Saturday, May 25, 2013

Red Beaut Plum Special

Some of the first summer fruit is now at the fruit stand.  We have a lot of Red Beaut plums, some apricots and loquat and a limited supply of cherries and early peaches.  Until June 1st we'll have trays of Red Beaut plums at a reduced price. 

For citrus fruit we have pink and white grapefruit, Valencia oranges and lemons.  The first zucchini is starting to be picked in the vegetable gardens and we also have Swiss chard and herbs.

Ume (Japanese sour plums) are also for sale at the fruit stand.  If you would like to order a large quantity of ume, please call ahead. 

We still have hoshigaki (Japanese hand dried persimmon)  at the fruit stand and for sale through mail order.  Through mail order we have strips of hoshigaki from our orchard and strips and whole hoshigaki traditionally produced from a farm in Newcastle.  At the fruit stand we also have honey from bees at our orchard and eggs.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Late Spring at the Orchard

Beehives in the orchard just before a storm
In the fruit stand now we have pink grapefruit, yellow grapefruit, Eureka lemons, Swiss chard, fresh herbs, hoshigaki, local free-range eggs and honey from bees at the orchard.  Hoshigaki can still be ordered by mail order

This month you can also buy grapefruit, lemons and hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmon) from us through the Sierra Foothills Producers Co-op.  Make your order online by 4:00 Friday, May 10th and pick it up the next week either at Otow orchard or one of the other pick up locations. This month the Producers Co-op has chicken, quail and duck eggs, organic greens, locally made cheese, honey, sauces, naturally raised meat and other items. 

In the orchard the persimmons and pomegranates are blooming.  Grass is turning brown from the lack of rain.  People have been thinning the Asian pear in an effort to help the trees produce fewer but bigger fruit.  The vegetable gardens are almost planted.  We've been trying to finish planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, summer squash and cucumbers now that the weather is warmer even at night. 

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