Welcome to Sol y Sombra Farm!

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Some terms commonly used in organic farming are not necessarily well known to other individuals. Therefore, we have a brief glossary for your convenience. Please let us know if you are are interested in any facet of organic farming that we may share with you.

Heirloom Variety Produce

From farmer's markets to five-star restaurants and upscale specialty food stores, heirloom fruits and vegetables are being embraced by consumers willing to pay for "real" food that often tastes better than it looks. Defining heirloom fruits and vegetables is not easy as the term has several meanings. Some gardeners say the plant must have been introduced at least 50 years ago, while others believe varieties should be 100 years old to qualify. Even newer varieties may be considered heirloom if they possess a distinctive look or taste. To some, heirloom means local, to others organic, and to still others it can mean the small-scale farmer who's more interested in taste than appearance. Tomatoes and fingerling potatoes are the best-known heirlooms. In contrast to heirlooms, commercial fruits and vegetables are usually grown in assembly-line fashion and often have less intense taste.

Seasonal Flowers

Flowers provide less food than other major plants parts (seeds, fruits, roots, stems and leaves) but they provide several important foods and spices. Flower vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke. The most expensive spice, saffron, consists of dried stigmas of a crocus. Other flower spices are cloves and capers. Hops flowers are used to flavor beer. Marigold flowers are fed to chickens to give their egg yolks a golden yellow color, which consumers find more desirable. Dandelion flowers are often made into wine. Bee Pollen, pollen collected from bees, is considered a health food by some people. Honey consists of bee-processed flower nectar and is often named for the type of flower, e.g. orange blossom honey, clover honey and tupelo honey. Hundreds of fresh flowers are edible but few are widely marketed as food. They are often used to add color and flavor to salads. Squash flowers are dipped in breadcrumbs and fried. Edible flowers include nasturtium, chrysanthemum, carnation, cattail, honeysuckle, chicory, cornflower, Canna, and sunflower. Some edible flowers are sometimes candied such as daisy and rose (you may also come across a candied pansy). Flowers can also be made into herbal teas. Dried flowers such as chrysanthemum, rose, jasmine, camomile are infused into tea both for their fragrance and medical properties. Sometimes, they are also mixed with tea leaves for the added fragrance.

Community Supported Agriculture Program

Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.

 

At Sol Y Sombra Farm, up to 90% of our heirloom variety produce is grown from seeds that have been passed down for generations. The historical origins of these heirloom seeds can be traced to farms around the world.

Sol y Sombra Farm was started with the multiple goals of promoting community, sustainable agriculture, and healthy eating habits. It is not just our goal to grow food using nature as a guide, but to provide a more diverse, flavorful and nutritious variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs than what is found at the grocery store.

We also offer a stunning variety of flowers throughout the season to bring the beauty of nature into your home.

We promote relationships between farmers and consumers through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Members not only receive weekly shares of produce, but become a vital part of the farm and the CSA, working together to promote and sustain fresh, local, and nutritious produce. We welcome you to join our Community Supported Agriculture program. Please contact us with any questions about our farm, our products or how our CSA Membership can benefit you!

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