Sales: on-farm, you pick (check website for schedule), farmers’ markets in Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento. Grocery stores in Tahoe and Newcastle Produce. Restaurants in Auburn & Tahoe.
Hours: U-Pick on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May through November by appointment
Products: Raspberries, thornless blackberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, blueberries, chestnuts, pomegranates, kiwi, mandarins, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, loquats, persimmons, figs, rhubarb, cherry plums, Meyer lemons, apples, applewood, olives, herbs, flowers, corn, popcorn, guava.
Sales: On-farm (by appointment), Gaia’s Basket, Newcastle Produce and Auburn, DeWitt and Roseville Farmers’ Markets (late August – September)
Products: Pears, apples, plums, figs, quince, persimmons, honey, and wine grapes
Hours: Call for appointment. We ship mandarins.
Products: Satsuma Mandarins and other as listed: blood oranges, quince, figs, Key limes, Fuyu persimmons, Bearss limes, Eureka lemons, Meyer lemons, Cara Cara oranges, pomegranates, clementines, and Oro Blanco Pommelo.
Burgeson Family Farm is a small family farm on a beautiful sunny hilltop below Indian Hill Road in Newcastle. The property has excellent soil and a warm microclimate so the Burgesons often experiment with growing foods not typically grown in our area, such as unusual citrus and semitropicals. They practice sustainable farming methods in the care of their their land, and all the farm work is done by Adrian, Dayna and their son Evan. Dayna is a Registered Dietitian who spent her career promoting healthy eating with the University of California. Adrian is a retired elementary school teacher who taught hundreds of children the benefits of gardening through his yearly school garden projects. Evan is now an avid gardener and cook, so the love for farming may be hereditary. Please call to arrange farm tours or to purchase products in season. For more information, recipe ideas and more check the farm website.
Serves 6 – recipe by Courtney McDonald
-6 Tbsp. Extra Virgin olive oil
-2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
-3 Tbsp. mild curry powder
-2 medium winter squash, such as acorn, turban, kabocha or butternut
-3 Tbsp. local honey
-salt and pepper, to taste
Make the curry oil: Heat the olive oil, butter, curry powder in a small pot over low heat until the butter melts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer until the curry becomes very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside 4 Tbsp. curry oil for the chutney.
Preheat oven to 425. Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut each half in half again lengthwise. Lay out the squash on a rimmed baking sheet or large glass baking dish, cut side up. Drizzle evenly with the remaining curry/butter/oil mixture and honey. Season again lightly with salt, cover with foil and bake until squash is tender, 30-40 minutes. Remove foil and allow to caramelize for another 5 minutes. While the squash is roasting, make the persimmon chutney.
For the chutney:
-4 Tbsp reserved curry oil from above recipe
-1 large yellow onion, finely diced
-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
-4 firm-ripe fuyu persimmons, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
-3/4 cup golden raisins or other dried frit
-1/2 cup rinsed and drained capers
-salt and pepper, to taste
Heat the curry oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion are soft and translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the diced persimmon and cook until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the dried fruit, capers, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until squash is finished roasting.
Transfer squash to a serving platter and top with a generous spoonful of the persimmon chutney, serve immediately.
Sales: Open daily Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019 from 9:00 – 5:00. We ship nationwide, UPS and Priority Flat Rate. Corporate & Gift Boxes on request. Shipping ends Dec. 14.
Products: Mandarins, persimmons, jams & jelly, BBQ sauces, honey, walnuts.
Sales: On-farm sales.
Hours: Please call first.
Products: Locally grown, Asian pears, persimmons and mandarins.
Sales: Grocery stores, CSA, farmers’ market, restaurants
Products: Certified organic tomatoes, squash, persimmons, wheatgrass, onions, garlic, kale, chard, pumpkin, corn, herbs, pastured chickens, pea shoots, radishes, beets, carrots, potatoes, kohlrabi, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, brussels sprouts, collard greens, sprouts, sunflower shoots and more.
Sales: On-farm fruit stand
Hours: Tuesday — Sunday
Products: A family farm and produce stand since 1911. Summer crops include loquats, peaches, plums, pluots, apricots, figs, mulberries, blackberries, grapes, Asian pears, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Fall brings on a variety of persimmons including Fuyu, Hachiya, Maru, Chocolate, Vodka and hoshigaki hand dried persimmons. People are welcome to drop in or arrange for a tour. Other fall crops are jujube, pears, apples, quince, pomegranates, mandarins, oranges, and lemons. Please check our web site for an up-to-date list of products and activities: www.otoworchard.com or just give us a call.
Sales: On-farm, Farmers’ Markets, we ship mandarins
Hours: Please call for hours or appointment.
Products: Heritage Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit, Minneolas, Valencia Oranges, Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, Persimmons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Hybrid Tomatoes, Basil, Cucumbers, Summer and Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Soft Skinned Melons, Mixed Cut Flowers, Cut Sunflowers, Cut Fragrant Garden Roses.
Find us at: Old Town Auburn Farmers’ Market and Fountains Farmers’ Market in Roseville by Whole Foods.
Mandarins available at Echo Valley Feed during Mandarin Season.
Some Wholesale welcome.
About Us: Steve and Lisa Pilz run the farm, which Steve’s Grandfather, Edmund Pilz, began. Ed began farming in 1927. He farmed many farms in this area. His favorite being Hillcrest. He chose this site as his home. Our farm sits on a beautiful hillside overlooking the Loomis Basin in the rolling hills of Placer County. On clear days you can see Mount Diablo to the Southwest! Hillcrest has seen many varieties of fruit trees come and go since 1927. The mandarin trees that Ed budded and planted back in the late 50’s still exist. About 7 acres of vegetables and flowers are also grown on our farm.
Products: Mandarins, limes, lemons (Meyer, Eureka, and Santa Teresa), oranges (Blood, Navel and Valencia), kumquats, grapefruit and pomegranates. Marinades, dressings, vinaigrettes and spreads produced from citrus that we grow.