Thursday, May 21, 2020

"X" MARKS THE SPOT


"X" marks the spot, one customer at a time, frequent hand sanitizing, stay home if you are sick, wear a mask.   We all know the routine by now.  For those of us who have not been personally touched by the virus, I am  thankful that others are keeping us safe.  THANK YOU  for following these guidelines:

          1.     Stay home if you are sick.
          2.     Observe 6 feet physical distancing
          3.     Frequent hand sanitizing.
          4.     Wear a face covering.
          5.     Always wash your fruits and veggies.
          6.     Stand behind the plexiglass, we  will serve you.
      At this point  produce is sparse, If you are interested, please text me ahead to see if I have a supply.  916-300-0720  Due to telemarketers I do not answer unrecognized phone calls. So please  TEXT.
         The mulberries are starting to mature.  We are picking a few and they are available occasionally in the farm stand.  Call to make sure.
          Spring Rose is our first peach of the year.  As a white peach, it is low acid.  As a white peach it can be eaten firm or a little soft. As a white peach it is delicate.  As a early white peach it is just an early peach.  Later peaches will get more of everything we desire in a peach.  Call if you want us to reserve any for you.
         All around the neighborhood we see little orange loquat ripening on landscape trees.  Our loquat, on the other hand, are taking their time.  They are just hinting at some color.
        In the citrus department we have large lemons, yellow grapefruit and Valencia oranges.
        Hoshigaki is available at the farm stand and through mail order while the weather is cool.  For mail order please go to the  order form
       We have honey from Nastase Honey farm in Lincoln, Otow Calendula salve and lip balm, and jams from The Good Stuff.
          

I went out (May 19) to take pictures of ripening fruit but got distracted by a dramatic gallery of cloud pictures.  Happily, we did not get hail this time around.

  
These green plums and peaches will be mature and ready to eat in 6 weeks.

       Thank you to the many people who inquired about ume.  I wish we had enough for everyone, but it was not to be this year.  If you would like to be notified next year when the crop comes in, please let us know.  email:  otoworchard@yahoo.com

        Thank you to the many customers old and new who have called asking when we will open.  At this time, we are asking people to text me to make an order or appointment.  916-300-0720  Due to telemarketers I do not answer unrecognized phone calls. So please  TEXT.  When we hear the land line ringing we will answer, (even if it is a telemarketer).  Land line number is 916-791-1656.


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

  HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm 

Sun: 11 am to 5 pm


 Closed on Mondays





  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

UME AND HOSHIGAKI

          The 20 ume (Japanese sour plum) trees that we planted 5 years ago have decided to put on a nice crop this year.  If you are interested in purchasing any this year please email us at:  otoworchard@yahoo.com.   
       Looks like the farm stand will be closed for at least another 4 weeks.  Although the farm stand is closed we are busy working every day.
            In the past 2 weeks we have been removing vetch (aggressive vining legume) under trees, cutting and stacking firewood, spreading decomposed horse manure, chopping brush and mowing grass, transplanting tomato plant starts to 4" pots, grafting trees, pruning kiwi, repairing the manure spreader, repairing the manure spreader, and repairing the manure spreader.  Removing frost damaged ume from trees, installing plywood flooring 
          in the cool room, inventorying trees removed, planted and grafted, checking irrigation, making beds in the vegetable gardens, re-pruning the grapes and putting down weed block cloth.  Now we are starting to thin our summer crops.
       As long as the weather stays cool you can order mail order hoshigaki using this link to the order form. 
       Stay safe and be well.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 CLOSURE

In support of the community effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be closed until conditions warrant reopening the farm stand.

Thinning Ume, Jappanese plums.  The water shoots have many unwanted small fruit.





Young tomato plants relaxing in the hot house.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

ORCHARD IN BLOOM

A little early, but spring seems to be here or summer is on its way.  White and pink blossoms are showing off the orchard.  If you would like to see the flowers, you are welcome to come for a walk.  This show will not last very long, so now is the time.  Soon we will see miniature green fruit on the trees.  Please check our modified hours listed below.

        We are preparing to plant new trees. Old trees have been removed and new holes are being dug.  Mulch is being delivered to the planting sites.   This year we are planting new apple, plum, peach, pluot and persimmon trees.

        With the dry weather the vegetable gardens have not had to fight so many weeds.  We are preparing the beds for planting.  In the hot house  we have planted tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds.  It is exciting to watch them germinate and show up as little green leaves and stems.

       In the farm stand it is definitely citrus season.  There are blood oranges, white grapefruit, and navel oranges from  our orchard.  Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln brought us Cara Cara oranges (pink interior), Navel oranges and Eureka lemons. There are pink grapefruit from Mihara Farm, in Lincoln. We also have a good crop of Kiwi for sale.

      Some people are looking for local honey at this time of year.  We have raw  wildflower honey from Granite Bay and unfiltered, raw honey from Lincoln.  The Otow Orchard  honey is sold out until the bees have a chance to collect more.  This should happen sometime in May or June.  Currently the hives are working in an almond orchard and then onto an orange grove before heading home to us.

       Slowly we are working on the finishing stages for hoshigaki. We are sorting and packaging them for sale in the farm stand or vacuum sealing them for longer storage in the freezer.  Since the weather is cool, we continue to fill mail order requests for hoshigaki.  If you would like to order, please click here for mail order form.





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


  SLOW SEASON HOURS

      Tues, Wed, Thur:      11:30 am  to  1:30 pm       
Fri, Sat:      10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            11 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

    
WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY DO NOT DISTURB DURING NON BUSINESS HOURS.   For other times please call my mobile phone.  You must leave a message if you are not already in my phone.   (916) 300-0720.  We are often here someplace and will gladly arrange to help you.  We normally return to regular hours in May.

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

Kiwi
Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Citrus:  Blood Orange, Navel Oranges, White Grapefruit
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans 
Dried or dehydrated fruit:  apples, peaches, jujube

This is what we have from other producers: 
Pleasant Hill Farm:  Navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemons

Mihara Farm:  Pink grapefruit
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary

Honey(Unfiltered) from Nastase Honey Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

        

Thursday, February 6, 2020

OFF SEASON HOURS

     Farm Stand hours for  Friday, Saturday and Sunday will remain the same as always.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will have a couple midday hours. And as always we are closed on Mondays. See the abbreviated hours listed below.
 
      Now that the Satsuma Mandarins are finished it is time for others to take their place.  We have Clementine Mandarins and Navel and Blood Oranges from our orchard.  There are Eureka Lemons, and Cara Cara and Navel Oranges from Pleasant Hill Orchard in Newcastle.  Also from Newcastle are Pink Grapefruit from Mihara Farm.
       Slowly we are working on the finishing stages for hoshigaki. We are sorting and packaging them for sale in the farm stand or vacuum sealing them for longer storage in the freezer.  Since the weather is cool, we continue to fill mail order requests for hoshigaki.  If you would like to order, please click here for mail order form.

     The leaves have fallen and most trees are taking a break.  The ume, Japanese apricot, however, are in full bloom.  We have both pink and white blossoms appearing. The bees come by on any dry day for a sip of nectar.   We are working on the pruning.  We try to minimize disease by pruning peaches and plums only when there is a dry spell.  When it is wet or threat of rain we prune persimmons.  The tractor driver is busy spreading decomposed horse manure and rototilling vegetable gardens. We are checking the orchard and trees for potential grafting and planting sites.
     Our bare root fruit trees have arrived. We have plums, peaches, apples and Fuyu persimmon trees.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these trees, please come by or give us a call.  Those that are not sold or reserved will be planted in our orchard in the next few weeks.


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


  SLOW SEASON HOURS

      Tues, Wed, Thur:      11:30 am  to  1:30 pm       
Fri, Sat:      10 am to 6 pm
Sun:          11 am to5 pm
Closed on Mondays

    
WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY DO NOT DISTURB DURING NON BUSINESS HOURS.   For other times please call my mobile phone.  You must leave a message if you are not already in my phone.   (916) 300-0720.  We are often here someplace and will gladly arrange to help you.  We normally return to regular hours in May.

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

Kiwi
Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Citrus:  Clementine Mandarins, Blood Orange, Navel Oranges
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans 
Dried or dehydrated fruit:  apples, peaches.

This is what we have from other producers: 
Pleasant Hill Farm:  Navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemons

Mihara Farm:  Pink grapefruit
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary 

Honey(Unfiltered) from Nastase Honey Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm


Saturday, January 11, 2020

2020, HERE WE GO!

 


It has been a long persimmon season.  The warm weather sustained firmness into December and January.  Back in October and November we would have said persimmons start to get soft after Thanksgiving. Amazingly, we are still selling Hachiya, Fuyu and Maru persimmons. Rather than crisp, the Fuyu are sweet, juicy and a ripe "peach-like" texture.
        The hoshigaki, dry persimmons, are now finished drying. We will gradually take them from the freezer and do the final grading and shaping.  If they sell now, fine. If not we can extend the season by returning them to the freezer in zip top bags or vacuum sealed. Hoshigaki is available both at the farm stand and by mail order. For mail order please use our order form.
        Citrus season is upon us.  Unlike persimmons their crop is normal to light.   Mandarins have been sweet and easy to peel.
          Other produce available are apples, kiwi, Pomegranates,and Blood Oranges.
          With the beginning of 2020 we think of the start of a new year, a new fruit season.
          Out in the orchard you will see that persimmon pruning has begun. You will also hear a lot of happy birds. They are cleaning up the persimmons that were not harvested due to astringency or just excess bumper crop. It is amazing how fast they will take care of the fruit.  We are also starting to spread decomposed horse manure between the rows of trees.  It is a slow process and we never seem to get through the whole orchard.
       Christy and I are cleaning up last year's gardens and planning the next.  I will do a seed inventory this week before ordering seeds.




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


  HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm 

Sun: 11 am to 5 pm


 Closed on Mondays 

Announcement:  At some point in the next few weeks when our products become limited to a few items we will be shifting to our slow season hours. I will post the new hours on this page.

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Apples:   Fuji, Granny Smith

Kiwi
Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi
Pomegranates:  White (sweet and pink seeded) 

Red Pomegranates:  Wonderful
Persimmons:
       Apple Type Persimmons:  Fuyu
       American Persimmon:  Gyombo, Hachiya (must be soft to be sweet)
       Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Winter Squash:  Butternut

Citrus:  Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans

This is what we have from other producers: 
Sunnyslope Farm:  Granny Smith apples
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm (limited supply)

2020 Garden Planning Calendars from Placer County Master Gardeners

Monday, December 16, 2019

HAPPY HOLIDAYS


 We are now getting some frost.  The persimmons trees are bare or have lost their leaves exposing the remaining fruit.  Some, the birds will feast on.  Others will be dropped to feed the Canada geese and other critters we hesitate to mention. Many that are left on the trees are of the pollination dependent type that will remain inedible for a long time.




       The season is moving on to citrus.  We started to harvest our Satsuma mandarins.  They are sweet and easy to peel.  The blood orange tree is letting go of so many fruit to the ground that we decided to start harvest with a gentle tug.  Navel oranges and Eureka lemons are hanging on for more days yet.




       Amazingly, we still have a supply of Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons.  The color is intesifying and the sweetness is increasing.   There are still some Vodka persimmons ready for your holiday treat. Hope you don't miss out.




        My stress is decreasing and my sleep is increasing as I can now see the end of hoshigaki processing.  Many are still hanging on the racks to finish off their drying.  In the photo, I have turned the hoshigaki stem side down to control  over-drying of the stem end.  We have bags of hoshigaki in the freezer waiting to be handled and sorted one last time for your eating pleasure.   Hoshigaki is available at the farm stand and through mail order.
     

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


  HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 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:
Apples:   Fuji, Granny Smith, Reinette Simerenko
Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi
Pomegranates:  White (sweet and pink seeded) 

Red Pomegranates:  Wonderful
Persimmons:
       Brown Fleshed Persimmons:  Maru, Hyakume

       Vodka Treated Persimmons: aka Hyakume
       Apple Type Persimmons:  Fuyu
       American Persimmon:  Gyombo, Hachiya (must be soft to be sweet)
       Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Winter Squash:  Butternut

Citrus:  Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans


This is what we have from other producers: 
Sunnyslope Farm:  Granny Smith apples

Quince from Steve
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

2020 Garden Planning Calendars from Placer County Master Gardeners



Friday, November 29, 2019

PERSIMMONS AND MANDARINS

      ORANGE is the color for this season.  Mandarins have arrived from Lincoln.  These Satsuma mandarins were grown at Pleasant Hill Farm in the foothills of Placer County. The cool temperatures stimulate mandarin ripening.
       Our farm stand is filled with  the color orange.  Fuyu, Hachiya, Vodka and brown fleshed persimmons fill our display table.  We are now offering bags of Fuyu persimmons.   
       We enjoyed this bright fruit salad for our Thanksgiving meal.  It included slices of mandarin oranges, firm fuyu persimmons, apples and pomegranates.  I used a ripe soft gyombo persimmon as a dressing.
        Now that the weather is cooling (did I mean cold),  the texture of persimmons, especially fuyu, will respond by ripening and losing their crispness.  For those who are looking for crisp fuyu we still have a supply of firm fuyu persimmons stored away from the cold.

        Hoshigaki continues to demand its share of attention and time.  After the days activities and usually after dinner, we begin tending the dry persimmons inside the building.  We are massaging and checking for dryness.  Hoshigaki is now available at the farm stand.  Mail orders for hoshigaki are suspended  while we assess availability.  Please email inquiries.







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



  HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 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:
Apples:   Fuji, Granny Smith, Pink Lady
Brown Asian Pears: Shinko, and Olympic
Quince
Pomegranates:  White and Ambrosia (sweet and pink seeded) 

Red Pomegranates:  Wonderful
Persimmons:
       Brown Fleshed Persimmons:  Maru, Chocolate, Tsurunoko, Hyakume

       Vodka Treated Persimmons: aka Hyakume
       Apple Type Persimmons:  Fuyu
       American Persimmon:  Gyombo, Hachiya (must be soft to be sweet)
       Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Tomatillos
Winter Squash:  Butternut
Chili peppers

Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans


This is what we have from other producers: 
Sunnyslope Farm:   Fuji apples, Granny Smith apples

Quince from Steve
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Saturday, November 2, 2019

PERSIMMON TIME



         We are now harvesting Fuyu and other persimmons.  Fuyu are the dependably sweet and crisp persimmon that so many people are learning to love. The color is getting deeper, and the fruit is getting sweeter and the fruit is firm and crisp.  Not only are we harvesting hachiya persimmons but they are ripening right along.  These hachiya persimmons are puckery when firm but become tender sweet globes of pudding texture.  Just right for spooning right out of their skins. Many  people use this variety for cookies, breads and puddings,
       We currently have 3 pollination dependent varieties of persimmons.  The presence of seeds make these persimmons brown fleshed (chocolate color) and sweet.  The problem  is that we are never 100% sure if the fruit has seeds.  We try to make an educated guess. Sometimes there are less than 8 seeds and the fruit will be partially sweet and the non-brown flesh will remain puckery.  Maru, Nagamaru, and Hyakume varieties are available in the farm stand.  When uncertain, we treat the hyakume with vodka to make it 100% sweet.  Unfortunately we are not 100% good at this and sometimes the persimmon gets ripe too fast or the weather changes and we left them in the vodka for the wrong length of time.  There are just too many factors for this non-scientific farmer to manage.
      Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are making progress.  The days seem to be too warm so we try to shade the persimmons and keep them out of the sun. We are having difficulty making the first ones tender as well as sugared.  As the  weather cools the process will slow down and the end result will be more to our liking. We are starting to put in many hours day and  night squeezing, trimming, tossing and tending hoshigaki.  Many visitors have been to the farm to see us at work and see the wall of persimmons on the side of our warehouse. Hoshigaki is now available in the farm stand.

      Purchasing hoshigaki is not always straight forward.  We  hope to start selling the early ones by the beginning of November.   The premium grade usually shows up after Thanksgiving.  We are now accepting mail orders for people who cannot come to the farm to pick up their order.  Although we do not start shipping till December, you must send in your order soon since we fill requests in the order received.  For instructions on how to get on the list for mail order please go to our mail order form page.    If you are purchasing a small amount of  hoshigaki at the farm, we hope to have a supply on hand.  If you are looking for premium grade or more than one pound, we ask you to come by the stand or  call: (916) 791-1656 or email: (otoworchard@yahoo.com) for a pre-order.

     We are selling apples and Asian pears. We have Shinko and Olympic brown Asian pears. They are sweet,crisp and juicy.  The difference is in the slight flavor difference and the texture.  In the apple department there are Fuji, Reinette Simerenko and Black Arkansas.  Sunnyslope Farm is bringing us Fuji and Mutsu apples.
       We continue to have a good supply of winter squash.  There is Kabocha, the sweet Japanese pumpkin with thick orange flesh. Also we have Butternut squash, a tradition at our table for holiday dinners.



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



  HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 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:
Apples:   Reinette Simerenko, Fuji
European Pears:   Comice
Brown Asian Pears: Shinko, and Olympic
Quince
Pomegranates:  White and Ambrosia (sweet and pink seeded) 

Red Pomegranates:  Wonderful
Persimmons:
       Brown Fleshed Persimmons:  Maru, Chocolate, Tsurunoko, Hyakume

       Apple Type Persimmons:  Fuyu
       American Persimmon:  Gyombo, Hachiya (must be soft to be sweet)
       Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Tomatillos
Winter Squash:  Kabocha,  Butternut
Chili peppers

Rosemary
Olives (raw)
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers: 
Sunnyslope Farm:   Fuji apples, Mutsu (Crispin) apples
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm




Saturday, October 12, 2019

APPLES, PEARS AND PERSIMMONS

        It is mid October and we have started the hoshigaki process.  The Hachiya persimmons are coloring up nicely so we are peeling and hanging them up on the racks in the sun.  Some have been massaged and are taking on their droopy wrinkled appearance.  Soon we hope the magic will happen and tiny sugar crystals will appear on the surface.  Wa-lah, Hoshigaki.  The whole process takes 4 to 6 weeks so be patient.
      Purchasing hoshigaki is not always straight forward.  We  hope to start selling the early ones by the beginning of November.   The premium grade usually shows up after Thanksgiving.  We are now accepting mail orders for people who cannot come to the farm to pick up their order.  Although we do not start shipping mail order till December, you must send in your order soon since we fill requests in the order received.  For instructions on how to get on the list for mail order please go to our mail order form page.    If you are purchasing a small amount of  hoshigaki at the farm, we hope to have a supply on hand.  If you are looking for premium grade or more than one pound, we ask you to call: (916) 791-1656 or email: (otoworchard@yahoo.com) for a pre-order.
      Meanwhile other persimmons are showing up at the farm stand.  Hachiya persimmons that were not peeled are ripening into soft succulent globes of sweetness.  Fuyu, the apple type, are just getting ready.  We have some of the brown fleshed varieties:  Maru, Nagamaru, Tsurunoko, Chocolate, Coffee Cake, and vodka.
       Not to be overshadowed by persimmons are pears and apples.  We have D'anjou and Comice European pears.   There are several varieties of juicy, sweet and crisp Asian pears (see the list below).  In the apple department there are red and gloden delicious apples.  Also the memorable Reinette Simerenko  and Fuji apples are available.  Sunnyslope Farm is supplying us with Fuji and Mutsu (Crispin) apples.
      White pomegranates are a specialty item that we are now harvesting.  While light creamy yellow on the outside the ariels are pink with a small core. These are sweet with no tartness.  Hope you will try some.  Red Pomegranates are on the horizon.
        Many summer vegetables have gone by the wayside.  Amazingly, the gardens are still giving us tomatoes.   It is time for winter squash.  You can bake, steam, microwave or blend them for a warm fall meal.  We are changing into cool weather vegetables.  BarleyOats Farm has begun to harvest winter vegetables.  So far we have had salad mix and Napa (Chinese cabbage).




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


  HOURS
Tuesday to Saturday: 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,  Elephant Heart, Empress
Apples:   Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Reinette Simerenko, Fuji
European Pears:  D'anjou,  Comice
Brown Asian Pears: Shinko, Yoi, and Olympic

Yellow Asian Pears:  Yali
Jujube:  Li

Quince
Pomegranates:  White (sweet and pink seeded) 
Brown Fleshed Persimmons:  Maru, Coffee Cake, Chocolate, Tsurunoko
Tomatoes:  Red, Heirloom, Yellow, Pink, Roma,
Tomatillos
Okra
Winter Squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, Black Futsu, Kabocha
Chili peppers: Shishito,   Jalapeno,
Eggplant: Japanese (Limited supply)
Beans: Chinese long beans
Basil, Rosemary, Red and Green shiso

Olives (raw)
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers: 

Sunnyslope Farm:   Fuji apples, Mutsu (Crispin) apples

Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary 
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm 

Winter vegetables from BarleyOats Farm

Monday, September 23, 2019

PEAR SEASON

   Welcome to cooler days. It certainly was a very warm summer.  As we leave summer days, we look forward to fall.  A walk in the orchard finds empty peach and plum trees.  There is a good crop on the jujube, persimmon, pomegranate, quince, apple and pear trees.  We are noticing that many persimmons are dropping their fruit.  While the trees currently have a good crop, we hope that most of the fruit will hang on until maturity.  Last year we had a scarcity of persimmons in part due to the fruit drop.  As we near harvest, we are hopeful to have a normal crop.  Time will tell. Stay tuned.

     It is apple and pear season.  The Red and Golden Delicious apples are just that. Sweet, juicy and delicious.  Bartlett pears are just about sold out.  The other other European pear we are selling is Danjou.  We have several Asian pears being harvested.  Yoi and Shinko are brown skinned and very sweet, juicy and crisp.  There is also the large, dark brown Olympic pear that is also sweet, juicy and crisp but has a more dense texture.  On the lighter side is the Yali Chinese pear that is sweet, crisp and very juicy.  Yali is pear shaped rather than round.

    Winter squash is starting to decorate the farm stand.  We have small, easy to prepare delicata, meaty butternuts, and Kabocha, Black Futsu, and Red Kuri  sweet Japanese cooking pumpkins.

      By the beginning of October BarleyOats Farm will begin bringing winter vegetables for sale.  Please call for update.

       As we watch the color develop on the hachiya persimmons we are preparing for the task of making hoshigaki.  We are cleaning drying rooms, cleaning racks, repairing the tarp, and tying strings.  Many people are asking when hoshigaki will be available.  We will start peeling in October but the process takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete.  The early hoshigaki should be available by the beginning of November.  Those who want to mail order hoshigaki should look for the order form after mid October, on this web site.


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


  HOURS
Tuesday to Saturday: 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,  Elephant Heart
Grapes:  Kyoho,
Apples:   Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,
European pears:  Bartlett, D'anjou
Asian Pears: 20th Century, Shinko, Yoi, Yali, and Olympic
Figs: Brown Turkey, Green Penache Tiger Stripe and Black Mission 
Jujube:  Li
Pomegranates:  White (sweet and pink seeded) 
Brown Fleshed Persimmons:  Maru, Coffee Cake, Chocolate (limited supply)
Cucumbers: Asian cucumber, Lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumbers 
Tomatoes:  Red, Heirloom, Yellow, Pink, Roma,
Cherry tomatoes:  Sungold, Rosalita, Black Cherry
Tomatillos
Okra
Summer Squash:  (limited supply)
Winter Squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, Black Futsu, Kabocha
Sweet peppers (Limited supply)
Chili peppers: Shishito,   Jalapeno,
Eggplant: Japanese (Limited supply)
Beans: Chinese long beans
Basil, Rosemary, Red and Green shiso
Calendula salve
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers:

Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary 
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Saturday, August 31, 2019

FIGS ARE BACK

Figs are making their second appearance for the year.  Figs have two crops a year.  The first crop occurs in July.  After a rest, the next crop matures in late August and September.  The second crop usually has smaller fruit sizes.  This year our Brown Turkey and Penache Tiger Stripe figs are looking pretty good in the size category.  The Black Mission however are true to tradition and are on the small side so far this year.
       We are now harvesting Asian Pears, apples and Jujube.  A sign that fall is arriving.  We will still have grapes, peaches, plums, and pluots.  Peach season is coming to a slow close. We still have green Kelsey plums, soft Laroda plums, crisp Casselman and Cassie plums and a limited supply of Dapple Dandy pluots.
      The gardens are still producing tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, long beans, basil, peppers, and eggplants. We are starting to have some  winter squash.  Now is the time for Delicata winter squash.


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


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Tuesday to Saturday: 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: Rio Oso Gem, O'Henry
Cling Peaches: Bowen
Plums:  Laroda, Kelsey, Cassie, Casselman
Pluots:  Dapple Dandy
Grapes:  Kyoho, Red Purlett, Thompson Seedless.
Apples:   Gala
European pears:  Bartlett
Yellow Asian Pears: 20th Century, New Century
Brown Asian Pears:  Hosui, Yoi
Figs: Brown Turkey, Green Penache Tiger Stripe and Black Mission 
Jujube: Sugar Cane, Li
Cucumbers: Asian cucumber, Lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumbers 
Tomatoes:  Red, Heirloom, Yellow, Pink, Roma,
Cherry tomatoes:  Sungold, Rosalita, Black cherry
Tomatillos
Okra
Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Crookneck, Tromboncino (limited supply)
Winter Squash:  Delicata, Red Kuri, Black Futsu
Sweet peppers (Limited supply)
Chili peppers: Shishito,  
Eggplant: Japanese (Limited supply)
Beans: Chinese long beans
Basil, Rosemary, Red and Green shiso
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers:

Peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:  Fay Elberta, O'Henry
Gala Apples from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary 
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

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