Month: January 2015

Cranberry Jelly

Description Patti M. of Virginia provided us with this great Cranberry Jelly recipe. We love how easy it is to make this tasty treat. It goes great on toasted raisin bread or toasted English muffins. Ingredients: 1 bag (12 oz) whole fresh cranberries ½ cup pineapple (cut into cubes) 1/3 cup honey or 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp ground cloves ½tsp lemon zest 1/2 tsp orange zest 2″ piece fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp dried ginger 4″ cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp dried cinnamon 1 star anise (optional) 3/4 cup orange juice, or enough to just cover cranberries (fresh squeezed or bottled) pinch of

Water Outlook – January 2015

Water Outlook for California 2015 This past growing season, May through September, was the most challenging I have ever experienced in my 33 years as a fruit grower. The issue was the meager amount of water we were allotted by the irrigation district during the summer to irrigate our orchard. Severe and unprecedented rationing due to the drought has been going on for several years now. If our reservoir system is full we have enough water to last for years. But the problem has been that we have not had much rain or snow for consecutive seasons. If it weren’t for major conservation efforts over the past several