John Koman at White Dove Farm grows his one and a-half acres of passion fruit vines across an old lemon orchard. The trees act as a natural trellis. His fruits are always beautiful in their purple way. If you haven't seen them, they are a bit odd-looking - you might even wonder if they are tiny versions of the pods in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but don't fear - they are just fruits and wonderful ones at that. Passion Fruit is a fragrant fruit and is best eaten when cut open and scooped out. They are ripe when the skin looks a bit shriveled. Passion fruits are rich in Vitamins A and C and are a good source of potassium and iron. The seeds are high in fiber as well. (Although to be super honest, I'm fond of the juice in the fruit but not really the seeds themselves, though they are edible.) Check out our video profile of John's farm here.
Our fruit mixes change by region as we work with local growers in different areas of the United States. This week all crates have lots of pears and apple varieties as we go forward into fall. We had a few questions this week about "those small brown apples" - which are not apples, but Asian Apple Pears. There are multiple varieties of Asian Apple Pears that we include right now and they all taste different. Please check out our website and click on your region to see the mix in your crates and what each fruit is.
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Lifetime Contribution to
Sonoma County Agriculture
Congratulations to longtime friend and farmer Lee Walker. Lee is being awarded the “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture” by the 2008 Sonoma Harvest Fair. The Harvest Fair is an annual showcase of Sonoma's diverse agricultural bounty and an award from the Fair is consider quite a hallmark among the locals.
Lee has been farming with his family in their Graton, CA apple orchard his whole life, except for a tour in the army and a few years playing pro baseball. Lee, his wife Shirley and their children have been maintaining their business through the thick and the thin skinned times of the apple business. “We’ve been seeing for a long time that if we could just hang in there, the apple business would be a good business,” said Lee. “And now Gravensteins are a specialty item!” Walker Apples has been a champion for the Gravenstein and is a "Presidium Producer" for this wonderful heritage apple.
The Harvest Fair is Oct. 3-5 in Santa Rosa, CA and features contests for Sonoma wines as well has many other fine provisions. There's a grape stomp, a llama parade, tasting of 500 wines and entertainment for everyone in the family.
Look for Golden Delicious apples from Lee Walker's orchards in the West Coast Harvest Flyer boxes.
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