THIS WEEK’S FRUIT:
Milleans Farm, Lodi, CA
The Fuyu has a crisp texture with a rich honey sweet flavor. They have a beautiful orange to red hue when ripe, often with tiny brown speckles on the skin. They can be eaten out of hand with skin on or peeled.
Twin Girls Farm, Sultana, 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.
Twin Girls Farm, Yettem, CA
Valencia Oranges are known for their very sweet tasting and brightly colored juice. Their sweet, bright flavor and minimal seed content and sweet flesh that makes them perfect for snacking or juicing. To read more about the fine folks at Twin Girls Farm please see a previous blog post at http://bit.ly/2fnFf2m
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.
Cuyama Farm, New Cuyama, CA.
Galas have a yellow to orange skin with reddish striping. Their flesh is crisp with a sweet flavor and floral undertones.
…all varieties are subject to change…
A NOTE FROM FARMER AL:
To Our Loyal Frog Hollow Farm Community,
This year we’re celebrating our 40th year. It’s been a long and joyful journey for me since that first moment of revelation and inspiration in Honolulu, Hawaii, when I first decided to become a farmer. It was actually the idea of my friend Bill, whom I’d known since our days on the track team at Cal Berkeley.
To make a long story short, I started farming that same day of decision right there in our backyard in Honolulu, then to a nearby location, a quarter acre on a Chinese cemetery in Manoa Valley, and then to a 1.5 acre farm in Waianae. Two years later, in 1976, I bought 13 acres here in Brentwood. I found my spot! Now, 40 years later, the farm has grown to 234 acres, from growing only peaches to a diversity of fruits, vegetables and soon grains.
I’m driven by three things. First, the beauty of this place; in the mornings, the sun rises over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the East, a 200-mile-long sundown. Days are filled with vast vistas of California’s great central valley, and evenings, a warm glow of the sun setting over Mt Diablo in the West.
Second, planting trees and nurturing them to growth; digging in the dirt still turns me on!
Third, the wonderful deliciousness of the food and its unequivocal goodness. The smiles and rave reviews of regular customers, coming back for more at the farmers’ markets keep me going.
I feel a part of nature and this wonderful community of people who help me grow this food and you, the people who eat it.
I am very thankful.