Wednesday, August 21, 2019

PEACHES

We are into peach season. Yellow peaches will be in supply till the end of August and into the beginning of September.  Now is the time for peach pie, peach cobbler, peach smoothies, peach jam and freezing and canning peaches.  You get the picture.   We love these end-of-season peaches:  Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem, and O'Henry. Opale is our last white peach and it will be gone soon.  
     Fall fruits are definitely starting to show up in the farm stand.  Kosui and 20th Century Asian pears are yellow, sweet, and juicy.  Hosui is a sweet, crisp brown Asian pear.  Coming from Sunnyslope Farm as well as our own orchard are Gala Apples. These pretty apples have a yellow background and an attractive red blush.  And of course they are sweet, crisp, and juicy.  We are also starting to sell some Bartlett pears.   Figs are making their second showing for the year.  We have brown, green, and some black figs.
       Now it is grape season. Kyoho grapes are back.  Sweet juicy and oh so flavorful.  Although they have seeds, everyone has been loving them.   We also are harvesting Red Purlett grapes and Thompson seedless grapes. 
       In the vegetable garden the cucumbers and squash plants are battling heat stress.  We still have a good supply of tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, and okra. A smaller supply of peppers, eggplant and beans.
     Out in the orchard we are trying to finish the persimmon thinning.  Their season  will be here in a couple of months.  So we have to get the crop ready.  We are also busy cleaning up fire blight in the pear trees.  The wet spring increased the fire blight damage in our trees especially since we don't spray.


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


  HOURS
Tuesday to Saturday: 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:

Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem, 49ers,
White Peaches:  Opale
Cling Peaches: Bowen
Plums:  Burgundy, Red Ace, Laroda, Eldorado, Kelsey 
Pluots:  Dapple Dandy, Flavor King, and Flavor Queen 
Grapes:  Kyoho, Red Purlett, Thompson Seedless.
Apples:   Gala 
Yellow Asian Pears: Kosui, 20th Century
Brown Asian Pears:  Hosui
Yellow Nectarines: Fantasia
Figs: Brown Turkey, Green, and a few Black Mission
Cucumbers: Asian cucumber, Lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumbers 
Tomatoes:  Red, Heirloom, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Roma,
Cherry tomatoes:  Sungold, Rosalita, Black cherry
Tomatillos
Okra
Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Crookneck, Patty Pan, Tromboncino
Sweet peppers (Limited supply)
Chili peppers: Shishito,  
Eggplant: Japanese and Italian(Limited supply)
Beans: Chinese long beans(Limited supply)
Basil, Rosemary, Red and Green shiso
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers:

Peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:  Fay Elberta
Gala Apples from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

Monday, August 5, 2019

HEART (HEAT) OF SUMMER



     Along with heat, produce is also thriving.  Some plums got sunburned, some peaches ripened more quickly than needed, some vegetable plants wilted but all is good now.  We survived the week of high temperatures. 
      White and yellow peaches are the stars of the show for now.  Now is the time for peak season juicy sweet peaches.  We are also getting cling peaches for those of you who like firm sweet peaches.
     Plums should not take a back seat to peaches.  We now have 7 to 10 varieties, all juicy sweet and tasty.  Just letting you know, we are now harvesting Kelsey the green plum. The skin is green and the flesh is sweet and yellow. 
       It is August but fall is starting to show up.  We have early Gala Apples and a few Asian Pears.
      In the vegetable gardens we are harvesting slicing tomatoes, salad tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes, and heirloom tomatoes. We are getting some chilies and tomatillos.  The squash and cucumbers continue to produce their share.



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


  HOURS
Tuesday to Saturday: 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:

Yellow Freestone Peaches:  Delight, Gene Elberta, 49er, Fay Elberta
White Peaches:  Babcock, Silver Logan, Opale, Paradise
Cling Peaches: Bowen
Plums:  Santa Rosa, Satsuma, Frontier, Burgundy, Red Roy, Laroda, Eldorado, Black Amber, Kelsey
Apples:   Gala 
Yellow Asian Pears: Kosui
Yellow Nectarines:  Flavortop , Fantasia
Wild Blackberries
Figs: Brown Turkey (limited supply)
Cucumbers: Asian cucumber, Lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumbers 
Tomatoes:  Red, Heirloom, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Roma,
Cherry tomatoes:  Sungold, Rosalita, Black cherry
Tomatillos
Okra (limited  supply)
Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Crookneck, Patty Pan, Tromboncino
Sweet peppers (Limited supply)
Chili peppers: Shishito, 
Eggplant: Japanese and Italian
Beans: Chinese long beans(Limited supply)
Honey from our orchard

This is what we have from other producers:

Peaches from Sunnyslope Farm:  Fay Elberta
Gala Apples from Sunnyslope Farm
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

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