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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.


Patti and Gary Gonzales, Hollister, CA

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Day 1 and I'm So Exhausted

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Day One :  Cuttin' Cots!

Saturday was our first day of cutting fresh apricots.  We cut 21 bins of fruit for a total of 12,600 pounds of Blenheims in 5 hours.

This is all done by machine, but requires 40 workers to straighten and sort the fruit as it comes off the cutting machine.  Seasonal labor is always tough to come by.   Only 22 people showed up........thus "I'm So Exhausted". 

 We jumped in early for all peeps that have been CLAMORING for our dried apricots.......Give us two weeks to get these apricots dried, scraped, washed, re-dried ,cleaned, packaged, and labeled. 

Change that to three weeks. 


They're sooooo excellent

Nothing compares to the fresh Blenheim apricot. They're the absolute most-perfect fruit:  No need to wash.  No knife, they split in half easily.  The pit falls out .   Bite-size & refreshing.No stems to dig out.    No fuzzy skin to remove.  Moist, but not sloppy.It's all about flavor and texture and the perfect balance.  Think about it. Blenheims have to be the most [...]

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Wait for it.......Wait for it......

We'll be at several Farmer's Markets this week with a few of the first of the 2017 harvest......simply the best tasting apricots in the world.Santa Cruz Market  Wednesday  6-21-17Los Altos  Thursday 6-22-17Weekend Saratoga, Mountain View, & Campbell.Our big pick happens after June 26.  Get your canning and jamming jars ready.

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June Drop

Green cots are falling off the trees......it's a sad sight to see....It's called the June Drop. The apricots are growing and searching for room.....stronger apricots are actually pushing the little fellas off the limbs to make room for themselves.  This happens every year, but it's frightful  to see part of your crop on the ground.   Now, who ordered all this hot [...]

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Time to ripen

Looking for some nice warm weather for the next 10 days + some cool nights.....That's how the Blenheims roll.......10 more days ought to do it. 

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Bring on the heat!

It rained here yesterday.  By Friday it will be 93 degrees.  Our 2017 fresh season will be ready about June 24.We'll keep you posted.No, you can't pick your own.  (Eleven foot ladders involved in picking cots)Yes, you can buy them fresh at our Hollister Ranch or at numerous Farmer's Markets after the 24th.

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Fresh 2017

We're almost there!   The Fresh Blenheim apricots are waiting til June 24 to be fully ripe .  Get your aprons on and get ready to taste thefabulous Blenheims from Hollister.  This year was a particularly good set.  (After two years of severe drought, we got a nourishing 22 inches of rain.)  Now we're all excited [...]

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2017 Blenheim Apricot Harvest Update

June 7, 2017   Our cots don't look like this yet......but by June 24....this will be happening. More updates to come!

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Walnut Crop 2017

 Our walnuts are always fresh and sooooo good.We keep them in cold storage, pack them as needed, and ship daily.   They are like nothing you can get in the stores.

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