Posts in Farm Focus
Farm Focus: Our Win-Win Pruning Technique

As you've read in previous newsletters, we've been busy pruning our apricot trees for about the last month. Most pruning happens in the winter but we prune the apricots early when they still have foliage to avoid increasing the risk of brown rot, a fungal disease, which apricots are extremely susceptible to.

Read More
Farm Focus: Holding Our Breath

Due to unfortunate weather events during spring bloom time in 2017 and 2018, we've taken a major hit on our apricot crop harvests. We thought 2017 was bad when we lost about 50% of our crop. This May, those numbers looked cheerful. We lost about 95% of our Goldensweet crop, which is our most important apricot variety. But, we are now looking at what we hope will be a silver lining to this spring's devastating loss.  

Read More
Farm Focus: The Great Plum Mix-Up

In the late spring of 2017, we planted 800 new plum trees to increase our Emerald Beaut production. The Emerald Beauts are a late-season plum that you will all enjoy in the CSA boxes soon. They are a lovely soft shade of green with a firm texture and a crisp almost crunchy mouthfeel.  They are a sweet plum off the tree that continues to sweeten as they age.  The Emerald Beaut is a favorite at our Farmers Markets, with our wholesale accounts, and with many CSA members. 

Read More
Farm Focus: Citrus Update #2

As we mentioned in January, one of this year's big projects was planting mandarins, those sweet little cousins of the orange that are super sweet and packed with flavor. We have planted a few varieties of mandarins including Kishu, Owari and the crowd favorite: the clementine.

Read More
Farm Focus: Warren Pears - Striking a Balance

In the heat of summer with wagons full of peaches coming in from the orchard, it's hard to believe we are already thinking about our Warren Pear harvest, but we are. We are thankful that the harvest for 2018 is looking very good! In 2016 we had a record low harvest of our Warrens and we were more than nervous.  The Warren Pear is our signature fall fruit and important to our financial health.


Read More