Monday, August 30, 2021

FALL RUNNING INTO SUMMER


 

It has been a hot summer. We are not quite to fall but the crops think that it is fall. It seems that the hot weather has pushed everything forward. Our farm stand still has peaches, plums. tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but we are also featuring apples, Asian pears, grapes and winter squash.

Out in the orchard there is still another variety of peaches to harvest. We are waiting for them to turn from green to orange and red. Also we are starting to see some orange color on some of the persimmons. 

 

MODIFIED HOURS SEPT 24 TO SEPT 29 ONLY.

FRIDAY               SEPT 24         10AM TO 4 PM

SATURDAY         SEPT 25         10 AM TO 4 PM

SUNDAY             SEPT 26            CLOSED

MONDAY            SEPT 27            CLOSED

TUESDAY           SEPT 28         10 AM TO 4 PM

WEDNESDAY     SEPT 29         10AM  TO 4 PM

       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hot weather makes shipping Hoshigaki through mail order a bit risky.  For mail order, it's best to contact us for a discussion of the possibilities.



 
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:

Yellow Freestone πŸ‘ Peaches:  O'Henry,  Rio Oso Gem,

Cling Peaches:   Volunteer

Kelsey plums:  These are plums with green skin but amazingly sweet.

Laroda plums:  Dark skinned plums can be enjoyed firm or when getting soft. Great flavor and juicy.

Elephant Heart:  Red Fleshed plums

Eldorado:  Yellow fleshed plums that are sweet when eaten firm

Cassselman: Fresh, crisp texture, sweet and good flavor.

Empress: Sweet European plum.  Sometimes used for baking.

Grapes:  Kyoho, Red Purlett, Thompson seedless.

Asian Pears:  Yellow: 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki).  Brown: Hosui, Yoi These pears are sweet, juicy, and crisp

European pears: D'Anjou

Figs:  Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Panache.

Apples:  Gala,  Red Delicious

Jujube:  Sugar Cane(limited supply)

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.

Vegetables:    Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, summer squash, long beans, okra, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, chilies, shishito peppers, Asian eggplants, Italian eggplants, tomatillos, and Garlic.  Winter squash: Kabocha and Delicata

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:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: Melons, πŸ₯— zucchini, Anaheim chiles, jalapenos, πŸ…, San Marzano paste tomatoes, beans, eggplant, bell peppers, white onions, garlic, basil, 🌿rosemary, oregano, and thyme.

Sunnyslope Farm: Yellow freestone peaches:  O'Henry

Lupi Farm: Black Mission Figs

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

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is slowing down.  The hens think it is getting too warm.  🌞

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

Monday, July 26, 2021

HEAT OF THE SUMMER

We are hoping for moderate summer days and cool nights. Rain might impact the peach crop but nonetheless  would be welcome for the thirsty earth.

       We are currently selling white peaches, yellow peaches, cling peaches, nectarines, grapes and several varieties of plums.  Many vegetables are also available.  There are tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sauce tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, basil, herbs, okra, beans, onions and garlic.


I am updating this blog entry but not changing the pictures.  See the listing below for addition of new products: figs, Asian pears, apples, grapes.





      Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hot weather makes shipping Hoshigaki through mail order a bit risky.  For mail order, it's best to contact us for a discussion of the possibilities.



 
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:

Yellow Freestone πŸ‘ Peaches:  49er, Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem,
Gene Elberta,

White Freeestone Peaches: Paradise, Opale. Sweet, juicy, white freestone peaches.

Cling Peaches:   Bowen

Nectarines: Fantasia (limited supply)

Santa Rosa plums:  These plums are known for their amazing flavor and fragrance.  They are sweet tart and as the season goes on they become red fleshed, juicy and sweet.

Burgundy plums: Firm, dark skinned, and red fleshed. Very little tartness  in the skin. They are sweet and tasty.

Frontier plums:  When they show give to pressure they will be sweet, juicy and red fleshed.

Kelsey plums:  These are plums with green skin but amazingly sweet.

Laroda plums:  Dark skinned plums can be enjoyed firm or when getting soft. Great flavor and juicy.

Cassie Plums:  A firm, yellow fleshed plum that sparkles when you bite into it.

Dapple Dandy Pluot: Molted pink skin with sweet juicy flesh.

Flavorqueen Pluot:  Yellow flesh and sweet. (limited supply)

Grapes:  Kyoho, Red Purlett, Thompson seedless.

Asian Pears:  Yellow: 20th Century (Nijuseki), New Century (Shinseki).  Brown: Hosui .  These pears are sweet, juicy, and crisp.

Figs:  Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Penache.

Apples:  Gala, Gravenstein (limited supply).

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.

Vegetables:    Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers,  summer squash, long beans, okra, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, chilies, shishito peppers, Asian eggplants

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:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: πŸ₯— zucchini, Anaheim chiles, jalapenos, tomatoes πŸ…, San Marzano paste tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, bell peppers, white onions, basil, 🌿rosemary, oregano, and thyme.

Sunnyslope Farm: Yellow freestone peaches: Elbertas

Sunnyslope Farm:  Gala Apples

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

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  Bulk Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is slowing down.  The hens think it is getting too warm.  🌞

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



Thursday, July 8, 2021

JULY PRODUCE

       Hot summer days are hurrying the season along.  Peach varieties seem to be ripening more quickly than in the past. Don't delay or you may miss out this year. Vine ripened Tomatoes  are starting to pour into our farm stand.  These tomatoes are sweet, juicy, flavorful and have a sturdy texture.

       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hot weather makes shipping Hoshigaki through mail order a bit risky.  For mail order, it's best to contact us for a discussion of the possibilities.



 
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:

πŸ‘ Peaches:  Flavorcrest, Red Haven, Regina, PF 11, June Pride. These are yellow freestone peaches. 

White Peaches: Sugar Lady, Nectar, Silver Logan.  Sweet, juicy, white freestone peaches.

Santa Rosa plums:  These plums are known for their amazing flavor and fragrance.  They are sweet tart and as the season goes on they become red fleshed, juicy and sweet.

Burgundy plums: Firm, dark skinned, and red fleshed. Very little tartness  in the skin. They are sweet and tasty.

Frontier plums:  When they show give to pressure they will be sweet, juicy and red fleshed.

Satsuma plums:  As they ripen they become red fleshed and sweet.  As they soften the interior takes on the appearance of jelly.

Pluots:  Dapple Dandy

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.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Valencia Oranges:  Juicing oranges, also good for just peeling and eating.

Vegetables:    Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, summer squash, long beans, okra, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes,

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:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: πŸ₯— zucchini, crookneck squash, Anaheim chiles, jalapenos, tomatoes πŸ…, San Marzano paste tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, white onions, basil, 🌿rosemary, Greek oregano, and thyme, cantalope,and garlic.  She will be adding more to her offerings this summer.

Sunnyslope Farm: Yellow freestone peaches:  Flavorcrest and June Pride.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝, and Honey.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is slowing down.  The hens think it is getting too warm.  🌞

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

Monday, June 21, 2021

GET READY FOR PEACHES

Our early peach varieties are finished.  There is a little break in our peach harvest.  By the end of June we will be harvesting middle season peaches: Flavorcrest, Red Haven, and Regina.  We hope to have white peaches after the fourth of July.

      Meanwhile Santa Rosa plums are starting to ripen.  With them come a delicious fragrance in our fruit stand on harvest days. Santa Rosas have tartness in their skin that is overwhelmed by its flavor, fragrance and sweetness. There is a reason this one of the most popular heirloom varieties.  These red plums start off with amber flesh, and as they mature the skin turns dark purple and the flesh becomes redder, all the while developing more juicy flavor and sweetness.

     Now and then we will have the breba crop of figs.  This is a small early crop of figs.  Both the black mission and brown turkey varieties are coming into the farm stand.  If you miss out on these early figs, they will be back at the end of July for their second crop of the summer.

      This is a good year for apricots on our orchard.  There is both Royal Blenheim and Patterson apricots. Both are good for eating, baking and making jam.

A future tractor driver.
       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hot weather makes shipping Hoshigaki through mail order a bit risky.  For mail order, it's best to call us for a discussion of the possibilities.

Peaches are great!


 

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:

πŸ‘ Peaches:  Flavorcrest, Red Haven, Regina. These are yellow freestone peaches.

Apricots:  Royal Blenheim apricots are an heirloom variety known for their great sweet tart flavor.  Patterson apricots have a delicate sweet flavor and hold their color and shape when cooking.  

Santa Rosa plums:  These plums are known for their amazing flavor and fragrance.  They are sweet tart and as the season goes on they become red fleshed, juicy and sweet

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.

Loquat:  These small orange fruit are sweet with peach-like texture.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Valencia Oranges:  Juicing oranges, also good for just peeling and eating.

Vegetables:    Asian cucumbers, Summer squash.

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:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: πŸ₯— zucchini, crookneck squash, cabbage, Anaheim chiles, tomatoes πŸ…, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, potatoes, white onions, basil, 🌿rosemary, Greek oregano, and thyme.  She will be adding more to her offerings this summer.

Sunnyslope Farm: Yellow freestone Flavorcrest peaches

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝, and Honey.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is slowing down.  The hens think it is getting too warm.  🌞

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

 


 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

EARLY SEASON PEACHES

       Early season peaches are starting.  We have a small offering of Springcrest, Junecrest and Maycrest peaches.  Sunnyslope Farm is bringing us Bon Jour.  These are all yellow freestone varieties.  They are all smaller in size and a little stubborn to release from the pit.  Their sweetness and flavor are mild.  But hey, its a real peach.  Great peaches will soon be here, don't miss out.

       The vegetable department is happy to welcome WoodRose Country Garden.  These products are locally grown in Granite Bay using organic practices.  Currently she is supplying us with cabbage, squash, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, potatoes, white onions, chilies, basil, rosemary, Greek oregano, and thyme.  She will be adding more to her offerings this summer.

       Mulberries are slowing down and are usually only available by pre ordering. 

       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hot weather makes shipping Hoshigaki through mail order a bit risky.  For mail order, it's best to call us for a discussion of the possibilities.

       REMINDER:  We will be closed on Saturday June 12 for a wedding reception. Please plan around this date.  We will be open Friday and Sunday with our normal hours.

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:

πŸ‘ early season peaches:  Springcrest, Maycrest, Junecrest

Royal Blenheim apricots:  small but mighty in flavor. (limited supply)

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.

Loquat:  These small orange fruit are sweet with peach-like texture.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Valencia Oranges:  Juicing oranges, also good for just peeling and eating.

Pakistani Mulberries: Long, dark, juicy and sweet. Often only available through preorders.

Red Beaut plums:  red skin with yellow flesh.

Flavorrosa pluots: dark skin with red flesh.

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Lip Balm


Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: πŸ₯— zucchini, crookneck squash, cabbage, Anaheim chiles, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, potatoes, white onions, basil, rosemary, Greek oregano, and thyme.  She will be adding more to her offerings this summer.

Sunnyslope Farm: Yellow freestone Bon Jour peaches

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝, and Honey.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is slowing down.  The hens think it is getting too warm.  🌞

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

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

REGULAR HOURS

      A few fruit are starting to get some color.  Our farm stand is starting to expand its display.  And it is time to move back to our regular hours. 

Tuesday through Saturday        10am to 6pm

                            Sunday           11am to 5pm

                            CLOSED  ON  MONDAYS

      Please take note: we will be closed on Saturday June 12 for a wedding reception.    Please plan around this date. 



      Robada apricots and Spring Rose white peaches are just giving us a tease. At this point we are picking them firm to avoid bird damage.  We suggest people leave them on the counter for a day or three before eating.

      Mulberries are slowing down and are usually only available by pre ordering.  

      WoodRose Country Garden keeps surprising us. We are now getting snow peas, Anaheim chilies, zucchini, spring onions, cabbage, basil, and amazing Greek oregano.

       A few people are busy processing and preparing our ume, Japanese sour plums. Although our ume sold out, I am continuing to sell ume produced on a local conventional farm.

       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hoshigaki is also available thru mail order.  Use the 2020 mail order form to get ordering information.


HOURS:

Tues. through Sat.      10:00  am to 6:00 pm           
 
          Sunday         11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays


        Please take note: we will be closed on Saturday June 12 for a wedding reception.    Please plan around this date.  

 

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

Spring Rose :  πŸ‘ early season white peach 

Robada:  early season apricot

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.

Loquat:  These small orange fruit are sweet with peach-like texture.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Valencia Oranges:  Juicing oranges, also good for just peeling and eating.

Pakistani Mulberries: Long, dark, juicy and sweet.

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Lip Balm


Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: πŸ₯— basil, Greek oregano, zucchini, cabbage, snow peas, Anaheim chiles, and spring onions.

Sunnyslope Farm:  Ume, Japanese sour plums.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝, and Honey.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is up.  The hens are well rested and are happy with warmer weather and longer days. 🌞

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

 


 

Friday, May 14, 2021

MULBERRIES

       The mulberry trees are quite happy this year.  They are producing a nice crop at the moment. Our Pakistani mulberries are a long, dark, sweet and juicy fruit that grow on a trees.  These berries are so delicate that they are difficult to market through a middle man, for the best berries you have to come to the source.  I recommend people call ahead to reserve mulberries for the day they will be picking them up.




       We are starting to harvest ume, Japanese sour plums. Please call (916) 791-1656 or email:  otoworchard@yahoo.com to order or for questions.  See the entry below for April 7, 2021 for more detail and mail order instructions.

Salted Ume drying in the shade.

       Hoshigaki, dried persimmons, are available in the farm stand.  On warm days you may need to ask for them.  We have to keep them in a cool place so they don't melt.  Hoshigaki is also available thru mail order.  Use the 2020 mail order form to get ordering information.

      WoodRose Country Garden is bringing us lettuce, cabbage, snow peas and spring onions.

      Most trees are showing a good crop.  Loquat, peach, plum, and apricot are on the horizon.  But not yet. Please be patient.

      We are hosting a family wedding reception on Saturday June 12, 2021.  The Farm Stand WILL BE CLOSED.  Please plan around that date so the family can more fully participate in this event.

      Our hours have continued to be abbreviated.  As we begin to offer more product we will increase our hours.

SLOW SEASON HOURS:

Tues, Wed, and Thurs      11:30  am to 1:30 pm
 
Friday and Saturday        10 am to 6 pm           
 
          Sunday         11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays


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

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.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Valencia Oranges:  Juicing oranges, also good for just peeling and eating.

Pakistani Mulberries: Long, dark, juicy and sweet.

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Lip Balm


Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: Fresh πŸ₯— Romaine Lettuce, Red Romaine, Red Leaf Lettuce, basil, Greek oregano, cabbage, snow peas, and spring onions.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝, and Honey.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw. 

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is up.  The hens are well rested and are happy with warmer weather and longer days. 🌞

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

Saturday, April 24, 2021

GIVE US ANOTHER MONTH

Immature ume

 

Immature Loquat
       Customers are coming to the orchard asking for peaches, plums, loquat and mulberries.  I tell them "Give us another month."  These future crops look good for now but are still very green and small.  We are still in danger of damage from a a hail storm or a late freeze.  Rain however would still be welcome.

 I am taking orders for ume, Japanese sour plums. Please see the April 7, 2021 entry below for ume details. Looks like the harvest will be from mid May through June.  Please call (916)791-1656 or email: otoworchard@yahoo.com  if you will be picking up your order at the orchard. 

For mail orders, please use page 2 of the 2020 Mail Order form to send us your order information and check.  We ship 8 pounds of ume in a USPS priority mail box.  The cost is $111 per box.  This includes shipping and handling.


       Hoshigaki is available at the farm stand.   With the temperature rising, we are keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer.   The time is coming when temperatures will affect the quality of hoshigaki sent by mail.  At this time we can still send them. Please use our mail order form if you want to order hoshigaki through the mail.


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

Tues, Wed, and Thurs      11:30  am to 1:30 pm
 
Friday and Saturday        10 am to 6 pm           
 
          Sunday         11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays


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

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.

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Dehydrated peaches

Herbs: fresh mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage



Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: Fresh πŸ₯— Romaine Lettuce, Red Romaine. Red Leaf Lettuce, Butter Crunch Lettuce, cauliflower and green onions.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax. 🐝

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw.

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is up.  The hens are well rested and are happy with warmer weather and longer days. 🌞

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

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

UME, GRAPEFRUIT, LEMONS AND HOSHIGAKI

        We are still in our slow season with modified hours. The farm stand is offering grapefruit, lemons, hoshigaki, eggs, jams and honey.  As the pandemic restrictions relax we are allowing a few small groups to walk in the orchard.

    It's time to think about ume, Japanese sour plums, which look more like apricots.  Whether processing with salt, sugar, alcohol or honey, it is a challenge.  If you are interested in ordering ume, please read carefully.  There is quite a bit of fruit hanging on the trees but there is also a lot of damaged fruit.  Wind, rain and hail blemished most of the fruit.  I will not be highly grading the ume this year. We will sell a modified field run grade (what we pick off the tree will be sold with


minimal sorting).  I have used blemished ume for my own purposes in the past.  The spots are mostly superficial with no effect on the taste. At this time the ume is still immature.  We will possibly harvest
from the end of April through mid-June.  If you will be picking up your order at the farm please call ahead so we can put your name on the list and prepare your order as the harvest proceeds.  For Mail orders, please use page 2 of the 2020 Mail Order form to send us your order information and check.  We ship 8 pounds of ume in a USPS priority mail box.  The cost is $111 per box.  This includes shipping and handling.

       Please keep checking this page on our web site for updates on ume.  We will let you know if we get conventional ume from other local producers. Give us a call or send an email if you have any questions.

       This has once again been a dry winter.  We are checking the irrigation system for maintenance and leaks.  All too soon we will have to start watering the trees.  Fruit thinning is just around the corner.  I can already see very small peaches and plums on the trees.

        We continue to process and sell hoshigaki, dried persimmons. These can be purchased at the farm or by sending us a mail order form.

Slow Season Hours started March 2, 2021.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours remain the same.  But Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday hours are changed to 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you need to stop by outside of these hours you are welcome to contact us since we are often at the farm somewhere.   If we are near the farm stand we will answer the land line: (916) 791-1656. If we are out in the orchard or garden it is best to text or leave a message on my cell phone since I do not answer unrecognized calls.  (916) 300-0720.


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

Tues, Wed, and Thurs      11:30  am to 1:30 pm
 
Friday and Saturday        10 am to 6 pm           
 
          Sunday         11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays


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

Hachiya persimmon pulp:   Frozen.  Used for  fresh eating and baking.  These are the persimmons that are often referred to as "food of the gods".  Great in smoothies and on cereal or yogurt.

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.

Grapefruit:  These are the yellow fleshed, very flavorful grapefruit. 

Eureka Lemons: deep yellow skin and tart juicy flesh.  πŸ‹ Best  lemons to bring out the brightness desired in  lemonade and lemon meringue pie.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Dehydrated peaches

Herbs: fresh mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage



Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: Fresh πŸ₯— Romaine Lettuce, Red Romaine. Red Leaf Lettuce, Butter Crunch Lettuce and green onions.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax. 🐝

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw.

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is up.  The hens are well rested and are happy with warmer weather and longer days. 🌞

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


Saturday, February 27, 2021

SLOW SEASON HOURS


We often recognize January or February as the beginning of a new year. Out in the orchard the new year is starting now. Buds are swelling on the bare fruit trees, soon there will be blossoms. The days are getting longer and the temperatures are starting to rise. Trees sense these as signals of the start for the crops we will be harvesting this summer and fall.  In the hot house, little tomato plants are starting to push out of their tiny seeds.

In the farm stand we are selling grapefruit, oranges lemons, kiwi, honey, jam and hoshigaki.  WoodRose Country Garden is bringing us fresh Romaine and also Red Leaf lettuce.

We continue to process and sell hoshigaki, dried persimmons. These can be purchased at the farm or by sending us a mail order form.

Slow Season Hours are starting March 2, 2021.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours will remain the same.  But Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday hours will be changed to 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you need to stop by outside of these hours you are welcome to contact us since we are often at the farm somewhere.   If we are near the farm stand we will answer the land line: (916) 791-1656. If we are out in the orchard or garden it is best to text or leave a message on my cell phone since I do not answer unrecognized calls.  (916) 300-0720.


SLOW SEASON HOURS:

Tues, Wed, and Thurs      11:30  am to 1:30 pm
 
Friday and Saturday        10 am to 6 pm           
 
          Sunday         11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays


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

Hachiya persimmon pulp:   Frozen.  Used for  fresh eating and baking.  These are the persimmons that are often referred to as "food of the gods".  Great in smoothies and on cereal or yogurt.

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.

Grapefruit:  These are the yellow fleshed, very flavorful grapefruit. 

Kiwi: πŸ₯ Sweet tart fruit, high in vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Pecans

Dehydrated peaches



Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay: Fresh Romaine Lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: Meyer lemons πŸ‹ are deep yellow with fragrant thin skin.  They are sweeter than common lemons. Used to brighten water, tea, poultry dishes and vegetables.  The rind is also used in food preparation .

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey  can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax. 🐝

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey 🍯 is unfiltered and raw.  It is light and so delicious.

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  πŸ”πŸ₯š  Eggs.  Egg production is starting to ramp up.  The hens are well rested and are happy with warmer weather and longer days. 🌞

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

MANDARIN SEASON

 We tried to keep persimmons on the table for sale last week. But to be honest, their season is past, no more firm, crisp persimmons  until October and November.  For those of you who need pulp, there is a supply of frozen persimmon pulp in our freezer.


Moving on with the seasons, it is time for citrus. We started with Satsuma mandarins. Just what the doctor ordered for natural vitamin C.  We are also getting navel oranges from Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln, CA and Meyer lemons from Lupi Farm in Granite Bay.


There are just a few late hoshigaki still hanging on the rack.  Many are still being processed.  We will have a good supply for spring and summer. We encourage people to continue to purchase and mail order them while the weather is cool.

Out in the orchard, trees are getting their winter pruning, mulch is being spread between the rows, and weeds are being pulled up under the grapes.  Part of the orchard is still asleep and other parts are starting to wake up.  Warm weather can be a problem since many varieties have not had their required chill hours for desired bud formations.

HOURS:

Tues through Sat   10 am to 6 pm


Sun.                       11 am to 5 pm


Closed on Mondays


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

Asian Pears:  Okusankichi:  Generally large, mildly sweet winter Asian pear. Crisp, juicy and refreshing.

Pomegranates: White and Red

Hachiya persimmon pulp:   Frozen.  Used for  fresh eating and baking.  These are the persimmons that are often referred to as "food of the gods".  Great in smoothies and on cereal or yogurt.

Quince: Usually only eaten when cooked and sweetener added.  Quince contain pectin and is used for jams, jellies, candy, and paste. Fragrant and flavorful.

Hoshigaki:  Dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface.

Satsuma mandarins: Easy to peel, sweet and juicy with great flavor.

Bee pollen from bees at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Winter squash:  Kabocha

Walnuts

Pecans



Here is what we have from other producers:

Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln: Satsuma mandarins and Navel oranges

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay: Meyer lemons are deep yellow with fragrant thin skin.  They are sweeter than common lemons. Used to brighten water, tea, poultry dishes and vegetables.  The rind is also used in food preparation .

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey can be used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, fruit salads and on toast or bagels.  Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax.

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  This Honey is unfiltered and raw.  It is light and so delicious.

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  Eggs (limited supply).

Jams from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum (Santa Rosa), Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Pepper Pomegranate, Fig Orange Brandy, and Chili Blackberry.

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

NOW IT IS 2021

Here we go, 2021.  What will it bring us?  

Here on the farm we have begun winter pruning.  When it is wet we focus on persimmons because they are less susceptible to disease.  When we get a dry spell we can focus on stone fruit, such as peaches and plums.  Soon I will have to pull out my boxes of seeds and take inventory, then I'll study seed catalogues and the internet for the seeds I want.



The hoshigaki process continues.  One by one the remaining pieces are checked for dryness before heading to the freezer for stabilizing.  We had a long peeling and drying season and will have a good supply of hoshigaki in the coming months. Hopefully into the summer.  We continue to sell and accept orders for hoshigaki.  You can walk up to the farm stand to make your purchase.  If you will be purchasing more than 5 pounds we would appreciate a call or email ahead of time.  We continue to accept mail orders for hoshigaki.  Please go to the mail order link and send us your order form and check.  Tuesday through Sunday you can call us at (916) 791-1656 or email us at  otoworchard @yahoo.com.

    In the farm stand we have Asian pears, pomegranates and quince.  There are a few fresh persimmons.  At this point, none are hard and crisp.  They are are all very tender. 

        It is mandarin season.  They are just what the doctor ordered for natural vitamin C.  Tudsberry Orchard is bringing us 10 pound bags of sweet juicy mandarins.  We have a limited supply of red mandarins from Lincoln.  And soon we will be selling our own mandarins.  Come get a few pounds or pick up a bag.


 

HOURS:

Tues through Sat   10 am to 6 pm


Sun.                       11 am to 5 pm


Closed on Mondays


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

Asian Pears:  Okusankichi:  Generally large, mildly sweet winter Asian pear. Crisp, juicy and refreshing.

Pomegranates: White, Pink, and Red

Persimmons: Now at the end of their season, they are sweet soft and juicy. (limited supply)  

Hachiya persimmon pulp:   Frozen.  Used for  fresh eating and baking.  These are the persimmons that are often referred to as "food of the gods".  Great in smoothies and on cereal or yogurt.

Quince: Usually only eaten when cooked and sweetener added.  Quince contain pectin and is used for jams, jellies, candy, and paste. Fragrant and flavorful.

Hoshigaki:  Dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface.

Satsuma mandarins: Sweet and juicy with great flavor.

Bee pollen from bees at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Winter squash:  Kabocha



Here is what we have from other producers:

Tudsberry Orchards in Loomis:  Sweet and Juicy Satsuma mandarins by the bag.

Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln:  red and yellow Satsuma mandarins (Limited supply).

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey,  Bees wax

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  Honey

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  Eggs (limited supply).

Jams from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum (Santa Rosa), Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Pepper Pomegranate, Fig Orange Brandy, Chili Blackberry, and Quince Marmalade

 

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