Fresh Fruit (We are not a traditional U-Pick. Picking limited to Tasting & Tour dates only.)

Harvest Calendar

Jan-Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Cherry
Apricot
Peach
Nectarine
Plum
Pluot
Persimmon

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FRESH FRUIT

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Heirloom Fruits

Andy’s Orchard is a small fruit grower committed to growing and marketing fruits of superior quality. Heirloom fruits are still found at some fruit stands, farmers’ markets and specialty markets. These venerated fruits from the past have distinctive, old-fashioned flavors but are rapidly disappearing from many markets and have become increasingly harder to find elsewhere. Such is the case with the ‘Blenheim’ apricot, the quintessential apricot with its rich, aromatic flavor but delicate texture. It is being replaced by very firm, mass-produced fruit with visual appeal but often without much flavor. Other old favorites that we continue to grow are ‘Santa Rosa’ plums and ‘Elberta’ peaches.

*(H) next to the fruit variety indicates it is an Heirloom

Apricots

Afghanistan (H) July 8-16

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Alameda Hemskire (H) July 8-16

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Blenheim (Royal, Royal-Blenheim) (H) June 25-July 10

Blenheim is an old apricot variety made famous by fruit growers in the Santa Clara Valley where it grows nearly to perfection. It's an old heirloom, so venerated that the Slow Food organization has placed the iconic Blenheim variety on its list of endangered commercial fruit varieties. This quintessential apricot is a little finicky to grow but has all the classic apricot qualities: rich, aromatic flavor and juicy texture. It’s excellent for eating fresh, dried, frozen or canned. A universal favorite

Bonny Royal June 5-10

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Canada White July 7-15

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CandyCots (Yuliya and Anya) July 10-15

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Golden Sweet Jul y 5-10

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Kitren Cots July 10-15

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Moorpark (H) July 8-16

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Nicole June 15-20

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Robada July 1-10

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White Knockout July 10-15

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Tart Cherries

Balaton June 10-15

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Danube June 10-15

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Jubileum June 10-15

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Montmorency (H) June 15-20

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Schattenmorelle (H) June 15-20

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Sweet Cherries

Belle Magnifique (H) June 10-15

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Bing (H) May 25-June 15

Bing sets the standard for dark sweet cherry varieties and is the primary variety grown in the Santa Clara Valley. It is the classic black bigarreau-type or the type having a firm, crisp texture. Bing is justly famous for its rich, complex flavor, suggesting that of almonds, black (morello) cherry, berry, prune and mocha.

Black Eagle (H) June 5-15

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Black Republican (H) June 5-15

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Black Tartarian (H) June 1 -15

Black Tartarian is often nicknamed “Tart” but is far from being a tart or sour cherry, a completely different species of cherry, which when mixed with lots of sugar is used for pie filling. The word Tartarian actually refers to an ethnic group, the Tartars, who long ago settled in the Crimea (now part of the Ukraine) where the variety originated. The Black Tartarian is a soft, juicy sweet cherry called a heart or gean, it was a favorite of Catherine the Great of Russia. The rich, berry-like flavor is outstanding , and the ‘Black Tartarian’ does in fact make a mouth-watering sweet cherry pie. Ask for our recipe

Brooks May 20-June 10

Brooks is a new variety that’s fast becoming a favorite with our customers. The fruit is very crisp and sweet. Its flavor can be described as lower in acid than Bing with generally higher sugar levels, much like its parent, the Rainier. The fruit is often very large as well, making it one of the most asked for varieties at our farm stand.

Coral June 1-10

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Emperor Francis June 5-15

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Lapins June 10-20

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Merton’s Late June 20-25

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Rainier June 1-20

Rainier is a light-colored, beautifully blushed cherry with truly outstanding dessert quality. Its parents are Bing and Van. Coming from such aristocratic lines, the Rainier ranks at the top in many categories-- large size, crisp texture and high sugar content, certainly much crisper and sweeter than the old standard, Royal Ann, used primarily for processing. Use Rainier as a dessert cherry or you may process it as you would Royal Anns.

Roundel Heart June 5-10

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Skeena June 15-20

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Nectarines

Ambre August 5-15

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Arctic Jay July 25-August 19

Harvest is concurrent with Heavenly White. Only slightly smaller than Heavenly White with a sweeter, milder flavor.

Arctic Queen July 30-August 5

Arctic Queen is a very sweet white nectarine harvested right after Arctic Rose and Heavenly White. Almost as sweet as Arctic Rose but the fruit is often larger in size. The latest to be harvested of the long list of white nectarines that we grow.

BN-6 July 5-15

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Constellation July 1-10

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Diamond Ray July 30-August 10

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Freckle Face July 15-25

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Honey Blaze July 1-10

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Honey Kist July 5-15

One of the earliest yellow nectarines to ripen and one of the sweetest regardless of season. High sugar content with a very rich nectarine flavor sets this variety apart from many other yellow nectarines that ripen later. Truly one of the finest flavored fruits we grow; many of our customers simply love its candy-like sweetness combined with a full-bodied nectarine flavor. The variety is a clingstone

Honey Royale July 20-30

Similar to Honey Kist with a low-acid nectarine flavor. Very sweet. Very large, highly blushed yellow nectarine with an oblong shape

LeGrand August (H) 10-15

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Late LeGrand August (H) 15-25

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Liz’s Late August 15-25

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Panamint (H) August 10-25

Medium-sized, attractive red-skinned yellow freestone. An old, heirloom nectarine. Aromatic and intensely flavored. Very red around the pit. Excellent for dessert when tree-ripened

Rapunzel July 5-15

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Raspberry Red July 30-10

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Red Diamond July 15-25

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Rose Diamond July 1-15

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Ruby Sweet Ju;ly 30-August 10

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Sean’s Poem July 25-August 5

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Silk Road July 30-August 10

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Speckled Egg July 30-August 10

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Spring Bright July 10-20

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Summer Silk July 30-August 10

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Peaches

Angelus July 30-Augst 10

A very large, beautiful golden peach that’s similar to the old Elberta but with some improvements. Elbertas often have a smack of astringency and bruise quite easily. Angelus has great flavor with less astringency than Elberta, and Angelus can be tree-ripened with minimal bruising. It’s a very versatile variety that can be canned, frozen, dried or eaten fresh

August Flame August 15-30

This is a new hybrid peach with excellent flavor. Speckled, blushed and streaked with red. Very smooth, almost fuzzless skin. Yellow freestone flesh is firm but melting with a very rich peachy flavor. Maintains good acidity even when tree-ripened. Fine for fresh eating, canning and freezing. One of our very best late season peaches, often ripening in late August to early September.

Baby Crawford July 25-August 10

We named this variety ourselves, and we were the first to grow it for the fresh market. In flavor, it is reminiscent of the old heirloom peach variety, the Crawford peach. The Crawford variety was known for its juicy texture and classically rich peach flavor. Our Baby Crawford is even more intense in flavor than its namesake---a true poster child for fine fruit. These "babies" are a little small in size with golden orange flesh and only a slight blush, but we believe it's the most flavorful of all yellow freestones. Our customers seem to agree. It’s the hands down winner at many of our fruit tastings. Ordering this variety in advance is suggested because of its limited supply. It is excellent canned, dried or made into preserves, smoothies or sorbet. Ask for our easy Peaches and Cream Cobbler recipe

Brittney Lane June 25-July 5

Very good flavor for its season. Very early. Large, well-blushed , rich-tasting yellow peach with strongly acidic peach flavor. Yellow flesh is often tinged red. Sugar-acid flavor balance varies from year to year, according to the weather. A popular early peach.

Calred August 20-30

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Camelita July 10-20

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Clayton (H) July 30-August 10

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Crown Princess July 25-August 5

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Dixon Cling July 25-August 20

This is probably the most flavorful cling and is often purchased by our customers who simply like eating it fresh out-of-hand. It has the firm cling-type texture but is also very juicy. Skin is blushed red, and there’s a little red around the stone; it is also an excellent canner.

Ernie’s Choice July 25-August 10

This peach was named after Ernie Christ, a New Jersey agricultural agent who first evaluated the variety. While the variety’s name may sound a little “hokey,” calling it Christ’s Choice, would certainly have sounded a bit presumptuous. Actually Ernie proved to be quite prophetic in his assessment of the variety, and many who have since tasted his choice would attest to its flavor as being absolutely “divine.” In many ways, it is reminiscent of an apricot: At maturity, the fruit is a deep orange in color. As it ripens and sweetens, it still retains some its acidity unlike many peaches whose flavor sometimes goes flat. This peach seems to just get richer and richer in flavor as it hangs on the tree; however, it does tend to soften quickly and is very delicate, much like a ripe Blenheim apricot. Because it is relatively unproductive, we only grow a few of these choice peaches. Please inquire early for availability; it’s often the subject of rationing.

Fairtime August 25-30

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Gold Dust (H)July 1-10

Gold Dust’ is a high quality early peach, a yellow fleshed freestone with blushed golden skin. Superb, old-fashioned peach flavor. Limited quantities.

Henry II August 1-10

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Ivory Saucer July 25-August 5

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July Flame July 15-25

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June Pride July 5-25

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Kaweah August 10-20

Pronounced KA-WEE-AH, a Native American name for a river near Sequoia National Park where the Kaweah tribe once lived . A very late yellow freestone maturing along with or slightly after O’Henry. It’s a smallish fruit with high coloration and high flavor. Its rich flavor and juicy texture make ‘Kaweah’ a favorite of our customers when in season.

Last Chance August 30-September 5

As the name suggests, ‘Last Chance’ peach is one of the latest really good peaches of the season. Remarkable quality for such a late ripening peach and is similar to Elberta-type peaches that ripen earlier in the season

Pink Halo August 1-10

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Queencrest June 20-30

A small but choice early peach. A little golden orb blushed red. Sweet clingstone yellow flesh for those needing an early “peach fix”, it makes an excellent first-of-the-season variety. Quantities limited

Redtop July 10-25

Beautiful and large, yellow freestone with an attractive red blush often with many sugar specks. It ripens early and is the first of the fine yellow peaches we recommend for canning and freezing.

Rich Lady July 15-25

Rich Lady’ is another early yellow semi-clingstone. Highly colored skin and flesh. It has firm but juicy texture and rich flavor.

Rio Oso Gem (H) August 10-20

This is a very old variety and a peach with character: Not cosmetically perfect with goitered sutures and an occasional huge, bulging wart, but many older folks remember and love this old favorite warts and all. It was the first freestone peach recognized to possess firm, non-browning flesh suitable for freezing and having what has been termed a distinctive “orange” flavor. An old favorite among many peach lovers. Limited quantities.

Santa Barbara July 15-25

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Sierra Rich July 10-25

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Sierra Blanca August 1-15

A very high quality white freestone peach with excellent flavor balance of sweetness and acidity. One of the best late white peaches

Silver Logan (H)July 25-August 5

A superb white peach that often grows to enormous size. A real stunner: A beautiful creamy white skin blushed crimson, and it’s as good to eat as it is to look at. It has a melting texture and a luscious, well-balanced flavor with an almost intoxicating honey-like aroma. Probably the finest white peach we grow and a long time favorite at our fruit store.

Summer Lady July 20-August 5

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Suncrest (H) July 20-August 5

The ‘Suncrest’ peach was made famous by David (Mas) Matsumoto’s book, Epitaph for a Peach, where he refers to it as the last of the truly juicy peaches. It’s an old-fashioned yellow freestone which has a fine flavor and juicy texture when ripe. It’s excellent for all uses. It’s a great canner, but sometimes it is not a perfect freestone until it is fully ripe.

Summer Sweet July 20-30

Summer Sweet’ follows ‘Sugar Lady’ in harvest season . They are both similar in flavor, but ‘Summer Sweet’ may be a little richer in flavor with a little more acid than Sugar Lady. Very sweet flesh that still has a full-bodied flavor.

Sweet Cap July 25-August 5

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TangO July 20-August 5

This is a smallish, golden nimbus—a yellow flat peach with excellent flavor. Clingstone flesh is rich with abundant syrupy juice. “24 carat” quality. Also a great canner. Limited quantities

Temprano July 1-15

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Winblo (H) August 1-10

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Zee Lady July 30-August 10

A new hybrid peach with much red coloration on the skin and around the pit which sometimes splits. Excellent, richly flavored flesh when fully ripe. Many customers call it their favorite tasting peach. Probably too much coloration for canning, but it is a superb freezing peach.

Interspecific Stone Fruit

Bella Sun Peacotum July 15-25

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Crimson Royale August 5-15

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Emerald Gem July 20-August 5

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Flavor King August 1-10

Flavor King is one of the most flavorful pluots. It’s been described as having the flavor of the Santa Rosa plum but much richer - and it does not have a tart skin. Others will compare the taste to a very intense watermelon flavor. The flesh is a deep maroon color and very juicy. This pluot can be picked while still firm and ripened off the tree. Makes an excellent sorbet. We have a recipe.

Flavor Supreme July 10-20

Flavor Supreme is the earliest of the highly flavored pluots and ripens during Blenheim apricot season. Resembles a typical blood plum in appearance, but has very little tartness at the skin. Dark red flesh is juicy sweet, and richly flavored.

Flavor Finale August 20-September 5

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Flavor Grenade August 5-20

A very large, very irregular in shape but mostly oblong, shaped somewhat like a kiwifruit. Often cosmetically challenged, its surface is usually lined with tiny rills with an occasional deeper crack or crevice. Even the color is something less than attractive: greenish, eventually turning chartreuse, with some purple mottling and reddish tints. However, we grow this one for its outstanding flavor and texture, not its looks. Very sweet with good acidity levels, crisp and juicy texture. When allowed to hang on the tree a few extra weeks it develops into a luscious fruit candy.

Honey Punch August 5-15

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Summer Delight Aprium August 5-15

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Plums (Asian)

Black Splendor July 20-30

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Broken Heart August 20-Sept 10

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Bubble Gum TM July 30-August 5

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Burgundy July 20-30

Burgundy is a choice “blood” plum with deep burgundy-colored flesh that’s firm, crisp and sweet. Some are reminded of a hugh ripe Bing cherry after trying this crisp but juicy dessert plum. Many also like it canned or made into preserves

Delicioso August 10-15

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Elephant Heart (H) August 5-20

This is another of the “blood” plums--plums that have deep red flesh and red juice. It’s unappetizing name notwithstanding, this fruit is actually one of the best and most flavorful blood plums. The skin is sometimes a little tart which contrasts well with the rich, sweet flavor of the interior.

Dolly July 10-20

This is a newer, early, Kelsey-type plum. It’s greenish to amber in color and usually blushed bright red on its protruding tip. The texture is crisp and apple-like with abundant juice and a delicate flavor. A favorite plum of many of our patrons.

Emerald Beaut August 20-September 15

A very late-maturing plum. This large plum is amber-green turning a rich golden color. High sugar content but also with a strong core of acidity. Excellent flavor balance. When it’s well-ripened, it’s loaded with juice, crisp and bursting with flavor. Simply one of the very best dessert plums

Golden Nectar august 10-20

A very large golden plum. Oblong fruit with a pronounced tip like a lemon. Golden yellow color throughout with squirting juice and succulent, very aromatic flesh. At its best when soft ripe. Several layers of flavor, with melon and honey predominating along with other subtle, more delicate flavors. A distinctive aroma that others also perceive as gardenias, and still others compare to rose petals and honey. Unsurpassed quality for dessert.

Inca (H)August 10-25

This old Burbank selection is a heirloom plum. An oval fruit tapering toward the tip, the shape being similar to ‘Golden Nectar.’ When ripe, this golden plum also has magenta specks and a magenta blush around the stem end. A singularly beautiful plum but scuffs and bruises easily. Rich, dense, crisp, apricot-colored flesh.

Laroda (H) July 20-August 5

Laroda is purple on the outside and amber streaked with red on the inside. It has long been considered one of the best flavored Asian plums with sweetness and a complement of sparkling acidity. It makes great jams and jellies.

Lavender Showers September 5-15

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October Sun September 25-October 10

Laroda is purple on the outside and amber streaked with red on the inside. It has long been considered one of the best flavored Asian plums with sweetness and a complement of sparkling acidity. It makes great jams and jellies.

Padre (H) July 20-August 5

The Padre plum was developed by the USDA and first grown at Stanford University. It is a beautiful golden orb with excellent dessert quality. The skin can be pleasingly tart, thus balancing the sweet flavor of the sugary, dense but juicy interior. One of our highest quality plums.

Santa Rosa (H) July 5-20

This is the Asian plum introduced by Luther Burbank with the famous “Santa Rosa” flavor—both tart at the skin and at the stone, but the flesh in between is pure succulence with a sweet, classic “plummy” flavor.

Sierra (H) July 10-15

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Plums (European)

American Mirabelle (H) August 10-20

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Coe’s Golden Drop (H) September 5-20

A veritable bag of sweet nectar when fully ripe. Very rich, sweet flavor. The famous epicure Edward Bunyard suggested that “at its ripest it is drunk rather than eaten.” A real “juice oozer.” One of the very old European dessert plums

Damson plums (H) August 15-25

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Early Italian (H) August 1-10

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French (D’Agen prune) (H) August 10-25

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Golden Transparent Gage (H) September 1-10

One of the larger gages with bronzy to golden skin often beautifully freckled with red dots. The skin is a bit tough; most prefer to simply suck the delicate, succulent flesh from its less digestible skin. The golden translucent flesh has a very rich, Moorpark-like, apricot flavor. Great for dessert and makes excellent preserves.

Green Gage (Reine Claude) (H) August 5-20

Very small, greenish fruit. This is the famous Gage plum that has achieved cult status in England and continental Europe. Justly esteemed for its flavor; indeed, the variety itself defines the flavor. Rarely grown commercially in California, but we have a small planting of these iconic plums, and they grow beautifully in our coastal valley climate.

Imperial Epineuse (H) august 15-25

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Mirabelle plums (H) August 1-25

The is a class of plums we grow that include ‘Mirabelle de Nancy,’ ‘Mirabelle de Metz,’ and ‘Geneva Mirabelle’. All are small, cherry-sized fruits that many of our chef patrons purchase for dessert making and other culinary purposes.

Muir Beauty August 10-20

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Reine des Mirabelles (H) August 30-September 10

The translation from the French is “Queen of the Mirabelles,” Aptly named, since it is the biggest and best flavored of the Mirabelles, a type of plum highly regarded in Europe as a culinary plum. Her highness, however, has excellent fresh-eating or dessert quality and also can be made into luscious preserves. Some believe it to be a cross between a mirabelle and a gage plum. Limited quantities.

Stanley August 15-25

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Sutter August 15-25

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