Another month gone. Wow, this year has been going by fast. Enjoy reading through our final summer newsletter of 2021.
We will be bringing Hass and Gem avocados to the market this month. The youngest Hass trees have produced a lot of fruit this year, which means our avocado season has been extended. Whoo hoo! We plan to continue coming to the
market until Thanksgiving.
We thought we would be bringing figs to the market at the end of August, but this mild summer slowed their ripening. Now we can tell you that we will bring figs to the market this
month. Our trees are still young and small, but we are excited to see how much they have been producing.
The figs you will see at the market: Chetwyn Fig (these will make up the majority of figs at our stand), Tiger Stripe (pictured on the left), Brown Turkey (a common variety found in grocery stores), and Corky's Honey Delight (a fig with
amber-colored flesh and sweet honey flavor).
Animal Highlight: Petey
The chicken yard has been extended to encircle most of the fruit tree orchard below our house, since chickens are great at keeping down weeds and eating the problematic insects. Now we can watch the flock from our kitchen window, which has inspired the animal highlight of this
Our white Silky rooster, Petey, is a great character in our flock. He always keeps alert for danger and alerts the hens once he encounters it (which can range from a coyote howl to a gate opening **very scary). When the hens are out of Petey's eyesight for too long, he clucks loudly and
they all rush back to him. Petey is also a gentleman. If he finds a morsel on the ground, he will cluck and coo to bring nearby hens over to enjoy the treat.
It's September and we are halfway through canning season. Over the years we have planted a fruit tree orchard on the hillside below our house, and it includes a nectarine, a peach, persimmons, a few pomegranates, and 12 different varieties of apples. In the spring, these trees are beautiful when they burst into bloom, but this time of year things
get even better once we can finally start canning their fruit.
The nectarines and peaches have been pureed and made into a sauce, which is perfect for drizzling over vanilla ice cream or plain yogurt.Now we are in the midst of making applesauce.
Our Pink Pearl apples have already been harvested and turned into applesauce. Next week we
will start the process again with our Jonagold apples. Both of those varieties are tart, which makes them perfect for applesauce or to use in baking. Our other varieties--Honey Crisp, Gala, and Fuji apples--are sweeter. They make a great snack to crunch on right off the tree.
In the pictures below you can see part of our Pink Pearl harvest and some jars of the resulting applesauce.
Note: We don't sell our apples, but you can get some at the Hayward Farmer's market from Hale’s Apple Farm. He sells wonderfully tasty apples, and his apple juice is amazing!
Choco-Banana Avocado Smoothie
On these hot days, a creamy, cold, and sweet drink is just what we need. This frothy smoothie is super simple to make. And is absolutely delicious!
Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 cup milk of your choice, 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 avocado, and 2 tsp honey.
Put everything into the blender. Slowly increase speed of the blender and blend until completely smooth (about 30 seconds). Enjoy!
May you find this month a time to reflect on the fruits of your life and preserve wonderful memories for the future.