Sunday, July 31, 2022

AUGUST HARVEST

      Peach harvest is not  done yet.  We have a few more varieties to harvest. We may have peaches till the end of August.  Keep checking this web site for updates.  Currently we have freestone peaches: Fay Elberta, 49er, Rio Oso Gem, and Paradise.  It is also the season for cling peaches, the ones that stick to the pit.

      Santa Rosa plums are now  finished till next year. Other plums available are Laroda, Cassi, Casselman and Kelsey.

       Although it is just the beginning of August, we are transitioning into pome fruit.  This means time for apples, pears and Asian pears.  Currently we are selling early Asian pears and a few Gala apples.

        Time to eat your vegetables.  The tomato vines at WoodRose Country Garden are full of tasty red juicy tomatoes.  We are getting a fresh supply of tomatoes daily.  WoodRose also has an abundant supply of San Marzano, a sought after paste tomato for cooking and making sauces.  These are available by the box through preorder.  Let us know.  Squash of several shapes, colors and sizes are available as well as cucumbers, beans, cherry tomatoes, chilies, eggplant, okra, peppers, kale and chard.




REGULAR  SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY  10:00  TO  6:00

                            SUNDAY      11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS



 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Plums:

           Laroda:  Yellow-fleshed, soft, sweet plums with great flavor. 

           Kelsey:  Green skin, yellow sweet flesh.  Enjoyed firm or with some give to the flesh.

            Cassie:  Yellow fleshed plum with firm, crisp flesh. Sweet tart flavor.

            Casselman:  Yellow fleshed, crisp,sweet and juicy.

Yellow freestone peaches: πŸ‘

           49er peach:  Skin with smooth red blush. Yellow, with sweet juicy flesh

           Fay Elberta:  Sweet juicy freestone peach with melting flesh.

           Rio Oso Gem:  Sweet juicy freestone peach.  Great flavor. (limited suply)

White freestone peaches:  (limited supply) 

           Paradise  (limited supply)

           Opale (limited supply)

Cling peaches:

           Bowen:  This is a cling peach with firm sweet texture.  The firm flesh clings to the seed.  You must carve the flesh off the seed or just eat it out of hand.

Asian Pears:

           Kosui: early season yellow Asian pear.

           Hosui:  early season brown Asian pear.  Very sweet.

Figs:  The second harvest  of figs is starting.  We have a few Black Mission and Penache figs (limited supply).

Hachiya:  frozen persimmon pulp.

Gala apples:  Sweet, crisp apple with a red blush.  (limited supply) 

Grapes:

          Kyoho: Deep purple seeded grapes.  Sweet and juicy with Concord-like flavor.

           Thompson seedless:  Small yellow seedless grapes. Sweet and juicy.

Wild blackberries:  Fantastic blackberry flavor from these little wild berries.  Juicy and sweet with small seeds.  The season is short, so don't delay.

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula  Lip Balm 

Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Yellow squash   

Japanese Eggplant:  small tender eggplant. Great for stir-fry or making pickles.  (limited supply)

Garlic :  fresh and fragrant.

Tomatoes πŸ…(limited supply)

Asian cucumbers:  πŸ₯’Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.  Many people are enjoying eating them out of hand.  Just wash and take a bite.

Yellow wax beans: Use like green beans (limited supply).

Long beans:  long green beans, use like regular green beans. These are tender and cook quickly.

Buena Mulata hot peppers.

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

 Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay,Conventionally Grown:  Elberta peaches: Sweet juicy yellow freestone.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, white bulb onions πŸ§…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers, 🌢 Anaheim peppers, Banana peppers, Jalapenos, Slicing tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes (Roma type), cherry tomatoes, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  If you are lucky you might snag one of her melons: Ambrosia or watermelon.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay:(organic practices)  Swiss chard, kale, and cherry tomatoes on the vine.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay:  No spray production.  Satsuma Plums:  These tiny gems have sweet jelly-like red flesh when ripe.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

Monday, July 18, 2022

TOMATOES AND WILD BLACKBERRIES HAVE ARRIVED

 How quickly the summer is progressing here at the orchard.  End of season peaches are starting to show some color.  Currently we are harvesting Gene Elberta, Fay Elberta, Delight, 49er and Bowen.    The white peaches will take a short break before the late white varieties begin.  Meanwhile, Sunnyslope Farm is bring us Suncrest peaches. These are sweet, juicy, flavorful peaches with characteristic red tinged flesh. 

Not many plums this year but we do have several varieties:  Santa Rosa, Laroda, Mariposa and Cassie. Lupi Farm is bringing Satsuma plums.  There are also Dapple Dandy Pluots available.

From our gardens and with the help of local farmers, we have a good selection of fresh vegetables all grown with organic practices in mind.  We are also trying to protect the grapes from the birds and rodents.  Wish us luck. See the list below for products.

In addition to the harvest, the orchard team is working to make the property fire resistant.  They are cleaning up brush and dry grass, but with drip irrigation, the orchard floor is tinder-dry, and with a little breeze, could go up in flames in a heartbeat.  Reminder: NO SMOKING on the property.  We are still finding discarded cigarette butts on the ground. 

Thank you for your support and helping to keep us safe.



REGULAR  SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY  10:00  TO  6:00

                            SUNDAY      11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Plums:

          Santa Rosa: Dark red purple skin over yellow flesh.  These are an all time favorite for their sweet tart burst of flavor and fragrance.

           Laroda:  Yellow-fleshed, sweet-tart plums with great flavor. 

           Mariposa:  Sweet red fleshed plum.

           Cassie:  Yellow fleshed plum with firm, crisp flesh. Sweet tart flavor.

Pluots:  Dapple Dandy:  greenish brown pink skin over pinkish orange flesh. Has a plum-apricot flavor from its parent fruits.

Valencia oranges:  These are great for juicing or just eating (limited supply).

Eureka lemons πŸ‹ these are sour (limited supply)

Yellow freestone peaches: πŸ‘

          Gene Elberta:  Yellow flesh, sweet and juicy. Great for eating out of hand and baking or canning.

           49er peach:  Skin with smooth red blush. Yellow, with sweet juicy flesh

           Delight:  A large yellow freestone peach.  Very juicy and sweet.

           Fay Elberta:  Sweet juicy freestone peach with melting flesh.

White freestone peaches:  (limited supply) 

           Sugar Lady:  Sweet and delicate. Can be eaten firm or soft.

           Babcock:  Heirloom peach variety. Delicate, sweet and juicy (limited supply).

           Silver Logan:  Sweet and juicy with a hint of tartness.

Cling peaches:

           Bowen:  This is a cling peach with firm sweet texture.  The firm flesh clings to the seed.  You must carve the flesh off the seed or just eat it out of hand.

Hachiya:  frozen persimmon pulp 

Gravenstein Apples:  Early season apples. Crisp, tangy and sweet. Great for cooking, baking, and drying (limited supply).

Wild blackberries:  Fantastic blackberry flavor from these little wild berries.  Juicy and sweet with small seeds.  The season is short, so don't delay.

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula  Lip Balm 

Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Yellow squash   

Japanese Eggplant:  small tender eggplant. Great for stir-fry or making pickles.

Garlic :  fresh and fragrant.

Tomatoes πŸ…(limited supply)

Asian cucumbers:  πŸ₯’Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.  Many people are enjoying eating them out of hand.  Just wash and take a bite.

Yellow wax beans: Use like green beans (limited supply).

Long beans:  long green beans, use like regular green beans. These are tender and cook quickly.

Buena Mulata hot peppers.

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

SunnyslopeFarm, Conventionally Grown in Granite Bay. πŸ‘ Suncrest yellow and red fleshed, freestone peaches.  These are big, juicy, sweet, and flavorful.  Very popular at our farmstand.  These peaches are the star of the novel "Epitaph to a Peach" by David Mas Masumoto.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, white bulb onions πŸ§…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers, 🌢 Anaheim peppers, Banana peppers, Jalapenos, Slicing tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes (Roma type), cherry tomatoes, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  We are also getting nectarines from WoodRose Garden.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay:(organic practices)  Swiss chard, kale, and cherry tomatoes on the vine.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay:  No spray production.  Satsuma Plums:  These tiny gems have sweet jelly-like red flesh when ripe.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

Monday, June 27, 2022

TIME FOR PEACHES

    Here we are at the beginning of July and the peak of the peach season is upon us.  Just in time for your July celebrations.  If you are a peach fan, don't wait till August to start buying peaches. The varieties are ripening one after another.  And we don't seem to have a large crop.  Procrastinators may miss out this year.  We are harvesting yellow freestone peaches:  Red Haven, June Pride, Frost and PF 11. We are harvesting white freestone peaches:  Sugar Lady, Babcock, and Silver Logan.  On the horizon are Suncrest, Gene Elbertas, Rio Oso Gem and Nectar.  

     Sunnyslope Farm is again filling the display with their beautiful, conventionally grown peaches.   They have Flavorcrest and June Pride. 

     The plum crop may also disappear for those who delay.  There are not many this year.  We currently have Santa Rosa and a few Satsuma, Black Amber, Frontier, and Laroda.  

       Ahaaa, fresh vegetables.  Squash and Japanese eggplants and Asian cucumbers from our gardens are starting to produce.   WoodRose Country Garden, organic registered, in Granite Bay  is supplying us with vegetables from their farm.  Their most unique item is purple potatoes.  Try them not just for their bright color but for their many health benefits.  We are also getting fresh organically grown kale and chard from Kijani Farm in Granite Bay.

         Many people are inquiring about tomatoes.  Slowly a few are coming into the farm stand. These gems of the season take a long time to mature.  It will be worth the wait.

         Although I grew up with several Gravenstein apple trees on the orchard, Gravenstein apples are often associated with Sebastopol in Sonoma County.  It is known for its sweet tangy honey flavor. It is great for making sauce or cider.  It makes a delicious pie when balanced with some sugar.  We have five young trees bringing us this old time flavor for those who would like to reminisce or try for the first time.



REGULAR  SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY  10:00  TO  6:00

                            SUNDAY      11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS





 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Plums:

          Santa Rosa: Dark red purple skin over yellow flesh.  These are an all time favorite for their sweet tart burst of flavor and fragrance.

          Satsuma: small, round, red fleshed sweet plum.

RED HAVEN

           Frontier:  dark purple skin with sweet red flesh.

            Laroda:  Yellow-fleshed, sweet-tart plums with great flavor.

Valencia oranges:  These are great for juicing or just eating.

Eureka lemons πŸ‹ these are sour

Yellow freestone peaches:

         Red Haven:  Great tasting sweet tart peach with a unique flavor.  It is juicy with a pleasing smooth texture. Good for fresh eating, desserts, canning and freezing.

         June Pride:  Intense sweet tart flavor with good fragrance and holds its texture.  Good for fresh eating, desserts, canning and freezing.

SUGAR LADY

         Frost:  This peach has a bluish yellow blush. It is sweet and very juicy.   It is one of the most cold hardy peach trees and that is how it got it's name.

         PF 11:  Bred in Michigan by horticulturalist Paul Friday.  This variety is  sweet tart with firm yellow red flesh.

          Suncrest:  Sweet and juicy. Flesh tends to be red.

White freestone peaches:

           Sugar Lady:  Sweet and delicate. Can be eaten firm or soft.

           Babcock:  Heirloom peach variety. Delicate, sweet and juicy (limited supply).

           Silver Logan:  Sweet and juicy with a hint of tartness.

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Gravenstein Apples:  Early season apples. Crisp, tangy and sweet. Great for cooking, baking, and drying. 

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

Summer Squash:  Zucchinis, Yellow squash

Japanese Eggplant

Garlic

Tomatoes (limited supply)

Asian cucumbers:  Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.

Yellow wax beans: Use like green beans (limited supply).

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

SunnyslopeFarm, Conventionally Grown in Granite Bay.  June Pride yellow fleshed, freestone peaches.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, white bulb onions πŸ§…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, bell peppers, 🌢 Anaheim peppers, Banana peppers, Jalapenos, summer squash, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  If you are lucky, there may be a tomato or two.  We are also getting nectarines and peaches from WoodRose Garden.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay:(organic practices)  Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, and red onions.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

 

Monday, June 13, 2022

A LITTLE EARLY THIS YEAR

 

          We have been connected to farming all of our lives.  We didn't earn the title of farm operator till 22 years ago.  Still, every year is like no other we can remember.  Each year there are surprises and differences.  When people ask about crops I am learning to add that every year is different and I can't reliably predict.  I thought things were going to mature later than usual this year but as it turns out, early fruit was a bit earlier. We have already finished 4 varieties of early peaches and about ready to start the mid season peaches.  Suddenly there is the fragrance of Santa Rosa plums filling the air in the farm stand. Santa Rosas don't usually come on till mid June. 

       Check out our Facebook page:  Chris Otoworchard

       Mid season peaches:  Flavorcrest, Red Haven and Regina are getting some color.  We are now selling Flavorcrest peaches in the farm stand.  These are firm crisp yellow freestone peaches. They  have red skin and good flavor. As you wait they get sweeter and juicier.

        Also a little early are the apricots.  The large round Robada apricots came and are now gone.  We seem to have a decent crop of Royal Blenheim apricots.  Although small in size, they are big in flavor, juicy and sweet.  A popular heirloom variety.

        Citrus fruit are still available in the farm stand.  We have both white and pink grapefruit, Eureka lemons, and Valencia oranges,  all are great for juicing.

        Our tomatoes will not be ready till July. The vines are growing but the fruit is still green.  Sungold cherry tomatoes are starting to color. Hope to have a basket of them by mid June. 

       WoodRose Country Garden is a step ahead of us in the tomato department.  Start looking for her tomatoes in a week. She is currently bringing us summer squash, potatoes, onions, herbs, basil,  peas and beans.



       

          

REGULAR  SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY  10:00  TO  6:00

SUNDAY                           11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS




  Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Plums:  Santa Rosa: Dark red purple skin over yellow flesh.  These are an all time favorite for their sweet tart burst of flavor and fragrance.

Apricots:  Royal: small and flavorful

Valencia oranges:  These are great for juicing or just eating.

Yellow grapefruit :  sweet tart and very flavorful

Eureka lemons πŸ‹ these are sour

Peaches:  Flavorcrest a sweet, firm yellow freestone peach.

Hachiya:  frozen pulp

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis (organic certified): Pink grapefruit.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, beans, snow peas, πŸ₯¬lettuce, white bulb onions πŸ§…, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  If you are lucky, there may be a tomato or two.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

 

Monday, May 23, 2022

STARTING OUT SLOWLY

        Starting in June we will return to our regular hours. Please keep checking our hours as they may fluctuate depending on the availability of personnel.  By the way, we are still looking for someone to work in and around the farm stand.  If interested in this position, please contact us.

        The Ume, Japanese sour plum, harvest is starting to wind down.  Please let us know if you need any this year. The ume look cleaner and larger this year but the crop is not so big.  We also have smaller speckled ume from a no spray farm in Loomis and small conventional ume from a Granite Bay farm.

        It is just a tease. We have a few peaches.  They may be gone before you know it.  Spring Rose, an early white peach, had a very short harvest.  Sold out quickly.  We are harvesting Springcrest and Maycrest now  Both are yellow fleshed early peaches. We should have a limited supply for about a week.  I am hoping we have a small but decent crop of Junecrest. Then we will have to wait till the Flavorcrest, Regina and Red Haven start to mature about mid June.

        We are waiting patiently for  Loquat to ripen adequately.  Loquat are a subtopical fruit that ripens in late spring.  It is only about an inch in diameter  and orange in color.  Between the downy skin and the large seeds is juicy sweet sour flesh.  So refreshing after a winter absent of fleshy fruit.  Their season is starting and so far we have only picked a few.

        On the horizon are apricots, figs and summer squash.

        WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay is supplying us with vegetables. Lately it has been lettuce, spinach, beans, peas, onions, potatoes, and herbs. There is a rumor that their tomatoes will be early.

        Our own gardens are off to a slow start. Please be patient. They are just getting their roots established.  This summer we should be feeding you squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, okra and peppers.



REGULAR  SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY  10:00  TO6:00

SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                           11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS






  Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Valencia oranges (limited supply) for juicing or just eating.

Yellow grapefruit :  sweet tart and very flavorful

Eureka lemons πŸ‹ these are sour

Peaches:  Junecrest, Springcrest and Maycrest:  yellow freestone

Loquat:  one inch orange, subtropical fruit. Sweet sour flesh between downy skin and large seed. (limited supply)

Red Beaut plums: yellow fleshed early plum. (limited supply)

Robada apricots: Large firm apricot with a red blush and aromatic (limited supply)

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Ume:  Japanese sour plums. These need to be processed with sugar, salt, honey or alcohol.       

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis (organic certified): Pink grapefruit.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, beans, snow peas, πŸ₯¬lettuce, arugula, spinach, white bulb onions πŸ§…, green onions, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme. 

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

UME SEASON

         Mid April freeze defined the outcome for many crops this year.  We see damage in some of the apples, grapes, plums and  persimmons.  There are no mulberries and no early apricots. With cool early morning temperatures we are just now getting our summer vegetable crops in the ground.  It's a slow start but maybe the production will last longer  into the fall.

         However little, recent rains 🌧 have been welcome.  The moisture has allowed us to reduce hours of irrigation and the cooler  temperature has reduced moisture loss due to evaporation.   Some areas received hail damage.  We managed to dodge a severe hail storm so far.

        The workers are now thinning Asian pears.  They are also busy weed eating around the base of trees.  Weeds are happy with the rain we have been getting.  We would like to get out and mow the row middles but that will have to wait till the tractor gets repaired. If you come for a walk in the orchard you will notice that we  have a healthy crop of weeds. πŸ™

        We are now watching the loquat slowly coloring.  They are a pale yellow, not quite ready for harvest.

         Ume (sour Japanese plum) is getting some size and a little less green.  The crop is lighter than last year.  Ume is used in Asian cultures to make pickles, jam, or flavorings for drinks. If you want ume, please let us know very soon so we can add you to our list.  Call us at (916) 300 0720 or send us an email at otoworchard@yahoo.com.  We may possibly get some ume from other producers.

        Vegetables have started to come in from WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay.  This is a neighborhood farm that uses organic practices.   She is bringing us fresh potatoes, spinach, beans, peas, lettuce, arugula, and herbs.  Come check it out.

        Not too cold, not too hot, and just the right amount of sunlight.  This makes for happy hens that are glad to produce eggs.  If eggs have a season, it is now.  La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis has beautiful fresh brown eggs to show off.  Hope you will try a dozen.

        We are still looking for a part time worker.  If you know of a student, retired person, or someone who needs a little spending money we would love to interview him or her.  The job description is listed in the previous blog entry below. April 25. 2022.


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY  11:30 TO 1:30

FRIDAY, SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                           11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Since we are often at the farm anyway, you may call us to arrange for other times. 

Farm Stand:      (916) 791-1656

Mobile phone:   (916) 300-0720


  Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard

Valencia oranges (limited supply)

Yellow grapefruit

Eureka lemons πŸ‹

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Ume (pre orders only)        

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis (organic certified): Pink grapefruit.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Potatoes, beans, snow peas, πŸ₯¬lettuce, arugula, spinach, white bulb onions πŸ§…, green onions, cilantro, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

La Bella Vito Farm is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

Monday, April 25, 2022

HELP WANTED

 

HELP WANTED

Job Posting: Temporary position, June to September 2022

Otow Orchard, 6232 Eureka Rd. Granite Bay

10 to 20 hrs. per week (hours vary by the season) $14 to $15 per hr.

Otow Orchard is a direct-to-consumer farm market. Personal contact with and respect for customers is important to building our business and our community. Produce is grown without sprays or chemical fertilizers. Harvest occurs when produce is mature and at its peak. We support local feeding programs and area farms.

We are looking for an honest, reliable, hardworking, self-directed individual who has an interest in growing good food. This is an opportunity to work day to day on a farm and learn about our crops and methods.

Job Title: Farm stand and produce associate

Job description:

Assist in farm stand marketing and sales.

Cleaning, inspecting, and restocking the display.

Maintain and clean the fruit stand area and farm yard.

Sorting produce for quality and distribution.

Harvest, irrigate and help maintain vegetable garden.

Build positive relationships with customers and coworkers.

Assignments may require use of hand tools and power tools.

Seasonally and with experience, the job description will change as needed.


Responsibilities:

Work safely and ask for help when needed.

Follow heat stress and food safety guidelines.

Be observant and report or take care of things that are out of line.

Clean up and put away tools and equipment.

Make good use of time.


Requirements:

Reliable transportation.

Commute less than 10 miles.

Be able to safely lift 40 pounds.

Work during extremes of weather: hot, cold, wet, dry.

Dependable attendance.

COVID vaccinated and boosted.

Good math basics.

Good communication skills (listening and speaking).


Please submit resume and inquiries in person or through email: otoworchard@yahoo.com

before May 24, 2022.






 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

LITTLE GREEN FRUITLETS

      Many little green fruitlets are now visible in the orchard. I have seen  plum, plout, peach, fig, apple and Asian pears.  We are starting to thin peaches, plums and pluots to get better size and quality.  It is a tedious and important task.  I like to stand on a ladder and listen to the "plink plink" sound the fruitlets make as they bounce off the aluminum ladder.

 

     We were tempted but glad we didn't.  The weather has been warming up so we thought about planting vegetables.  With the few cold mornimg we have been having, it would have been a sad start for them.  Hopefully we soon will be getting tomatoes, eggplants and  peppers  in the ground.  Also we will be seeding squash, cucumbers, beans, and okra.

 

      We are watching the ume, " Japanese pickling plum" slowly grow. If we can dodge hail and freezing weather for the next month, we will have a medium size crop.   If you want to reserve ume, please call us at (916) 791-1656 or email us at otoworchard@yahoo.com

GREEN UME
Sadly, this 100 year old tree will not produce ume again.

 

 


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY  11:30 TO 1:30

FRIDAY, SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                           11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Since we are often at the farm anyway, you may call us to arrange for other times. 

Farm Stand:      (916) 791-1656

Mobile phone:   (916) 300-0720


  Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Kiwi

Yellow grapefruit 

Eureka lemons πŸ‹

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Cilantro         

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis is an organic certified orchard.  They are bringing us Pink grapefruit and Limequats.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: No spray Meyer Lemons, πŸ‹ known for flavor and fragrance. These lemons are less tart than regular lemons, with floral fragrance and bright taste.   Great for adding to your water or tea. Can also be used in salad dressings and sauces.

WoodRose Country Gardens  in Granite Bay:  πŸ₯• Organic carrots.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝.

Jams πŸ‘ from the Good Stuff. We currently have Quince Marmalade. 

La Bella Vito Farm is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

PREPARING FOR SUMMER

       This time of year we get a little rest.  We are at the orchard every day but the hours are shorter.  Time is spent preparing the orchard and gardens for the pending crop, repairing, cleaning, and upgrading.   I am trying to insulate the ceiling in our cool room. A very frustrating task since I am not very tall and the room refuses to be square and plum. After hours of You Tube viewing, Tosh is converting fluorescent lights to LED lights.

       Summer fruit trees have bloomed.  We see little fruitlets  growing in the shelter of a dried blossom.  They grow quickly and we will soon be busy thinning down the crop so the remaining fruit are larger. Also we can remove the odd shaped  and smaller fruit.  We hope we can visit each tree  one time but if there is hail or a freeze we should return to remove damaged fruit.  

        Since the trees have woken up, we have started to irrigate.  We are thankful for the few rain storms we got in March.  A very welcome feeling.  Unfortunately not enough.  The trees need the water to survive and produce fruit.

       The hot house is nurturing vegetable plant starts.  We have started tomatoes, peppers and eggplants for our summer gardens. Many of the tomatoes have been transplanted from little seedling trays to 4 inch pots.  With the mild nights these plants spend day and night outside and are getting used to the outdoor elements.  As the days warm up we will begin direct seeding squash, beans, cucumbers and okra.

        Spring vegetables may start arriving in a couple weeks.  We look forward to carrots, peas, and potatoes from RoseWood Country Garden in Granite Bay. 

 

SLOW SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY  11:30 TO 1:30

FRIDAY, SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                                                 11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Since we are often at the farm anyway, you may call us to arrange for other times. 

Farm Stand:      (916) 791-1656

Mobile phone:   (916) 300-0720


 

 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Kiwi

Yellow grapefruit 

Eureka lemons πŸ‹

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Cilantro         

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis is an organic certified orchard.  They are bringing us Pink grapefruit and Limequats.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: No spray Meyer Lemons, πŸ‹ known for flavor and fragrance. These lemons are less tart than regular lemons, with floral fragrance and bright taste.   Great for adding to your water or tea. Can also be used in salad dressings and sauces.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝. 

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Jams πŸ‘ from the Good Stuff. We currently have Quince Marmalade. 

La Bella Vito Farm is bringing us freshπŸ₯š eggs from pastured πŸ”πŸ”chickens.





 

Monday, February 21, 2022

BLOSSOMS ANNOUNCE THE START OF A NEW SEASON

    Where is the rain, you know,  the wet stuff?  The coming season of produce really needs rain.  Not just rain but a snow pack up in the mountains would be a nice way to start the irrigation season.  We would like to wait another month before starting to irrigate but mother nature has to helps us out.  


     The Orchard is just starting to come alive.  Plum trees are in full bloom. Their branches are full of snow white blossoms.  Soon they will be followed by the pink blossoms of peach apricot and nectarine.  It is a nice time of year to view the blossoms if you want to go for a walk in the orchard.


     Out in the orchard  the stone fruit and pome fruit trees have been pruned and much of the prunings have been chopped up to return to the soil.  The persimmon pruning is still in the process. With the warm weather the orchard floor is greening up.  It looks beautiful but we know there are many competitive weeds in the mix.  Vetch is a mixed blessing.  While it is often recommended to fix nitrogen in the soil, it loves to grow  up the trunk and into the branches. We have to watch it carefully so we can get just the right benefit before it chokes the tree.  It is the time of year to think about grafting and planting new trees.  No new trees are going in this year.  We are looking at old trees and trees with suckers and trees that are not producing.  Some of these will be prepared for grafting. Usually we graft varieties that can no longer be found in the nursery. By grafting these varieties can be preserved.

 

      We are cleaning up our vegetable gardens and starting to add mulch. The first tray of tomato seeds is starting to germinate in the hot house.   I see 43 tiny tomato plants pushing their way out of the soil and spreading their leaves. We will keep planting more seeds for the next couple weeks.  As the weather warms we will start eggplant and pepper plants.


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY  11:30 TO 1:30

FRIDAY, SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                                                 11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Since we are often at the farm anyway, you may call us to arrange for other times. 

Farm Stand:      (916) 791-1656

Mobile phone:   (916) 300-0720


 

 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi. These pears are mildly sweet, juicy, and crisp. They are good keepers.

Blood Oranges:  limited supply

Kiwi

Yellow grapefruit 

Eureka lemons πŸ‹

Hachiya:  frozen pulp          
 

Hoshigaki: Tender and moist dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface. These were hand massaged and dried slowly for 4 to 8 weeks. (limited supply)

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Stoney Point Orchard in Loomis is an organic certified orchard.  They are bringing us Pink grapefruit and Limequats.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: No spray Meyer Lemons, πŸ‹ known for flavor and fragrance. These lemons are less tart than regular lemons, with floral fragrance and bright taste.   Great for adding to your water or tea. Can also be used in salad dressings and sauces.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝. 

Jams πŸ‘ from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum, and Quince Marmalade.


Sunday, January 30, 2022

SLOW SEASON HOURS

 The orchard is sleeping, it is preparing for the 2022 season. What it will produce depends on how much sleep it gets in the winter months.  We are reducing our farm stand hours till around mid May. That is when the early peaches, and loquat start to color.

 

SLOW SEASON HOURS:

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY  11:30 TO 1:30

FRIDAY, SATURDAY                              10:00 TO 6:00

SUNDAY                                                 11:00 TO 5:00

CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Since we are often at the farm anyway, you may call us to arrange for other times. 

Farm Stand:      (916) 791-1656

Mobile phone:   (916) 300-0720


 

 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi. These pears are mildly sweet, juicy, and crisp. They are good keepers. 

Navel Oranges: limited supply

Blood Oranges:  limited supply

Clementine Mandarins:  limited supply

Apples:  🍎 Fuji  (limited supply)

Quince: Yellow fruit in the pear/apple family. Seldom eaten raw. It can be baked like apples or sauced like apples. High in pectin, they are often used for jelly and Dulce de Membrillo (Quince candy). Naturally sour but full of aroma and flavor, can be added to stews.

Hachiya:  frozen pulp          


Hoshigaki: Tender and moist dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface. These were hand massaged and dried slowly for 4 to 8 weeks. (limited supply)

Winter squash:  Black Futsu and Kabocha. (Limited supply.)

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: No spray Meyer Lemons, πŸ‹ known for flavor and fragrance. These lemons are less tart than regular lemons, with floral fragrance and bright taste.   Great for adding to your water or tea. Can also be used in salad dressings and sauces.

Mihara Farm in Newcastle:  Kiwi

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝. 

Jams πŸ‘ from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum, Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Fig Orange Brandy, Pepper Pomegranate, Chili Blackberry and Quince Marmalade.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

COOLER WEATHER

           We are transitioning into the needs of another year:  pruning, cleaning up the orchard, cleaning up the hoshigaki rooms, ordering seeds, sorting old boxes, cleaning buckets, repairing equipment, etc.  Most of the orchard is dormant.  Leaves have fallen, branches are bare. Garden debris is waiting to be removed or has been incorporated.  Yet, here and there in the orchard we see a citrus tree preparing for harvest or a Japanese apricot tree pushing pink or white blossoms.  So the cycle continues.

       In the citrus department we have a few Satsuma and Clementine Mandarins, and some Navel and Blood Oranges.  We are waiting for Eureka lemons and yellow grapefruit.  Lupi farm in Granite Bay is bringing us bright yellow Meyer Lemons.

HOURS:

 Tues. through Sat. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 Sunday 11 am to 5 pm 

 Closed on Mondays

 

 

 Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi. These pears are mildly sweet, juicy, and crisp. They are good keepers. 

Apples:  🍎 Fuji  (limited supply)

Quince: Yellow fruit in the pear/apple family. Seldom eaten raw. It can be baked like apples or sauced like apples. High in pectin, they are often used for jelly and Dulce de Membrillo (Quince candy). Naturally sour but full of aroma and flavor, can be added to stews.

Red Pomegranates: These pomegranates have dark red arils that are sweet and tangy. A brilliant taste. (limited supply)

Persimmons:

Hachiya:  frozen pulp          

 

Hoshigaki: Tender and moist dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface. These were hand massaged and dried slowly for 4 to 8 weeks. 

Winter squash:  Black Futsu and Kabocha. (Limited supply.)

Pecans

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: No spray Meyer Lemons, πŸ‹ known for flavor and fragrance. These lemons are less tart than regular lemons, with floral fragrance and bright taste.   Great for adding to your water or tea. Can also be used in salad dressings and sauces.

Mihara Farm in Newcastle:  Kiwi

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey🍯. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax 🐝. 

Two Feather Farm: πŸ”πŸ₯š Eggs. (Extremely limited supply. As the days lengthen, we will begin to see egg production go up. The height of production is usually March, April and May.)

Jams πŸ‘ from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum, Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Fig Brandy, Pepper Pomegranate, Chili Blackberry and Quince Marmalade.

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