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And now on to the scraping:
Our new crop is drying quickly in this heat.We're beginning our scraping phase …
And just like that .....
And Just Like That.....it's over.The fresh season will end on Monday.We will …
Nothing like the Harvest
It's all hands on deck here at ApricotKingThe pickers are picking 50 bins a …
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 It's sticky fruit, Patti on Jul 20th 2022
Our new crop is drying quickly in this heat.
We're beginning our scraping phase of the operation.
We take 14 strong guys, run the fruit down a moving line...
they scrape with special paddles allllll that fruit off the trays.
That's 10,000 trays of fruit folks.
And Just Like That.....it's over.The fresh season will end on Monday.We will cut every single fresh apricot.And that will be the end of the 2022 season.It's been spectacular, not easy, but 200 tons of fresh fruit is never easy.
It's all hands on deck here at ApricotKingThe pickers are picking 50 bins a day.Our machine is cranking out 20 bins an hour.There's no stopping us now. One the road to harvesting 250 tons of fresh Blenheims in the next two weeks.
Our first day of cutting went flawlessly.We picked and cut a total of 48 tons.Tuesday will be our next big pick.Hoping to reach 250 tons by July 15.That will be the end of the fresh.
Fresh Blenheims are here.First pick happens today.Last pick will be around July 11Expecting 250 tons.Needing pickers to pick. Workers to work.And praying for cooler weather.That last spurt of triple digits left a tremendous amount of sunburn.
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.