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
Now that stone fruit season is winding down our ground crew is getting ready for the big task of planting cover crops before the rainy season begins.Read More
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
Our olive trees have set fruit and are beginning to ripen. We are already eagerly awaiting the first press which should happen sometime in mid-October, especially because we are completely out of stock of our 2017 press.Read More
As our CSA Members know, we at Frog Hollow Farm love to try new things. Our latest endeavor is our very own Summit Wheat 515 flourRead More
Read how we’ve partnered up with USDA to test out new fruit drying racks.Read More
We were pleased to have Danielle Lord, a student at UC Davis, join us as an intern for weeks this summer. Read on to learn about her experience at the farm.
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
Every once in a while you will hear us throw around the word Brix in reference to our fruit's sweetness and we thought now, in the heart of stone fruit season, would be a great time to explain what a Brix test is and why we do it!
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
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.
Touching base with Rachel to see the last of the citrus trees going in the ground for the year!Read More
At Frog Hollow, we have a strong commitment to eliminating waste. Our farm kitchen and fruit drying yard transform thousands of pounds of fruit which are too damaged to eat of hand into delicious conserves and fruit-filled pastries, cakes, and cookies.Read More
Thanks to everyone who came out to the farm for our annual Peach Pick & Jam. We had such a great time seeing you all! We can’t wait until the Fall Harvest Festival for apple picking.Read More
Many gardeners will know the dreaded two Spotted mite, more commonly known as Spider Mite, a small arachnid that is a summer foe in our orchard. If you have ever seen an unhealthy looking plant covered in white cobweb-like strings then you too know the spider mite.Read More
At Frog Hollow we strive to employ Integrated Pest Management or IPM to reduce pest pressure before any major damage can be done. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of controls. Controls typically fall under three categories:
1. Cultural Control - these are physical controls like weed whacking the understory of the orchard to bring down problematic mite populations (more on that next week).Read More
You might have noticed we haven't heard much lately from Rachel, Farm Assistant extraordinaire. That's because she has been knee deep in preparing for a major farm audit. We recently caught up with her to find out the why and how of food safety on Frog Hollow Farm.Read More
As we are all rejoicing over the arrival of our cherries, and though slim, apricots, we are at the same time lamenting about the discovery of extensive damage to our apple trees from fire blight.
Fire blight is the result of an infection caused by the bacterium, Erwinia amylovora which can overwinter on a trees woody portions. If conditions in the spring are warm and moist, as they were in the early spring this year when we were experienced a week of dewy mornings which turned into 80 degree days, the bacterium becomes highly activated and multiplies.Read More
Farmer Al recently made a whirlwind trip to Washington DC to attend a conference hosted by Partnership for a Healthier America. This organization brings together "public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity". They work with the "big guys" like fast food companies and politicians to get major systemic changes around the food industry and the policies governing it.Read More