Thursday, May 21, 2020

"X" MARKS THE SPOT


"X" marks the spot, one customer at a time, frequent hand sanitizing, stay home if you are sick, wear a mask.   We all know the routine by now.  For those of us who have not been personally touched by the virus, I am  thankful that others are keeping us safe.  THANK YOU  for following these guidelines:

          1.     Stay home if you are sick.
          2.     Observe 6 feet physical distancing
          3.     Frequent hand sanitizing.
          4.     Wear a face covering.
          5.     Always wash your fruits and veggies.
          6.     Stand behind the plexiglass, we  will serve you.
      At this point  produce is sparse, If you are interested, please text me ahead to see if I have a supply.  916-300-0720  Due to telemarketers I do not answer unrecognized phone calls. So please  TEXT.
         The mulberries are starting to mature.  We are picking a few and they are available occasionally in the farm stand.  Call to make sure.
          Spring Rose is our first peach of the year.  As a white peach, it is low acid.  As a white peach it can be eaten firm or a little soft. As a white peach it is delicate.  As a early white peach it is just an early peach.  Later peaches will get more of everything we desire in a peach.  Call if you want us to reserve any for you.
         All around the neighborhood we see little orange loquat ripening on landscape trees.  Our loquat, on the other hand, are taking their time.  They are just hinting at some color.
        In the citrus department we have large lemons, yellow grapefruit and Valencia oranges.
        Hoshigaki is available at the farm stand and through mail order while the weather is cool.  For mail order please go to the  order form
       We have honey from Nastase Honey farm in Lincoln, Otow Calendula salve and lip balm, and jams from The Good Stuff.
          

I went out (May 19) to take pictures of ripening fruit but got distracted by a dramatic gallery of cloud pictures.  Happily, we did not get hail this time around.

  
These green plums and peaches will be mature and ready to eat in 6 weeks.

       Thank you to the many people who inquired about ume.  I wish we had enough for everyone, but it was not to be this year.  If you would like to be notified next year when the crop comes in, please let us know.  email:  otoworchard@yahoo.com

        Thank you to the many customers old and new who have called asking when we will open.  At this time, we are asking people to text me to make an order or appointment.  916-300-0720  Due to telemarketers I do not answer unrecognized phone calls. So please  TEXT.  When we hear the land line ringing we will answer, (even if it is a telemarketer).  Land line number is 916-791-1656.


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





  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

UME AND HOSHIGAKI

          The 20 ume (Japanese sour plum) trees that we planted 5 years ago have decided to put on a nice crop this year.  If you are interested in purchasing any this year please email us at:  otoworchard@yahoo.com.   
       Looks like the farm stand will be closed for at least another 4 weeks.  Although the farm stand is closed we are busy working every day.
            In the past 2 weeks we have been removing vetch (aggressive vining legume) under trees, cutting and stacking firewood, spreading decomposed horse manure, chopping brush and mowing grass, transplanting tomato plant starts to 4" pots, grafting trees, pruning kiwi, repairing the manure spreader, repairing the manure spreader, and repairing the manure spreader.  Removing frost damaged ume from trees, installing plywood flooring 
          in the cool room, inventorying trees removed, planted and grafted, checking irrigation, making beds in the vegetable gardens, re-pruning the grapes and putting down weed block cloth.  Now we are starting to thin our summer crops.
       As long as the weather stays cool you can order mail order hoshigaki using this link to the order form. 
       Stay safe and be well.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 CLOSURE

In support of the community effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be closed until conditions warrant reopening the farm stand.

Thinning Ume, Jappanese plums.  The water shoots have many unwanted small fruit.





Young tomato plants relaxing in the hot house.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

ORCHARD IN BLOOM

A little early, but spring seems to be here or summer is on its way.  White and pink blossoms are showing off the orchard.  If you would like to see the flowers, you are welcome to come for a walk.  This show will not last very long, so now is the time.  Soon we will see miniature green fruit on the trees.  Please check our modified hours listed below.

        We are preparing to plant new trees. Old trees have been removed and new holes are being dug.  Mulch is being delivered to the planting sites.   This year we are planting new apple, plum, peach, pluot and persimmon trees.

        With the dry weather the vegetable gardens have not had to fight so many weeds.  We are preparing the beds for planting.  In the hot house  we have planted tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds.  It is exciting to watch them germinate and show up as little green leaves and stems.

       In the farm stand it is definitely citrus season.  There are blood oranges, white grapefruit, and navel oranges from  our orchard.  Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln brought us Cara Cara oranges (pink interior), Navel oranges and Eureka lemons. There are pink grapefruit from Mihara Farm, in Lincoln. We also have a good crop of Kiwi for sale.

      Some people are looking for local honey at this time of year.  We have raw  wildflower honey from Granite Bay and unfiltered, raw honey from Lincoln.  The Otow Orchard  honey is sold out until the bees have a chance to collect more.  This should happen sometime in May or June.  Currently the hives are working in an almond orchard and then onto an orange grove before heading home to us.

       Slowly we are working on the finishing stages for hoshigaki. We are sorting and packaging them for sale in the farm stand or vacuum sealing them for longer storage in the freezer.  Since the weather is cool, we continue to fill mail order requests for hoshigaki.  If you would like to order, please click here for mail order form.





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


  SLOW SEASON HOURS

      Tues, Wed, Thur:      11:30 am  to  1:30 pm       
Fri, Sat:      10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            11 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

    
WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY DO NOT DISTURB DURING NON BUSINESS HOURS.   For other times please call my mobile phone.  You must leave a message if you are not already in my phone.   (916) 300-0720.  We are often here someplace and will gladly arrange to help you.  We normally return to regular hours in May.

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:

Kiwi
Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Citrus:  Blood Orange, Navel Oranges, White Grapefruit
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans 
Dried or dehydrated fruit:  apples, peaches, jujube

This is what we have from other producers: 
Pleasant Hill Farm:  Navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemons

Mihara Farm:  Pink grapefruit
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary

Honey(Unfiltered) from Nastase Honey Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

        

Thursday, February 6, 2020

OFF SEASON HOURS

     Farm Stand hours for  Friday, Saturday and Sunday will remain the same as always.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will have a couple midday hours. And as always we are closed on Mondays. See the abbreviated hours listed below.
 
      Now that the Satsuma Mandarins are finished it is time for others to take their place.  We have Clementine Mandarins and Navel and Blood Oranges from our orchard.  There are Eureka Lemons, and Cara Cara and Navel Oranges from Pleasant Hill Orchard in Newcastle.  Also from Newcastle are Pink Grapefruit from Mihara Farm.
       Slowly we are working on the finishing stages for hoshigaki. We are sorting and packaging them for sale in the farm stand or vacuum sealing them for longer storage in the freezer.  Since the weather is cool, we continue to fill mail order requests for hoshigaki.  If you would like to order, please click here for mail order form.

     The leaves have fallen and most trees are taking a break.  The ume, Japanese apricot, however, are in full bloom.  We have both pink and white blossoms appearing. The bees come by on any dry day for a sip of nectar.   We are working on the pruning.  We try to minimize disease by pruning peaches and plums only when there is a dry spell.  When it is wet or threat of rain we prune persimmons.  The tractor driver is busy spreading decomposed horse manure and rototilling vegetable gardens. We are checking the orchard and trees for potential grafting and planting sites.
     Our bare root fruit trees have arrived. We have plums, peaches, apples and Fuyu persimmon trees.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these trees, please come by or give us a call.  Those that are not sold or reserved will be planted in our orchard in the next few weeks.


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


  SLOW SEASON HOURS

      Tues, Wed, Thur:      11:30 am  to  1:30 pm       
Fri, Sat:      10 am to 6 pm
Sun:          11 am to5 pm
Closed on Mondays

    
WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY DO NOT DISTURB DURING NON BUSINESS HOURS.   For other times please call my mobile phone.  You must leave a message if you are not already in my phone.   (916) 300-0720.  We are often here someplace and will gladly arrange to help you.  We normally return to regular hours in May.

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Apples:   Fuji

Kiwi
Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Citrus:  Clementine Mandarins, Blood Orange, Navel Oranges
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans 
Dried or dehydrated fruit:  apples, peaches.

This is what we have from other producers: 
Pleasant Hill Farm:  Navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemons

Mihara Farm:  Pink grapefruit
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary 

Honey(Unfiltered) from Nastase Honey Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm


Saturday, January 11, 2020

2020, HERE WE GO!

 


It has been a long persimmon season.  The warm weather sustained firmness into December and January.  Back in October and November we would have said persimmons start to get soft after Thanksgiving. Amazingly, we are still selling Hachiya, Fuyu and Maru persimmons. Rather than crisp, the Fuyu are sweet, juicy and a ripe "peach-like" texture.
        The hoshigaki, dry persimmons, are now finished drying. We will gradually take them from the freezer and do the final grading and shaping.  If they sell now, fine. If not we can extend the season by returning them to the freezer in zip top bags or vacuum sealed. Hoshigaki is available both at the farm stand and by mail order. For mail order please use our order form.
        Citrus season is upon us.  Unlike persimmons their crop is normal to light.   Mandarins have been sweet and easy to peel.
          Other produce available are apples, kiwi, Pomegranates,and Blood Oranges.
          With the beginning of 2020 we think of the start of a new year, a new fruit season.
          Out in the orchard you will see that persimmon pruning has begun. You will also hear a lot of happy birds. They are cleaning up the persimmons that were not harvested due to astringency or just excess bumper crop. It is amazing how fast they will take care of the fruit.  We are also starting to spread decomposed horse manure between the rows of trees.  It is a slow process and we never seem to get through the whole orchard.
       Christy and I are cleaning up last year's gardens and planning the next.  I will do a seed inventory this week before ordering seeds.




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 

Announcement:  At some point in the next few weeks when our products become limited to a few items we will be shifting to our slow season hours. I will post the new hours on this page.

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Apples:   Fuji, Granny Smith

Kiwi
Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi
Pomegranates:  White (sweet and pink seeded) 

Red Pomegranates:  Wonderful
Persimmons:
       Apple Type Persimmons:  Fuyu
       American Persimmon:  Gyombo, Hachiya (must be soft to be sweet)
       Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Winter Squash:  Butternut

Citrus:  Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges
Rosemary
Calendula salve and lip balm
Honey from our orchard

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans

This is what we have from other producers: 
Sunnyslope Farm:  Granny Smith apples
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Comb Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm (limited supply)

2020 Garden Planning Calendars from Placer County Master Gardeners

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