Fruit & News of the Week: March 20th

THIS WEEK’S FRUIT:

Sanguinelli Blood Oranges
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Sanguinelli is the latest variety of our blood oranges. The flesh is sweet and ranges in color from orange with dark red streaking to a dark red maroon. Sanguinellis are usually seedless.

Navel Oranges
Olson 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 http://bit.ly/2grsBOE.

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.

Hass Avocados
Bravocado, San Diego, CA
Creamy in texture, nutty in flavor, with a small to medium seed. The Hass skin is easy to peel and darkens from green to purplish-black as it ripens.

Ruby Grapefruit
Sundance, San Diego, 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.

…all varieties are subject to change…

A NOTE FROM FARMER AL:

Dear CSA Members,

Spring is always, or almost always, a time for hope, renewed energy, and beauty for all of us who live and work here at Frog Hollow Farm. Apricots start blooming in late February, along with our plums and pluots. The transformation, from bare skeletal branches to snowy white blooms, passionate pink petals, all fragrant with the scent of honey and new mown grass, is intoxicating yet energizing. The bees are working in the blooms, and we are reminded by them that we are indeed closely connected to them and to nature itself. The food we eat, the health and delicious pleasure we get from it, are all part of an intricate web of nature weaving us together in a dance of beauty and a celebration of life.

This year, because of California’s relentless rains, we’re way behind on all our work, especially pruning and planting. So my “tree team” are delighted with the sunny days we’re getting. They’re back up on their ladders, laughing and joking around, very happy to be working again. And I’m glad to see the too dense branches falling to the ground, thinned out to make way for maximum sunlight to grow those big, juicy, delicious peaches!

The 2017 season begins.

Cheers,

Farmer Al

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