Fruit & News of the Week: March 13th


Moro Blood Oranges
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Moros have a deep red flesh and tart flavor with a rind that tends to blush into hues of red. The Moro is a wonderfull orange for juicing or cooking due to its bright flavor and color.

Navel Oranges
Olsen Organics, Lindsay, CA
California Navel Oranges are considered to be the best Navels for eating out of hand. They have a thick skin that is easy to peel, are seedless and have a meaty and sweet flesh that makes them a perfect snack. To read more about Ken Olson, please see previos blog post at

Ruby Grapefruit
Sunrise Farm, Vista, CA
The Grapefruit is said to be a cross between the Jamaican sweet orange and the Indonesian pomelo, first documented in 1750. Under its thick, red-blushed skin you’ll find an aromatic, ruby red, juicy flesh with a perfect sweet tart flavor.

Fuji Apples
Smit Farm, Linden 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.

Pink Lady Apples
Smit Farm, Linden, CA
Pink Lady’s are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. They are a crisp and juicy apple with a tart finish. Pink skins and a creamy white colored flesh that resists browning make this an excellent apple for salads and slicing.

Hayward Kiwi
Chiechi Farm, Live Oak, CA
Originally known as the Chinese gooseberry due to its Chinese origins. Hawyward Wright, a New Zealand nurseryman propagated his plants by grafting, and they eventually became the preferred cultivar of growers due to their sweet flavor and

…all varieties are subject to change…


Dear CSA Members,

Everyone was exclaiming “Wow! What a beautiful day!” And indeed, the weather was amazing. The views of the surrounding foothills were magical, emerald green embroidered with dark afternoon shadows. It was our annual CSA “Blossom Walk, Bee talk”. And everyone agreed it was our best ever!

Kelly, or “Miss Bee Haven”, as she is known at the local farmers markets, was here with her bees to give us a lesson about the inner workings of a bee hive. So we all walked out in the orchard surrounded by insanely passionate pink peach blossoms, with bees buzzing all around.

We gathered around her hive (after she had “smoked” the hive to calm everybody down) and she took off the lid. We were then mesmerized as she pulled out the “frames” for all to see and experience. Each frame was absolutely loaded with bees, crawling over each other, teeming with life. There is obviously no “colony collapse disorder” in her hives. Everyone looked very healthy and energetic. We even saw the “Queen”. It was certainly my best ever bee experience and I’m sure all the members felt the same, especially the kids. And not a single bee sting!

I felt very fortunate indeed that “Miss Bee Haven” Kelly will be relocating many of her 100 hives to Frog Hollow Farm. It will be a welcome new addition to the Frog Hollow Farm Family!

Farmer Al

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