Fruit & News of the Week: May 15, 2017

This week's fruit:

Brooks Cherries Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA Brooks Cherries are the total package. Beautiful deep red color, perfect tart/sweet balance & great texture!

Fuji Apples Cuyama, New Cuyama, CA Fujis are a cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an heirloom apple dating back to Thomas Jefferson.  They are one of the sweetest variety apples around making them a household favorite.

Hass Avocados Bravacado, San Diego, CA Creamy in texture, nutty in flavor, with a small to medium seed. The Hass skin is easy to peel and darkens from green to purplish-black as it ripens.

Tango Mandarins Home Grown Organic, Porterville, CA The Tango is a newer variety tangerine created from budwood of Murcott mandarins which are prized for sweet and tangy flavor, deep orange color and easy to peel rind. The Tango holds all of the delightful characteristics of the Murcott but is virtually seedless.

Sweet Anne Strawberries JW Farm, Watsonville, CA The Sweet Ann is a fairly new variety, created in 2005 to grow in the coastal climates like Santa Cruz County. Sweet Anns are usually big, conically-shaped berries with excellent sweet old fashioned strawberry flavor and a semi firm flesh.

...all varieties are subject to change...


A Note from Farmer Al

Dear CSA Members, We finally have cherries. After 3 years of cherry crop failures, due to climate change! The problem is winter chill. Cherries need at least 900 hours of below 45 degree temperatures between November 1 and February 28th. These cold winters have an effect on the flower bud development and without them, the flower buds don’t form properly. This year we got the rain everyone was praying for to end the drought but also good winter chill. The Brooks cherries are my favorite. Very high Brix (sugar) at 26% with good acid (tartness) and rich cherry flavor. Everyone loves them. It was so great to see people lining up to get them at the Farmers Market Saturday! And there is enough crop to provide CSA members cherries for several weeks! As for Apricots, all of the early varieties were wiped out by those heavy winter rains! But for you apricot lovers, be patient. The Goldensweet variety will be a good crop, arriving in early June. Organically yours, Farmer Al