Hey guys, we went to two more farms yesterday and had a blast. It was a little drizzly, but it was actually a nice change since every visit so far has been in scorching hot bright sun. A little blown out clouds with a little rain was great. Especially going in to the depths of Fallbrook. WOW, we kept going, and going and going and I thought we were gonna get to the ocean we drove so far west off the 15. We actually went 45 minutes into the mountain side and ended up on this 60 some odd acres of paradise with citrus and avocado groves galore.
George Cunningham, the farmer pictured with me here, has been farming this property for 35 years. He told us that his ancestors had been in farming and somehow, through ghosts or some telepathic medium, told him that he should get into farming. So, he took over this property, threw some seeds in the wind and voila! It sure looked like he threw the seeds in the air; there were trees everywhere. Geroge told us that he liked it that way, where there weren’t any rows. His philosophy was that if there was a bug, they couldn’t kill his entire grove since the trees weren’t next to one another. GOOD POINT! There were persimmons, then maybe some Fremont Mandarins, a couple of Cocktail fruit trees(which are frickin amazing, by the way) and then some persimmons again.
My girlfriend Jody accompanied us this time and we had a great time with Gayle, George and Kaylee their grandaughter. We ate Fremont Mandarins right off the tree. A relative to the Satsuma Mandarin, but a much deeper, sweeter flavor and a bit harder to get the skin off. George pulled off a Cocktail Fruit and cut it in half for us to try. WOW! A cross between a pomelo and an orange, this little gem had some pop; a little tangy and a little sweet.
The second farm we visited, Morning Star Ranch, I had been to before when I toured with the Point Loma Garden Club back in October. This was such an interesting place I had to come back to feature it in my book. This is a community of people and a way of life for their families. They home school their children and they all work and learn on the farm. They are almost 100% self-sustaining using their own water and almost fully off the electric grid. These folks have goats, cows, chickens and even Jake the Donkey on the farm. Their crops vary, but the most widely sold product is their lettuce. They have a variety of lettuces, broccoli, chard, onions and even kholrabi pictured here. Growing on the farm are also persimmons, 4500 or so avocado trees and Marsh Ruby Grapefruits. There will be more information on Morning Star and where to find their produce in the book. Make sure to follow these blogs to stay up to date with the progress of the book.