This year fruit ripening and production has been a little different. We didn’t have the apricots that we usually do in an over abundance, but PLUMS, as you know have been very abundant. Remember, plums can be used in cobblers, pies, smoothies and even chutney.
Birds are crazy for the grapes. We hope they will share something this year!
Figs have been here and there, but looks like the crop coming will be good. We have talked to several fig growers here in the valley that are experiencing the same thing. Fig trees died back more then normal and got a late start because of it. This is more than likely due to the very early, unexpected hard freeze we had in Mid-October. The fig trees never had a chance to adjust to cooler weather, which helps the sap store in the roots for winter.
White peaches should be on in the next week or two, followed by Queen and Early Elberta, and others.
So, all that being said, while this year is very different for fruit, other crops are great such as tomatoes. Farming/gardening is definitely very different from year to year and we NEVER know what to expect.