Posted on July 27, 2013 by hurleyfarms
We take pride in our peaches! We grow Red Haven and Hale Haven peaches, just outside our vineyard. Our tall trees lining the vineyard are a picture of ubiquitous Napa Valley.
Why Red Haven and Hale Haven breeds you ask?
These specific breeds are cold hearty, meaning they can take a freeze or two with a greater load of fruit than other varietals. They are also self-pollinating, and have much less fuzz than your average cling peach.
These trees love our full sun and cool nights!
We love peaches, and put them practically everywhere! In our pies, homemade ice cream, breakfast cereal, with salads, cobblers and the like. Peaches have so many applications; you’d be hard pressed to find a “gone bad” peach around these parts! One favorite “recipe” is to cut the peach in half, sprinkle a bit of sugar on the cut side, and place cut side down on a piping hot barbeque grill. Let it sit for a few minutes, until the flesh is soft and just under charred. The heat and flame really brings out the sweetness in the fruit and will accompany any chicken or pork dish very nicely!
For our jam, we simmer the incredibly ripe peaches with a bit of sugar and pectin until the pot is bubbling with softened fruit. After a while, the jam takes on a pinkish tint and we know it’s ready when the scent of warm peaches has filled the air.
Please stop by our website to purchase jam, or come by the farm and pick up some peaches! We have tons, and definitely want to share the wealth!
Farm hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm!
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Posted on July 9, 2013 by hurleyfarms
Fewer things remind me of my child hood than the Santa Rosa plum. Climbing the tree in my grandmother’s backyard, picking (and eating!) the sun ripened fruit and hearing my mother in the kitchen canning dozens of jars of the tart sweet jam.
The Santa Rosa Plum tree was first cultivated in Santa Rosa, not very many miles from our Napa Valley. The fruit itself is a deep strawberry to orange color, with skin so taut it pops when punctured. The skin’s color is deep ruby, and can be speckled. When you bite into the best plum you’ve ever tasted, the skin should be incredibly tart, the flesh yielding and the juice will spill all down your chin, shirt and may end up on your shoes! If any of these are concerning for you, then our plum jam will give you the taste and texture of fresh plums, without the mess!
Plums are a stone fruit, like cherries and peaches. They are rich in fiber, and are an excellent addition to your daily diet. Plums also aid in iron absorption, which can be critical for those with anemia! What a super fruit!
Here on the farm we use local Santa Rosa plums, and purposefully leave well enough alone! With a touch of pectin and sugar, our jam comes to a simmer and we pour jar upon jar by hand.
We recommend serving Hurley Farms’ Santa Rosa Plum jam atop your morning yogurt, or with a handful of granola! The jam (along with many other delectable flavors) is available for order on our website, please contact us by email or phone with any questions you may have!
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Posted on July 6, 2013 by hurleyfarms
With the days stretching out across the valley for more than 14 hours and the nights cooling off considerably, our crops are getting all the warm California sunshine they need to grow into perfect specimens for your everyday vegetable needs!
Soon, Hurley Farms Stand will be open to provide you with a variety of greens, vegetables, and fruit.
Every day we’re noticing our berries getting a little less green, a little more colorful and a lot tastier. We also have Kale, bell peppers, jalapenos, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and assorted other fall vegetable planted.
Our chickens are also laying dozens upon dozens of eggs every single day! They love the warm weather, and happy chickens lay tons of eggs! We were struggling to keep up with demand over the winter time, however now we’re lousy with eggs and we encourage you to try our farm fresh eggs!
This fall, Hurley Farms’ owner Sheri Larsen will be demonstrating the absolute fool proof techniques for canning your very own jam. Red raspberry is on the menu, and you’ll leave the class with infinite knowledge of perfect jam preserving. You can contact Napa Valley College for more information!
As always, our farm stand and egg buying hours are Monday through Friday from 10-4!
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