Tuesday, June 25, 2024

  I don't recall a year with so many apricots. I searched the internet for what to do with apricots.   I found a tempting photo of Apricot Clafoutis by Oventales.  The recipe was easy enough and the results were delicious.  I will make this again with apricots or other fruit, like European plums.

Santa Rosa plums are starting their season. They are already sweet, juicy, fragrant and flavorful.   These plums are an all time favorite for so many folks.  Many recall the tree planted in their childhood backyard and in many cases, continue the tradition. 

We finished the early peaches and are now waiting for the next varieties to mature. Regina, Red Haven and Flavorcrest should begin harvest by the end of June.  These three varieties are yellow freestone peaches. We are hoping for a bigger harvest than last year. 

I have tasted the first cherry tomatoes. They are slow to start but this warm weather should give them a boost.  Hope I can sell my first basket full this week. There are many green standard tomatoes on the vine. I'm hoping to have some to sell by mid July.   The Japanese cucumbers are getting a jump start.  We are harvesting a box of them a day.  These cucumbers are seedless and thin skinned.  They have wonderful fresh cucumber flavor.  Many people enjoy them for a healthy cold crunchy snack.  Of course they are great in salads, sandwiches and just sliced.  We will be getting peppers, eggplant and beans from the garden in a few weeks.

The first of the figs for the year have suddenly arrived.  It will be a short season.  In August, we are expecting the second fig crop.

We were able to get some persimmon trees to sell.  Let us know if you want a Fuyu or Hachiya persimmon tree to plant.

 We continue to have a supply of hoshigaki (Japanese dried persimmons) in the freezer.  These are sweet and tender with traditional persimmon flavor.  They are coated  with hoshigaki sugar.  A sweet treat.  They are available at the farm stand.  Mail order may restart when the weather cools down.


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

Plums:  Santa Rosa: Sweet, and juicy, One of the all time  most   popular  varieties.  They are very flavorful and fragrant.   Don't miss out.

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. We strive to make the best hoshigaki without any shortcuts.  This takes time and attention during the drying season. The hoshigaki is available in the farm stand. You may drop in for on farm pick up.  Contact us for large on-farm pick-up orders. (916) 791-1656 or email at otowochard@yahoo.com. 
Mail orders may restart when the weather cools.

Valencia Oranges:  These oranges have thin skin and high juice content. Used for  juicing or fresh eating.  Slice them in half and cut them into smiles.๐Ÿ˜‹

Persimmon:  Frozen Hachiya persimmon pulp.


   Royal: Sweet tart apricot with a background of honey when soft (limited supply).

   Patterson: Large firm apricot with good flavor (limited supply).

Figs:   The first crop, Breba, is now available for a short time.  

    Black Mission figs are dark, with sweet fig flavor.  Popular variety.

    Panache or Tiger Stripe figs have red strawberry pulp. Very popular for it's sweet berry-like flavor.

Summer Squash:  Green and yellow zucchini. Very fresh and easy to cook.

Japanese cucumbers:  Seedless and tender. So crisp and refreshing as  a snack on a warm summer day.We love the flavor of these cucumbers and are always sad when they are gone. 

Sungold cherry tomatoes:  Sweet orange cherry tomatoes.  Fruity flavor. The most popular cherry tomato at our farm for years. (Limited Supply).

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

⚘ Calendula  Salve and Lip Balm:  Wonderfully thick salve for healing dry skin, bug bites and scrapes.

Here is what we have from other producers:

Mihara Farm in Newcastle, conventional practices:

    Black Beaut Plums:  Sweet tart plums with dark skin and yellow-red flesh. Very juicy when soft.

Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay, conventional practices:

    Flavorcrest Peaches:  Yellow freestone peaches.  Juicy and firm sweet tart flesh.  (Limited Supply.)

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

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