Fruit & News of the Week: December 26th


 Navel Oranges
Twin Girls Farm, Yettem, 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 the fine folks at Twin Girls Farm please see a previous blog post at

Hayward Kiwis
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 and thin skin. To read more about Richard and Cindy Chiechi please see a previous blog post at

Hamilton Growers, Reedly, 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.

Pink Lady Apples
Cuyama Farm, New Cuyama, 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.

Clementine Mandarins
Homegrown Organic Farm, Porterville, CA
Clementines are very sweet, juicy, easy to peel, and usually seedless, making them very popular with children and adults alike. Store out of sunlight for 2-4 days on the counter or up to two weeks in the fridge.

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.

…all varieties are subject to change…


Dear CSA Members,

While traditionally, the colors of Holidays are red and green and blue and white, but here at Frog Hollow, they are orange, red and yellow.

Orange for the last of the beautiful persimmons that we’ll enjoy in our salads and cookies. Orange also for all the amazing citrus that’s starting to come on; gorgeous and delicious kumquats with their sweet skin and tart middle that are so great in cranberry sauce, marmalades, salads or eaten out of hand. We have a huge crop on our few trees and we’ll be planting more this year. Orange too, for all the amazing mandarins that will come into production starting next year. In the future, those 5 acres of assorted varieties will take us from November to early April. Soon the kitchen will start making our navel orange marmalade production and a few batches of very special Bergamot and Seville orange marmalade from our 2 trees.

Red, is for the blood oranges that will be here soon, with their intense deep burgundy flesh and complex flavor. First come our favorite, the Taroccos, then the Moros, and lastly the Sanguinellos.

Yellow, is for all the amazing Meyer Lemons that are coming on and the Meyer Lemon Marmalade we’ll be busy making after the New Year.

Thank you all for being a part of our Frog Hollow Community; we are so grateful for your support.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a very happy, and delicious New Year.



Farmer Al

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