If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart. Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season. We are all looking for the perfect tomato. Saturday, August 28th is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test! Amador Master Gardeners are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market.

To be judged, bring at least one washed tomatoes of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 29th. The judges will announce their favorites at 10:30 AM. The largest tomato will receive a special award.

Join us for the public tasting and you will have the fun of tasting all kinds of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits and a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red. We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before and that will become your new favorite.

Registration Open for 2011 CW Woman’s Medicine Wheel Program

Greetings and Bright Blessings!

Registration is now open for the 2011 Chrysalis Woman Medicine Wheel Program, a nine month long journey reconnecting with your Sacred Blood Mysteries.

Click the link below to learn more about this powerful program. We begin in February and gather through October. Only twelve spaces are made available each year, (three are already filled) so here’s your opportunity to join us 😉

Woman’s Medicine Wheel Program

For those traveling a distance, overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodations are available ~

Please feel free to forward to women you feel would be interested…

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me ~




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Local products available


Here is the list of local products available this week for purchase through Motherlode Harvest, for pickup on Tuesday, August 17, between 10:30 am and noon, or 4:30 to 6 pm at 1235 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson, behind Teresa’s Restaurant. To place an order, please respond to this email, or email me at motherlodeharvest, or call me at 419-2503 by 9 am on Sunday. Please include a daytime phone number with your order. Payment may be made at pickup by cash or check made out to Motherlode Harvest.

We also have subscription produce boxes available, in a family size (8-10 items) at $88 for 4 weeks, or a single size (6-8 items) at $68 for 4 weeks.

If you are already subscribed to a box, please remember that we will assume you are renewing your subscription after each 4 weeks unless we hear otherwise from you 1 week in advance. If you need to skip your box for a week, please contact me by Friday of the preceding week.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Michelle Grondin

Customer coordinator


Motherlode Harvest

Local Products Order List

Please contact Michelle Grondin at 419-2503 or at motherlodeharvest

by Sunday at 9:00 am with your order requests.

Produce/Flowers/Herbs/Plants, by Grower

Paloma Pollinators

–Herbal Teas $5.00/1 oz. Package:

Manzanita Ridge Tea- This is our personal favorite, a tea with wonderful anise flavor that makes an excellent hot or iced beverage. Contains: anise hyssop, borage, bergamot, lemon balm and manzanita blossoms.

Sleep Ease Tea- A nice blend to help relax, unwind and ease tension. Contains: skullcap, catnip, hops, chamomile, lavender, bergamot.

Tulsi Rose Tea- Holy basil is a wonderful herb that helps reduce the physical and mental affects of stress. It aids in building endurance and is a great afternoon pick me up. Combined with mineral rich nettles and calendula/rose petals for a nice caffeine free invigoration.

Licorice Mint- Comforting and refreshing all at the same time, a delicious combination to enjoy hot or iced. Licorice root and mint are a lovely pairing not only for their flavor but also for their calming and soothing effects on the tummy and spirit.

–Parsley $1.25/bunch

Casa de la Pradera

–Dried lavender flowers $1.25/1/2-oz. Bag

Boggs Market Farm

–-Organic Herbal Tea $2.00/oz.: Chamomile

Sun Earth Energy

–Purple spotted Dragon beans, $2.50/1/2 lb.

–Cucumbers, assorted varieties $2.25/lb.

Butte Mountain Farm

–Sunflower greens $1.25/bag

–Garlic $.63/head

–Shallots $2.00/1/2 lb. bag

Lucero Organic Farm

–Strawberries, $3.50/basket 3 baskets/$10.00

–Summer Squash, assorted varieties $2.25/lb.

–Cucumbers $2.25/lb.

Tyson Hill Farm

–Peaches:Faye Elberta run-down-your-arm yellow freestone heirloom peaches – a Tyson family specialty for 50 years

Good for eating fresh, drying, canning


$10/ 4 lb

$20/flat (over 10 lbs)

$35/box (over 20 lbs)


Sweet, juicy red-flesh heirloom Mariposa plum


$25/flat (over 12 lbs)

Mild yellow-fleshed Fortune plum


–Mixed plum/pluot sack


–Grapes:Himrod green seedless grapes with interesting herbal flavor


–Mixed fruit sack


Always Enough Ranch

–Tomatoes, $2.80/lb.

–Corn, $.63/ear

–Onions, $2.25/lb.

–Green bell peppers, $4.00/lb.

–Red bell peppers, $4.00/lb.

–Italian white wax peppers, $1.00/1/4 lb.

–Anaheim chilis $2.00/1/2 lb.

–Green onions, $1.25/bunch

–Swiss chard, $1.75/bunch

–Baby beet greens (tiny beets, mostly greens) $1.40/bunch

–Jalapeno peppers, $1.00/1/4 lb.

–Canning tomatoes, 20 lbs. minimum $1.75/lb.


–Always Enough Ranch, Acampo

Goat, Naturally raised

Goat Loin chops $12.50/lb. 4/pkg. Ave. .75 lb.

Goat Shoulder chops $11.25/lb. 2/pkg. Ave. .75-1 lb.

Goat Leg steaks $12.50/lb. 2/pkg. Ave. 1 lb.

Goat Leg roasts, small $12.50/lb. Ave. 1.5 lb.

Goat Stew meat $7.50/lb. Ave. 1-1.5 lb.

Goat Front shanks $7.50/lb. 2/pkg. Ave. 1.5 lb.

Goat pet food $5.00/lb., 5-lb. bag

–Mendoza Red Angus, Valley Springs

Available as of 8/13/10

Name of Cut # item per package # of pkg in stock $/lb Approx pkg weight

Filet Mignon 2 2 $19.00 1 – 1.5

New York Steak 2 2 $13.50 1.5 – 1.75

Top sirloin Stk 1 2 $8.50 1.16 – 1.7

Sirloin Tip Stk 1 10 $8.50 1.5 – 2.2

London Broil 1 10 $6.00 1.25 – 2

Chateaubriand 1 9 $7.00 2.0 – 3.0

Flank Steak 1 2 $8.00

Flat Iron Steak 2 5 $7.00 1.45 – 2.5

Cross Rib Steak 2 2 $7.00 1.3 – 2.63

Ground Beef 1/3 lb Patties 3 50+ $6.00 1.13

Ground Beef 90% lean 50+ $5.50 1

Small Brisket 1 5 $5.00 2.1 – 3.5

Large Brisket 1 2 $5.00 5.28 – 5.75

Cross Rib Roast 1 8 $6.00

Chuck Roast 1 14 $6.00 2.0 – 3.0

Ball Tip Roast 1 3 $6.00 2.4 – 3.0

Eye of Round Roast 1 4 $6.00 3.25 – 3.5

Skirt Steak 1 5 $7.00 .6 – .8

Fajita/Stir Fry Strips 20 $6.00 .8 – 1.3

Carne Asada varies 5 $6.00 1.5 – 2.0

Cross Cut Shank 1 20 $5.00 1

Teriyaki Beef Sticks 1 1.50 ea/10 or more 1.25 ea

Stew Cubes 1″ 5 $6.00 1

–Frank’s Basque Family Farm, Stockton

Lamb, Natural (milk and grass fed)

Whole lamb cut and wrapped $295 (at least 50 lbs.), half lamb cut and wrapped $155, Delivery available.


–Large, Free-range $4.38/doz., from Always Enough Ranch

–Large, Free-range $4.38/doz., from Casa de la Pradera


–-Paloma Pollinators

1-lb. Jar $14.00, 1/2-lb. Jar $8.00

From hives in Paloma and outside of Jackson

Olive Oil

–Extra Virgin Estate Grown 2010 Vintage, $15.00/12.7 oz or 375 ml bottle, from Amador Olive Oil

Body and Health Products

–-Always Enough Ranch

English Analgesic Balm $12.00

Developed from an old English apothecary remedy, this is a great topical pain killer.

Shea Body Butter, 4 oz. $12.00

Skin moisturizer for body and face, all natural ingredients

Shea Body Butter, Peppermint Orange 4 oz. $12.00

Shea Body Butter, Lavender 4 oz. $12.00

Soothing Shea Ice, 3.75 oz. $12.00

A salve for congestion, arthritis, gout, headaches, and muscle aches

Shea Ice +Plus, 3.75 oz. $15.0

Has the same ingredients as the Soothing Shea Ice, plus added herbs and essential oils to address skin problems such as psoriasis, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and eczema.

Golden Deep Treating Lotion, 1 oz. Roll-on $12.00

Used to relieve pain, improve circulation, remove toxins and help heal injuries such as muscle strains, tendonitis, and arthritis.

Colloidal Silver, 4 oz. $10.00

Used topically or taken internally as an antibiotic, a fungicide, and a virucide.

Goat Milk Soap $4.00

Known for its gentleness to your skin. The goat milk has natural proteins and oils to nourish your skin while cleaning.

–Paloma Pollinators herbal tea and body care products:

Milk and Honey Soap-a luxurious bar made from oils of coconut and palm, wheat germ oil, shea butter, distilled water, beeswax, honey, goat’s’ milk, oatmeal, sodium hydroxide, essential oil of cybilla. $4.00 bar

Calendula Salve- Renowed for its’ healing and soothing properties, calendula is good for minor skin irritations, eczema and dry skin. Made from organic olive, almond and sesame oils infused with calendula and other herbs, beeswax, vitamin E, essential oils. 4oz jar- $10.00

St. Johnswort Pain Relieving Salve, 4 oz. jar $10.00

Foot Saavy- This is an effective salve for easing tired and sore feet, it’s deeply nourishing combination of oils and herbs heals cracked soles and invigorates blood flow to tired doggies. Made with organic olive, almond, castor and sesame oils infused with a variety of mints and sages, beeswax, vitamin E, essential oils of ginger, eucalyptus, rosemary. 4oz jar- $10.00

Elderflower Rose Skin Cream- This is an exquisite cream for your face and hands, it restores moisture and elasticity to mature and sun damaged skin. Contains organic olive, almond and sesame oils infused with elderflowers and a variety of herbs and flowers, shea and cocoa butters, aloe vera, distilled water, rose absolute and essential oil of lavender. 2oz jar- 4.00

Honey Rose Facial Scrub- A treat for your skin! ground rose petals, honey and carrot seed attract moisture to the skin. This is a perfect trio for effectively cleansing skin without stripping it of moisture. Makes your cheeks rosey! 4 oz. Jar- $10.00

–-Amador Olive Oil

Olive Oil Soap, Handcrafted Natural 4 oz. Bar $5.00, Almond or Apricot 3 oz. Bar $4.00

Amador Olive Oil, coconut oil, castor oil, glycerin (water & sodium hydroxide), almond or apricot fragrance.

–Creekside Herbs

All of our remedies are things that you can make yourself. We encourage you to make remedies of your own and we offer classes and workshops to show you how.

Always consult your physician before taking herbs.

Peace and Blessings, Sharon

Quick Heal Salve 2oz. $12.00 1/2 oz $5.00

The kids named this one because it works so well as a general purpose first aid salve. It does wonders for cracked feet and scaly skin. It contains Comfrey, Calendula, Plantain, Goldenseal and lavender in a cold pressed Virgin olive oil base with bees wax added.

Pain Away Salve 2oz. $12.00

This relieves the pain of sore muscles and joints when applied with a little friction and/or moist heat. A gently warming analgesic salve that contains St.John’s Wort, corydalis, arnica, ginger and cinnamon in a cold pressed virgin olive oil base with bees wax. Helps relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome as well as arthritis.

Cough Elixir 4oz. $10.00

This cough elixir soothes a rough dry throat while encouraging expectoration. It contains elecampane root, marshmallow root, pleurisy root, wild cherry bark, anise, ginger, lobelia and uncooked honey. This product is very concentrated and may be diluted by 50% with honey. It is not intended for children under age 2.

Herbal Tinctures

Tinctures are a method of preserving plant essence with alcohol. They are quite concentrated and work quicker than a capsule.

Immune Support $9.00

We take this one if there is a bug going around and we don’t want to catch it or any time our immune system could use a boost. As the name suggests try this one before you get sick. It contains Astragalus, echinacea, turkey tail mushrooms

Nighty Night $9.00

This will cause drowsiness, do not use before anything except bed. It contains valerian root, skullcap, California Poppy.

Hot Flash $8.00

Hormone balancing phytoestrogens work together to cleanse the liver and blood. Black Cohash, Red Clover and Dandelion Root.

Emotional Balance $7.00

This is an herbal alternative to antidepressants. St. John’s Wort is known for its mood elevating qualities Skullcap helps to turn off the mental chatter as well as helping to overcome addictions, Biota Seed calms and supports the heart.

Headache Relief Formula $7.00

The name says it all. Contains feverfew, skullcap, white willow, wood betony

Simples $7.00

Simples are not formulas, they contain only the one herb on the label. Listed below are a few of our more popular simples.

Stinging Nettle





St. Johns Wort

Soaps $4.00 each

All soaps are made with a Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil base. Nutrients and pure essential oils are added to make the different varieties.

Currently we have; oatmeal & clarey sage, rosewood & calendula petal, apricot kernel & peppermint

Wool Products

–Yarn, skeins of cormo/rambouilett 2 ply, 2.8 oz $12.00, from Butte Mountain Farm

Whole fleece, 5.5 lbs for $48.00, rambouilett and cormo cross, 3-3.5″ staple length


100% Beeswax Candles from The Boyd & the Bees at Butte Mountain Farm

To see photographs, burn times and sizes go to

The prices below include California Sales Tax.

ACORN – $12.00

ANGEL, large – $5.00

ANGEL, small – $3.50

BALL, FERN – $15.00

BEAR, rounded – $4.25

BEAR & SKEP – $4.25

BEEHIVE (SKEP) – $5.00


EGG, CARVED – $15.00

EGG, SMOOTH – $4.25

HEART, floating – $3.50

FLOWER, floating, Poinsettia – $4.25

FLOWER, floating, Rose – $4.25

FLOWER, floating, Sunflower – $4.25

FLOWER, Tulip – $5.00

NATIVITY FIGURE Set, Joseph, Mary, Jesus – $7.00

ORNAMENTS, cherub face, horse, house or Santa – $2.00 each

PILLAR, BEE – $12.00


PILLAR, LEAFY – $27.50

PINE CONE, large – $22.00

PINE CONE, small – $3.50

PINE CONE, thin – $5.00

PUMPKIN – $5.00

RACCOON – $4.25

STAR, floating – $4.25

STAR, 6 pointed – $12.00

SWIRL – $10.00


TAPER, 4-inch spiral – $3.75 pair

TAPER, 8-inch spiral textured – $5.75 pair

TAPER, 7 ½ -inch spiral – $5.25 pair

TAPER, 8-inch honeycomb – $5.75 pair

TAPER, 6-inch solid – $5.25 pair

TAPER, 10-inch solid – $7.75 pair

TAPER, 12-inch solid – $8.25 pair

TREE, white beeswax – $4.25

TURKEY – $8.75

VOTIVE, large – $2.75 each/$5.25 pair

VOTIVE, small – $2.00 each/$3.75 pair

WOLF – $8.75

Farmers’ Market This Week!

Bring the kids to the Sutter Creek Farmers’ Market, Saturday, August 14

First 5 Amador will be hosting an event this Saturday that includes introducing children to the Farmers’ Market. The event is called “Dad & Me”, and is a morning of fun activities for children 0-5 years old and a male member of their family. Participating children will be able to take home the book “Eating the Alphabet,” enjoy taste-testing healthy snacks, and shop at the market with the “Amador Bucks” they will receive. The families will then move on to the park across the creek for kite-flying. “Dad & Me” activities run from 10 am to noon, but children are welcome throughout the whole market time of 8 to11 am to receive shopping dollars and interact with the vendors. The First 5 event is free, but space is limited; anyone wanting to participate should call 257-1092.

Jackson Farmers’ Market, Sunday, August 15, Guest Chef, Susan Komure, 10:30 a.m. Creative Cooking Demonstration

This Sunday’s featured salad chef at the Jackson Farmers’ Market is Susan Komure. Susan lives in Mokelumne Hill with her husband (and winner of the Creative Zucchini category in the Great Zucchini Contest) Rod Hanchett. In addition to being a therapist, mother and grandmother, Susan is a wonderful supporter of the market. She understands the meaning of a community sharing food and fun together. She has honed her culinary arts skills through membership in a local food and travel club. The vendors of the Jackson Farmers’ Market thank Susan for her support and culinary talents.


When asked about the recipe she will be preparing, Susan said, “ I love watermelon, but wondered what other things can you do with this BIG melon without wasting it. A meal with a close friend introduced me to this thirst quenching salad. I searched for the recipe and found it on Nigella’s [Lawson] website. I love eating watermelon on its own, but this is the perfect way to experience a new method of food preparation and taste. I hope you all enjoy it.”

Upcoming Events at the Farmers’ Markets

The markets’ monthly fruit bakeoffs will be taking place in Pine Grove on Wednesday, August 18, at 4:00 pm, and in Sutter Creek on Saturday, August 21, at 9:00 am. This month, the bakers will be using succulent peaches in their entries. Anyone interested in participating in the bakeoffs should contact the market manager at 419-2503, and have their entry at the market before the judging time. Winners of the bakeoffs receive “Amador Bucks” to spend at the markets, and are invited to compete in the bakeoff finals in October.

Other events coming soon:

Sunday, August 22 in Jackson– Salsa Day

Saturday, August 28 in Sutter Creek– Tomato Tasting with the Master Gardeners

Sunday, August 29 in Jackson– Scone Bakeoff

Music at the Markets

The Farmers’ Market is grateful to the musicians who share their talents at the markets.

Saturday, August 14 in Sutter Creek– James May

Sunday, August 15 in Jackson– Harry Jordan

Wednesday, August 18 in Pine Grove– Jack Magee

Thursday, August 19 in Plymouth– Harry Jordan

Your Inner Ecology

This health and wellness article issue for August 2010 is brought to you by Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center

In April 2010 the BP Deep Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic offshore oil spill. Millions of barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the explosion, representing an unprecedented environmental disaster.

The Deep Horizon explosion has focused public attention on ocean, gulf, and wetlands ecologies. The grave threats posed to these environmental ecosystems can also focus attention on our own internal ecosystems….

Read the full text of the article

Aug 12 farmers market newsletter

Hi, Please enjoy this issue of the Farmers’ Market newsletter, published by Linda Hagye. See you at the markets!

Michelle Grondin

Market manager


Registration Open for 2011 CW Circle Priestess Program

Greetings and Bright Blessings!

Registration is now open for the 2011 Chrysalis Woman Circle Priestess Program, a nine month long journey reconnecting with the Sacred Feminine.

I’d love to have you join us this next turn of the wheel in the remembering of Woman-Craft Wisdom. Only four spaces are made available each year, so here’s your opportunity to connect with a sisterhood of women and drink deeply of this healing and empowering work! Simply click the link below to be taken to the information page that provides more details about the program, why it was created and Woman-Craft Wisdom you can expect to reclaim ~

Circle Priestess Program

For those traveling a distance, overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodations are available ~

Please feel free to forward to women you feel would be interested…

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me ~




High Priestess, Herbalist, WomanCraft Practitioner


Chrysalis Woman

Farm ~ Goddess Sanctuary ~ School of WomanCraft

(209) 772-0511

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