Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ripe Suncrest on sale

A flat of Suncrest Peaches
Suncrest peaches and white peaches are now at a reduced price at the fruit stand. Right now we have lots of these delicious peaches, but we won't for long, since they're ripe and fragile.

New at the fruit stand are Laroda and Eldorado plums, melons, pink grapefruit, tomatillos, onions and hardneck garlic.

Here's what's at the fruit stand now:  
  • Peaches--Suncrest, Red Haven, Gene Elberta, 49'er, Delight (all yellow varieties), Arctic White, White Lady, Babcock, Silver Logan (white varieties)  
  • Plums--Santa Rosa, Black Amber, Laroda, Eldorado, Frontier 
  • Melons--Galia, Durango 
  • Blackberries--wild from around the orchard 
  • Grapefruit--pink and white 
  • Vegetables--Tomatoes (regular, cherry, heirlooms), Zucchini, Summer Squash, Swiss chard, Eggplant (small Japanese and small Italian types), Cucumber (Japanese, Armenian, lemon), beans (green and Chinese long), peppers (sweet and hot), garlic (elephant and hardneck), onions (Extra large red and white
  • Herbs--Oregano, Mint, Basil (cut if you ask) 
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard 
  • Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax
  • The Art of Real Food Cookbook--by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenney

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tomatoes & Suncrest Peaches

Tomatoes are finally in at the fruit stand. They were a bit late this year, but now finally we have enough ripe tomatoes to put out in boxes to sell. We have regular red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes and some heirlooms. 

We also have Suncrest peaches at the fruit stand.  Suncrest peaches are juicy and flavorful yellow peaches with red steaks on the skin and inside.  Suncrest peaches are part of the Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, meaning that they're a rare older variety that's in danger of not being produced or available for sale any longer.  They're delicious with fragile soft skin and flesh and a short shelf life which makes it difficult to ship them. David Mas Masumoto wrote about his family's effort to save this peach and their farm in the book, Epitaph for a Peach.  You can read more about his farm and community activities here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Vegetables & White Peaches

Long beans in Obaachan's garden
We've been harvesting more vegetables from the gardens.  The recent hot weather has helped out the eggplant, peppers and beans and finally started ripening the tomatoes.  We haven't picked very many tomatoes yet, but there are still lots on the vines starting to turn red. 

New vegetables at the fruit stand are elephant garlic, hard neck garlic, large red and white onions and Chinese long beans.

There are a lot of white peaches at the fruit stand now, including Babcock, Silver Logan, Sugar Lady, White Lady, Arctic White and white donut varieties.   

All plums are still 20% off at the fruit stand, through Wednesday, July 18th. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

All Plums on Sale

Left to Right are Black Amber, Frontier, Santa Rosa, Satsuma and Beauty Plums.
For the next two weeks all plums at the fruit stand will be 20% off regular price. We have too many plums to fit in our fruit sand and cool room, so we hope customers will come help us out by taking advantage of the sale.

Here are the plum varieties we have:

  • Santa Rosa Plums--An favorite old-fashioned plum that's flavorful, sweet with a bit of tartness and fragrant.  Great for eating fresh or making jam.
  • Satsuma Plums--A Japanese variety of plum with a red jelly-like inside that's sweet and mild without tartness.  Also good for making jam because they have a lot of natural pectin. 
  • Black Amber Plums--A large, juicy, sweet plum with dark purple to black skin and yellow flesh. Eaten fresh or used in baking for cobblers or pies.   
  • Frontier Plums--Large plums with dark red skin and red flesh inside.  Sweet and a bit heart-shaped. 
  • Beauty Plums--Sweet, juicy and smaller plums with yellow flesh.  Also an old variety people might remember.

Again, for the next two weeks through July 17th, all plums are 20% off regular price. We have plum seconds available for making jam or baking, also.  If you'd like large quantities, please call ahead to order.  Our phone number is 916-791-1656.

We are also still giving out coupons.  If you spend $10.00 or more, you receive a coupon for $1.00 off fruits and vegetables to use on your next visit.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fruit Stand and Meat Buyers Club

A Santa Rosa Plum
The next delivery from the Sierra Foothills Meat Buyers Club to our orchard will be Friday, June 20th from 4:30-5:00.  Orders must be sent in by 5:00 PM Friday, June 13th.  Through the Sierra Foothills Meat Buyers Club you can order local grass-fed, hormone free beef, lamb, pork and chicken, as well as eggs, honey, olive oil, jams and mandarin products.  New this month are goat cheese, summer squash and cucumber.  Orders are made online and then you choose one of four locations to pick up your order.  Locations are Otow Orchard (in Granite Bay), Sinclair Family Farm (in Penryn), Smoky's (in Truckee) and Tahoe Wellness (in Kings Beach).  

The fruit stand is full of fruit now.  We now have Black Mission figs, Blackberries, nectarines and Donut peaches.  Donut peaches are flat with a tiny pit in the middle.  

Here's what's at the Fruit Stand now:  

  • Blackberries
  • Figs--Black Mission
  • Peaches--Flavorcrest, Regina, Red Haven (all yellow varieties), Donut and Babcock (white varieties)
  • Plums--Santa Rosa, Black Amber, Satsuma, Beauty, Frontier
  • Nectarines--Jade (white variety)
  • Apricots--Patterson and Blenheim
  • Citrus Fruit--white Grapefruit, Valencia Oranges
  • Vegetables--Zucchini, Summer Squash, Swiss chard, Eggplant, Cucumber
  • Herbs--Oregano, Mint, Basil (cut if you ask)
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard
  • Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax

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