Monday, December 6, 2021


       Quickly the gift giving season will be upon us. We have a few things that might please someone on your gift list. We have honey from our orchard as well as honey and beeswax from a neighboring apiary. The jams we carry are made by "The Good Stuff" using fruit from our orchard. The interesting flavors are Best Plum Jam, Chili Apricot, Peach Cardamon, Fig Orange Brandy, Chili Blackberry, Quince Marmalade, and Pepper Pomegranate. For those looking for ways to use persimmoins we have 2 cookbooks available. We have a limited supply of Calendula Salve and Lip Balm. New to our offerings is Luffa Soap. These bars of soap are great for the clean exfoliating feel. They come in several fragrances of essential oils: Lavendar, Eucalyptus, Citrus, and Cucumber Melon. Also on our shelf is the 2022 Master Gardener Calendar and Planting Guide. 

       We are getting a supply of Satsuma mandarins from Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln, a conventional farm. Ours take a little longer to mature. They will soon be ready. 


      HOSHIGAKI UPDATE: The process seems to be slow this year. We have stopped promising to fill new orders until we know we can fill the existing pre orders. There are still many hoshigaki hanging on the racks that have not been fully processed. We should know in a couple weeks what quality they will be. 

       Persimmons are still dominating the Farm Stand shelves. 


 Tues. through Sat. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 Sunday 11 am to 5 pm 

 Closed on Mondays 


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

Brown Asian Pears: Okusankichi. These pears are mildly sweet, juicy, and crisp. They are good keepers. 

Apples: 🍏 Granny Smith, 🍎 Fuji, and 🍎Pink Lady 

Quince: Yellow fruit in the pear/apple family. Seldom eaten raw. It can be baked like apples or sauced like apples. High in pectin, they are often used for jelly and Dulce de Membrillo (Quince candy). Naturally sour but full of aroma and flavor, can be added to stews.

White Pomegranates: These light skinned pomegranates have sweet pink arils.

Red Pomegranates: These pomegranates have dark red arils that are sweet and tangy. A brilliant taste. 


Hachiya and Gyombo : These persimmons must be very soft to be enjoyed. They are sweet and succulent. They can be eaten out of hand, added to cereal, yogurt, or smoothies. These are used in baking cookies, breads, and puddings. 

Chocolate Persimmons: Maru, Nagamaru (tsurunoko, chocolate), and Hyakume are brown fleshed persimmons that can be eaten hard or softening. If they are successfully pollinated in the spring they will turn brown fleshed and sweet.

Fuyu: These popular yellow fleshed persimmons are always sweet. Normally enjoyed when they are hard and firm. 

Vodka Persimmons: These are brown or orange fleshed persimmons treated with Vodka to insure sweetness. 

Hoshigaki: Tender and moist dried persimmons with naturally formed dusting of fruit sugars on the surface. These were hand massaged and dried slowly for 4 to 8 weeks. 

Winter squash: Butternut, Black Futsu and Kabocha. 

Honey 🍯 from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees 🐝 at Otow Orchard

⚘ Calendula Salve and Lip Balm 

Here is what we have from other producers: 

Sunnyslope Farm: Granny Smith Apples 

Pleasant Hill Farm in Lincoln: Satsuma Mandarins 

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey. Top of the Hill Apiary also has Bees wax 🐝. 

Two Feather Farm: 🐔🥚 Eggs. Egg production is slowing down. 

Jams 🍑 from the Good Stuff. We currently have Plum, Peach Cardamon, Chili Apricot, Fig Brandy, Pepper Pomegranate, Chili Blackberry and Quince Marmalade.

Royal Oaks Farm: Luffa Soap: Hand made and great for scrubbing and exfoliating your skin. Lavendar, Citrus, Eucalyptus, and Cucumber Melon fragrances.

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