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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.
Pickers are out in the orchard starting tomorrow morning.Each man uses an 11 foot ladder, picks only the ripest cots (we wish),and returns down the ladder with a bucket full of Blenheims.Then for more than 6 hours, he's up and down the ladder picking fruit.There's a special place in heaven for the pickers.
Our first pick of the fresh Blenheim apricots is July 5.We have 25 +39 acres in production. All Blenheims. All fabulous, clean, elliptical, freckled, & stupendous in flavor.We'll be bringing fresh to all our farmers markets until July 18. Check website for schedule.Fresh for 3 weeks & then we're finished. Everything will be cut and set [...]
We still need about 3 more weeks for Bleneheims to ripen up.Depending on the weather.....we'll have cots by July 1.Hooray.And we should have them through the 18th of July.Double Hooray!
Finally, the rare Livermore walnuts are ready to go.These are rare (less than 2,000 trees in California).They actually are red, ,meats inside are white, and they are delicious.Always keep refrigerated.
Everyone was hit hard by California rains in May.Cherries were demolished.Blenheim Apricots are in their very green stage and show only slight damage (as if dotted with a permanent marker). Blenheims are never flawless, always freckled, and look very healthy (elliptical shape looks promising) at this point.
The young apricots show a lot of promise.....they're looking clean and strong.Last year they showed an odd, round-like-a-marble growth pattern. This year the signs (elliptical shape) look like they'll sweeten up and be allwe've been longing for. Check out our Facebook page to see a photo.
Thanks to all who ordered over $100 and received a $10 discount in the lastfew weeks. The sale wiped us out of slippits. New harvest will be July. Slippies, along with Leathers, will be back in August 2019.Happy Easter to all.
We are launching our annual Spring Stock Up SaleApril 6. You'll save $10 in shipping on orders over $100.The bulk items are still on sale too.Hold off a few days on your big orders & you'll love the savings.
OOOOH, it was a fabulous bloom. Like popcorn out there on all the trees.This second week has us worried with some scattered showers, but the buds seems to be holding strong.A few are even pushing out of their jackets.Come on......apricots!
The apricot trees are turning red......seriously....they're all red.The bark, the trunks, the limbs are a deep dark red. It's time for the buds to shoot out of their little jackets. Our home ranch orchard looks red withlittle drop-sized buds just inching to push out and be a blossom.So this would be the time when we [...]