Monday, October 8, 2012

Fruit Stand and Producers Cooperative

This year for the first time we have fresh chestnuts.  We also now have pippen and mutsu (also called crispin) apples. Other new items at the fruit stand are white pomegranate, winter squash, pumpkins and gourds.  Our pumpkin patch is now open for picking your own pumpkin, too. 

We've been peeling lots of persimmons for hoshigaki, but we don't yet have any finished from this season.  The drying process takes around six weeks at this time of year.  To order hoshigaki (dried persimmon) through mail order, please print out our order form and send in your order with a check.  We don't yet have hoshigaki in the fruit stand for sale.

Here's what we have in the fruit stand now:
  • Persimmons--Maru (chocolate), soft hachiya
  • Apples--Fuji, Mutsu, Golden Delicious
  • Pomegranate--white variety (cream to pink outside, softer, sweeter pink seeds)
  • Plums--Casselman
  • Asian Pear--20th Century, New Century, Yoi, Shinko
  • European Pear--Comic, D'Anjou
  • Chestnuts
  • Jujube
  • Grapes--Muscat
  • Vegetables--Tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant (Japanese and Italian), sweet peppers, hot chiles (jalapeno and fish), Swiss chard
  • Winter Squash--Butternut, Kabocha, Acorn
  • Herbs--Basil, oregano, mint (cut if you ask)
  • Pumpkins--at the fruit stand or pick your own
  • Decorative Gourds
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard
  • Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax from the orchard
  • The Art of Real Food Cookbook--by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenney
  • Perfectly Persimmon Cookbook--1004 persimmon recipes by Jean Brine
  • Master Gardeners Calender--by Placer County Master Gardeners
Through the Sierra Foothills Producers Cooperative you can order local, naturally grown and raised meats, eggs, cheese, honey, olive oil, produce and products such sauces and marmalades. October orders must be made by Friday, Oct. 12th at 4:00 PM.  You can pick up your order in one of five locations including Otow Orchard at scheduled times during the week of Oct. 15th.  The next delivery at our orchard will be from 4:00 - 5:00 PM on Friday, Oct.  21st.

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