Fruit & News of the Week: March 26th –

This Week’s Fruit

Minneloa Tangelos
Twin Girls Farm, Dinuba, CA
The Tangelo is a cross between a mandarin and grapefruit. Its
skin is easy to peel and its flesh is a deep orange, tender and
juicy with a rich and sweet tart flavor.
Murcot Mandarins
Twin Girls Farm, Dinuba, CA
Murcott Mandarins are a cross between a sweet orange and a
tangerine. They are known for their rich flavor and deeply hued
flesh and juice. Their small size and sweet juice makes them a
favorite with little ones.
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 sweet flesh that makes them a
perfect snack.
Hass Avocado
Churchill Orchards, Ojai, 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.

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.

Star Ruby Grapefruit
EcoFarm, 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,
It’s the best Brooks cherry bloom I’ve seen in years. Every tree is a billowy white cloud of flowers swarming with bees. Their buzzing is a primeval hum that mesmerizes, calling us back to some deep longing in our subconscious. And a budding hope that finally, this year, we will have a bountiful crop of Brooks cherries, my favorites.

I’m out here in the cherry orchard with my pruning crew on a mission. To prune out old wood and make way for the newer, vigorous young branches thrive and grow. Younger growth produces larger, sweeter cherries. And to renew a little bit each year the tree’s structure. The pruners remove branches in the middle to produce an open vase-shaped
tree structure that allows the morning, mid-day, and afternoon sunlight to reach every leaf, energizing uniform growth throughout the tree canopy.

The ground crew is also working here not too far beyond the tree team. The muffled whine of their weed whackers engines is a counterpoint to the ancient murmuring of bees.

I’m suddenly dreaming of warm cherry pie….

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