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Since 1946, the Gonzales family has grown the rare and fabulous California Blenheim apricots. Grown on our Hollister ranch, we continue to be the farmer, pruner, dryer, packer, and seller of the vanishing Blenheim apricot. We produce the best tasting apricots in the world all "Home Grown in the Flavor Zone"!

In addition to our incredible dried apricots, be sure to discover our variety of nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) and other dried fruits (peaches, pears, prunes, and more). For those who believe less is more, we have dark and delicious unsulfured dried apricots. And don't forget our sweet and tart selection of apricot jams and syrups as well as our decadent chocolate covered fruits and nuts.  Simply delicious! Everything here on the ranch is organically grown.

Enjoy!

Patti and Gary Gonzales, Hollister, CA

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Washing boxes and trays

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Getting ready for the harvest involves washing 2000+ picking boxes.

We also have 7000+ trays to wash and dry.  Lots of hands, lot of work,

tons of preparation for the first day of cutting.  Predicting a few cots in before

July 1..........weather permitting.

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Update on the Fresh

The Blenheims are always worth waiting for....this year our ETA will be July 1 for the fresh season to begin.Yes, you can pick them up at the ranch or at the markets.No, you cannot climb an 11 foot ladder and pick your own. (no U-Pick)Call ahead for large orders.   $3 a pound (same as previous [...]

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We're Excited.....Update on the Crop

It's looking good folks.....lots of clean cots out there.....slowly ripening up....enjoying this pleasant weather.  Looking at an ETA of June 25th.We want no rain, less wind, nothing higher than 85 degrees.  We'll keep you posted.

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Looking at the 2018 crop.....predicting 75% of a crop.

It's thinning time now.  The men are out there gently smacking  the big bunches of  green marble-sized apricots with a bamboo thinning poleThey're knocking part of the crop on the ground.We don't want a harvest  of peewees.  By knocking off part of the clusters, the cots will have roomto grow and plump right up.  In June the bigger apricots [...]

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Notice the reduced shipping charges?

ApricotKing struck a deal with UPS for a reduced rate for UPS shipping......hooray......this is a win-win situation for our  customers.   We've been UPSing and USPOing for 15 years and we always try to give you the best deal in shipping.

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No More Bulk

We're running out of cots at an alarming rate.....we'll be out in a few months.I took all the bulk orders off the website to slow down the depletion.Plenty of Unsulphured Apricots in the Bulk....but nothing else.  Sorry.

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A Full Bloom....and then RAIN????

We're worried now.   A few weeks ago, we had a full bloom....a lovely, full, rich, set.Now, we're having two weeks of steady rain.   I ask you, how can the trees pollinate?Apricots are self pollinating.....don't need bees like the almonds do.....but how canthey self pollinate in this rain?Although we love and need rain, this is the [...]

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Here comes the rain!

We just finished planting an additional 2200 Blenheim Apricots and the rain is expected to hit hard tomorrow.   These little fellas were added on to last year's 5,000  Blenheims planted on a new ApricotKing Orchard.That's a total of 39 new acres in Hollister...all Blenheims of course.Now.....if we could only keep the deer from eating those tender, young trees.......  

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Ahhhhhh the finish line!

We're at the finish line folks.....everything that was ordered went out the door.Over 800 separate orders, individual notes, and gift wrapping went outon Holiday orders.  Our top seller remains the Apricot Pleasures, followed closely by theChocolate Dipped Apricots.  Thanks to my staff who hustled and workedlong and hard, I could never pull this off without them.  [...]

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And Now they Make the Turn......for the Homestretch.. .....Heading for the Finish Line.

It's like a horserace here.   Three hundred orders came in over the weekend.  Mostly gifts, lots of messages to write....we'll doour best......but orders made after today MONDAY.....are not guaranteed to make it by Christmas....

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