Friday, August 11, 2023


 We have been getting one question lately.  "Do you have peaches?"  Sometimes the answer is "yes" and often the answer is "just a little".  Yesterday the answer was "no".  But now it is today and the answer is "just a little".  So, well... it just depends.  The crop has been very small for  peaches, plums, pluots and apricots.  And the fruit that did grow was not of high quality yet customers have told us that they still taste better than most. On the bright side are local supportive farmers.  Sunnyslope Farm will be bringing in 3 more varieties of peaches.  Mihara Farm brought us Elephant Heart plums.


If you were to ask us for tomatoes, the answer would be "yes".  For the time, tomatoes are big and juicy and plentiful.   There are big beautiful juicy slicers, luscious heirlooms, and a multitude of colorful tomatoes to add interest to your plate.  If you need San Marzano paste tomatoes for your special sauce recipe, there is a good supply.  Now is a good time to sun dry some San Marzano tomatoes for winter use.  My daughter and I will be busy making stewed tomatoes and sauce.  We used to can tomatoes but now the freezer is more convenient.


Gardens are still producing boxes of squash, cucumbers and beans.  The Okra is just getting started, and is so popular with customers. WoodRose Country Garden brings us beautiful slicing, heirloom and San Marzano tomatoes. Also herbs, beans, carrots, peppers, okra, squash, basil, potatoes, and onions.  Kale,chard and kabocha are coming from Kijani Farm.

What's next. grapes, Asian pears, pears and apples. The start of our Kyoho (purple seeded) grape harvest was delayed because the earliest ones were shriveled by the last heat spell.  They are now ready for sale.  Kikusui, an early yellow Asian pear, is also being harvested. Graventein apples are finished but the Gala apples are now ready. Lupi Farm  brought us an early harvest of D'Anjou pears. 


Tues through Sat  10:00 am to 6 pm 

Sunday  11:00 am 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:  Gala: Sweet, crisp with a floral aroma.

Grapes:  Kyoho:  Very sweet purple grapes with concord-like flavor. Seeded.                                Red Purlett :  seedless, sweet red grapes.

Asian Pears:   Kikusui: early yellow skinned, sweet, crisp pear. (In past years I referred to this pear as Kosui. The internet tells me Kosui is a brown skinned pear.  So for now, I will refer to it as Kikusui. Only my Dad could tell me but he has been gone for a long time.)

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

Pluots:  Flavor Granade-Limited supply

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

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

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm:   Supply is low for the moment.

Dehydrated grapefruit and lemon slices

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

Cherry Tomatoes:    Sungold, Sweet 100,  Black Cherry, Napa Rose, Rosalita, Yellow Pear.

Chili Peppers:   Aji Amareto, Buena Mulata, Jalapenos, and Shishito---All limited supply.

Summer Squash: Patty Pan Scalloped squash, Crook neck,  yellow, green and striped zucchini.  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.

Sweet Peppers:

Okra: When we pay attention, we 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:  Summer squash, eggplant, okra, carrots, beans, onions, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, fresh garlic, Armenian cucumbers, colorful bell peppers, potatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, San Marzano paste tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. Sun-dried San Marzano tomatoes.

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. Production is a little slow during the high heat.

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay, organic practices:  Red Russian Kale, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard. Kijani Farm brought us our first offering of Kaboch, Japanese winter squash (pumpkin).

Lupi Farm in Granite Bay, no spray:  D'Anjou pears.  These pears need to ripen at room temperature for about 2 weeks. They become sweet with mild flavor and a firm texture.  Eat out of hand or add to salad.

Mihara Farm  conventional farming in Newcastle, CA:  Elephant Heart ๐Ÿ’– Plums:  Sweet red fleshed plums.  We also have Kiwi from Mihara Farm.

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