Fruit & News of the Week: January 29, 2018

This Week’s Fruit:

Taracco Blood Oranges
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
A beautiful orange to deep red flesh is revealed when you slice open a Tarocco. The flesh of the blood orange is firmer and more dense than an orange and its flavor is a little more tart.

Meyer Lemons
Frog Hollow Farm, Brentwood, CA
Thought to be a cross between a regular (Eureka or Lisbon) lemon and a Mandarin orange. They have a smooth deep yellow peel that is highly aromatic and great to use as zest in recipes and a sweeter less acidic flesh than standard lemons.

Navel Oranges
Twin Girls, Dinuba, 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.

Fuji Apples
Cuyama Farm, New Cuyama, 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.

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.

Star Ruby Grapefruit
Rainbow Valley Orchards, Temecula, 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,

After 4 days at the Asilomar Eco-Farm
Conference in the Monterey Peninsula, I returned to the farm brimming with renewed hope and new ideas. I was there to speak at two workshops:
·        Adapting to Climate Change
·        Farmworker Retention Challenges

I’m sure I learned more than I taught. The workshops were overflowing with young and old alike, but the young starry-eyed beginning farmers really stood out. I was struck by their interest in the soil and in farming systems which build soil, restore biological diversity to the soil and produce food for health. While sequestering carbon and mitigating climate change. Seeing these young farmers and experiencing their vision for farming, gives me joy and hope for the future!

Farmer Al

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