Wednesday, January 30, 2019


    Otow Orchard Satsuma mandarins are still selling by the bag and by the pound. These are juicy, sweet, flavorful and have a reputation for keeping winter colds away.

     In addition to Navel oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm, we also have Cara Cara oranges.  Pleasant Hill Farm harvested late in the season thus enhancing the flavor and sweetness of these oranges.  Cara cara oranges have an orange-red flesh and are tender, juicy and lower in acid than Navel oranges.

      We are now into the grapefruit tree. Pulling on these yellow globes to see if the tree is ready to release them.  Many of them are ready and pop into my hand. Our grapefruit are white or traditional yellow fleshed and very tasty.

      The lemons are still hanging on tight and are not ready for harvesting. When the tree releases them we will know they are ready. 

      If you are not a citrus fan you will be happy to know that the Kiwi made it through December and January without frost damage.  We are harvesting these now.

      Several grades of hoshigaki  are for sale at the farm stand, as well as those from other local producers ($24 to $31 per pound).  We do not have the usual excess we normally have after the drying season ends.

      Winter vegetables from BarleyOats Farm are coming in slowly due to weather and gopher activity.
Give us a call to find out about availability.
      The Ume (Japanese apricots) are ending their blooming stage.  The rest of the orchard is getting ready to burst open with color.  By the end of February the white plum blossoms may be finished and the pink peach and nectarine blossoms may be opening.  Call us for an update if you are coming to view the orchard blossoms. 

      At this time of year the trees are resting but the farmer is preparing for the coming season.  As weather permits we are pruning, preparing sites for planting new trees, and spreading decomposed horse manure. Old vegetable gardens are being taken out, vegetable seeds have arrived from the seed companies, and new beds are being planned.  We will soon be planting tiny seeds that will grow an amazing amount of food for the summer and fall.

     As we approach our slow season, be sure to check for modified hours on this page of our web site.  Each year is different and we cannot predict when it will start.

Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.

 May to February Hours:

Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm

             Sun:     11 am to 5 pm

    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Hoshigaki, hand dried persimmons

Mandarins:  Satsuma and Clementine
Navel Oranges
Pecans: Shelled

Dried Figs
Calendula Salve and Lip Balm
Honey from Otow Orchard

This is what we have from other producers:

Navel oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm
Cara Cara oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Winter vegetables from BarlyOats Farm (When available)
Honey  from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary

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