Exploring the diverse universe of apples
December 16, 2015
To satisfy the sharp desire I had / Of tasting those fair apples, I resolved / Not to defer; hunger and thirst at once / Powerful persuaders, quicken'd at the scent / Of that alluring fruit, urged me so keen. —John Milton, Paradise Lost Like most things of value in this world, apples seem simple on...
The (not so) dormant season brings a to-do list to the farm
November 9, 2015
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. —William Blake Winter is finally here in drought-stricken California, and we’ve gotten a break from all that balmy, summerlike weather we’ve been experiencing. Hello, rain! Hello, frost! Hello, fog! Although we welcome all precipitation, most...
How farming became a second career for the owners of Bear Track Farm
September 18, 2015
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a corn field.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower Dick Blair and Betty Hui are second-career farmers. Blair spent 35 years as a Bay Area litigation attorney, and Hui is Key Account Manager at The FruitGuys in South San...
Save Sonoma County’s special apple, the Gravenstein
July 13, 2015
Apples get a lot of love—passion even. Favorite varieties are defended with vigor as if snack time were the Ninth Circuit Court. Some apples get lavished with adjectives that rival those of a sommelier at Le Cirque. Even so, there aren’t many apple varieties that have a whole town in love with them...
Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm—The FruitGuys Community Fund 2015 grant recipient
May 26, 2015
Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm in Poolesville, MD, is a four-acre farm that strives to be sustainable, colorful, and delicious. And while we didn’t choose Chocolates and Tomatoes for a 2015 The FruitGuys Community Fund grant just because the farm happens to produce many of our favorite things—artisan...
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At Full Belly Farm, plastic mulch has helped save water, energy, and soil
April 24, 2015
One of the things we’ve been committed to experimenting with in the past few years is reducing tillage on our farm—in other words, fewer tractor passes through our fields and less turnover of the soil. We normally use tractors to cull weeds, turn under our cover crops, and make beds ready for...
Warm winters could mean less fruit harvested in California
April 23, 2015
Cherries are finicky trees. They don’t like it when it gets too hot, when there’s not enough rain, and when it doesn’t stay cold enough during the winter. For the last few winters, California’s cherries have had all three of these environmental stresses and responded by producing fewer cherries. “...
Apple box gives back to farmers
August 29, 2014
Farmer Stan Devoto used money received from 2012's grav box to purchase and plant new Gravenstein apple trees. Since 2006, The FruitGuys has supported the famed and endangered Gravenstein Apple by offering a special Gravenstein box each August that benefits Sonoma County's few remaining...
World’s small farms squeezed by land pressures
July 30, 2014
Clear Spring Farm, PA. If you live in an eco-conscious region fighting to preserve its local family farms, chances are you’ve seen bumper stickers such as ““Know your farmer, know your food.” “I don’t buy food from strangers.” And “Who’s your farmer?” maybe on a beat-up pickup truck bringing...
The Gravenstein box supports an endangered apple
July 25, 2014
Gravenstein apple. Like the snowy owl and the snail darter, foods can be endangered too. If farmers stop growing your favorite variety of tomato because it’s too hard to ship or too prone to pests, we come that much closer to a bland, unified way of eating and, in the case of the loss of...