Saturday, September 26, 2020


 Now that it is Fall, farm stand offerings have definitely changed.  We are looking at apples, pears, and Asian pears.  Bartlet pear season is almost finished and Comice and D'anjou, the winter pears, won't be ready till November.  Our apples continue to be hard to find.  We are getting Mutsu apples from Sunnyslope Farm.  One of our favorite Asian pears is Shinko a brown pear with crisp, sweet flesh.

We have started to harvest persimmons.  The Hachiya persimmon starts off hard, puckery and inedible. That sounds pretty bad! Given time it becomes a sweet pudding-like mass in its own skin. You can spoon out the contents

or just break the skin and suck out the the contents.  Watch out for the seeds.  Hachiya are often used in baking cookies, puddings and breads.  We are also harvesting brown fleshed persimmons:  Maru, Nagamaru (also called Chocolate or Tusrunoko), and Coffee Cake.  If pollinated they will be brown fleshed and sweet.  If not pollinated  they will be yellow fleshed and puckery.  We are never really sure, so it is best to slice the fruit to check for the brown flesh before biting into it.

With Fall, it is time to think about comfort food.  Winter squash is on the list.  We have Delicata, Kabocha, Black Futsu and Red Kuri.  These squashes can be steamed, roasted, baked or microwaved with sweet or savory additions. Some cooks may add them to soup, stew or curry.

It will soon be time for us to start drying persimmons.  We are busy cleaning and arranging the persimmon yard for this annual activity. We are selling hoshigaki from last season.  It is available at the farm stand as whole pieces.   If you wish to mail order hoshigaki, please click here mail order form   As always we encourage you to get your mail order form in early as orders are filled in the order received.  The Hachiya crop is somewhat limited this year and the work force is a little older.



Tues through Sat   10 am to 6 pm

Sun.                       11 am to 5 pm

Closed on Mondays

Here is what we have at the Farm Stand from Otow Orchard:

Yellow Flesh Plums:
      Casselman:  firm, sweet tart and juicy


        Kyoho: Large, purple, seeded grapes with concord-like flavor

        Thompson seedless: small intensely sweet grapes

Hoshigaki:  whole

Jujube:  Li

Asian Pears:  Shinko, 20th Century, Okusankichi,

European Pears: Bartlet (limited supply)

Apples: (Limited supply) Fuji, Red Delicious

Pomegranates:(Limited supply) White

Brown fleshed Persimmons: Maru, Nagamaru, Coffee Cake

Hachiya persimmons: Must be soft to be sweet
Honey and bee pollen from bees at Otow Orchard
Calendula Salve and Lip Balm
Cucumbers:  Asian, Lemon and Armenian (limited supply)


Winter squash:  Delicata, Kabocha, Black Futsu, Red Kuri

Persimmon Pulp

Here is what we have from other producers: 

Sunnyslope Farm: Mutsu apples, conventionally grown. Fresh eating or cooking.

Wood Rose Country Garden: American eggplant, basil, bell peppers
Top O' the Hill Apiary:  Honey, and comb honey
Eggs from Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay
Jams from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum (Santa Rosa), Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Pepper Pomegranate, Fig Orange Brandy, Chili Blackberry, and Quince Marmalade

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