Monday, August 21, 2017


       We are now harvesting some of our favorite peaches:  Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem and O'Henry. If you haven't made peach pie, peach cobbler, peach crisp, peach jam or had a peach smoothie lately better do it before it is too late.  Most of our peaches will be gone in a month's time; not to return until next June.
       We seem to have a rainbow of figs this season:  Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Green figs and Yellow figs.  The Red Purlet grapes are finished and we have started harvesting those delicious, big, juicy, purple grapes called Kyoho.  Remove the stem and squeeze the sweet, juicy round flesh right into your mouth.  Then spit out the seed.  These are delicious and fun to eat. We are also harvesting Thompson seedless grapes.
        Pear season is here.  Whether you want a nice smooth Bartlet pear or a crisp, juicy Asian pear, they are both waiting for you.

From Otow Orchard:
Peaches:  Fay Elberta, Rio Oso Gem, O'Henry
Plums:  Kelsey, Casselman, Empress, Eldorado
Figs:  Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Green figs, Yellow figs
European Pears:  Bartlet
Asian Pears:  Hosui, Yoi, New Century, 2oth Century
Vegetables:  Tomatoes, Asian cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Armenian
       cucumbers, Long beans, Okra, Chilis, Sweet Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatillos,
       Delicata winter squash
Herbs:  Basil, Rosemary
Frozen wild blackberries

From Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay
Peaches:  Alberta, O'Henry
Pluots:  Flavor Grenade, Candy Stripe

From Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln
Asian Pears:  Hosui

Also available:
Salve, Lip Balm
Good Stuff Jam
100% Beeswax candles

Coming soon: 2018 Master Gardener's Calendar

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


 Peaches, plums and pluots have been in short supply this year due to all that wonderful rain we had during the blossom season.  While there are still green (immature) peaches on the trees, there are not many of them. We expect to continue picking peaches as they mature for the next 3 to 5 weeks.  Tosh said "It's not over till it's over."
          Meanwhile, the fall crops are starting to perform.  The second crop of figs is here as are grapes, apples and Asian pears.  Some Bartlet pears have been harvested and we are holding them till they show some yellowing.
Gardens are still producing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and tomatillos.  If you haven't tried gazpacho (recipe on July 28, 2017 entry) there is still time.
         This summer we have been able to offer more variety and quantity of produce with the help of local conventional farmers.  Our neighbor, Sunnyslope Farm, has been generously bring us big, sweet, and juicy peaches and pluots.  We also have plums and Asian pears from Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln.

Here's what you'll find in the farm stand:
Otow Orchard:
Peaches: 49er, Fay Elberta,  clings
Plums:  Eldordo, Kelsey,
Pluots:  Dapple Dandy, Flavor King, Flavor Queen.
Frozen wild blackberries
Asian Pears: Hosui, New Century
Apples:  Gala
Grapes: Red Purlett
Vegetables:  tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, sweet and
          hot peppers, long beans, and eggplant.
Herbs:  Basil, Rosemary

Sunnyslope Farm:
Peaches:  Suncrest, Zee Lady, Elberta
Pluots:  Candy Stripe, Flavor Grenade

Pleasant Hill Farm:
Asian Pears
Plums:  Friar, and Casselman.

Also available:  Calendula Salve, Honey, Beeswax candles, eggs, Good Stuff Jams, and Firewood.

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