Cookies and Curds!

Winter provided us with a wonderful crop of citrus.  And here at Hurley Farms we have been busy making our bounty into delicious winter staples.

One such product that has become one our favorites is our lemon curd.

A Curd is a dessert that has been popular in England and the US since the 19th century.  This spread or topping is usually made with citrus fruit and traditionally served with bread or scones at tea, or as an alternative to jam.

Curds have a soft creamy texture, and intense flavor.  Traditionally and non-traditionally curds have a wide variety of uses.  Spread curd over plain bread, toast, waffles, crumpets, or muffins.  Use it as a topping for ice cream; add it to yogurt or cottage cheese for a tasty breakfast treat.  Want a delicious dessert, use lemon curd as a filling for lemon meringue pie.  Or use it as a topping for cheesecake.   Curds also make great fillings for cakes, pastries, or tarts.  We recommend using it for thumbprint cookies, which is one of our favorites.

We sell our curds in 10oz jars for 6.95 which come in the following flavors: Lemon, Key Lime, and Cranberry.

Thumbprint cookies using Hurley Farms Curds

2C sugar

3/4C butter

2 eggs

1Tbsp grated lemon zest

3 1/4C flour

1/2Tsp salt

3/4Tsp baking soda

2C nuts or white chocolate chunks

1C Hurley Farms Lemon, Key Lime, or Cranberry Curd

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in eggs, lemon zest, and juice.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking soda until just combined. Stir in chocolate or nuts.
  3. Place heaping tablespoon sized balls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. (Should be soft centers)
  4. Remove from oven and make thumbprint in the center. Fill with 1Tsp of jam.
  5. Let cool 5 minutes, transfer to wire oven rack. Enjoy!

What’s a Shrub?

Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars are an intriguing blend of fruit, sugar, and vinegar created during the colonial era to preserve fruit long after harvest.  Today shrubs have taken on a new popularity.  Not only can shrubs be used in numerous drink recipes, but have many non-traditional uses, such as salad dressings, and marinades.

We use fresh fruits to create our line of artisanal shrubs, which come in an assortment of flavors.

Shrubs can be added to regular water, sparkling water, cocktails, soda, lemonade, or your favorite beverage.

Want a delicious spring salad? Try our orange shrub over our fresh picked mix greens.  Add some fresh fruit, nuts, or berries, and drizzles orange shrub over the top.  You can use the shrub with or without oil to make a fun fruity dressing.

Our shrubs come in a 6oz. bottle for $8.00 and come in the following flavors: Red Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Santa Rosa Plum, Cranberry, and Pomegranate.

Hurley Farms is opened Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00 pm. You can pick up fresh greens and salad mix with your shrub for the perfect dinner salad.



      Native to North America, blueberries were enjoyed by early colonists not only as a sweet part of their daily diet, but as a means to dye clothing. The berries were also used to dye baskets and to make paint. Blueberries are second only to strawberries as the most consumed berry in the United States. 

      Rich in free radical busting anti-oxidants; in this case optimizing your nervous system and brain health, blueberries are the perfect addition to your summer breakfast! We like to sprinkle ours over bitter greens with red onion, pecans and balsamic vinaigrette for the ultimate summer salad.

     We have a couple of pints to sell you, or you can purchase your very own plant. The farm stand is open from 10-5 today, and we’d love to see you! We also have eggs available, five bucks gets you a dozen fresh eggs! 

Thank you for supporting our farm, a local Napa owned business!

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Apricots Anyone?

Apricots Anyone?

In the kitchen today, we are processing 400 pounds of these golden babies, perfectly ripe and ready for a bath…in our simmering pots! After we wash and hand separate the pit, these gorgeous stone fruits will be swimming in their own juices, along with our other (not so secret) ingredients to make our infamous Apricot jam. If you’ve ever appreciated the smell of an apricot, multiply that by thousands and you’ll have what I am smelling right now! If the picture is really working for you, click it! You’ll be taken to our website where you can order a few jars, because one just isn’t enough!

Spring is in full effect!


Our busy bees are buzzing about the farm, steadfast in their quest for pollen to make their life sustaining honey! For every bee you see, you can account for 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in your jar! That’s it! The bees work so hard, and provide so much in such a short time.

There are many crops we count on bees to help us grow, and here are some of them:

  • Apples
  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Carrots
  • Mangos
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Green onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Bok choy
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Mustard greens

If our bees go away, so do all of these crops! Not to mention the alfalfa that cows eat! Without bees, farmers wouldn’t be able to provide food for their cows, and then beef would become an insanely expensive delicacy akin to the finest truffle or caviar! So save the bees! Plant bee friendly flowers, like Asters, Sunflowers, Mint, Thyme and Poppies! By providing bees with food, you’re ensuring they have enough energy to pollinate the crops nearest their hive. A colony of bees can also use up to forty four pounds of honey during the winter months to sustain life! Bees are in danger now, because of the wide spread use of pesticides and other bee killing poisons.

We love our bees, and never spray anything that can harm them!

Happy Spring!

Super secret kitchen work!

Today, and for the past few months we’ve been experimenting with this amazing sugar, vinegar and fruit mixture called a shrub!

We have raspberry, strawberry and blackberry ready for purchase, and they are so delightful! All the ladies here on the farm are enjoying them quite thoroughly! Jess likes hers mixed with Sprite, and Sheri is enjoying hers over a salad mixed with a bit of olive oil! Since vinegar is such a fantastic super food, aiding in stomach health and digestion we suggest having a little of our shrub everyday!

Each six ounce bottle is hand crafted here, and we are selling them for eight dollars! It’s quite the deal!

Wikipedia’s Shrub Page

Liquor.Com’s Cocktail Using Shrub Recipe

Order yours today!