Organic?

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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....

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Changing Times

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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...

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Maggie – Her Story

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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...

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Don’t Drive By Drive In

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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...

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

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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...

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Catching Up with Erickson Ranch February 2014

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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...

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