Friday, June 21, 2019


Many people have discovered the wonderfully sweet loquat.  The trees are empty now and what we have in storage will probably be gone in a few days.  Look for them next May.  We are surprised to have an apricot crop this year.  We are harvesting Blenheim apricots.  They are sweet, juicy, aromatic and have that traditional apricot flavor.  Since we do not spray, many of them are freckled but the flavor is not affected.  In addition to Blenheim we are also harvesting Patterson apricots.  The Patterson are larger, firmer and have a smoother skin than the Blenheims.
     Peaches and plums are the mainstay of our summer production. Santa Rosa plums are just getting started. These are sweet tart plums with a fabulous flavor.  Many people have this heirloom variety as a back yard tree because it has a distinct, unforgettable and yummy flavor. As we get more of these into the farm stand its fragrance will greet you as you enter.  This week we have almost no Otow Orchard peaches.  By the end of June we should have Flavorcrest and Red Haven peaches to sell. Both of these are yellow freestone peaches.  To hold us over till we get our own peaches, we have yellow freestone peaches from Sunnyslope farm.  These are attractive sweet, juicy and tasty peaches grown right next door to us.
       The vegetable gardens are enjoying the summer heat more than I am.  Sungold cherry tomatoes are starting to glow.  We are harvesting a few Asian cucumbers and summer squash daily.  For those of you wanting to plant late season tomatoes we have some tomato plant starts waiting for a summer home. Planted now they should produce for Sept. and Oct.
     In the orchard persimmon thinning has begun.  We are also harvesting stone fruits as crops get ripe.  We are netting some trees to exclude hungry birds.   Tosh is cutting out dead branches and trees and trying to keep up on the grass mowing.  There will be a little delay while he does repair on the mower.

Official Statement: We have NO pick-your-own activities.

Tuesday to Saturday: 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:

Peaches (limited supply)
Plums:  Santa Rosa (limited supply)
Apricots:   Blenheim, Patterson 
Nectarines: Jade white nectarines (limited supply)
Hoshigaki strips. Hand dried persimmons
Eureka Lemons

Valencia oranges
Asian cucumbers
Calendula Salve and Lip Balm
Herbs: mint, rosemary, oregano
Honey from our orchard
Plant starts:  Tomato

This is what we have from other producers:
Peaches: Bonjour from Sunnyslope Farm
Ume from Sunnyslope Farm 
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Eggs from Two Feather Farm

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