I was treated to a tour of local farms in the Fresno, CA. area this past weekend and learned so much. Did you know that blueberries are one of only three fruits that are native to the United States? Can you name the other two? The Berry Lady can. She gave us a brief history lesson on blueberries and on how they are harvested packaged and shared her new strains with us as well. Take a look at the Larry Berry it can grown up to the size of a nickel!The Larry Berry from Berry Lady Farms
From there we ventured on to the Friesen Family Farms where we watched peaches and plums get packaged and shipped off to Costco’s all over the county. If you see a case of peaches or plums at your local Costco and the number on the side of the box is 1945 you know it came handpicked from Friesen and will undoubtedly be amazing. If the proof is in the drippings that were on the faces of all those eating them (I have previously tasted peaches and plums and don’t care for either) then you will be pleased as well, just check out the bright colors!Nectarines and Plums at Friesen Family Farms
Our next stop was the Hudson Family Farm where Liz Hudson had a fresh homemade peach cobbler waiting for us. She also introduced many of us to the Water Peach. They were named as such because they are so juicy they are watery. Liz told us her mother referred to them as “sink peaches” because you had to stand over the sink to eat them so they didn’t drip everywhere!Hudson Family Farm Peach Cobbler
The last stop on this amazing tour was to the Enzo Olive Oil packaging plant. Unfortunately this is not olive season so we were simply given a walk through of the facility but the walk through was accompanied by a highly informative tutorial on the making of olive oil (video coming soon!). We were then treated to a yummy tasting and a take home prize bottle of our own and one for a lucky reader!Amazing Olives being readied for processing
Photo Credit Gordon Smith
What’s the one thing all these different farms have in common? They all need water to grow their crops. Whether it be berry or stone fruit the outcome may be different but the intake is always water. Although we don’t feel drought down here in urban Southern California, the farming areas of Central California are being rationed with their water. We saw the canals that allow the alotted amount of water a farm can use during a specific period of time. Remember the days of the oil shortage (yes I am aging myself) and odd/even license plates had to get gas on certain days? It is kind of like that. Think about that next time you leave the water running while you go off and do something else, or aimlessly hose down your sidewalks and driveways simply because. Water is not an endless supply, it is an amazing resource.
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I was not compensated for this post. Overnight accommodations, meals and travel between farms was provided by the California Farm Water Coalition and the Fresno County Farm Bureau.