Fruit & News of the Week: June 12th 2017

This Week’s Fruit:

Stella Cherries
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Stella cherries are dark almost to the point of being black and slightly smaller than the big, bold Bing.These are the last variety of cherry for the season.
Gold Dust Peaches
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
The Gold Dust is one of our favorites and the first
truly outstanding peach of the season for eating out of hand. An heirloom variety, it is low in acid and smaller than most of our peaches. Its juicy, melting texture and sweetness makes it a favorite on the farm.
June Glo Nectarines
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
An early season, yellow fleshed nectarine that is semi-freestone and full of flavor, by plant renowned plant breeder Flyod Zaiger.
Goldensweet Apricots
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
At long last our Goldensweets have arrived. They are a smaller apricot that makes up for whatever it lacks in size with its rich flavor. Though we may bake pastries featuring other varieties, the Goldensweet is our variety of choice for our best-selling apricot conserve. Another California born and bred variety, it has a brilliant golden orange skin with a soft blush.

A Note from Farmer Al

Dear CSA Members,
There’s no end to bizarre weather in California this year! Right now, at 6:30 pm the Sunday of our CSA event, it’s pouring down rain. Heavy rain. With strong winds. It’s definitely not what we want for our crops. We have many varieties and many acres of fruit ripe and ready to pick right now and this rain could definitely hurt. Tomorrow we plan to pick:

  1. Stella cherries
  2. Golden sweet apricots
  3. Gold Dust peaches
  4. Jade nectarines

Later in the week, we’ll also be picking:

  1. Rich Lady peaches
  2. Flavor crest peaches
  3. Santa Rosa plums

All of these fruits as ripe as they are will be at risk from this rain. The one thing I’m hoping for is that thewind will continue to be strong even after the rain passes. Wind lasting for several hours could dry the fruit off before brown rot takes hold. So, that’s the really bad news.
The good news is the CSA pick n’ jam event today was great. Over 200 people came to pick the rare and wonderful Gold dust peaches, and all acclaimed how delicious they are. During the 4 ½ hour event the weather was perfect: cool and breezy, unlike the hot day we had for last years’ event. (And fortunately, unlike the rain that came sweeping in just now.) It’s good to see people enjoying the experience of Frog Hollow Farm, from little children to their grandmas and grandpas. All day long I was hearing the words “It’s so beautiful here.” Words I say to myself everyday…

Regards,
Farmer Al

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