Thursday, March 19, 2020


In support of the community effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be closed until conditions warrant reopening the farm stand.

Thinning Ume, Jappanese plums.  The water shoots have many unwanted small fruit.

Young tomato plants relaxing in the hot house.

Saturday, March 7, 2020


A little early, but spring seems to be here or summer is on its way.  White and pink blossoms are showing off the orchard.  If you would like to see the flowers, you are welcome to come for a walk.  This show will not last very long, so now is the time.  Soon we will see miniature green fruit on the trees.  Please check our modified hours listed below.

        We are preparing to plant new trees. Old trees have been removed and new holes are being dug.  Mulch is being delivered to the planting sites.   This year we are planting new apple, plum, peach, pluot and persimmon trees.

        With the dry weather the vegetable gardens have not had to fight so many weeds.  We are preparing the beds for planting.  In the hot house  we have planted tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds.  It is exciting to watch them germinate and show up as little green leaves and stems.

       In the farm stand it is definitely citrus season.  There are blood oranges, white grapefruit, and navel oranges from  our orchard.  Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln brought us Cara Cara oranges (pink interior), Navel oranges and Eureka lemons. There are pink grapefruit from Mihara Farm, in Lincoln. We also have a good crop of Kiwi for sale.

      Some people are looking for local honey at this time of year.  We have raw  wildflower honey from Granite Bay and unfiltered, raw honey from Lincoln.  The Otow Orchard  honey is sold out until the bees have a chance to collect more.  This should happen sometime in May or June.  Currently the hives are working in an almond orchard and then onto an orange grove before heading home to us.

       Slowly we are working on the finishing stages for hoshigaki. We are sorting and packaging them for sale in the farm stand or vacuum sealing them for longer storage in the freezer.  Since the weather is cool, we continue to fill mail order requests for hoshigaki.  If you would like to order, please click here for mail order form.

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


      Tues, Wed, Thur:      11:30 am  to  1:30 pm       
Fri, Sat:      10 am to 6 pm
Sun:            11 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY DO NOT DISTURB DURING NON BUSINESS HOURS.   For other times please call my mobile phone.  You must leave a message if you are not already in my phone.   (916) 300-0720.  We are often here someplace and will gladly arrange to help you.  We normally return to regular hours in May.

Here's what we have in the farm stand from Otow Orchard:

Hoshigaki: dried persimmons
Citrus:  Blood Orange, Navel Oranges, White Grapefruit
Calendula salve and lip balm

Nuts:  Walnuts and Pecans 
Dried or dehydrated fruit:  apples, peaches, jujube

This is what we have from other producers: 
Pleasant Hill Farm:  Navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemons

Mihara Farm:  Pink grapefruit
Jams from The Good Stuff
Bee pollen from Top O' The Hill Apiary
Honey from Top O' The Hill Apiary

Honey(Unfiltered) from Nastase Honey Farm
Eggs from Two Feather Farm


Search This Blog