Sunday, January 3, 2021

NOW IT IS 2021

Here we go, 2021.  What will it bring us?  

Here on the farm we have begun winter pruning.  When it is wet we focus on persimmons because they are less susceptible to disease.  When we get a dry spell we can focus on stone fruit, such as peaches and plums.  Soon I will have to pull out my boxes of seeds and take inventory, then I'll study seed catalogues and the internet for the seeds I want.

The hoshigaki process continues.  One by one the remaining pieces are checked for dryness before heading to the freezer for stabilizing.  We had a long peeling and drying season and will have a good supply of hoshigaki in the coming months. Hopefully into the summer.  We continue to sell and accept orders for hoshigaki.  You can walk up to the farm stand to make your purchase.  If you will be purchasing more than 5 pounds we would appreciate a call or email ahead of time.  We continue to accept mail orders for hoshigaki.  Please go to the mail order link and send us your order form and check.  Tuesday through Sunday you can call us at (916) 791-1656 or email us at  otoworchard

    In the farm stand we have Asian pears, pomegranates and quince.  There are a few fresh persimmons.  At this point, none are hard and crisp.  They are are all very tender. 

        It is mandarin season.  They are just what the doctor ordered for natural vitamin C.  Tudsberry Orchard is bringing us 10 pound bags of sweet juicy mandarins.  We have a limited supply of red mandarins from Lincoln.  And soon we will be selling our own mandarins.  Come get a few pounds or pick up a bag.



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:

Asian Pears:  Okusankichi:  Generally large, mildly sweet winter Asian pear. Crisp, juicy and refreshing.

Pomegranates: White, Pink, and Red

Persimmons: Now at the end of their season, they are sweet soft and juicy. (limited supply)  

Hachiya persimmon pulp:   Frozen.  Used for  fresh eating and baking.  These are the persimmons that are often referred to as "food of the gods".  Great in smoothies and on cereal or yogurt.

Quince: Usually only eaten when cooked and sweetener added.  Quince contain pectin and is used for jams, jellies, candy, and paste. Fragrant and flavorful.

Hoshigaki:  Dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface.

Satsuma mandarins: Sweet and juicy with great flavor.

Bee pollen from bees at Otow Orchard

Calendula Salve and Lip Balm

Winter squash:  Kabocha

Here is what we have from other producers:

Tudsberry Orchards in Loomis:  Sweet and Juicy Satsuma mandarins by the bag.

Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln:  red and yellow Satsuma mandarins (Limited supply).

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay:  Comb honey,  Bees wax

Nastase Honey Farm in Lincoln:  Honey

Two Feather Farm in Granite Bay:  Eggs (limited supply).

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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