Fruit & News of the Week: August 22nd


Summerset Peach
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
The Summerset matures into a very large peach, some weighing in at more than two pounds! Bright yellow with hardly no blush to speak of, the Summerset is a freestone that boasts a bold flesh that has a strong peach flavor. Sweet and juicy but with a tart, acidic bite, it makes for a nice contrast as a follow-up to the extremely sweet Cal Red. The Summerset has a nicely firm texture that freezes well and is a favorite of ours to bake with.

August Red Nectarine
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
A late season nectarine that is elegantly shaped and rich in flavor, with deep red skin and warm orange flesh.

Flavor King Pluot
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
A dark-skinned pluot with red flesh, it has an intense rich flavor combined with sweet, spicy tones that are reminiscent of the Santa Rosa. A nice acid bite and firm texture that softens beautifully as the fruit continues to ripen, the Flavor King is amazing out of hand and equally good for baking.

Flavor Heart Pluot
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
The Flavor Heart gets its name from its distinctively tapered shape. Its meaty, pale yellow flesh is very low in acid and the sweetness and color contrasts strikingly with its dark purple almost black skin.

Red Seedless Grapes
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Enjoy these out of hand or try them in green salads, chicken salads, or fruit salads. Grapes can be enjoyed from the counter within a few days of receiving your box or refrigerated to enjoy them further into the week.

Emerald Beaut Plum
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
A freestone plum, the Emerald Beaut is a delicate green that turns golden with a hint of a blush. It has a firmer texture than the Santa Rosa with a crisp almost crunchy mouthfeel. One of our most hardy fruit, the Emerald Beaut just gets sweeter and sweeter without losing texture as it ages.



Dear CSA Members,

Here at the farm, the craziness of stone fruit season is winding down.  Nectarines are off the trees, and the last of the peaches are being harvested.  But, we still have lots of Emerald Beauts hanging on the trees, and we’re waiting on Shinko pears and our apples.  The picking crew’s harvesting tasks have slowed to a half day, so they started this week on pruning the Warren pears and apricot trees.  Our Pink Lady apple crop this year is heavier than ever, however we’re also facing a bad case of Coddling Moth. These little buggers eat the ripening apples! Next year we are planning to be more aggressive against the moths, combating them with beneficial insects and neem oil spray.  Luckily, it’s looking like the heavy crop set will make up for moth damage, leaving us a similar apple production as last year.

Our tomatoes are in full swing! Almost every one of the 26 tomato varieties have begun to fruit.  So far the most beautiful tomatoes are a new variety for us, “Lucid Gem”, with bluish-purple skin and vibrant pink flesh.  Our current favorites for flavor are Japanese Black Trifele, Red Brandywine and Watermelon Beefsteak.  The watermelon beefsteak are huge, lobed, and brilliantly pink. We’re happy to see our CSA members are enjoying tomatoes too. We fulfilled orders for 60 boxes of tomatoes last week, and another 60 this week. And, we have more exciting news about tomatoes. We’re happy to announce that Frog Hollow Ketchup (made from FHF tomatoes, of course!) is on the way.  We’ve signed a co-packing agreement to produce bottled, Frog Hollow Ketchup. Don’t worry, we’ll have more information about this new product coming soon.

Last, but not least, in our farm wrap up- Olives are looking swell! They’ll be picked and pressed in Mid-October, the crop is looking bigger than ever. Can’t wait for that olio-nuevo!

Farmer Kristin

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