The figs are getting ripe! At the end of the month, we are bringing
the following varieties to the market: Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Tiger Stripe, and Chetwyn Fig. We will be updating our calendar with what days we will be brining these, which
you can findhere.
We will also continue to bring Hass and Gem avocados to the market throughout the month.
Chetwyn's Own Fig
Our fig adventure started when we first moved onto our property. There was a big fig tree down where our horse pens are now, and it was covered in beautiful green figs. The flavor was so delicate and sweet, and the inside glistened like a pink jewel.
Because the area the tree was growing in was about to undergo construction, we decided to take two cuttings from this tree to plant somewhere else. Both of those cuttings grew into big, healthy trees. But to our dismay, gophers came and ate all of their roots, killing the trees. We took a cutting from the
dying trees and tried again. Before planting it in the ground, we protected the trees' roots with a gopher basket (a basket made of chickenwire). This time, the tree flourished.
Now we have six Chetwyn Fig trees planted around the property and enjoy their delicious fruit every year. Despite researching for years, we have yet to find the real name of this fig. Until we learn what it is, it shall be known as the Chetwyn Fig.
Fig Facts For You
- Fig trees blossom is inside the fruit. The flowers make lots of tiny seeds within the fruit, which give the figs their interesting texture and slight crunch.
- A cup of figs is a cup of milk. When you eat a cup of figs, you get the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk.
- Figs have more to offer than prunes and bananas. Ounce for ounce, figs have more fiber than prunes and more potassium than bananas.
What a Gem!
The Gem avocado is named after the initials of University of California researcher Grey E. Martin. This avocado has similar oil content and flavor to the Hass. It has a nutty and buttery flavor, and we love to use this type of avocado in guacamole, on toast, and of course in chocolate chip avocado cookies.
Dixie and Bella
These are our mini pigs Dixie and Portabella. These piggies are sisters although they don’t have the same coloring or shape. You can compare how big they were when we got them versus now. They used to be so tiny we could hold them in our laps. They have grown up a lot, but are still much
smaller than other pig breeds.
These pigs sure provide entertainment on the farm. They are very vocal and talkative. Their grunts and squeals change depending on their mood, which makes these pigs very personable. They even come when called (unless Dixie spots an avocado on the ground) and are easy to walk out to
the pasture each morning.
We made a short video about them which you can find here if you'd like to watch these pigs in action.