Monday, January 23, 2023



      After nearly a month of daily rain, California is happy to see the sun and get a chance to dry out a bit.  Our orchard is like a wet sponge and the water keeps dripping out of it.  We have puddles and rivulets. We are careful to drive on solid ground.   Cleaning up the downed eucalyptus trees is taking much of our time.  The horse stall that collapsed in the high winds last week will need to be cleaned up.  Fortunately, there was no horse to occupying the facility.  Sadly, a big branch on our one loquat tree  broke off in the high winds. 😢

     We have harvested the last of the mandarins.  Gradually we are finding grapefruit and oranges ready to come off the trees.  Lemons are still hanging on tight.  Our own produce is  low but we are helping a some local farmers sell their Meyer lemons, oranges and mandarins.

      Hoshigaki continues to be available for farm pick up and mail orders.   We are  still processing the last few and have stored the rest in the freezer.  They will keep for a year but will probably be all sold out by then.  You can come to the farm stand to buy hoshigaki or for mail orders you can print out the mail order form and send it to us with a check

     As our season slows down the attention of the orchard turns to planting and renewal.  Scion wood is being collected for several varieties of plums, apricots, persimmons, apples, and pears that we want to graft.  I have just ordered garden seeds.  We will  start to grow some of our favorite summer vegetables by seed in the hot house.  

      Since we have less variety to offer, we will be starting modified hours at the beginning of February.  Tu, Wed, Thurs:  11:30 to 1:30; Fri and Sat 10:00 to 6:00;  Sun: 11 to 5.  Closed on Mondays. Normally we keep these modified hours till sometime in May.  If you must come to the farm stand outside of these hours you are welcome to call me. (Chris:  916-300-0720). Often times we are at the farm stand or someplace on the farm.

Horse stall damaged by wind.

White ume  (Japanese plum) blossom.

Pink ume blossom.









                            SUNDAY      11:00 TO 5:00


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

HoshigakiThese are whole dried persimmons.  They were hand massages while they dried over a period of four to 8 weeks. Some are firm, others are soft and moist.  All are coated with naturally formed white persimmon sugar.  No sugar added and no preservatives used.  You may purchase these at our farm stand or order them using our  mail order form .

Satsuma Mandarins:  Easy to peel, sweet and juicy.  Very few seeds this year. 

Kiwi:  Fuzzy brown fruit with green interior and strawberry like flavor.  At this time they are firm and tart.

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

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm 

Walnuts:  English (limited supply)

Dehydrated mandarins.


Here is what we have from other producers:

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

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis will bring us fresh🥚 eggs from pastured 🐔🐔chickens when the chickens start to produce again. (Please call ahead.)

Pleasant Hill Farm in Newcastle (no spray):  Cara Cara oranges and Navel oranges

Mihara Farm in Newcastle:  Satsuma mandarins are sweet and easy to peel.

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay (no spray): Meyer Lemons: These are fragrant and tasty lemons.  They are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange.   They are favored because they are lower in acidity and  sweeter than the regular lemon.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay  (organic practices):  Butternut squash.

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