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Fresh Facts 26: Organic Economics – Heart & Head

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This alliance of small farms you’re participating with, Abundant Harvest Organics, was conceived in no small part as a response to farmer’s concerns regarding vertically integrated competitors and consumer’s similar concerns regarding the accessibility of responsibly produced food. I know, too many $50 words in Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 25: And Then It Was Spring!

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And then it was Spring! Yesterday we had brown dead looking orchards rising out of native green carpet; today there are acres of white and pink. It’s never prettier around here than right now. Oh! And the pregnant Sierras in their snow-white maternity blouses complimenting Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 24: Well Produced Music & Peaches

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Q.) When is it okay for a farmer to be behind? A.) When there’s nothing he could have done about it. Here’s an inside look into Uncle Vern’s life. Right now, I’m really feeling behind. For clarification, anyone around here will tell you that unless Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 23: Only Optimists Plant Orchards

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**The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is today. (Chinese Proverb) **He who plants a tree plants a hope. (Lucy Larcom) **For in the true nature of things — if we rightly consider — every green tree Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 22: Planning & Planting

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Well that my friends was just the most wonderful series of rain events we could have hoped for, the ground just got thoroughly saturated, every slough, creek, river, and canal ran at capacity and the canals continue to do so keeping every acre of recharge Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 21: Our AMAZING Farmers!

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I don’t know if you’ve thought about this, but your farmers are just so amazing. How amazing are they, Uncle Vern? Well, it has been raining a LOT most days for the last several weeks, yet somehow, these guys are getting out there in the Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 20: Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

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Thank God for lots of rain! The river is full, the canals are full, and the recharge basins are filling. Water is going back into the aquifer instead of being pumped out. Historically, all this water drained into The Great Tulare Lake, the largest fresh Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 19: A Smart Guy with a Screw in His Sandal

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  I learned an important lesson I’d like to share for what it’s worth. It was a really hot summer day maybe 30 years ago. I had a Montgomery Ward’s air compressor in the shop; the tank, motor, and controls were good, but the compressor Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 18: A Recap & A Glimpse

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Well, that was a really nice restful two weeks; thanks boss for giving us some family time off. 2016 was a great year for our family. Erik got married to Stephanie so the house on the home place has its 4th generation of newlywed Petersons Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 14: The Tree Surgeon

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The big job on a peach farm all winter is pruning, so let’s spend some time on this most important cultural practice because you never know when you might want to be a peach farmer. First off, there are two types of pruning: summer and Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 13: Gratitude and the Joys of Snow

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for lots of reasons. It comes at a slow time of year. It’s just family and food and gratitude. And we’re collectively grateful as a nation. I was pleased with all the retailers who checked-out of the Black Friday materialism Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 11: Carpets of Gold

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Those searching for California gold will be shouting EUREKA on seeing our orchard floors right now. A carpet of gorgeous gold invites everyone to come for a stroll, or lay down and take a nap…it would even be a beautiful spot for a wedding. Envision Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 10: Shut Down & Reboot

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Its 2:00 in the afternoon and the sun and the fog are battling over supremacy above our farm; at this point, my money’s on the fog. It’s not a wet, drippy, cold fog, just sort of up there between us and the sun sheltering us. Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 9: “It’s not fair!”

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If you asked either of my now adult children what their father taught them to expect from life, without a second’s hesitation they would both say: “It’s not fair!” That’s from many lessons where they would bring to me—the righter of all planetary wrongs—some injustice Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 8: Fall

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Fall is such a wonderful time on a fruit farm. The frenetic pace of protecting, managing, harvesting, packing, and shipping our fruit changes to nutrient replenishment and tucking our orchards in for their winter rest with a long deep drink of water. If you pay Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 7: On Persimmons & Healthy Eating

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DON’T EAT THE HACHIYA PERSIMMONS HARD!!! Most of you are familiar with this annual notice, but for the newbies, these Hachiyas make everything you bake with them moist and gooey good, but they have to get water balloon soft first. You can either leave ‘em Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 6: AFLACK

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A friend donated a duck to our pond yesterday, and it reminded me of this story from a few years back. I hope it makes your heart happy. Uncle Vern. Everybody needs a duck in their back yard: they’d be a lot happier. Let me Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 5: Red Delicious!

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A subscriber wrote to ask: “So Uncle Vern, the list says these apples are called ‘Red Delicious,’ but everyone knows Red Delicious apples are a lot bigger, they have big shoulders up by the stem, and then a long nose down to the blossom end. Continue Reading

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Fresh Facts 4: Best Sleep Aid Known to Man

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So this time of year, the big job is the annual diggin o’ the Johnson Grass rhizomes. Rhizomes are what you call the white fleshy roots that make this Australian native so difficult to eradicate. Leave even one little rhizome joint and you just bought Continue Reading

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