Blueberries

                                                               

      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!

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!

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Chilly & Gray In The Napa Valley

Chilly & Gray In The Napa Valley

We’re trying to keep warm this morning, and the valley is providing excellent views while we work!

Apple Butter: Vegans, Lactose Intolerant Persons and Fruit Enthusiasts Keep Reading!

Although the term “butter” is used, there is no actual dairy product included in the apple butter! Exciting news, right?
If you’re thinking “What is apple butter? Why have I never had it, or seen it at my local grocery chain?” there is a reason for it. Although apple butter has been made for centuries, it tends to stay close to the local areas it is produced. Families would take turns stirring the concentrated apple sauce to ensure the apples would caramelize but not burn. This is the reason apple butter is so dark in color.
Our apple butter starts with hand peeled and cored apples, some sugar and lemon juice. We add cinnamon to combat a palate fatiguing too sweet butter.

Then we wait. We stir. We wait some more. We stir some more. We get a glass of water and a snack…then we wait even more! The caramelizing must happen slowly, so as not to burn. If the sugar burns, it turns bitter and bitter sugar is bad!

If you were looking for some new applications for your apple butter, you’ve come to the right place. Our favorite ways to use apple butter may surprise you! The first way, is to brush it over pork tenderloin as it is cooking. The apple and pork flavor combination is a classic one. Secondly, use it instead of mayonnaise on your turkey, cheddar and veg sandwich. Not only will you be adding a massive amount of flavor, but you’ll save on calories and fat as well!

If you’re interested in purchasing apple butter, you may do so in person at the farm or on our website!

Thank you for reading today!