Spring is for Strawberries

We’re ramping up our kitchen for the arrival of farm fresh strawberries!

Hurley Farms strawberry jam is made from fruit grown just down the street from our agricultural commercial kitchen and if I had better aim or perhaps a better arm I could call it a stone’s throw away!

Strawberries are a finicky crop, needing hot days and cool nights to produce sweet juicy fruit making California’s coast the perfect place to grow lots of delicious produce. In fact, California grows over 80% of the strawberries consumed by Americans.

This year has been an exceptional year, as the strawberries are sweet, plump, juicy gems which happen to be the perfect shade of crimson thanks to our beautifully consistent Napa Valley sunshine. Hand hulled and washed, these strawberries are given the star treatment around here!

While a strawberry may seem merely a child’s peanut butter accessory, here at Hurley Farms we view it as the portal to a simpler time, when jams were fresh and came from your grandmother’s kitchen…where you were lucky to get a sample right from the stove! We really enjoy Strawberry Jam day, as the aroma fills the kitchen and lingers around for hours after, reminding us to take time and savor the simple pleasures life has to offer.

With one spoonful, our jam will instantly taste sweet and tart, with a defined sun kissed strawberry flavor as if you’d bitten into a berry you’d picked yourself just moments before.

Click here to view our store, where you will find our Strawberry Jam, along with an assortment of other treats we have available for shipping!

Strawberry Fun Fact: Each seed on the outside of the strawberry is capable of growing into a plant, and there are about 200 seeds on every strawberry!

Strawberry Jam is our featured product for spring.  http://www.hurleyfarms.com

Santa’s Helpers Holiday Craft Show

Our Last show of the season is the Santa’s Helpers Holiday Craft Show at the Napa Valley Expo (575 Third Street in Napa) on December 11th and 12th.  Stop by and sample our seasonal products, or pick up some great holiday gifts.  Show times are Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday11am-4pm.  Hope to see you there.

Just Harvested Blueberries…

I want to introduce you to my dear friend and one of our local farmers Pat Decker of Hattich Ranch. Pat grows all of the Blueberries used in our Hurley farms Blueberry, Mixed Berry and Triple Berry Jams.

Pat Decker lives about 2 miles from us and has about 150 Blueberry Bushes, with 5 different varieties that are suited for the Napa Valley Climate and Soil.

So much time and care goes into the Blueberries as you can see by the pictures of large ripe clusters.

Pat along with her brother also grow other fruits and berries for Hurley Farms so check back soon I will be posting as we harvest.

I want to share this simple super easy recipe for Blueberry Tart.
I usually use the Blueberry jam, but Apricot or any of the berry preserves work well.

Blueberry Preserve Tart
1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup blueberry preserves or jam
1/3 cup sliced almonds
10 by 1 inch round tart pan with removable bottom
Beat together butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, then beat in extract and salt.
Add flour and mix at low speed until just combined.

Reserve ½ cup of dough, chilled, wrapped in plastic wrap. Press remainder with floured fingers onto bottom and side of tart pan. Chill shell until firm, 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 deg

Spread preserves over bottom of tart shell, then crumble reserved dough evenly over preserves. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool tart pan on a rack, then remove side of pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Strawberries, Strawberries and more Strawberries.

We know harvest is starting when we get our first Strawberries, they are the first fruit to arrive after a long winter. And this year seems like summer will never come with all the late rains.

We are very lucky to live down the street from one of the only strawberry stands in Napa. Their strawberries are delicious, sweet, ripe and ready for jam. We featured our very popular strawberry jam as the flavor of the month for May. With so many requests for Strawberry/Rhubarb we have a limited supply available in a 9oz round jar. See our home page for more info.

In addition to our jams we have my favorite Strawberry Balsamic.
It’s our Napa Valley Balsamic, Fresh strawberries, and a hint of sugar.
It’s perfect by itself, or added to our Olive Oil to make the perfect vinaigrette.

New Pictures Added

New pictures have been added to the On The Farm page of the Hurley Farms Website.
http://www.hurleyfarms.com/onthefarm.html

Welcome to Hurley Farms

Welcome to the Blog of Hurley Farms of the Napa Valley.  Here you will find great recipes, and a place to share your thoughts with others that share your love of good food.

We take pride in creating quality specialty foods, which include jams, jellies, preserves, sauces and curds.  Our products are handmade in small batches, so that we can give you the best possible products available.  To learn more about our process read our about us page.  For great recipes using our Hurley Farms, go to our recipes page.