Fruit & News of the Week: November 20, 2017

This Week’s Fruit:

Fuyu Persimmons
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, 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.
Pink Lady Apples
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, 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.
Warren European Pear
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
This is Frog Hollow Farm’s signature pear and for good reason. Too difficult to grow for most farmers to consider it’s never caught on commercially but Farmer Al has never shied away from putting the time and effort into a fruit that tastes so good. It has a classic European texture, very soft and juicy with  silky sweetness that avoids the typical grittiness found in most pears.
Pomegranate
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Native to the regions of Persia and the Western Himalayan range, pomegranates have been cultivated for several millennia.When sliced open a beautiful array of jewel-like seeds are displayed. The aril is the colorful casing that surrounds the edible seeds and has a sweet tart flavor. Enjoy the arils alone or use them in salads, desserts, or beverages.

Selection of Heirloom Apples
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Cox’s Orange Pippin – A yellow to orange-hued skin with red mottling dating back to 19th-century England. A sweet yet complexly flavored apple with yellowish white flesh. Belle de Boskoop – Hailing from Holland in 1856 this is a yellow skin apple often with a red blush. The creamy white flesh is crisp, sweet-tart and highly aromatic.Granny Smith – A bright green skinned apple with a tart finish. Ashmead’s Kernel – dating from the 1700’s this is a golden-skinned apple with high russeting. The creamy yellow flesh is aromatic, crisp and sweet. Pink Pearl – Created in 1944 in California, the Pink Pearl have an orange flushed skin which opens to a delicate to vibrant flesh.

 

Note From Farmer Al:

Dear CSA Members,
Heavy, persistent rain is falling right now, for us, the beginning of the rainy season and winter. My new weather station here in the office tells us we have already had almost 1 inch of rain (.81) to be exact) since it started raining this morning at 5:30 am. And I am also informed that it is raining at a rate of .11” per hour. This is really good news in every respect but I will just name a few:
1. The 56 acres of open ground to be planted in trees this winter will be “pre-irrigated,” meaning lots the moisture in the ground to help those young trees new root systems grow good and deep.
2. A full irrigation of all of our established trees.
3. Activation of microbes in recently spread compost and transport of those microbes down into the soil.
4. Rain also moves recently applied fertilizer into the soil.
The one downside for us is that we haven’t yet planted the cover crop seed in our new orchards. On the other hand, this rain might actually provide the perfect soil conditions to plant that seed in to. We’ll just have to hope for enough dry days before the next storm to be able to get into the field with our tractor drawn no-till seed drill.
Farming is something intimately and heavily affected by weather. It’s our biggest challenge and something we can’t control. But we’re not powerless! With knowledge and good management, we can often turn weather events into a good thing. That’s what we do!
Stay tuned,
Farmer Al

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