Friday, July 5, 2024


     The long awaited summer peach has arrived.   It seems a bit late but with the hot weather the peaches are now ripening quickly.We are currently harvesting Flavorcrest, Regina, Red Haven, and June Pride. These are all yellow freestone peaches.  One white peach was in the harvest box.  White peaches will be starting soon.

    We are now finishing the Santa Rosa harvest.  There are many stacks of these prized plums in our cool room.  You can enjoy them for another 3 weeks.  Hope you will try some of the other plum varieties we have.  Currently there are two red fleshed plums: Burgundy and Satsuma.  Soon there will be Black Amber plums.  These are fragrant with distinct flavor.  Often Black Amber is used to make pie.

    The blackberry season has started.  These wild berries are sweet with  true blackberry flavor.  As a little  girl, my mother often took my sister and me to the berry bushes to pick.  We had to wear long sleeve shirts and barn boots that came up to our knees.  Then we were ready to attacked those prickly bushes but usually they attacked us with their multiple thorns.  It was always a challenge to get those yummy black juicy berries.  So tasty and sweet.

    The vegetable garden is producing Japanese cucumbers and yellow and green zucchini.  Soon we will also have beans, eggplant, peppers, okra, cherry tomatoes and tomatoes.  To add to our vegetable offerings we are getting onions and garlic from WoodRose Garden and cherry tomatoes from Kajani Farm. 

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.


Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

            Sunday: 11:00 to 5:00

Closed on Mondays

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


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

    Satsuma:  Small soft plums with red flesh.  When ripe it glistens like jelly inside.

    Burgundy:  Small soft or firm sweet plums with red flesh.


    Flavorcrest:  Small yellow flesh peaches. Sweet tart and juicy when ripe.  Freestone.

    Regina:  Small yellow freestone peach.  Very sweet and juicy when mature. 

    Red Haven:  Yellow freestone peach, sweet juicy with some tang and distinct flavor. A very popular variety.

    PF-11:  Good tasting yellow freestone peach.  Yellow flesh with red streaks. 

Blackberries: These are wild blackberries hand picked by our experienced harvester.  They are sweet and tasty.   Due to the heat this summer their season may be shorter than usual.

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 
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.😋

Eureka Lemons:  These are the sour lemons. Great for intense sweet and sour flavoring.

Persimmon:  Frozen Hachiya persimmon pulp.

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).

Red or Green Shiso leaves:  Beefsteak herb. Japaneses aromatic herb used in salads, soups and on noodles. Can be paired with sashimi. Red shiso is used in preparing umeboshi.

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

    Ruby Red Garapefruit: Pink fleshed grapefruit

Sunnyslope Farm in Granite Bay, conventional practices:

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

    June Pride Peaches:  Deep red skin with bright yellow flesh. Aromatic with great flavor and sweetness.

WoodRose Country Garden in Granite Bay, organic practices:

    White Nectarines:  Dark skin with beautiful white flesh .  Very juicy and sweet.

    White Onions and Garlic

Kijani Farm in Granite Bay, organic practices:  red cherry tomatoes (Limited Supply).

Arrow Place in Auburn, no spray:  Meyer Lemons.

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

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