Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Weather

This winter's weather is odd to say the least. We made our final tomato harvest of the season yesterday! I finally took the plants and cages down today. While the heirlooms were long over, the paste tomatoes were still going strong, and the cherries were beginning to rally!!

Since our last post, praising CalFire for their efforts up here, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties suffered the largest recorded wildfire in California history and are now battling mudslides, as the rains finally arrive. Our thoughts remain with all those affected.

We recorded one of our driest Decembers ever (0.11"), though we finally received a significant pulse early in 2018, putting our rain gauge at 12.03" rain year to date. Fortunately, it's looking like a few bands of moisture will reach us towards the end of this week and into next.

On the fruit front, the weather's been splendid! Our citrus is going gangbusters. We're already through Page Tangelos and Owari Satsuma Mandarins, and halfway through our Algerian 'Clementine' Tangerines. Our 'Late' Satsumas, Shasta Gold Mandarins, Gold Nugget Mandarins and Tango Tangerines are all loaded on deck.

In the larger fruit, we began harvesting Washington Navel Oranges this week. Jincheng Sweet Oranges, Cara Cara Navels and the Moro Blood Oranges are all still a few weeks out.

Be sure to look for us on the menu at Assembly and the Penny Ice Creamery, as well as in Bevy Produce and the New Leaf Markets in Felton and Boulder Creek.

A special shout out goes to our newest partners: INNA jam and Jamnation, who are using our Meyer Lemons this year! Speaking of which, I envy those who scored one of Manresa Bread's Meyer Lemon Tarts!

Here's to a healthy, happy and abundant 2018!