Fruit & News of the Week: November 27, 2017

This Week’s Fruit:

Late Fall box, pear close up

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 a
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,
This Thanksgiving week here on the farm has been one of the most beautiful I can remember. The “colors of the rainbow” metaphor falls short of describing the range and depth of colors on display in the orchard and skies. Working in such beauty is a joy.
And the work goes well.
The basic work of doing all the things we do to grow the crops has fallen behind to the necessities of harvesting crops with not enough labor. We’ve been behind all summer and well into Autumn. But finally, with the passing weeks and perfect weather, we’re “catching up.”

  • Pruning is back on track.
  • Weeds are under control… making fall look tidier.
  • Compost is being made again (after a three-month hiatus)
  • Compost is being spread under trees.
  • The ground on 56 new acres has been well prepared for planning (except for the installation of the irrigation system).

We’re almost ready for winter, but I am still not quite ready for the rains to begin. I’ll certainly be very pleased when these irrigation systems are in the ground. That is really the last big project of urgency to be done. So, as I look at the horizon and feel a few drops of rain hitting my forehead, I think I will not pray for rain today.

May the blessings of Thanksgiving be with us all…
Farmer Al

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