Friday, June 24, 2016

WILD BLACKBERRIES

Wild blackberries have arrived!  Ours are hand picked from wild blackberry bushes on our non- spray orchard.  Wild blackberries have the traditional flavor that you recognize as blackberry.  They are smaller than the cultivated thorn less berries but higher in flavor. Normally their season lasts for three to four weeks. They are great for snacking and adding to your peach crisp or pie.

We now have new varieties of plums coming in from the orchard. My new favorite is Burgandy, a small, sweet, red-fleshed plum.  Other red fleshed plums we have are Frontier and Satsuma.  We still have a good supply of flavorful, sweet and fragrant Santa Rosa plums.  Just coming in are the Laroda and Black Amber plums.

There are several varieties of yellow and white peaches in our farm stand so come check them out.

Guess what?  We seem to have a good supply of summer squash! They are firm, shinny, fresh and oh so tender.  We also have cucumbers, beans, eggplant, basil and a few peppers and tomatoes.

Don't forget to get a $1 off coupon for your next shopping trip when your purchase is over $10.  In celebration of the 4th of July,  we will double your valid Otow Orchard coupon on July 1, July 2, and July 3, 2016 so you can get $2 off your purchase of fruits and vegetables on these days.



We have recipes for Black Amber plum pie, peach crip, peach cobbler, overnight cucumber pickles, Parmesan summer squash casserole and more.


Currently selling in the farm stand:
Peaches:  Flavorcrest, Red Haven, Regina, Frost, June Pride, PF Lucky 13
White peaches:  Sugar Lady, Babcock, Nectar
Yellow fleshed plums:  Santa Rosa, Laroda, Black Amber
Red fleshed plums:  Satsuma, Frointier, Burgandy
Pluots:  Flavor Supreme, Flavor Queen, Dapple Dandy
Nectarines:  Firecracker, Jade
Berries:  Wild Blackberries
Apricots:  Blenheim
Figs:  Black Mission
Eureka lemons, our local honey,  Good Stuff Jams, Calendula Salve and lip balm
Herbs:  Basil, rosemary, shiso, oregano, mint and thyme
Vegetables:  green and yellow summer squash, Asian cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, green beans, yellow wax beans,  and a few Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, tomatoes and sungold cherry tomatoes
Hoshigaki:  grade B, hoshigaki strips

From Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay:  Yellow peaches and Donut peaches
From Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln:  Santa Rosa and Black Amber plums

Friday, June 17, 2016

4th of July

Otow Orchard offers a $1 off coupon on purchases of $10 or more.  This coupon can be used on your next shopping trip to the orchard.

SPECIAL FOR 4TH OF JULY
DOUBLE COUPON DAYS
3 DAYS ONLY
JULY 1, JULY 2, AND JULY 3, 2016

Bring your $1 off Otow Orchard coupon on July 1, July 2, or July 3, 2016  and we will give you $2 off your purchase of fruits and vegetables. (This offer excludes eggs, honey, plants, books, wood, lip balm, salve, and other non-produce items. Limit one coupon per shopping trip.  Must present coupon at time of purchase.  Not valid with other offers. Altered, copied or reproduced coupons will not be accepted.  Only original coupon will be accepted for this offer.  Coupon cannot be redeemed for cash.)

Buy fruits and vegetables for a healthy 4th of July celebration.

Monday, June 13, 2016

SANTA ROSA PLUMS

Santa Rosa plums and Flavorcrest peach
 SANTA ROSA PLUMS are the star of the show this week.  Sweet, juicy, tangy and high in flavor and fragrance.  Step into our farm stand to experience the natural aroma of an amazing plum.  Take a bite and you will know why it is the favorite of so many people.  While the supply lasts, whole trays (7 pounds or more) of Santa Rosa plums can be purchased at a discount.  Whole trays (7 pounds or more) of small Santa Rosas are further discounted for jam makers or people who don't mind the small size.
Meanwhile, the peaches are starting to show up. On the small side at this time but improving in the sweet, juicy and flavor areas.
Breakfast of Flavorcrest peach and Flavor Supreme pluot
IN THE FARM STAND:
FROM OTOW ORCHARD
Santa Rosa plums          Yellow freestone peaches       Flavor Supreme pluots    Hoshigaki strips     Red Beaut plums       Beauty plums       Blenheim apricots       Patterson apricots       Eureka lemons       Loquat       Figs
Vegetables:  Summer squash, beans, Japanese eggplant, cucumbers
FROM LOCAL CONVENTIONAL FARMS:
Donut peaches          Yellow and white freestone peaches      Santa Rosa plums        Blenheim apricots              Grapefruit


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

AT THE FARM STAND

Santa Rosa plums and Patterson apricots
Too much heat.  It's hard on us and hard on the trees.  It's one of the signs of summer along with peaches and plums.  We are now offering conventionally grown sweet and juicy Bon Jour peaches from Sunnyslope Farm. Bon Jour is a yellow freestone peach.
         We are starting to harvest Santa Rosa plums from our orchard.  These are known for their full flavor and fragrance. The slight tartness in the skin balances out the sweetness and flavor of this heirloom plum.  They are great for eating out of hand or making into jam.
Slowly our harvest of Red Haven, Regina, and Flavorcrest peaches is approaching.  And if we can exclude the birds and pests we will have some Jade white nectarines very soon.
We are now selling:
Red Beaut plums           Santa Rosa plums                 Loquat            Flavor Supreme pluots     zucchini
Eureka lemons       Blenheim apricots     Patterson apricots              peaches           hoshigaki strips    honey

Bon Jour peaches from Sunnyslope Farm
Yellow (white) grapefruit from Pleasant Hill Farm
Santa Rosa and Red Beaut plums from Pleasant Hill Farm
Eggs from Lovejoy Farm

Monday, May 30, 2016

STONE FRUIT AT THE FARM STAND


Stone fruit seems early this year.  Maybe it is the weather or maybe its our efforts to hold back on water.  We are already harvesting apricots, peaches, plums, and pluots.

Santa Rosa plums are just around the corner.

Ladybug chrysalis (cocoon) on green tomato.



Zucchini plants look happy to give us our first squash of the season.  They are so fresh and easy to cook.  Other vegetables seem to be at least a month away.





At the Farm Stand we are now selling:
Springcrest, Maycrest, and Junecrest peaches              Eureka lemons
Red Beaut plums                                                         Yellow grapefruit
                               Blenheim and Patterson apricots                                   Honey
                               Flavor Supreme pluots                                                 Loquat
                               Hoshigaki strips

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

HARVEST IS STARTING

Salt curing for umeboshi.
Harvest is starting to come in, but we are still trying to modify irrigation to save water and labor.

If you are an ume fan, now is the time.  The window for processing ume is now open.  We have lots of conventionally grown ume.

Loquat and mulberries are being picked.  Peaches are coloring up. We are selling the first plums of the season and a limited supply of peaches.

Posted by Tosh

Comment by Chris:  In case you are wondering what to so with ume, there are great recipes for umeboshi, umeshu, and ume honey at the justhungry.com     website.

Friday, May 13, 2016

START OF A NEW SEASON

LOQUAT (BIWA)
LOQUAT ARE STARTING GET COLOR



Spring is giving way to summer.  Yesterday we harvested the first loquat. 

In a week we will have a few plums, peaches and apricots.  The emphasis is on the word FEW.

At the farm stand we are currently selling honey, Good Stuff Jams, Hoshigaki, dried peaches, dried figs, lemons and grapefruit. From other orchards we are selling oranges, Red Beaut plums and ume.

Our hours are:  Tues. through Sat.    10 AM to 6 PM
                                            Sun.    10 AM  to 5 PM
                                            Closed on Mondays

FROM THE TRACTOR SEAT

BIRD PROTECTION
EXCLUDING CHERRY VINEGAR FLY
It is going to be 90 degrees already.  Cherry Vinegar Fly wiped out our cherry crop.  If we are going to have any cherries in the future, we are going to have to bag every fruit.  Fruit is coloring up and birds are already pecking peaches.  Apricots are next.  Since we gave up spraying chemicals, there is a lot more life in the orchard, beneficials as well as pests.  From the farmer's standpoint the pests seem to be winning.
2015 UMEBOSHI WITH SHISO LEAVES
 Our ume harvest is finished. Loquat are next.

Every year there seems to be an introduction of a new pest or two.  As pests become resistant to every ag chemical the industry throws at them we will have to learn to eat wormy fruit.  It may gross us out but it may be our only alternative to starvation.  Pests are not going away.

See you at the orchard,  Tosh

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Regular Hours & Tomato Plant Sale

We're now back to our regular hours at the Fruit Stand.  We  will now be open from 10 o'clock to 6 o'clock, Tuesday through  Saturday, and on Sunday will be open from 10 to 5.  Mondays the Fruit Stand is closed. 

At the fruit stand now, we have navel oranges, lemons, grapefruit, hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmons), Good Stuff jam, local free-range eggs and tomato plants for sale.  The tomato plants are plants that started by seed ourselves. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

First Day Of Spring

 The Farm Stand will be closed for one day to recognize a significant day in the life of the owner.
CLOSED:  SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2016.
Regular March April hours will resume on Tues, Mar. 22.
March and April Hours:
Tu, Wed, Th     11:30 to 1:30
Fri, Sat    10:00 to 6:00
Sun   10:00 to 5:00

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

During March and April our fruit stand hours change during the weekdays.

Here are our March and April hours:

Mon.--Closed
Tues., Wed., Thurs.--11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Sat.--10:00-6:00
Sun.--10:00-5:00

Although these are our scheduled fruit stand hours, we are usually somewhere around the orchard.   Feel free to call and ask for another time to stop by if the limited times during the weekdays don't work for you.

At the fruit stand we now have:

  • Navel Oranges
  • Cara Cara Oranges
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Eureka Lemons
  • Yellow Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Hoshigaki (Japanese Hand-dried Persimmons)
  • Eggs (from local pastured chickens)
  • Jam from The Good Stuff
Right now it's a nice time to come visit and take a walk in the orchard.  As you can see in the photo above, cherry trees are budding out, pink-flowered peach trees are blooming and the white-flowered plums and pluots are finishing their blossoming.

We've been busy out in the orchard altering the irrigation to try and water more efficiently.  This spring we're changing most of the orchard's drip irrigation from micro sprayers coming up from the ground to drippers that will hang from the trees.  Tosh has continued to take out unproductive  trees and we didn't plant any new trees this year.  The past few years' practice of removing trees without planting new ones has resulted in quite a few empty areas in the orchard.  We hope to be able to replant them if the severe drought ends.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoshigaki Now Only Available at the Fruit Stand

We are discontinuing mail orders for the season because our supply of hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmons) is running low.  Hoshigaki is now for sale only at our fruit stand.   We plan to have hoshigaki for sale at the fruit stand until this year's supply is finished.   At the beginning of October we'll have the new 2016 season mail order form up on our website for people to send in with orders for next year's hoshigaki.

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