Visit our Online store for Jams

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Jams, Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

Give us a visit at www.ericksonranch.com/store and take a look at our new store. Our on-line store is open for business selling small batch homemade jams and jellies. Erickson Ranch invites you to stop in and give us a try. We have been making jams for over 10 years, selling at our fruit-stand and at special events. Now is the time to try a jar of fruit first jams and jellies from Erickson Ranch. We have been in the farming business for over 50 years and all the jams we make are grown on our property with the exception of the berries, of...

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Changes for 2016!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Shed Talk Blog | 7 comments

The year 2016 will bring changes to Erickson Ranch. As a small farming operation, we don’t have the privilege of hiring a Human Resources Department, a CEO, a CFO and a working staff of many. We are Human Resources, we are the CEO the CFO and we certainly are the working staff! With that said we realize we need to make changes to survive in the agriculture business that is part of the “Business Friendly” environment that is promoted by our state. After much thought and angst we determined it would be best for us to be open...

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Meyer Lemons, Meyer Lemons and Meyer Lemons!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Lemons, Shed Talk Blog | 2 comments

For those of you that don’t know, Erickson Ranch makes jams and jellies from the fruit and vegetables we grow. I found myself in an interesting predicament this winter during the Meyer Lemon season. Each year we make Meyer Lemon jelly during February when the lemons are ripe. Well, this year our lemon crop was very small and not as plentiful as in years past. We have one tree and it usually produces plenty (if not more than we need). We press each lemon extracting the juice, let it settle over night which allows the sediment to settle...

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Erickson Ranch Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch 2015

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

This Halloween Season will certainly brings a “Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch.” Mother Nature dictates all that happens on the Ranch and this year it was the pumpkins patch. The pumpkin planting season started off with a bang. A lovely variety of seeds were planted and the drip line was stretched through each row. With the sun and warm weather the seeds sprouted and the plants grew with vigor. As the season progressed some of the pumpkin plants began to have failure to thrive. No matter what we did, some of the pumpkins did not...

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Organic?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

To be, or not to be organic, that is the question. We pondered the possibility of becoming organic many years ago. As a small generational family farm, we thought perhaps that would be something we could do to enhance our business. In theory the health benefits of eating organic are many, but in reality the process of becoming organic is not only very expensive but quite time consuming. With that said, we decided organic farming offered features we could take advantage of but we were not able to be 100% organic. Erickson Ranch has used...

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Changing Times

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Shed Talk Blog | 1 comment

As with many things in our lives, change is inevitable. As the owners/operators of a small family farm, Ray and I understand that to stay viable and survive change has to occur. We must walk down a new pathway. The idea of moving beyond the status quo can be unstettling to say the least and on the other end of the spectrum it is down right scary. Maintaining a family farm in the state of California is expensive and getting more so all the time. With the current drought, the cost of fuel, fertilizer, spray material, equipment, numerous annual...

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Maggie – Her Story

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Shed Talk Blog | 2 comments

I have great sadness in my heart as I sit to write a final farewell to our Maggie. Maggie passed away late December of 2014 after a brief illness. We have certainly lost a part of our history and there will forever be a bit of a hollow spot left behind. Let me tell you a bit about our Maggie. She was born into the Navajo nation and lived in Arizona. She moved to California as a young woman and settled in Richmond, California. Maggie came to the ranch many years ago as she took a day trip with some friends in Richmond that knew of Erickson...

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Don’t Drive By Drive In

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

Well the season is well underway at the Ranch and and the fruit has been absolutely outstanding. This year was a banner year for the Blenheim Apricots. They ripened early but were of the highest quality and lasted for a little over 3 weeks. There is certainly no other apricot that can compare to the flavor of the Blenheim. They last all season, so to speak, because once the ripe fruit is gone, we make delicious jam and dry the rest. The peaches are coming fast and furious and have been lovely so far. We invested in a refrigerated unit this...

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From Tree to Fruit to Jar – The Story of Erickson Ranch Jams

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Jams, Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

Blenheim Apricot, Amaretto Cherry, Cal Red Peach, Bartlett Pear. These are just a few of Erickson Ranch jams. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would be telling my story about jam making. Memories began as I was attending nursing school at the local Community College. The Bartlett pears were ripening and the harvest was in full swing. Did I have time to prepare or have any idea how to “put up” pears? Of course not, but for some strange reason I felt drawn to preserve this lovely fruit. The window of opportunity was short to...

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Catching Up with Erickson Ranch February 2014

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Peaches, Ranch Life, Shed Talk Blog | 0 comments

It has been many months since I sat down and wrote a blog. Once the growing season is finished and the winter arrives I go into “vacation mode” from the ranch. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually go on vacation, but I do have a tendency to step away from things for a spell. I always have blog ideas in the back of my mind but it is a different matter to actually sit down and compose a blog. 2013 was a busy productive year for Erickson Ranch. We grew wonderfully delicious sun-ripened fruits and vegetables and made more...

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