Saturday, December 15, 2018


      With the colder weather, Fuyu persimmons are reacting.  Those we harvested after the rains and after it got cold are hopefully devoured by now. 

       We did harvest Fuyu for storage.  Most are still firm but not crunchy.  Come in soon if you want to take advantage of these final Fuyu for the season..  I predict we will continue to sell Fuyu for a couple weeks but know that they are getting more tender and of course sweeter.
       We still have other persimmons.  Maru  (brown fleshed), Vodka (Hyakume persimmons treated with vodka to sweeten them), and a few Hachiya.
          It is time now for mandarins.  These are sweet and easy to peel.  The ones from Pleasant Hill Farm are seedless.  We hope to harvest Otow Orchard mandarins in a couple weeks.
      If you are looking for gift ideas, consider items we have:  Master Gardener's 2019 calendar, Local Honey, Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm,  bagged Mandarins, and Good Stuff Jams

Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.
 May to February Hours:
Tu to Sat:   10 am to 6 pm
             Sun:       11 am to 5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:
Asian pears: Okusankichi
Apple:  Fuji, Granny Smith
Persimmons: Brown fleshed persimmons: Maru, and Hyakume
                      Fuyu persimmons (Always sweet, eat like an apple)
                      Hachiya persimmons (These must be soft to be sweet)
                      Vodka persimmons: treated with Vodka to assure sweetness
Hoshigaki, hand dried persimmons
Quince: Ancient fruit, high in pectin
Pomegranates: Red pomegranates
Walnuts: shelled
Pecans: in the shell
Calendula Salve
Honey from Otow Orchard
Winter squash: Butternut, and Kabocha.

This is what we have from other producers:
Jams from The Good Stuff
Mandarins from Pleasant Hill Farm
Bagged Mandarins from Tudsbury Orchard
Winter vegetables from BarlyOats Farm (When available)
Honey  from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
2019 Master Gardener Calendar


HOSHIGAKI UPDATE 12/15/2018  We are working on the Hoshigaki every day. It seems to be slow even though there is not much left.  We can't hurry it up any more. We are currently shipping out Mail order requests that were received before November 19, 2018.  If we run out we will let you know. Unfortunately we don't know how much more we will have until the process is finished on each individual piece of hoshigaki.  They are each so different.

Thursday, December 6, 2018


At this time we know we will run out of DK/ DG eventually.  If you have an order on file and wish to expedite your order, you may change your order to DKA or DKMN.  Otherwise, you will remain on the waiting  list until DK/DG is all sold out.  I don't think most folks out there realize that as farmers, this was a disastrous year. Without enough fruit, we had to purchase the hachiya to dry which added an additional $5-6 a pound for us to produce.  Even then, the amount we were able to produce was in short supply.  The drying conditions were different this year and we always have a shortage of labor and the list goes on and on.  So please excuse me if I seem like a grumpy old farmer.

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