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Sizing Up Nicely
Our apricots are sizing up nicely.They have been thinned by hand and are …
Nearly out of our SlipPits and Leathers
We thought we made plenty......but they're increasingly popular.We'll be out of …
We are thinning the cots to make the largest, tastiest cots. No peewees for …
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.
Posted by ApricotQueen Patti on May 11th 2022
Our apricots are sizing up nicely.
They have been thinned by hand and are looking flawless and clean.
We think the trees are confused with these days of very hot, then very cold weather.
Fresh cots coming around the 4th of July.
We thought we made plenty......but they're increasingly popular.We'll be out of both the slippits and the leathers in a few weeks.
We are thinning the cots to make the largest, tastiest cots. No peewees for us! Leathers are temporarily out of stock...
They're back.........Our chocolate dipped cots are freshly dipped by hand and ready to go.
Every Spring we do a sale. This one is a doozie!It's $10 off on all orders over $100.Internet sales only.We recommend the 2.25 lbs Fancy bag of Blenheim Apricots
We've finished the pruning of over 8000 trees.Whew!All done by hand.....each and every one of them done manually.Now comes the raking, disking, and the chopping.Please no frost or hail as the apricots are thinking about coming out of their jackets in the next few days.(WE received ZERO in the water allocations this year.)
We've stocked our cooler with lots of your chocolate gifts.Need to mail these by the 10th to get there on time.
We're busy pruning by hand the more than 7,000 Blenheim Apricot treeson our newest orchard. It's in it's 5th year of production and growing vigorously. We're keeping the trees short (so as not to need aa ladder to pick).I need to say: all of this pruning and shaping is done by hand. It's an art form [...]
It has taken us forever to hand crack the few tons of Livermore Red Walnuts we harvestedthis year. Never seen a Red Walnut?UC Davis released a few thousand trees to only farmers 10 years ago.We bought 17, planted them, babied them, shaped and pruned them,and waited for the first harvest. Eight years later, we harvested [...]