Sunday, September 25, 2022

TRANSITION

      For the first time in my life, I have no living parent.   Time to transition.  My mother, Helen Otow, passed away August 1, 2022.  So far I have not met anyone who can remember a time when she was not here.  After all she lived 106 years.  Many have met her.  Many wonder how she lived so long.  I'm not sure but I do know she ate 3 good meals a day with chocolate and sweets in between.  She was up and down the back steps 10 to  20 times a day and never got tired of looking for something to actively do.  True, she ate lots of fruits and vegetables, much of it grown on our farm. The farm did not give up spraying till 2006.  You can read her obituary at:   www.dignitymemorial.com      A slide show of her with her Kawano relatives and a few friends will be available for a short time at :  
   https://www.packetsmiter.com/HelenOtow.mp4




       Time for the orchard to also transition.  The peach trees are empty, the plum trees are empty, and the grape vines are empty. Tomatoes are struggling with the heat, then the rain, and now the shorter days.  Our summer vegetables are just barely producing.  But, the farm stand is filling with apples and Asian pears.  We are getting a few jujube and brown fleshed persimmons.  Listed below are the products we currently have.

 

The persimmon crop is light this year.  The freeze in April that affected peach, plum, apricot, and pluot production also froze half the persimmons, apples and pomegranates.   We are starting to get some brown fleshed persimmons.  Fuyu is about 3 weeks away.  We will be drying most of the hachiya persimmons and predict only the small, deformed and ripe hachiya will be for sale in the farm stand. The bigger and better hachiya will be used for our own hoshigaki process.  Hoshigaki production will be very small and sales will be limited.  People wanting fresh hachiya need to scout their neighborhoods for persimmons and find a kind way to ask for them.




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:

Apples:

           Granny Smith:  ๐ŸSweet tart, green skinned apple. Retains shape when cooked or baked. Can also be enjoyed fresh.

           Reinette Simerenko : Sweet tart,๐Ÿ green skinned apple. Good flavor reminiscent of a cider apple.

           Fuji:  Green skinned, sweet, crisp apple. Great for fresh eating.

Asian Pears:

           20th Century:  Yellow skinned, fresh, crisp and juicy.  Very refreshing and sweet.

           New Century:  This yellow pear is very sweet, juicy and crisp.  

           Yoi:   Sweet brown Asian pear.

           Shinko:  Sweet brown Asian pear.  Good crunch and juicy.

           Yali:  Pear-shaped ๐Ÿ yellow Asian pear.  It is sweet and crisp.

Jujube:  About the size of a date, this Asian fruit starts off greenish yellow, smooth and crisp with the consistency of apple.  It is low acid and contains a date-like seed. As it matures it becomes sweeter and brown then wrinkled and soft.  It is enjoyed at all stages.

Quince:  An ancient fruit, seldom eaten raw.  Used for jelly and candy. Contains a lot of pectin.  When cooked it becomes pinkish.  Can be stewed to make a sauce that goes great with pork dishes.

Immature persimmons.

Brown Fleshed Persimmons:   Maru, Nagamaru (Chocolate), Coffee Cake (Limited supply).

Hachiya:  frozen persimmon pulp.

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm 

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

Tomatoes : ๐Ÿ…Slicing, Salad, and cherry (limited supply).

Asian cucumbers:  ๐Ÿฅ’Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.  Many people are enjoying eating them out of hand.  Just wash and take a bite (limited supply).

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

Winter squash:

         Red Kuri:  Deep orange shell with thick, sweet, dry flesh. great for baking, stews, roasting, side dish, or dessert.

         Kabocha:  Green shell with thick, sweet, nutty, dry flesh. Traditional Japanese pumpkin. Often steamed with soy sauce, broth and mirin.

         Delicata:  Yellow and green striped shell.   Unlike other winter squash, delicata have thin skin.  Sweet, delicate flavor, easy to prepare.

         Black Futsu:  The black bumpy shell turns orange when mature.  Sweet flesh with fruity background.  Can be roasted, steamed, baked, fried and even made into pie.

         Butternut:  Pinkish beige shell yields a neck of solid flesh and a small seed cavity. Smooth, sweet flesh can be baked, steamed, or roasted.  Can be added to soup, stir fry, stews.

Hot peppers๐ŸŒถ:

         Buena Mulata hot peppers.

         Jalapenos

         Aji Amarillos:  Peruvian chili peppers

         Shishito:  Japanese chili peppers that may or may not be hot.

         Fish

Tomatillos:  green tomato like vegetable often used in green salsa.

Okra:  Little green slimy vegetable. Great when fried with cornmeal.

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay,Conventionally Grown:  Mutsu Apples:  Green apples with sweet tart flesh. Fresh eating or cooking.  Also called Crispin.

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, Sun-dried San Marzano tomatoes, Sweet cherry peppers, ๐ŸŒถJalapenos, Serrano, Poblano chilies. Greek oregano ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  Winter squash:  Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash, Delicata squash.  If you are lucky you might snag one of her melons: Ambrosia or watermelon. 
Short supply of:  ๐Ÿง…,  garlic, summer squash, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers.  Slicing tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes (Roma type), cherry tomatoes.

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

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”chickens (limited supply).

Monday, September 5, 2022

TOO MUCH HEAT

      Last time I complained about the heat affecting peaches.  Little did I know the heat that would be presented to us this week would be so much more intense. Peaches are still being harvested.  We have been cautioning customers to eat these end-of-season peaches before they are soft and juicy.  They have a tendency to get mushy. We are currently harvesting Late Alamar, Summerset, and Fairtime freestone peaches.

     We have Mutsu apples from Sunnyslope farm, (conventional practices).  The Mutsu are also  called Crispin.  They are good for fresh eating, salads, baking and making sauce.  They are juicy, sweet,  and crisp.

     Soon we will be having jujube.  These little gems are mostly  still green.  We are starting to see a few brown ones on the trees.  This ancient fruit is sweet and crisp like an apple but not as juicy.  Many people seek them for their health benefits.  Most of us just enjoy snacking on them.

    The heat had a profound effect on our tomatoes.  Production slowed down. Many were damaged by the intense sun we have been having. WoodRose Garden continues to bring us a few tomatoes every day.  She has many green tomatoes on her vines and just a few red ones. Be patient.

  

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

Casselman plums:  Yellow fleshed, crisp,sweet and juicy.  Great flavor.

Yellow freestone peaches: ๐Ÿ‘

              Summerset:  Best tasting late season peach.  Sweet, juicy and great flavor.

             Fairtime:  Sweet and juicy with a little tang.  Good flavor.

             Late Alamar:  Good flavor, sweet tart

Asian Pears:

           Hosui:  early season brown Asian pear.  Very sweet.

           20th Century:  Yellow skinned fresh crisp and juicy.  Very refreshing.

           New Century:  This yellow pear is very sweet, juicy and crisp.  

           Yoi:   Sweet brown Asian pear.  Caramal flavor.

           Shinko:  Sweet brown Asian pear.  Good crunch and juicy.

Bartlett pear:  ๐ŸThis European pear is soft and juicy when turning yellow.

Figs:  

            Brown Turkey:  brown skin with sweet pink flesh.

            Panache:   Often called Tiger Stripe.  Large fruit has green skin and pink flesh.  Very sweet.

            Black Mission :  Most common variety and well loved for its sweetness and texture.

Hachiya:  frozen persimmon pulp.

Grapes ๐Ÿ‡:

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

           Red Purlett:  Lavendar red skin and sweet seedless berries.

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm 

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

Tomatoes : ๐Ÿ…Slicing, Salad, and cherry (limited supply).

Asian cucumbers:  ๐Ÿฅ’Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.  Many people are enjoying eating them out of hand.  Just wash and take a bite (limited supply).

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

Winter squash:

         Red Kuri:  Deep orange shell with thick, sweet, dry flesh. great for baking, stews, roasting, side dish, or dessert.

         Kabocha:  Green shell with thick, sweet, nutty, dry flesh. Traditional Japanese pumpkin. Often steamed with soy sauce, broth and mirin.

         Delicata:  Yellow and green striped shell.   Unlike other winter squash, delicata have thin skin.  Sweet, delicate flavor, easy to prepare.

         Black Futsu:  The black bumpy shell turns orange when mature.  Sweet flesh with fruity background.  Can be roasted, steamed, baked, fried and even made into pie.

         Butternut:  Pinkish beige shell yields a neck of solid flesh and a small seed cavity. Smooth, sweet flesh can be baked, steamed, or roasted.  Can be added to soup, stir fry, stews.

Hot peppers:

         Buena Mulata hot peppers.

         Jalapenos

         Aji Amarillos:  Peruvian chili peppers

         Shishito:  Japanese chili peppers that may or may not be hot.

Tomatillos:  green tomato like vegetable often used in green salsa.

Okra:  Little green slimy vegetable. Great when fried with cornmeal.

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

 Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay,Conventionally Grown:  Trazee peaches: Sweet/tart, juicy yellow freestone. (limited supply).

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, ๐Ÿง…,  garlic, summer squash, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, eggplant, bell peppers, sweet cherry peppers, ๐ŸŒถJalapenos, Serrano, Slicing tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes (Roma type), cherry tomatoes, Greek oregano ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ, rosemary, thyme, and basil.  Winter squash:  Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash, Delicata squash.  If you are lucky you might snag one of her melons: Ambrosia or watermelon.

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

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay:  No spray production. Black Mission figs.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”chickens (limited supply).

Monday, August 22, 2022

PEACHES AND PEARS

       Sadly, peach trees are nearly empty.  There are a few varieties still hanging on but the load is light.  With the hot temperatures some of the peaches are likely to bake on the tree. Their texture becomes a little like peach pie. Hope you were fortunate to get some peaches this summer.  Now it is time for the peach trees to prepare for their 2023 crop and get some rest.    

       We would also like to get some rest but we can't tell the fruit to stop maturing.  So, as peach season fades away, fall crops are starting to come in.  A few bartlett pears are fading green and changing from their hard crunch to a soft smooth sweet texture. European pears are out numbered by the Asian pears.  We are now harvesting 5 varieties: Hosui, 20th Century, Yoi, Shinko and New Century.  Normally we would be starting to have apples but it looks like the crop is light this year.  Apples were intentionally planted in colder parts of the orchard since they can withstand colder temperatures. Unfortunately the freeze we had in April was too cold for them. A few apple trees planted in other parts of the orchard did survive.  That same freeze damaged peaches, plums and persimmons.  We are harvesting 3 varieties of figs:  Brown turkey, Black Mission, and Panache and two varieties of grapes:  Red Purlett and Thompson seedless.

      Summer vegetables are pushing on with cucumbers, squash, okra, tomatoes, beans, tomatillos, and chilis. WoodRose Country Garden is bringing  ambrosia melons, watermelon and lettuce.  Kijani Farm has several varieties of fresh kale and Rainbow 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

Casselman plums:  Yellow fleshed, crisp,sweet and juicy.  Great flavor.

Yellow freestone peaches: ๐Ÿ‘

               Summerset:  Best tasting late season peach.  Sweet, juicy and great flavor.

                Fairtime:  Sweet and juicy with a little tang.  Good flavor.

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:

           Hosui:  early season brown Asian pear.  Very sweet.

           20th Century:  Yellow skinned fresh crisp and juicy.  Very refreshing.

           New Century:  This yellow pear is very sweet, juicy and crisp.  

           Yoi:   Sweet brown Asian pear.  Caramal flavor.

           Shinko:  Sweet brown Asian pear.  Good crunch and juicy.

Bartlett pear:  This European pear is soft and juicy when turning yellow.

Figs:  

            Brown Turkey:  brown skin with sweet pink flesh.

            Panache:   Often called Tiger Stripe.  Large fruit has green skin and pink flesh.  Very sweet.

            Black Mission :  Most common variety and well loved for its sweetness and texture.

Hachiya:  frozen persimmon pulp.

Grapes:

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

           Red Purlett:  Lavendar red skin and sweet seedless berries.

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard 

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm 

Summer Squash:  Zucchini, Yellow squash   

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

Tomatoes : ๐Ÿ…Slicing, Salad, and cherry

Asian cucumbers:  ๐Ÿฅ’Crisp and flavorful. Seedless and burpless.  Many people are enjoying eating them out of hand.  Just wash and take a bite.

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

Hot peppers:

         Buena Mulata hot peppers.

         Jalapenos

         Aji Amarillos:  Peruvian chili peppers

         Shishito:  Japanese chili peppers that may or may not be hot.

Tomatillos:  green tomato like vegetable often used in green salsa.

Okra:  Little green slimy vegetable.

 

Here is what we have from other producers:

 Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay,Conventionally Grown:  O'Henry peaches: Sweet juicy yellow freestone. (limited supply).

WoodRose Country Gardens in Granite Bay: (organic practices) Red, white and purple potatoes, ๐Ÿง…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, eggplant, bell peppers, ๐ŸŒถJalapenos, Serrano, 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)  Fresh Swiss chard, kale, and cherry tomatoes on the vine.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay:  No spray production. Black Mission figs.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”chickens.

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: ๐Ÿ‘

           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 ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ…(limited supply)

Asian cucumbers:  ๐Ÿฅ’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 ๐Ÿง…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers, ๐ŸŒถ 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: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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 ๐Ÿ‹ these are sour (limited supply)

Yellow freestone peaches: ๐Ÿ‘

          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 ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ…(limited supply)

Asian cucumbers:  ๐Ÿฅ’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. ๐Ÿ‘ 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 ๐Ÿง…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers, ๐ŸŒถ 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: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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 ๐Ÿ‹ 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 ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿง…, Shallots, garlic, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, bell peppers, ๐ŸŒถ 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: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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. 

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       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 ๐Ÿ‹ these are sour

Peaches:  Flavorcrest a sweet, firm yellow freestone peach.

Hachiya:  frozen pulp

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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, ๐Ÿฅฌlettuce, white bulb onions ๐Ÿง…, 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: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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 ๐Ÿ‹ 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 ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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, ๐Ÿฅฌlettuce, arugula, spinach, white bulb onions ๐Ÿง…, green onions, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme. 

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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 ๐ŸŒง 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. ๐Ÿ™

        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 ๐Ÿ‹

Hachiya:  frozen pulp 

Ume (pre orders only)        

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ 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, ๐Ÿฅฌlettuce, arugula, spinach, white bulb onions ๐Ÿง…, green onions, cilantro, Greek oregano, rosemary, thyme.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”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.






 

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