Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rain Day Mid-May!

In a rare turn of weather, we've had 1.66" of rain so far today, bringing our total for the year to 53.99". Furthermore, the rain is forecast to intensify this evening and perhaps even continue through next week.

It is a welcome respite from mowing, mulching, bed-prep and the planting of our summer crops. After putting all of our irrigation systems on a one week rain delay today, I finally took the time to look back through the photos since our last post.

The results of that effort are above. Not documented are our Shasta Gold Mandarins, which were truly winners this year. Also a huge shout-out is in order to our newest customer Snap Taco: 'EAT TACOS, BE HAPPY!' and, as always, thank yous to Wild Roots Market for featuring our citrus all winter!

Storm Update, 5.21: 3.84" storm; 56.17" year-to-date.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Rain, Rain, Snow Away!

February is off to a wet start! 6.50" of rain fell during its first four days, bringing our gauge up to 30.33" for the rain-year to date. The storm ended with a light dusting of snow yesterday morning (last photo above). Far more fell on some of the higher peaks around the Bay Area and remained there today.

On the farm front, citrus season is in full swing. I spent all day harvesting Meyer lemons and plan to do the same tomorrow. Algerian "Clementine" Tangerines, Bergamot Sour Oranges, Buddha Hand Citrons, Cara Cara Navel Oranges, Fukushu Kumquats, Genoa Italian Heirloom Lemons, Golden Globe Satsuma Mandarins, Hayward Kiwis, Meyer Lemons, Owari Satsuma Mandarins, Page Tangelos, Shasta Gold Mandarins, and Washington Navel Oranges have all gone out the door so far in 2019. Gold Nugget Mandarins, JinCheng Sweet Oranges, Late Satsuma Mandarins, and Tango Mandarins are on deck.

Wishing you a (Belated) Happy 2019! We are grateful for all of our clients and excited for the year ahead.

P.s.- We recently captured some amazing footage of a lioness and her cubs feasting on a doe. Be forewarned, it is fairly graphic. The video can be viewed here.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Giving Thanks!

After many dry and smokey days we give thanks for rain and breath a sigh of relief to have the AQI back at 0. 2.73" have fallen with more on the way. Our hearts go out to those who lost lives and property in the recent fires.

On the farm front, citrus is on! Meyer lemons and Bearss limes are flying out the door along with the end of the Fuyu persimmons. Satsumas next!

Ever grateful!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall Colors

Though our daytime temps remain consistently in the low 80's, our nighttime temps are now falling into the low 50's. We did get 0.11" of rain in showers early this month, but the rest has been dry. The rain gauge has only registered 0.17" since mid-July. Hopefully, November brings some good storms with it.

On the farm front, our Fuyu Persimmons and Persian Banana Pumpkins can be found on the menus of The Penny Ice Creamery and The Picnic Basket. Buddha Hand Citrons and Wonderful Pomegranates are available at Wild Roots Market, Felton. And be sure to keep an eye out for a brew containing our Pindo Palm Dates from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.

Lots of citrus on the horizon! Bearss Limes and Hayward Kiwis next!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Avocados Everywhere!

A huge thank you to Coke Farm and Veritable Vegetable for helping us distribute our #48 Hass avocados this year. The photo above was taken right before the forklift arrived to haul them into cold storage.

We are also grateful to all of the local vendors carrying and using our #60's: Bevy Produce, Scotts Valley Market, Staff of Life Market, The Food Bin; #70's: Aptos Natural Foods, Steamer Lane Supply, The Food Bin, The Point Market & Cafe, Viva's Organic Mexican Kitchen; and #84's: Wild Roots Market of Felton.

We also donated three large cases of #2's and #90s to the Delancy Street Foundation, "the country's leading residential self-help organization for substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom."

We're knee deep in peppers, cucumbers, onions and heirloom tomatoes right now. Persian Banana Pumpkins, Fuyu Persimmons and 'Wonderful' Pomegranates are around the corner.

On the homefront, we have everything mowed down to the quick and raked to dirt. Our hearts go out to those affected by the ongoing wildfires. Wishing all a happy and safe end of summer!