Tuesday, July 18, 2023


For eons we have enjoyed a climate conducive to growing food.  Now we deal with  extremes of wind and rain in the off season and extremely hot summers.  Plants are struggling, food is more challenging to produce. 

Tomatoes are starting to come into the farm stand.  We are getting slicing, heirloom, and paste  tomatoes from WoodRose Country Gardens.  These are vine ripened juicy tomatoes.  There are also sweet Sungold, Sweet 100's, and yellow pear cherry tomatoes.


WoodRose is also  bringing us  melons. Ambrosia look like cantaloupe with sweet, tender, pale orange flesh. They have a wonderful melon flavor. There are also a few watermelons.


The peach crop continues to be small and sporadic.  Quickly, Gene Elberta, Delight, and Suncrest  will be finished. We are also getting a few white peaches: Sugar Lady and Silver Logan.


For the moment, we have Double Delight nectarines from WoodRose.  Very sweet and juicy.


Although the fruit crop is diminished, the vegetable gardens are producing.  They are struggling with the heat but continuing to produce.  We have a good supply of green and yellow summer squash. and a good supply of Japaneses cucumbers and Armenian cucumbers.  The Japanese eggplants are also starting to produce.


It may seem early, but we are starting to harvest Gravenstein apples.  These apples are sweet tart with aromatic fragrance. Wonderful flavor and is often used for baking and sauces.  


For the moment, we are getting wild blackberries from our farm.  These are small and mighty. Sweet, juicy, and flavorful.   The temperature has been so high that many of the blossoms are drying up before they can form fruit.  It may be a short season for blackberries this year.


Tues through Sat  10:00 am to 6 pm 

Sunday  11:00am to 5:00 pm


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 in August.   

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

Bread and Butter pickles from Japanese cucumbers

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm

Dehydrated grapefruit and lemons

Summer Squash: zucchini and yellow squash

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.

Here is what we have from other producers:

WoodRose Country Garden  in Granite Bay, organic practices:   summer squash, eggplant, okra, onions, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, fresh garlic, Armenian cucumbers, bell peppers, potatoes, beans , snow peas, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.  Limited supply of nectarines.

Double Delight Nectarine

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

La Bella Vito Farm in Loomis is bringing us fresh🥚 eggs from pastured 🐔🐔chickens.

Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay:  Japanese Ume plums:  These small very tart apricots are pickled for Japanese  cuisine.  They are commonly pickled in salt, sugar, honey, or alcohol. 

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

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