fields at this time of year.   “It’s time for you to go,” I said.  The fox slowly made it down from the table and then exited the greenhouse through an opening  in the clear-plastic sheeting  at the rear.  I walked out of the greenhouse and then circled back around outside, going towards the rear. The animal must have escaped into the vineyard, in that direction, or perhaps even a little beyond.  At that point, I had no intention of pursuit. 

A few minutes later, provoked by the sight of scavenging fowl, feasting away on the grapes, I proceeded to make my way towards the vineyard.  A fox catching a raiding bird or two might actually discourage them, and seemed like a benefit.  I saw just the briefest of a glimpse, now already in the distance, of what must have been the tail of the creature, as it skirted across the very green lawn and foliage of Ms. Sweet and her mother, my neighbors to the south. 

And then a recollection came to me of something I’d heard at dusk, just before the previous night.  I was picking and staking very luxuriant tomatoes in the area just next to my house.  They are very thick and full, because I had neglected to properly stake them up at the beginning of the growing season.  From the midst of the tomato patch, I remembered hearing something like a growl.  I didn’t really make anything of it, due to my poor and deceptive hearing these days.  Could that have been “Brer Fox?”  

 

 



Marley and Scrooge

[A.K.A., employers of poor Farmer Don]
 
Hope to See You Soon,

Farmer Don   

 

 

    Last Thanksgiving, I prepared a large Black Beauty Zucchini, cut down the middle for baking.  I scooped out just a little of the inner mass on each "boat," and filled it with oatmeal, oat bran, tomato, tuna, and laid it on a bed of cheese.  I used other spices, and herbs grown here, such as chive, fennel, garlic, dried onion, and corn oil mixed with what I originally scooped out, placing it on top.  I baked it for about 55 minutes at 350 degrees.  It was delicious, and if you drop by this next Sunday, I'll make another for you to taste-test and sample.  This is my recipe, but it closely resembles the objective of something I saw food author Leanne Brown demonstrate on the PBS NewsHour.

 https://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/can-you-cook-delicious-meals-on-just-4-a-day/ 

  Her book is entitled Good and Cheap.  The caption there is "Can you cook delicious meals on just $4 a day?" [Can someone receiving food stamp benefits eat well on an average budget of $4 per day? That was the simple question that Leanne Brown set out to answer as a student, and now it's the core of her new cookbook, "Good and Cheap."] 

It certainly can be done.  I put this dish just below on the table only last week, and if I can create it, anyone can!  As part of the filler, I wanted a different carbohydrate.  What did I have in the cupboard?  Oatmeal, oat bran, tuna.  In the refrigerator, I found Mozzarella cheese and an egg.  And from the farm harvest I took two large squashes, tomatoes, fennel, dill, purple ruffled basil, chive, onion, and garlic.  I even put a bit of sliced apple and fuyu persimmon on the side.  It was pretty good!

    Yes, I've been doing that "can-you-cook-delicious-meals-on-$4-day" for quite some time using the produce I grow.       

For example, here was my list of  produce  for September 1, 2018: 

1.  English Walnuts 

2.  Red and Yellow Brandywine Tomato

3.  Ambrosia Cantaloupe 

4.  Watham Butternut (Winter) Squash   

5.  Fuji, & Braeburn  Apples

6.  Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe or Crenshaw Melon

7.  Black Beauty Zucchini or Scalloped Squash

8.  Bush Delicata Squash

9.  Don's Salad Mix   

10.  Fantasy Table Grape 

11.  Black Minooka Table Grape

12.  Marba Squash 

 

PLEASE E-MAIL  for sales on the farm, and I will hope to see you by daylight appointment. 

I can better serve you, if  you let me know in advance what you want in produce and the amount desired.  OK.  Maybe you don't want to do that.  The trouble is that I can't do all this anymore by myself.  So if I don't hear from you by e-mail [that you actually plan to drop by], those items won't be on display or ready for you.  Makes me want to join Inky The Cat, and take a nap... We're both getting older, but she's not yet retired, like me!  

 Just send an e-mail, so I’ll know when or if to expect you.    Discounted and ready for planting now:  Grape vines and some fruit trees in containers.  Hope to see you soon!   

FOr year 2021 subscription list

monthly pre payment IS $150. 

 entitles member to (4) weekly pick-ups that month

of all produce available that week.

 

Don's Unique Salad Mix {Mixed, Washed, Ready to Eat} $5/bag [Available again in 2019]

[with Nasturtium, Red Leaf, Simpson Elite, Mesculin mix lettuces, chard, Penny Royal, fennel, dill, mints, chive; & Sweet & Purple Ruffled basil.]

 

 ****Grape vines and fruit trees in containers   $23 - $25/ea.


 

 

 BY DAYLIGHT APPOINTMENT PLEASE. 

        Don't just take my word for it!  See for yourself! 

 

****Hyper-link Video to Don's Farm****:

https://youtu.be/kZoZnQsxbms
 

Pick up is on the farm.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, and that way, I won't miss you.
  
Bring your own bag or box for final check-out.  Questions?  Contact me by E-Mail.  

All produce is Registered Organic.  

P.S.:  My website isn't fancy with boxes to check and credit cards to enter.  But you can simply cut and copy the list of produce and "xx" what you want and the quantity, send it to me, and the box will be ready when you arrive!    

Look at what’s available on the list of produce and think about what I can do for you in 2022.  I can do this with your support!  And it's a good deal  for you! 

   

Don’s Farm is Registered Organic!

Send a message to let me know you’re coming, or to arrange a time. No phone calls please, but I can respond to email questions!  See Map just a little further on>!>                 

 
Thanks for your patronage, and I hope to see you soon,
Farmer Don 

 

Poor Inky The Cat had a spat with a rat!  Or  Mr. Raccoon?    Owwww!!!

The cost of guarding the produce and protecting the trees harvested, I guess. 

In April 2020, Inky The Cat turned 20 years old. 

She passed from this world just short of that date, March 27, 2021, and her 21st birthday.     

 

I REALLY WANTED TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INKY! 

But I just didn't get the chance this year, and I miss you more than I can say. 

 

 

About Inky The Cat

 

   

Saturday, August 10, 2019

 

I have a story about an act of concern and perhaps kindness regarding Inky The Cat.  She’s been with me here on the farm for almost twenty years.  Her actions, I believe, may have rescued me from dire consequences.  It is quite possible that the events, as they occurred, were just fortuitous.  You draw the conclusions. 

  About a week ago, I was still working on the barn roof, doing my best to attach the corrugated 8 foot, steel panels to the still unfinished area.   It was getting late, and it was still quite warm.  Inky was watching me from below, sitting in a location in a row of tomato plants, just to the left of my ladder.  She meowed once or twice, which prompted me to respond angrily, “I don’t have time to give you dinner now.  I need to finish this!” 

I then came down off the roof, so that I could gain a better view of the panel placement thus far.  At that point Inky decided she would climb the ladder, after which she ascended to the top of the roof. 

“No, no!  You don’t belong up there.  Come down right now!”  She didn’t respond at first.  Then I whistled and said, “Alright, I’ll give you your dinner.”  Perhaps I’m not always that trust-worthy.    Now she was in the same position as I had been previously: the cat was looking down at me.  Inky The Cat decided to give me a chance.  She came down off the roof and then onto the ladder one step at a time. 

“Good kitty; that’s a good kitty.”  That was my encouragement for each step she took.  When she was finally down, I directed her to get out of the way to be safe, so that I could “finish.”  Stepping onto a second step-ladder, I hoisted another panel onto the roof, and then came down off the ladder.    Unfortunately, I neglected to secure the previous panel above the one that I just hoisted up, and to my surprise, I heard a “swishing sound” as that top panel was coming back down again, like a way-ward satellite on re-entry.   It hit the ladder, which then hit me, knocking me over. 

I was on the ground for a couple of minutes, trying to figure out what had happened.  Perhaps I was playing dead.  I wasn’t sure of anything.  Low blood sugar often has the same effect on me. 

“Maybe it’s time to quite for today.”  But I was having trouble getting to my feet.  My equipment belt, with tools and bolts, seemed particularly heavy.  I heard Inky, but I wasn’t sure where she was. 

“Get out of here!” I yelled.  In truth, I didn’t know where I was going, or who I was yelling at.  I was angry and not entirely rational.  Inly The Cat was calling me, and I felt her against my legs several times, as I was walking in a disjointed manner.  I arrived at the table next to the greenhouse, and deposited my hex-head drill-bit and the punch-tool I use to start the bolts.  And then everything seemed to go to darkness.  I fell into one of the grapevines, rolling over and over, unable to gain my footing.  And then I heard Inky again.  She was right next to me, almost on top of me.  I now recall one other time many years earlier, when she did something similar to awaken me.  In that instance, she had used her paw to hit my face.

“Meow, meow, meow!” 

“You must be hungry,” I think I said to her.  I had no Idea what planet I was on, or where I was going.  I finally managed to get up, and I followed Cat to a door.  Whose house is this? Who lives here?  Inky was at the door somehow encouraging me to enter.  When I stepped inside, Inky The Cat went to the cupboard, and meowed again.  I opened the door, not sure of what I was supposed to do. 

“I think you must want some food,” I said to her.  And then it occurred to me that perhaps I also needed to eat.  What else could explain my spastic movement and bizarre behavior? 

“Yes, I need something to eat.”  There’s an open box of honey-granola bars, first on the shelf there.  But I really had no idea what I was eating.  I continued to feed myself.  I felt very cold, and then started shaking, as I began to eat. 

Well, I came out of it finally.  And yes, I gratefully gave Inky The Cat her dinner, once I had returned to the living. 

“Good kitty, good kitty!” I kept repeating. 

Yesterday, I finished almost everything on the barn roof installation.  There are just a few bolts that still need to be fastened along with sealing of the ridge cap in several places.  I also have an “escape ladder” that will be attached to the antenna mast and an aluminum ladder located there.  I need that in order to get up to the antenna on the roof gable. Simply put, that’s the only way to get up on the roof at all, without sliding down.  That “ladder” may help me to get up and down on that slippery surface along with attached ropes on the north and on the south of the barn. 

Tomorrow an appointment is scheduled with a solar panel company.  I’m hoping they will be able to give me a reasonable price on financing solar panels, installation, plus a battery back-up in the event of natural disaster and power disruption.  If possible, I also want to avoid the rate increase that PG&E has promised, because my high usage moves me into an expensive High Usage Rate category. 

Last night as I started to write this, I went outside to check on Inky The Cat.  She was safely asleep in her enclosed bed located on top of the six-door refrigerator in the barn.  It’s safe for her from predators, because that cathouse is only accessible by climbing up and through the rafters. 

Thank you Inky. 

 

Fuyu Persimmon

    Here's Chandler Walnuts:

  

     Would you believe such luscious "Gravensteins!!??    

These are pictures taken IN November, 2015.  The dry weather at that time and for all that year may have been a factor.    

  The water situation was better in January, 2019, but the fire danger remained high that summer!    

    Here's a postscript on November 2, 2020.  The possibility of wildfires has been even more extreme this last year.  Our first substantial rain arrived on October 10th with 12" for the week!!  For all the fires throughout Northern California, even those currently contained, that answered my hope and prayer.  In the state of California, and throughout the Western U.S., we all share that hope for more Fall rains. 

 

 

TREES AND GRAPE VINES FOR SALE ON THE FARM

   

ORGANIC TABLE GRAPE VINES

in containers ranging from 1/2 to 10 gallon.

Table Grape Vines & # available

Perlette (6), Flame (8), Fantasy (6), Ruby (5), Black Manuka (4)

 

FIG TREES/ AND OTHER TREE VARIETIES

Assorted Fruit Trees   

 depending on size of tree in containers ranging from 1/2 to 10 gallon.

Black Mission Fig (12), Blenheim Apricot (3), Assorted Apple/Plum (3); Wonderful Pomegranate (2); Mayette Walnut** (1 ea.); Chandler Walnut** (1) **Note: Grown from seed or root cutting; not grafted.  These will very likely produce, but the time period before actual production takes anywhere from 4-6 years longer than a commercially produced "grafted" varietals.  Also with a grafted tree, the root-stock is generally much hardier, and in the case of English Walnut, less susceptible to Black-line rot. 

 

 

 

There's a map just below on the web site for your easy arrival.

 SUBSCRIBER PICK-UP FRIDAY,  2-6:00 PM ON THE FARM
  I'll try to answer your important questions by e-mail, not the telephone!  Drive all the way back (near the barn), and park opposite the vineyard.  Look for me in the rear field on sale dates! 


"WHOLE SEASON" SUBSCRIPTION CUSTOMERS GET:

Market Basket SUBSCRIPTION SPECIAL PRICE of   $150/month for all 2021!!   

or $40/BOX ARRANGED WEEKLY

 

Your subscription Market Basket is  prepared for your pick-up every Friday during the growing season.  

BOX INCLUDES A SAMPLING OF EVERYTHING I PRODUCE.

 *(Please note: the Market Basket or your Subscription must be ordered one week in advance for your first delivery.)*

 

  

Sample Market Basket box for our weekly

SUBSCRIPTION CUSTOMERS:

(AS IT'S likely TO APPEAR THIS SUMMER)

 

Walnuts

Almonds

Magda Squash (Zucchini-like)

Yellow Sunburst Hybrid Squash

Purple Ruffled Basil, and Rosemary

Don's Unique Salad Mix

{Mixed, Washed, Ready to Eat}

[with nasturtium, Red Cut Leaf lettuce, Simpson Elite, Mesculin mix lettuces, chard, Penny Royal,  fennel, dill, mints, chive; & Sweet & Purple Ruffled basil.]

Fuji or Braeburn Apple

Gravenstein Apple

Assorted Tomatoes

Black Mission Fig

Ruby Table Grape

 

And When Available :

 Meyer Lemons 

Chandler English Walnut

 

   

 

       Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm is a Registered Organic Producer, through the State of California and the County of Sonoma.  

 So.... when you come to visit....  Go all the way back to the barn and the greenhouse.  E-mail if you're coming. 

 

Thanks & Hope To See You Soon,

Farmer Don 

 


 

 

FOR SALE ALSO BY DAYLIGHT APPOINTMENT:    

 

 

 

    

 

DON’S UNIQUE SALAD MIX         $5.00/bag (When Available!)

 

ORGANIC TABLE GRAPE VINES  

 

FIG TREES                                             

 

MANY OTHER FRUIT TREE VARIETIES                    

 

 

Table Grape Vines Available (supply is limited)

Perlette, Flame, Fantasy, Ruby, Black Manuka, Concord

 

Assorted Fruit Trees 

Black Mission Fig, Blenheim Apricot, Assorted Apple/Plum, Wonderful Pomegranate

 priced on size of vine or tree in containers

   

 

 

 

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SALAD TODAY? 

 

It's available only by pre-order!!

 

 

Recent Customer Comments about DON’S UNIQUE SALAD MIX

 

 

 

 

What we really would like is another bag of your AWESOME salad mix!  When you have more jot me an email. We had some tonight with black bean tacos and smoked mozzarella cheese. Yum, yum, YUM!  Every time we have a meal with your salad, Bill says it's the best salad mix he's ever tasted! Could we get it tomorrow morning?
Thanks for all the hard work and dedication you put into growing good food, ethically, and with respect for the environment. We appreciate it

~ Cynthe & Bill 

              

 

 

DON, SERIOUSLY, THIS IS THE BEST SALAD EVER. SERIOUSLY IF IT WEREN'T SO LABOR INTENSIVE FOR YOU, THIS SALAD WOULD SELL LIKE NO OTHER IN OLIVER'S ETC. THIS IS A WINNER.  BEST SALAD IN SONOMA COUNTY!

 Bud and Cathy

 

 

 

              We are enjoying the basket.  My husband doesn't like to eat vegetables but I've been making him your salad to take to work for his dinner and he's been enjoying the different flavors. 

Thank you. 

 Beverly

 

 

 

              Big thank you Don for the box of veggies and fruits. We ate almost everything. Your salad mix is the best!

 Olga

      

 

 

 

 

 

Market Basket  subscription customers $150

 

Single purchase customers' Market Basket $40. 

 

 

If you are a new customer, your first Market  Basket  in 2021   is $30.   Try it, and see if you like it.   Then subscribe. 

 

 

 

  

I fill a  box (the Market Basket) with what's available that week.  (Local Home Delivery, Sonoma County, add $15)

Generally there's a lot in the box, and it's a great value for the money!   

 

So sorry! Gift Certificate is no longer until next season.

**AVAILABLE NEXT YEAR AND VALID DURING THE GROWING SEASON:   Cost: $50** 

 

Here's a sample of our gift certificate: 

 

Without chemicals from my farm to you!

Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer

3537 Phillips Avenue

(707) 585-9444

E-mail: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

REGISTERED ORGANIC.

County Registration Number: 49-002937

Principal County: Sonoma

Expiration Date: January 1, 2022

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

 ORDERS-->

E-Mail: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

 

 

GIFT CERTIFICATE

 

VALID FOR 1 (ONE) REGULAR SUMMER PRODUCE BOX

(REDEEMABLE THIS NEXT YEAR, 2021 ([sample certificate])

 

ISSUED TO    ____________________  (gift recipient)

 

 

PURCHASED BY  ____________________________ 

 

VALIDATED BY  ______________________  (owner/operator)

 

DATE  _______________________ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Having a special affair?  Want to buy in quantity?  THAT, TOO, CAN BE ARRANGED AT A REASONABLE PRICE! 

 

Remember: Don's Farm is an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which means we work together, there is transparency in the business practices, and our members pay in advance for their weekly share of produce.     

 

 

HERE'S HOW

YOU

 

CAN  STILL FIND ME:

   Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips Ave., all the way back to the barn!

Hope to see you here! And the real truth? That's me in 2000. My hair's now turned white! 

   

 

Image result for music symbolsOh,...but I was so much younger then

          I'm older than that now! Image result for music symbols  

 

 

Spring Photo-Album of Preparations

in the Greenhouse and in the Fields  

 

Photo from (2018) Year's Planting--

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures above, showing bloom and bud break, ^^^ were taken in April of 2015. 

 

 Vines, trees and fields, with irrigation, were holding on at mid-summer, on July 10, 2015.  >> 

Midsummer 2016, and the drought was still evident and damaging!

 

 

Spring, 2018, the draught was finally over.  Hallelujah!! 

In fact, it was so wet, that I couldn't even attempt to get the tractor in the fields without getting stuck.  I remember that! 

None the less, water is a precious resource.  That fact is becoming more apparent with every year! 

 

On January 7, 2019, my rain totals here looked encouraging.  I've learned not to take any of this rain for granted.  Let's call that "fortunate weather."  In 2020, we returned to drought conditions.  That is the nature of Climate Change, which is real, and is a far different beast.  It's not the same as day-to-day changes in the weather.  And without a doubt, over the last 21 years of working these fields and gazing at these skies, that monster is already here, and not some far-away pipe dream. 

    The summer of 2021 is NOW the second year of draught in California.  It's also the driest year we've had since 1973. 

 

We need to deal with CLIMATE CHANGE NOW. 

 

 

Inky The Cat would have turned 21 years-old in April, 2021.  She  was a bit hobbled on her left leg due to a fight or a bite that wouldn't mend.  Her balance wasn't so great anymore.  Neither is mine.  The last time I saw her alive was March 27th.  I found her on April 2nd, 2021, and buried her that day.   

 

 

 

Including Don's Herbs  (not all are shown):

           

Rosemary, Fennel, Dill, Mint, Chive, and Basils

 

 

 

Inky's Favorites: 

 

 

 

Don, Inky, and The Helpers over the back fence say: 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Don't be a stranger.  Come by for a visit!"   

 

Don

 

REMEMBER:  THE "MARKET BASKET" CONTAINS EVERYTHING AVAILABLE!

(HOME DELIVERY IN SONOMA COUNTY EXTRA $15)

 

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

DON'S ON THE WEB: 

 https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

 

AND THERE'S A MAP ABOVE^ AND BELOW> FOR YOUR EASY ARRIVAL!

 

            Thanks for your support.  

 

Inky and Don

** In accordance with the Federal Organic Food Act of 2003, these fruit and vegetable treats are produced without pesticides or chemical fertilizers from my farm to you!

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All Pick-Ups and Deliveries are available by appointment.

    Inky says,

People (and cats like me) learn to live and feed themselves, when there's hope, real concern, and the love of others.  Narrow the gap, the destructive gap, between rich and poor.  All the benefits of this earth, from the plants that grow to the minerals that make this tractor, belong to all of us.  We are one community, and the more we strive to include those who have been excluded, the stronger and healthier we become...  And happier too!"

 

Listen to Don's Farm effort at reducing food waste, and providing a reasonably priced,  produce alternative:

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http://fsrn.org/2014/08/california-farmers-turn-to-social-media-to-reduce-food-watse/

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<  That's Inky in 2003!

 We hope to be seeing all of you in 2021!

 

 

 

HERE'S HOW

YOU

 

CAN  STILL FIND ME:

   Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa; Turn at Todd Road going West; Cross Stony Point Road; Turn right at Phillips; Don's Farm is on the left at 3537 Phillips Ave., all the way back to the barn!

Hope to see you here!  

   

 

 

 

Preparing in "wetter" years: Spring 2013. 

 

 

 

 

My Vineyard in 2006

 

 

 

You should see it today, winter 2021. 

 

 

 

In 2014, the fields in January, 2014, had an eerie resemblance to the fields of June 2014-  parched yellow and dry! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday December 06, 2021

The question that arises for all of us is this:  Where are we right now?  Well, I just don't know.  We still need a lot more.     

 

Beware!  The water table is still quite low and will require years of above average rain to replenish itself.  Climate scientists say this may be the new "normal."  Intermittent deluges are followed by periods of intense heat and no rain at all.  If I'm not mistaken, that's more like conditions for growing crops on the Negev desert kibbutz of Sde Boker, in Israel,  or in the dryer (desert-like) regions of California's Central Valley.  ....  

   

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not preaching gloom and doom, just the reality of climate change. 

 

 

Here's what things looked like just after new Year's Day, 2017!

 

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Looks can be deceiving.  To answer my own question, I can't tell you where are we now.  These were a few pictures from 2017.  Has our drought finally subsided?  We've had a 2019 "WET WINTER" thus far.  Let's hope we learn something from this, and don't forget that water is precious.  .   

 

    Tuesday November 1, 2016

           

    There was some good climate news last year.  The Paris Climate Agreement, negotiated that summer, went into effect after the required number of nations formally approved the measure by legislative vote in at least 117 countries. 

   

    In 2017, our "new" President Trump with his policies and Cabinet, began doing their best to undo the progress made in environmental protection.  What a shame.  He's even gone so far as to "withdraw" the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.  I wonder if he's gone back to believing that the earth is flat!  It's my view, fortunately, California, is doing all it can to protect our natural resources in the face of this onslaught.  It's still my hope that our national government will have the support and courage necessary to do what must be done.  That, you could say may very well depend on the next election and another, different President.  I'm still hoping for a positive outcome. 

   

    It occurs to me that October, 2017 produced almost as much rain as October of 1999.  I remember it well, as I purchased this farm, and spent my first afternoon here as the new owner,  when escrow closed on Friday, November 5, 1999 at 2 PM.  As I recall, it had rained all of the previous week, and then the sun came out in full glory on that Friday when I received the keys. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 5, 2016

     Just a few words come to mind on this early morning.  Words about growing things...  Truly, there is a beginning, a middle, and an end.  The new starts, carefully laid in a mixture of moist soil and nutrients, are almost always eager to sprout and command a new generation.  We marvel at them craning up and open to the rays of the sun.  Sadly, I suppose, their lives are very short, but the hope they blossom with is enough to inspire even the the most cynical skeptic.  

    And there are words and thoughts about growing old for me too.  Those vines  just above have grown thick and their limbs somewhat gnarled and twisted.  That's a mirror of my own face and hands, especially as I try to move my fingers from an open palm to a clenched fist.  Things don't always want to move as  remembered from the past.  With age, all our qualities, whether we are plant or animal , change and adapt, grow wiser in some ways, weaker and more vulnerable in others.  Some of these trees and vines, plants and individuals become more productive, and with a fruit that has sweetened, even if, over time, the yield  is now only half of what it once was.   

    The sun's just now coming up.  Perhaps my thoughts are just trying to remind me that life is really a very brief encounter. 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOYAL CUSTOMERS   

It's been fun running my farm since June of 2000.  On June 30, 2016 (My Dad's 101st birthday), I officially "retired," but the farm business here did not end, thanks to the dedicated work of volunteers and friends, who have stepped in to take up some of the burden that I am no longer physically able to carry out all on my own.  Yes, we celebrated with a party and picnic on October 18, 2016.  Thank you to all who participated. I couldn't do it without you!      

   

 

 

 

 

                                  

 

Monday December 06, 2021

RECIPE GUIDE FOR PRODUCTS I GROW

3537 Phillips Avenue

(707) 585-9444

E-mail:  donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

REGISTERED  ORGANIC.

 

County Registration Number:  49-002937

Principal County:  Sonoma

 

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

 

FOR ORDERS-->

E-Mail: donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com 

 

Without chemicals from my farm to you!

Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer

E-mail:  donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

3537 Phillips Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

 (707) 585-9444

 

 

 

 

 

A NEW RECIPE FROM MY FRIEND JANE FESSIER IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

 

MONTEREY CASSEROLE

LAYER:

Jane Fessier in Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

A FEW RECIPES FOR BUTTERNUT SQUASH FROM FARMER DON

Squash and Adzuki Beans

Soak beans overnight. Drain.
Place beans, water, and kombu in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Stir in squash and ginger root, then cover and simmer 30 minutes longer. Mix gently with a wooden spoon, and break up the kombu which has softened. Serve garnished with parsley.
Serves 6.
Recipe from "Rodale's Basic Natural Foods Cookbook"

Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole

·         1 small butternut squash, about 2 pounds

·         2 apples, cored, peeled, sliced

·         1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

·         1/4 cup cold butter

·         1 tablespoon flour

·         1 teaspoon salt

·         1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

·         1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Peel squash, scoop out seeds, and cut in small pieces.
Place squash and apple slices in oblong baking dish (7x11-inch). Blend remaining ingredients with fork or pastry cutter until crumbly.
Distribute over squash and apple.
Cover and bake butternut squash casserole at 350° for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Butternut squash recipe serves 6 to 8.

I also like Butternut Squash cut in half and steamed  for about 7 minutes in a steam tray on the stove.  That’s easy!  Look for more recipes online.. 

Thanks for your support,

Don

Without chemicals from my farm to you!

Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer

E-mail:  donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

 

 

 

Come by for a farm visit later this year, to see what's growing.   

 

 

 

 

Don’s Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

 

 NEW RECIPES!

From Casey:

 I made a wonderful Gazpacho in the blender.  5 peeled BRANDYWINE tomatoes, slice of good white bread, 1/3 c. olive oil, 1/3 c. good white vinegar, 1/3 c. tarragon, salt and pepper.  Blend, add extra vinegar if you want. Tasted wonderful and the red of the Brandywines was beautiful."

 

HERE'S ANOTHER:

 

Cucumber Soup

2 peeled, seeded, chopped cucumbers
3 cups yogurt
1 cup sour cream
1-4 chopped garlic, depending on your love of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chopped dill.

Put all ingredients, except dill, into blender or processor. Puree until sort of smooth. Refrigerate.

Serve very cold, (chilled bowls help keep it cold) with chopped dill on top.

(Inky the cat and her pal Don recommend it!)

 

 

 

Some Thoughts and Poetry at Harvest Time

 

Every summer as I finish the last of the picking of my peach trees, I thank the trees for the bountiful harvest. 

 

I remember my father, Phillip, and how he carried me in his arms down the hill to the peach tree at our San Rafael home.  He carried me down there and with my own hand, I was allowed to pick a peach from the tree.  It was a very nice peach as I remember.  And I remember eating it sliced in small wedges with milk or cream in my bowl.  Such a vivid memory, and to this day it is blazoned with such joy and fondness in my mind.  That event was more than 60 years ago.  I'm glad I can still feel his love and kindness, and I guess I’ll always have a fondness for peach trees, and the luscious fruit they render.   It also prompted me to write this poem, only a few years after I started farming here on Phillips Avenue in Santa Rosa, California.   

 

 


 

A PERFECT PEACH

Written Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

Let’s get a peach for breakfast! 

Daddy’s words were filled with adventure

Telling me a story. 

Reading a book.

Even when soft and embracing. 

I raced ahead. 

Past the pool 

Down into the open-air recreation lounge 

He’d built for us all. 

Past the shuffle board and then out again.

To the edge of the hill

That beckoned to our terraced tree

Still farther down. 

Too steep for me

I shied from taking an uneven step. 

So Daddy picked me up 

Like I could fly as an eagle

But safe in his arms. 

Such a fragrance from our tree

One step, two steps, three steps down and closer 

The peach entices with its ripening fruit 

And no one can resist.

Can you smell it? 

I nodded my head. 

Here’s one to pick 

And my little hand reached out and carefully embraced

This perfect peach. 

Daddy’s hand over mine to enclose the treasure

And bring it back slowly from its branch. 

And the fragrance enveloped us again 

Ascending to our house

Following us into the kitchen

Where crimson yellow wedges

Gently dropped into our bowls  

Followed by cream, cold from the frig

Covered this perfect peach 

We ate slowly

Our spoons rising 

And eyes meeting and smiling. 

 

 

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer  

 

 

 

Butternut Squash Cooked Two Ways

 
Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop and discard the seeds.. Rub with olive or canola oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 45 minutes, until soft. Cool and remove flesh.
 

Method 1

 

Using LOW heat saute some fresh sage (1/2 cup) or rosemary leaves (1/3 cup) in 6 (+/-) tablespoons olive or canola oil. In about 3-4 minutes turn off heat and cool a bit. Discard the rosemary leaves. You may add the sage leaves to the squash. 

 

Mash the squash flesh and add the herb oil and a teaspoon of sea salt.

 

Herbs, oil and salt amounts can be varied to suit your taste.

 

Method 2

 

 

Mash the squash pulp and add 6 (+/-) tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/3 cup brown sugar (Splenda works great also)

 

Butter, cinnamon, and sugar amounts can be altered to suit your taste.

 

 

 

 

HERE'S ANOTHER FROM FARMER DON:

 

Almond & Lemon Burgundy Bush beans

 

Adequate beans for each serving

1 TBS chopped/toasted almonds/person

½ Teasp. Lemon rind/serving (yellow part)

Sea salt & olive oil

Pour this mixture over the lightly steamed beans and enjoy!

 

Thanks for your support,

Don

Without chemicals from my farm to you!

Don's Environmentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm

Donald Rosenberg, Organic Farmer

E-mail:  donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com

3537 Phillips Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

 

(707) 585-9444

 

 

 

A FEW MORE RECIPES FROM FARMER DON

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US, AND BE SURE TO SEND YOUR LATEST CULINARY CREATIONS BY E-MAIL TO:

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com  

 

[When published, you get a pound of produce for your efforts!]

 

 

 Butternut Squash with Rosemary (or Sage):

 

(+ or – 6 TBS. olive oil)

Cut and scoop out seeds;

Baste with oil and place face down on oven pan;

Cook with sage or rosemary for 45 min. at 345 dgrs.

Remove the 2 sprigs of Rosemary; 

Scoop out flesh and mash it;

Add butter & cinemon and touch of brown sugar;

Add olive oil (+ or – 6 TBS.), sea salt; 

Heat until hot.   


 

 

 

A FEW RECIPES FROM FARMER DON

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US, AND BE SURE TO SEND YOUR LATEST CULINARY CREATIONS BY E-MAIL TO:

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com  

 

From Casey:

 I made a wonderful Gazpacho in the blender.  5 peeled BRANDYWINE tomatoes, slice of good white bread, 1/3 c. olive oil, 1/3 c. good white vinegar, 1/3 c. tarragon, salt and pepper.  Blend, add extra vinegar if you want. Tasted wonderful and the red of the Brandywines was beautiful." 
 

Cucumber Soup

2 peeled, seeded, chopped cucumbers
3 cups yogurt
1 cup sour cream
1-4 chopped garlic, depending on your love of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chopped dill.

Put all ingredients, except dill, into blender or processor. Puree until sort of smooth. Refrigerate.

Serve very cold, (chilled bowls help keep it cold) with chopped dill on top.

(Inky the cat and her pal Don recommend it!)

 

When we publish your recipe, you get a pound of produce as available during the week of publication! 

 

 

 

A FEW RECIPES FROM FARMER DON

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US, AND BE SURE TO SEND YOUR LATEST CULINARY CREATIONS BY E-MAIL TO:

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com  

 

From Casey:

 I made a wonderful Gazpacho in the blender.  5 peeled BRANDYWINE tomatoes, slice of good white bread, 1/3 c. olive oil, 1/3 c. good white vinegar, 1/3 c. tarragon, salt and pepper.  Blend, add extra vinegar if you want. Tasted wonderful and the red of the Brandywines was beautiful." 
 

Cucumber Soup

2 peeled, seeded, chopped cucumbers
3 cups yogurt
1 cup sour cream
1-4 chopped garlic, depending on your love of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chopped dill.

Put all ingredients, except dill, into blender or processor. Puree until sort of smooth. Refrigerate.

Serve very cold, (chilled bowls help keep it cold) with chopped dill on top.

(Inky the cat and her pal Don recommend it!)

 

 

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A Letter and Prayer for Recovery

 

From A While Back

Sunday, October 22, 2017

*******

Dear Customer Family, 

 

              How are you?  Really?  Last Thursday night and for a little while on Friday morning, there was rain.  You might say that Friday was a beautiful day.  We had rain, which cleared the smoke and apparently did a great deal to finally allow firefighters to contain the many fires that have devastated so many households in our area.  So I will start by writing here on my webpage.  Have you talked with your neighbors?  How are they and how are you holding up?  This is for you, and for me.  I may have delivered produce to your home, or you attended one of my many on- farm sales as advertised on Cropmobster or Craigslist, or you came by the farm on the recommendation of friends.  My client/customer list is never really complete or without errors.  I’m sorry about that, or if I’ve left you out. 

It’s my hope that you are alright.  I don’t know, so I’m writing.  I’ve already heard from a few friends, or customers, that they escaped with their lives, but not much more.  Perhaps you will be able to let me know.  Sincerely, I’m hoping for the best.  

My farm and house here did not burn down.  I did what I could with my tractor to create a buffer, though now I realize that the fires were not as close to me as fear and rumor led me to believe.  When smoke is everywhere, and people are calling you with dire forecasts, fear impairs rational judgement.    

I was outside harvesting, and I didn’t leave here for over ten days.  That might not have been a good idea for my health, both physical and mental.  The smoke, particulates, and the fear of devastation are traumatic to the body and the mind.  But I kept harvesting, doing what I thought I could do best to contribute to my own and my community’s recovery.  That’s what I thought I had to do, and an organization called Sonoma Food Runners came by on Tuesday to pick up boxes of fruit and vegetables.  In any event, I was able to donate considerable produce.  There was an absolute need for it.   I was grateful that I was able to do something.  As June Michaels, Director of Food Runners said to me, “Our community has been traumatized, and it’s going to take a while to recover.”   I think she’s right.  As to what I’m doing, I’m at a loss to say, and not coping all that well. 

In this last week, many people wrote to me, but only a few people came by for produce.  One customer, “checking in,” apologized for not delivering a sample of the dehydrated fruit she’d promised, created from the produce purchased here.  She wrote, “My house burned down.”  Another customer, Lori, was able to return to her evacuated home, but had no salvageable food and only electricity and no gas.  I supplied her with a number of produce items.  That gave me a sense of being useful, and providing service, when for much of the last week, we couldn’t do anything but gape in horror, at the destruction occurring.   At least, she had her life, and she still had her home.  Believe me.  It’s hard to rationalize all of this.    

I will have a sale either today or late Monday.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.  Above all, let me know how you are doing. 

 

Thanks and Hope to See You Again,

Farmer Don

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

 

To My Customer Family at This Holiday Season, 

 

         You might call this my final end-of the-year message.  Having hope for the future is sometimes a very delicate proposition.  The less I think too critically of what has occurred this year, the more likely I am to continue my pursuits.  That may not be logical, but that's where I am.  Let's see what tomorrow brings.  That's all I can say for now.   The struggle to attain something can certainly build character.  It can also drive someone to despair.  Again, my hope is that you are surviving this year.  We may need to reconsider what it means to come out better as the year ends.  Wiser is better, even if it means that the results have caused a great deal of hardship and distress.  Perhaps the only real gift that we receive is the obvious: knowledge, survival, and some spiritual growth, though we may not recognize the last item until years later.  So I'll say it this way:  I wish you the best under the current circumstances, and  like my own hopes in the coming year, I would like to connect more with other people after a year of isolation.  That may not be easy for some of us, but it  demands a vigorous attempt,,, and yes, setbacks in our attempts to re-connect or connect for the first time with others.   

 

Let It Be So, 

 

Farmer Don

 

 

 

                                            California Organic Program

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CDFA Organic Registration

 

Registration Submitted

Don's Enviromentally Correct & Nearly Organic Farm (49-002937)

Renewal Date: 12/29/2020

 

 

Donald Rosenberg

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REGISTERED ORGANIC.

County Registration Number: 49-002937

Principal County: Sonoma

Expiration Date: January 1, 2022


 

Once again, I'm located south of Santa Rosa at 3537 Phillips Avenue just one block west of Stony Point Road, off Todd.  Phone 707 585-9444.


My WEBSITE  

Website: https://www.donaldrosenberg.com/

  

 

For Orders, Please E-MAIL:

donsfarm@donaldrosenberg.com   for home/work delivery OR to have your box packed and ready when you arrive.  

 

In accordance with the Federal Organic Food Act of 2003,

these fruit and vegetable treats are produced without pesticides or chemical fertilizers from my farm to you!

 

 

3537 Phillips Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

 (707) 585-9444

 

 

 Thanks for your support,

Don