Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DRY PERSIMMON TIME

     It is time to bring out the racks, get out the knife, peeler, and box of disposable gloves, line the bucket, and sort hachiya persimmons. Yep, it is the beginning of hoshigaki (dried persimmon) season. Last week we started peeling and hanging up hachiya persimmons for this year's crop of hoshigaki. We are doing this cautiously as the weather is still warm.  Very soon we will be busy squeezing and massaging those that are getting soft to break up the pulp inside the persimmon that is ripening. We will continue to "baby sit" them for another 4 weeks till the sugar magically appears on the surface.
       We are now taking orders for this season's hoshigaki. The crop is light and the work force is getting tired so the production may be smaller than usual.  For these reasons we will be limiting people to a maximum 10 pound order. We are urging people to get their orders in soon since late orders may not be filled if we run out of product.
       If you are picking up your order at the farm please call (916) 791-1656 or email: otoworchard@yahoo.com to reserve hoshigaki.
       If you are making a hoshigaki order by mail please use our mail order form.

       We are beginning to see a variety of persimmons in the farm stand.  Coffee Cake looks like a flat Fuyu but is brown fleshed and sweet when properly pollinated.  Maru is a small round brown fleshed persimmon which is very sweet when properly pollinated.  Nagamaru, also called Chocolate and Tsurunoko, is like a tall Maru. It is also brown fleshed and sweet when properly pollinated.
We have Hachiya and Gyombo persimmons which are not sweet until very soft. Fuyu which are eaten hard like an apple are also available in limited supply.

      There is a beautiful collection of winter squash:  Butternut, Red Kuri, Kabocha, and Black Futsu. These make delicious side dishes for your fall meal.

      Now that that summer vegetables are waning, winter vegetables are making a debut with the help of BarleyOats Farm.  BarleyOats  is located behind our old packing shed and uses organic practices to grow vegetables.  You can order online at barleyoats.farm or just come by our farm stand to see what is available. 


Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to February Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
             Sun:       11 am to 5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Plums:  Casselman,
Asian pears: 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki), Shinko, Olympic, and Yali,
European Pears:  Comice, D'anjou
Apple:  Reinette Simerenko (Russian green apple), Fuji
Persimmons: Limited supply of brown fleshed persimmons:
                               Coffee Cake Persimmon (Nishimura Wase)
                               Maru
                               Chocolate (Tsurunoko) (Nagamaru)
Fuyu persimmons (Always sweet, eat like an apple)
Hachiya persimmons (These must be soft in order to be sweet.)
Quince: Ancient fruit, high in pectin
Jujube: also called Chinese date or natsume
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, lemon balm
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables:  okra,  Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes,
         and Tomatillos
Winter squash:  Red Kuri, Butternut, Black Futsu, and Kabocha.

This is what we have from other producers:
Apples from Sunnyslope Farm:  Fuji and Mutsu
Chestnuts from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions from BarleyOats Farm
Winter vegetables from BarlyOats Farm
Honey with honey comb from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
2019 Master Gardener Calendar

Saturday, September 29, 2018

OCTOBER PRODUCE

       Tosh and I have returned from our two week vacation.
As we begin October, the farm stand is gradually leaving
 summer fruits and vegetables behind. Sad to say, but gone are the peaches till May 2019.  We have a few figs, grapes, cucumbers, and squash.  We still have some plums, Bartlett pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, okra, and eggplant.  This time of year offers several  varieties of Asian pears, D'anjou pears, brown fleshed persimmons, quince, jujube, Casselman plums, and apples.  We have a wonderful collection of winter squashes:  Delicata, Butternut, Red Kuri and Kabocha.
      Our newest item is Chestnuts.  I know it is not the holidays yet but if you love fresh chestnuts, we have a few from Sunnyslope Farm.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
November 4, 2018, the first Sunday in November, we are doing a hands on hoshigaki workshop at the JCI in Gardena, CA.  If you are interested, please check out their web site:  jci-gardena.org


Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to February Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
             Sun:       11 am to 5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Plums:  Casselman,
Asian pears: 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki), Shinko, and Yoi
Apple:  Reinette Simerenko (Russian green apple), Fuji
Figs:  Brown Turkey, Green, and Black Mission
Persimmons: Limited supply of brown fleshed persimmons:
                               Coffee Cake Persimmon (Nishimura Wase)
                               Maru
                               Chocolate (Tsurunoko) (Nagamaru)
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, mint, lemon balm
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers,
         okra,  Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes,
         Tomatillos, and Long beans
Winter squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, Butternut, Black Futsu, and Kabocha.

This is what we have from other producers:
Chestnuts from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm
Comb honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary
2019 Master Gardener Calendar

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

GOOD FOOD

        We put our hands together for our Saturday night dinner gathering.  Along with the main course we added 3 side dishes inspired by the orchard.
         The Burrata Caprese salad included tomato and basil from our gardens.  Tomatoes are slowing down in the garden and the sizes are getting smaller but the flavor and texture are still mouth-watering.
         We sliced zucchini with onions, Parmesan cheese, and butter to make a microwave casserole.
          Winter squash also made it to the table.  We cut the delicata squash in half to maintain the tube shape, microwaved 1 minute.  Then we sliced it into circles and
removed the seeds. We brushed both sides with olive oil and maple syrup, placed them on parchment paper and seasoned with salt and pepper.  We baked them at 375 degrees for 15 minutes on each side.
        Pushed to the back of the refrigerator was a fourth dish I forgot to serve:  Overnight Cucumber Pickles (recipe available in our farm stand).

Beginning September 1, we changed our Sunday hours to 11 AM to 5PM.  It has been challenging to get the farm stand set up after church in time for early customers.  Hours for Tuesday through Saturday will remain the same, 10 to 6.

REMINDER
      Since we will be on vacation in September there is no one to tend the farm stand on September 14th and 23rd. The farm stand will be CLOSED, Sunday, September 14 and Sunday, September 23.  Please avoid these days.




   
      A few peaches will be coming in during the next couple weeks but their season for 2018 is about over.  Casselman plums with their sweet-tart crisp texture are plentiful for the time being. They will "wow" your mouth.  Asian pears, European pears, and apples are coming into season. We might see jujube very soon.

          We seem to be getting more and more small tomatoes.  The big ones are few and far between. They are small in size but are still big on flavor. The Asian cucumbers are not as long or straight as in the middle of summer but they are still very enjoyable.
   


Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to February Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
               Sun:       11 am to 5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Plums:  Casselman, Eldorado, Laroda, Red Roy, Kelsey, Elephant Heart,
Pluots:  Dapple Dandy, Flavor Queen
Asian pears:  Kosui, Hosui, 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki), Yoi
Apple:  Gala, Red Delicious
Figs:  Brown Turkey, Green, and Black Mission
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, mint, lemon balm
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Long beans, Winter squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, Butternut & Kabocha.

This is what we have from other producers:
Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:   O'Henry, Tra Zee
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm
Coming soon: Blackberry honey and Comb honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

NEW HOURS


       Beginning September 1, we will be changing our Sunday hours to 11 AM to 5PM.  It has been challenging to get the farm stand set up after church in time for early customers.  Hours for Tuesday through Saturday will remain the same, 10 to 6.

ANNOUNCEMENT
      Since we will be on vacation in September there is no one to tend the farm stand on September 14th and 23rd. The farm stand will be CLOSED, Sunday, September 14 and Sunday, September 23.  Please avoid these days.

      Although not plentiful, peaches have had quite a long run this year.  We are currently harvesting a small crop of Rio Oso Gem and O'Henry.  On the horizon are Late Alamar, Fairtime and Summerset. And "That's all folks " till the 2019 season. Sunnyslope Farm will continue to bring us peaches as they have available.

        We seem to be getting more and more small tomatoes.  The big ones are few and far between. They are small in size but are still big on flavor. The Asian cucumbers are not as long or straight as in the middle of summer but they are still very enjoyable.
       We have had a good run of grapes this year. But that too
is coming to a end. Probably just another week or two before the vines are empty.

Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.

 May to February Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
               Sun:            11 am to 5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem, O'Henry
Cling Peaches:  Bowen, Philip
Plums:  Eldorado, Laroda, Red Roy, Kelsey, Empress, Elephant Heart,
Grapes:  Kyoho, Thompson Seedless, Red Purlett
Asian pears:  Kosui, Hosui, 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki)
Apple:  Gala
Figs:  Brown Turkey, Green, and Black Mission
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Long beans, Winter squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, & Kabocha.

This is what we have from other producers:
Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:   Elberta, O'Henry
Apples from Sunnyslope Farm:  Gala
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm


Thursday, August 9, 2018

MERGING SEASONS


Is it still summer?  Well, yes.  The farm stand is selling peaches, plums, pluots, and tomatoes.  Is it fall?  Well...yes.  The farm stand is selling Asian pears, apples, grapes, and the second crop of figs.

We still have a good supply of plums and are still harvesting our small supply of peaches.  A big thank you to Sunnyslope Farm for bringing their peaches to the our farm stand this summer.  Without Sunnyslope Farm, the peach sales would have been almost non-existent.

If you have never tasted a green plum, please ask for a sample.  The Kelsey plum is wonderfully sweet.

Amazingly, Veronica is still harvesting wild blackberries. This harvest usually does not extend into August as it is doing this year.
 
Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Yellow Freestone Peaches:  49er, Gene Elberta, Fay Elberta
Cling Peaches:  Bowen
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Frontier, Burgundy, Eldorado, Laroda, Red Roy, Kelsey, Late Santa Rosa
Wild Blackberries

Grapes:  Kyoho, Thompson Seedless
Asian pears:  Kosui, Hosui
Apple:  Gala
Figs:  Brown Turkey, Green, and Black Mission
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, Tomatillos, Long beans


This is what we have from other producers:

Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:  Elegant Lady, Zee Lady, Elberta

Apples from Sunnyslope Farm:  Gala
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm







Saturday, July 28, 2018

DIRT TOMATOES

"Do you have dirt tomatoes?" the customer asked.
"What do you mean?" I responded.
"Dirt, you know, are the tomatoes grown in the ground as opposed to hydroponically."
"Now a days, that's a very good question" I said.  "Yes, all our tomatoes are grown in the ground, under the sun, in actual dirt." We have no hothouse, greenhouse or hoop house.  We use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our tomatoes.  You might say we have "Old fashion" tomatoes. They seem to be enjoying this hot weather more than we are.  They have just the right texture and mouth watering taste. They are firm and juicy.  Now is the time for tomato sandwiches, BLT, and gazpacho. You can find my mother's gazpacho recipe on last years post of 7/28/2017.
       Finally, if not for a short time, there are peaches in the farm stand. We are harvesting yellow peaches including Fay Elberta. However, the bounty of years past seems to be lacking. To add to our supply of peaches, Sunnyslope Farm is bringing us big beautiful and juicy yellow peaches.
      We continue to have several plum varieties and Asian pears are starting to show up. We still have wild blackberries which normally disappear by the beginning of August.

Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Suncrest, 49er, Gene Elberta, Fay Elberta
Cling Peaches:  Bowen
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Frontier, Satsuma, Burgundy, Eldorado, Laroda, Red Ace,
             Red Roy, Kelsey, Late Santa Rosa
Wild Blackberries
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, Tomatillos

This is what we have from other producers:

Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:  Suncrest, Elegant Lady, Zee Lady
Jams from The Good Stuff
Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Monday, July 16, 2018

SMALLER PEACH HARVEST

Summer is in full swing.. At least weatherwise.
Our harvest has been extremely small.  Some days we have peaches and on others we ration them and still run out.  PLEASE CALL AHEAD if you are traveling a distance for peaches.  The plums have been very good. Can't get them like this at the store.  All the fruit set on the trees have been lacking this year.  Must be the climate change that some say we are not experiencing.  The blossoms didn't all come on at once as they usually do. Rather blooming came in stages over time.  Naturally it seemed to rain every time new blossoms opened up.  We attribute that to the lack of chill hours during the dormant season. Farming is certainly "faith-based".  There are too many factors that all the man-made chemicals in the world can't control or remedy.  Tomatoes are just coming on.  Many home gardeners beat us to the table with their own home grown.  Zucchini and Asian cucumbers are doing great.  Who could imagine that cucumbers could be so good.  Thankfully Veronica battles the wild blackberry vines and I don't have to.  Lisa still brings us her eggs though the hot weather is not good for the chickens. Fred finished up his leafy greens and now has potatoes and onions.  His garden plot behind the shed looks abandoned, but by the end of the month he'll be getting it ready for his next winter garden.  Anatoliy has been bringing his honey.  I can't imagine his bees being very happy in our orchard as dry as it is.
With drip irrigation the beauty and serenity of the orchard is gone but we all need to do our part so there's water for everybody.
Posted by Tosh
Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Delight, Suncrest, Frost, Gene Elberta

White Peaches:  Sugar Lady, Babcock, Nectar, Silver Logan
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Frontier, Satsuma, Burgundy, Eldorado, Black Amber, Laroda, Red Ace, 

             Red Roy,
Pluot:  Dapple Dandy
Wild Blackberries
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, dill, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve

Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, Long beans

This is what we have from other producers:


Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm   
White peaches from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff

Onions and Potatoes from BarleyOats Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Monday, July 2, 2018

PEACHES AND WILD BLACKBERRIES

        For the time being, the orchard is giving us peaches.  We are getting Red Haven and Flavorcrest. These are both yellow freestone peaches.  We anticipate a few white peaches will be coming in soon. 
        It is also plum season.  The famous Santa Rosa plum is now available.  These plum have real flavor!  They are sweet, tart and fragrant.   Just full of flavor and juice.  The sweetness and flavor overwhelm the tartness.  Kids and adults can't stop eating them once they have tried them.  We are starting to harvest Satsuma plums.  These are sweet and red fleshed.   A few Frontier plums and Burgandy plums are also available.
       Wild Blackberries happen only once a year.  Wild blackberries are a challenge to  harvest.  They are carefully selected from among thorny vines on what seems to be the hottest days of the year (even when you start at 6 AM).  And only the dark ones ready to lose their shine will be sweet.  Hope you can appreciate the time and skill needed to pick even one
basket of blackberries. The reward is great.

      Otow Orchard vegetables are arriving. We are getting zucchini, cucumbers, beans, okra, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant.  In the herb department you can request basil, dill, mint, and rosemary.

 May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Red Haven, Flavorcrest, Regina, Frost
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Frontier, Satsuma, Burgandy

Figs:  Black Mission
Apricots:  Royal Blenheim, Patterson
Wild Blackberries
Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  basil, dill, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve

Honey from Otow Orchard
Vegetables: Zucchini, Yellow squash, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Yellow wax beans, Kentucky wonder green beans, Okra, Japanese eggplant, sweet peppers, and Sungold cherry tomatoes

This is what we have from other producers:


Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm
White peaches from Sunnyslope Farm
Santa Rosa plums from Pleasant Hill Farm
Red onions from Lovejoy Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm
Honey (wildflower) from Top O' The Hill Apiary 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WELCOME TO SUMMER

Welcome to summer.  While the temperature is letting us know that summer is here, we also see the arrival of some early peaches and wonderfully fragrant Santa Rosa plums. The harvest has begun and we see that the the crop of peaches and plums is light.  Call for an update if you are looking for a large quantity of fruit.  We are currently harvesting a few yellow freestone peaches, and plums.
         As you know, you can't always trust the information you find on the internet.  Every day we get phone calls asking if we allow people to pick their own fruit.  We have to tell them "NO, we are NOT a pick your own orchard."  Our harvesters are very skilled, respectful of our operation, covered by insurance, and have families to support.  That said, you are going to get the best product if you let them do what they have been well trained to do.  Besides, it is hot, dusty and weedy out in our orchard.  You are still welcome to go for a walk.
     With the warm weather, BarleyOats winter vegetable farm is taking a break.  Otow Orchard vegetables are arriving. Mostly zucchini! Gradually we are getting Asian cucumbers, beans and okra.  In the herb department you can request dill, oregano, and rosemary.

 May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Peaches : yellow freestone
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Frontier

Pluots:  Flavor Supreme
Valencia oranges

Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) No longer available though Mail Order.
Herbs:  oregano, dill, rosemary, mint
Calendula Salve

Otow Orchard Honey
Vegetables: summer squash, Asian cucumbers

This is what we have from other producers:

Blueberries from Sunnyslope Farm

Yellow peaches from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm
Honey (wildflower) from Top O' The Hill Apiary


Monday, June 11, 2018

HAVE YOU TRIED A LOQUAT?

      We are now harvesting loquat. They are the little orange tropical fruit that indicates that summer fruit is on its way.  Between its fuzzy skin and smooth brown seed is sweet juicy flesh that often bring back memories of a neighborhood tree that kids were prone to frequent.  Peaches are starting to show up but rather inconsistently.  Some days we have them and some days we don't.  It is best to call ahead. 
        The mulberry crop has disappeared.  Something has been eating them off the tree before we get a chance to pick them.  We, along with many mulberry fans are very disappointed.  
       In the vegetable department we have a few winter vegetables from BarleyOats Farm.  Their season will be ending soon.  From the Otow Orchard gardens we are starting to harvest summer squash and beans.  We hope to have some Asian cucumbers in a week.

May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Loquat
Peaches (limited supply)
Eureka lemons 
Valencia oranges

Hoshigaki  (No longer available though Mail Order. )
Frozen Hachiya persimmon pulp  
Dried Asian pears
Calendula Salve Otow Orchard Honey 
Summer squash


This is what we have from other producers:
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
 Blueberries from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm
Honey (wildflower) from Top O' The Hill Apiary

Monday, May 21, 2018

GETTING READY FOR SUMMER HARVEST


In a month, this peach may be ready to harvest.
       The irrigation is now on a regular schedule. Peach and plum thinning  is about finished. We are starting to thin pears, apples and quince.  And we are keeping our eyes open, anxiously waiting for summer fruit.  The birds are watching too. It is not always easy to stay more alert than the birds.  There are so many and they are so hungry.  The crop is light this year so in order to have any nice fruit to sell we need to use bird netting and bags to protect the harvest.
Persimmon blossom
         We currently have a very limited amount of cherries. I am sure they will be gone in a flash.  There is also a small crop of Pakistani Mulberries. We hope to start harvesting Loquat in about a week.
       Some people are asking about hoshigaki, dried persimmons.  Although we still have a good supply they are only available at the farm stand.  With the warm weather we are afraid they will melt if they have to travel long distances.

May to January Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

We will also be closed on Sunday June 10, 2018 

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:

Yellow grapefruit
Eureka lemons
Valencia oranges 
Cherries (limited supply)
Mulberries (limited supply)

Hoshigaki  (No longer available though Mail Order. )
Dried figs
Salve and Lip Balm 
Otow Orchard Honey

This is what we have from other producers:
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
Red and Yellow onions from Lovejoy farm
Blueberries from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm


Monday, April 30, 2018

WORKING VACATION FOR HONEY BEES



The honey bees have returned from their annual vacation.  They spent most of March in almond orchards then moved on to citrus groves.  Now they are back with us and starting to collect nectar from wildflowers and persimmon blossoms.

        So much of farming hinges on the weather we get.  Every year is different. At last it is warm enough to put tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the ground.  The cucumber, okra, long bean, and squash seeds are starting to germinate. We see rows and rows of little green potential.
         Reminder: we are still on slow season hours through May 17:   Tu, Wed, Th 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Fri, Sat: 10 am to 6 pm. Sun:  10 am to 5 pm,  Closed on Mondays.  Regular season hours will start on May 18th, 2018.


Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:

Yellow grapefruit
Eureka lemons
Valencia oranges

Hoshigaki  (No longer available though Mail Order. )
Dehydrated  figs
Salve and Lip Balm

This is what we have from other producers:
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
Local honey  from Top O'The Hill Apiary in Granite Bay

Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

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