Monday, July 31, 2023


 Tomatoes were just waiting for the warm weather.  Tomatoes are now at the peak of the harvest.  That is to say we have a large selection: slicers, salad size, heirloom, cherry, colorful, and sauce tomatoes.  They are so tasty and juicy with just the right texture.  It is a good time to freeze, can or dry these summer time gems for enjoyment in winter soups and stews. At this time we are letting quantities ago for discounted prices.

The Japanese cucumbers are starting to get a little smaller.  The Armenian cucumbers are  enjoying this season.  A few are short but many are very long.  When the Japanese Uri is not available, Armenian cucumbers are often substituted for them in America.  These make firm, crisp Japanese pickles.  Armenian cucumbers can be used in salads, in stir fries, for dipping and just for munching.

Don't wait too long or you may miss out on the Suncrest peaches.  These beautiful juicy peaches are coming from Sunnyslope Farm, a conventional farm in Granite Bay.  They will be gone in a week.  After that, there will be a few other varieties of peaches from Sunnyslope Farm.

Otow Orchard peaches continue to struggle. Very few are left.  We should be transitioning into fall fruit in a couple weeks with apples, Asian pears and figs.  Winter squashes are starting to take shape.

The gardens are finally producing fresh, tender long beans. A  great addition to stir fries.  They also make a good summer salad. I like to boil and cool them off before adding salad dressing.  Slowly we are getting a few tender Okra.  These plants struggled for a long time, and may have a discouraging production this year.  Japanese Eggplant, however, are quite happily producing a tasty, tender, thin skinned vegetable.


Tues through Sat  10:00 am to 6 pm 

Sunday  11:00am to 5:00 pm


Armenian Cucumbers
Slicing Tomatoes

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

Hoshigaki:  These are whole dried persimmons.  They were hand massaged while they dried over a period of four to eight 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.  They should be stored in the  freezer if not consumed within a day and definitely kept cool at all times.  You may purchase these at our farm stand.

Plums:  Limited supply.  You may have to ask.

Peaches: Very limited supply. 

Apples:  Gravenstein are sweet tart with aromatic fragrance. Wonderful flavor and is often used for baking and sauces.

Wild Blackberries:  With the heat, these will have a short season. Flavorful, sweet, and juicy.

Valencia Oranges:   Juicy, sweet with some tartness.  These are juicing oranges and also good for eating fresh

Yellow Grapefruit:   Sweet, tart, and flavorful with a wonderfully bitter background.

Eureka Lemons:  These are the tart lemons.  Great for lemonade or Lemon Meringue Pie.

Figs:  Gone for now.  Waiting for the next crop, probably mid to late August .   

Honey ๐Ÿฏ from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard. Bee pollen from bees ๐Ÿ at Otow Orchard.

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm

Dehydrated grapefruit and lemons

Tomatoes:   Slicing, salad, colorful, and cherry tomatoes.  All vine ripened and full of flavor.

Summer Squash: zucchini and yellow squash.  Extra large hard skinned zucchini are also available.

Cucumbers:  Japanese cucumbers are thin skinned, crisp, seedless and sweet.   Armenian cucumbers are firm, and crisp.

Japanese Eggplant
:  Thin skinned, tender and few seeds.  Subtle flavor.

Okra: When we pay attention, we try to  harvest tender pods.

Long Beans :  Similar in taste to green beans.   Texture is more tender.

Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden  in Granite Bay, organic practices:  melons, summer squash, eggplant, okra, onions, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, fresh garlic, Armenian cucumbers, bell peppers, potatoes, beans , snow peas, slicing tomatoes, San Marzano paste tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. Ambrosia melons and watermelons.

Top O' the Hill Apiary in Granite Bay: Honey๐Ÿฏ. Top of the Hill Apiary also has bees wax ๐Ÿ.

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh๐Ÿฅš eggs from pastured ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”chickens.

Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay:  Suncrest peaches: Yellow freestone peaches with red flesh, juicy and sweet.  Great flavor.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay, organic practices:  Red Russian Kale, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets.

An immature Red Kuri Squash

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