Friday, April 20, 2018

A LITTLE MORE CITRUS

In the orchard we are trying to keep up with the growing weeds.  Mowing, hoeing and  weed eating. We are also starting to thin peaches and plums (though there are not many).  With the extended rainy season came peach leaf curl as you can see in the picture.  Since we do not spray fungicides, our peach and nectarine trees are suffering.  We see only a small amount of fruit set.
       The vegetable plant starts are getting tired of their 4" containers.  As the weather warms and when we start irrigating the orchard, we will be transplanting tomatoes, peppers and eggplants into the ground where they will be happier.  The summer gardens are just getting started but there are still many fresh green vegetables coming out of Barley Oats' winter vegetable garden. 
        Our Slow Season hours have been extended a couple weeks.

         HOURS FROM NOW TILL MAY 17TH, 2018


TU, WED, THUR:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Fri, Sat:    10 am to 6 pm

Sun:          10 am to 5 pm

Mon: Closed
If you need to come at a different time, please leave a message at

(916) 300-0720 for an appointment.
May 18, 2018 we will resume our regular hours.
Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:

Yellow grapefruit
Eureka lemons

Hoshigaki  (Also available though Mail Order.  See home page)

Dehydrated  figs and Asian pears
Salve and Lip Balm

This is what we have from other producers:

Eureka Lemons from Mihara Farm

Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm

Local honey and comb honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary in Granite Bay

Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

AH CHOO

For those of you looking for local honey, we are now selling honey from 2 local apiaries.  Natase Farm in Lincoln is bringing us raw, unfiltered honey.  Top O' The Hill Apiary in Granite Bay is bringing us raw, filtered blackberry honey and wildflower honey.  Top O' The Hill Apiary is also selling comb honey for people looking for this unique product.  We also have lip balm and salve made from bees wax collected at Otow Orchard.
            Peach and plum blossoms are about done and we are watching for little tiny fruits.  Apple, pear and cherry blossoms are starting to push open.  Hope they survive the next rain storm.  Christy and I are starting to put seeds in our vegetable gardens and we are tending tomato, eggplant and pepper plant starts.
        


These are our April hours:  
TU, WED, THUR:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fri, Sat:    10 am to 6 pm
Sun:          10 am to 5 pm
Mon: Closed
If you need to come at a different time, please leave a message at
(916) 300-0720 for an appointment.
May 1, 2018 we will resume our regular hours .
Here's what we have in the farm stand now from Otow Orchard:
Blood oranges
Yellow grapefruit

Eureka lemons
Hoshigaki  (Also available though Mail Order.  See home page)
Pecans
Dehydrated  figs and Asian pears
Salve and Lip Balm
This is what we have from other producers:
Eureka Lemons from Mihara Farm
Kiwi from Mihara Farm
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
Raw honey from Nastase  Honey Farm in Lincoln
Local honey an comb honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary in Granite Bay
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

IN THE HOT HOUSE

      In the hot house we are tending  tender young tomato, eggplant and pepper plants.  With the freezing weather we have had, they needed lots of attention and are off to a slow start.  Nonetheless they are amazing.
     It has been a dry winter and we are celebrating the winter-like storms that are coming our way. We would love to have a year where water needs can be easily met.  But with the rains we have to hope the peach leaf curl is not too intense.  Many other orchardists are out spraying fungicides to protect their investment. We are hoping our orchard sanitation practices will significantly decrease disease pressures. 
      The ume (Japanese plums) blossomed and set weeks ago.  As a result of last week's freezing temperatures we see many shriveled ume on the trees.  We hope some will survive.



These are our Feb., Mar., and Apr. hours:  
TU, WED, THUR:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fri, Sat:    10 am to 6 pm
Sun:          10 am to 5 pm
Mon: Closed
If you need to come at a different time, please call us at
(916) 300-0720 for an appointment.
Here's what we have in the farm stand now from Otow Orchard:
Navel oranges
Blood oranges
Yellow grapefruit
Kiwi
Hoshigaki  (Also available though Mail Order.  See home page)
Pecans
This is what we have from other producers:
Navel oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm
Eureka Lemons from Mihara Farm
Kiwi from Mihara Farm
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
Raw honey from Nastase  Honey Farm in Lincoln
Local honey from Top O'The Hill Apiary in Granite Bay
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

WE HAVE LEMONS

They say, when you have lemons, make lemonade.  Why stop there.  You could also make lemon meringue pie or lemon bars.  We have fresh lemons covered with fresh zest to add flavor to your lemon meringue pie.  Here is my mother's favorite recipe.



Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie
5  Tblsp cornstarch                 2 Tblsp butter
2   Tblsp flour                          1  Tblsp  lemon zest
1  cup sugar                              6 Tblsp fresh lemon juice
¼ to ½  tsp salt                For Meringue
2  cups warm water             3 egg whites
3 egg yolks beaten                6  Tblsp sugar
1 nine inch pie crust             1 Tsp lemon juice
                                                  ½ tsp lemon zest

Mix cornstarch, flour, sugar and salt.  Gradually add water, stirring constantly.  Stir slowly into beaten yolk and mix until smooth. Pour into top of double boiler. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.  Cook 5 minutes more until it just begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Do not let it burn or get lumpy.  Remove from boiling water, stir in butter, lemon zest and juice.  Cover and cool.  Pour into pastry shell. Cool.

Meringue:  Beat room temperature egg whites until soft peaks form.  Gradually add sugar, juice and zest while continuing to beat.  Continue to whip until stiff and glossy.  Spread on cooled pie.  Spread to edge of crust. Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Cool gradually away from drafts.
PLEASE NOTE: We are taking advantage of this slow season to take a vacation day.  We will be closed Thurs. March 1, 2018,  Otherwise these are our Feb., Mar., and Apr. hours:  
TU, WED, THUR:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fri, Sat:    10 am to 6 pm
Sun:          10 am to 5 pm
Mon: Closed
If you need to come at a different time, please call us at
(916) 300-0720 for an appointment.
Here's what we have in the farm stand now from Otow Orchard:
Navel oranges
Blood oranges
Yellow grapefruit
Kiwi
Hoshigaki  (Also available though Mail Order.  See home page)
Pecans
This is what we have from other producers:
Navel oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm
Eureka Lemons from Mihara Farm
Kiwi from Mihara Farm
Winter vegetables from Barley Oats Farm
Raw honey from Nastase  Honey Farm in Lincoln
Jams from The Good Stuff
Eggs from Two Feather Farm




Monday, January 29, 2018

SLOW SEASON HOURS


Hours for February, March, and April are:
Tues., Wed., Thurs.  11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fri., Sat.,  10:00 am to 6 pm
Sunday  10:00  am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
For other times, please call for an appointment.  (916) 300-0720
Reminder:  We are taking a one day vacation day.  We will be closed on Sunday Feb. 11, 2011.
          Fresh persimmons  have disappeared from our fruit stand but we have a supply of hoshigaki, dried persimmons. These are available in the fruit stand and by mail order.
         In the area of citrus we have mandarins, navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit.  We also have Asian pears and kiwi. Barley Oats Farm is bringing us beautiful fresh winter vegetables. You can see these Fri., Sat., and Sunday at our stand  or go online to www.barleyoats.farm.
       We are busy during this slow time of year and also getting some rest.  In the orchard, trees are being pruned, mulch is being spread, and we are getting ready to prepare sites for planting new trees.  We are also making repairs on buildings and equipment, starting vegetable plants, and cleaning.  In the office we are putting together survey data, harvest reports and taxes.
        By the end of February we will see the orchard beginning to bloom as it prepares to grow fruit for the coming season. It is a beautiful site to see, so come for a walk and bring your camera.
Currently in the farm stand we are selling:
Mandarins and Kiwi from Mihara Farm in Newcastle
Oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln
Honey from Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln
From Otow Orchard:
Hoshigaki, dried persimmons
Blood oranges
Navel oranges
Yellow grapefruit (white)
Asian pears
Pecans 
Salve and Lip Balm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Winter Vegetables from BarleyOats Farm

Monday, January 15, 2018

TIME FOR MANDARINS

        Sad to say, fall fruits are disappearing from our farm stand.  Citrus season is developing.  We now have mandarins from Otow Orchard.  By February we should have Blood Oranges and Navel oranges.
       We are still selling soft Hachiya persimmons and there is frozen pulp in our freezer.    Also from the fall season are Okusankichi Asian Pears.
       We will be finished squeezing hoshigaki this week.  Then they are headed to the freezer for curing.   Then we will pull them out and finish sorting and packing them as requested.  If you want to mail order hoshigaki please down load the order form from the home page of this web site.  Hoshigaki is also available at the farm stand.
        Out in the orchard the leaves have dropped and birds have gleaned any fruit left on the trees.  We are able to clean the trees and remove diseased leaves and mummy fruit.  During dry periods we are pruning trees. Signs of the next crop are beginning to show up.  We see spots of blossoming pink and white ume flowers in the orchard.  The bees are gleaning nectar when the weather permits.

WHAT'S IN THE FARM STAND:
Hoshigaki
Soft hachiya persimmons
Okusankichi Asian pears
Satsuma mandarins
Pecans
Bees wax candles
Persimmon cook books
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from Nastasae farm in Lincoln, CA
Jams from The Good Stuff

BARLEY OATS FARM:
On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday we have a fresh display of winter vegetables from BarleyOats Farm. We have bok choy, lettuce, broccoli, kale, radish, daikon, green onion, leeks, fennel and more.

Just a reminder: We are taking a one day vacation day, Sunday Feb 11, 2018. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

 

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