Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Santa Rosa Plums

We now have Santa Rosa plums at the fruit stand.  Santa Rosa plums are fragrant and sweet with a bit of tartness that gives them a distinct flavor.  They're yellow inside with dark red to purple skin.  We have a lot of very ripe Santa Rosas that are good for making flavorful jam as well as for just eating fresh.

Beauty plums have are also at the fruit stand.  Beauty plums are an old variety of plum that used to be packed and sent to the fruit shed in Loomis a lot of years ago.  Now just a few Beauty trees are left in the orchard.

Some of the Frontier plums have been picked, too.  Frontier plums are sweet and red inside with a red to purple skin.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Early Peaches

A sign that summer is here--the first peaches, zucchini, and apricots have been picked and are now available at the fruit stand. We have peaches from us and also from our neighbors, the Koyamas.  New also are handmade 100% beeswax candles made from beeswax that comes from bees at our orchard.  The one-pound candles burn for approximately 100 hours.  They are clean, soot-free and made of renewable material. 

Right now we're giving out coupons if you spend $10.00 or more.  The coupon gives you $1.00 off fruits and vegetables on your next visit.

Here's what's at the Fruit Stand now:

  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Peaches--May Crest, June Crest, Bonjour
  • Plums--Red Beaut
  • Loquat (Biwa)
  • Citrus Fruit--Grapefruit, Valencia Oranges, Eureka Lemons
  • Vegetables--Zucchini (limited supply), Swiss chard
  • Herbs--Oregano, Mint
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard
  • Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax
  • Placer County Real Food Cookbook, by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny
  • Applewood for barbeque

Friday, June 8, 2012

Local Meat & Fruit Stand

Pomegranate blossoms, fruits should be ripe by October
Through the Sierra Foothills Meat Buyer's Club you can order locally and naturally produced  beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey and other items like olive oil, jam and marinades.  You make an order online and pick it up the either at our orchard in Granite Bay, or in one of the other locations in Penryn, Truckee, Kings Beach or Auburn.  June orders need to be placed by 5:00 this coming Friday, June 8th.  Delivery at our orchard is the next Friday afternoon, June 15th.

We've been busy at the orchard lately mowing, thinning persimmons, picking cherries, fixing irrigation, planting winter squash and tending the vegetable gardens.  

At the fruit stand we now have:

  • Loquats
  • Red Beaut Plums
  • Cherries
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Eureka Lemons
  • Herbs from the garden--oregano, mint
  • Swiss Chard
  • Applewood for Barbeque
  • Honey from bees at our orchard
  • Placer County Real Food Cookbook, by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny

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