We're happy there has been more rain this Fall and Winter. The orchard is looking greener and less dusty, although the empty spots with no trees show the effects of the drought. Look at the link here to see a photo of last January at this time to compare. We hope the rains continue and the orchard can get a chance to recover this year. Pruning, irrigation maintanance and garden prep work have been keeping us occupied outside. On rainy days we try to package hoshigaki and do yearly cleaning and organizing.
Jam made from our Santa Rosa plums recently won an award at the 2016 Good Food Awards in San Francisco. Janet, from The Good Stuff makes jam from local fruit in the Sacramento area, including some fruit from our orchard. She won in the preserves catagory for her "Best Plum Jam" which was made from our Santa Rosas.
We are still taking mail orders for hoshigaki. We'll continue sending out mail orders until this season's supply runs out or the weather gets too warm.
Here's what you'll find at the fruit stand now:
- Hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmons)
- Navel Oranges
- Blood Oranges
- Satsuma mandarins
- Meyer Lemons
- Local free-range Chicken Eggs,
- Jam from The Good Stuff (including "Best Plum Jam")
- Persimmon cookbooks
- Firewood (by the bundle or truck full)