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Spring unfolds, unfurls and explodes into color and deliciousness, once again. It’s profoundly reassuring to see green blanket the fields and trees. 2020 was a hard year in so many ways, and yet the first anemones and peach blossoms soothe and calm those memories with the promise of new life emergent, one more time around the sun. I have been quiet this winter, not posting much, not sending out emails, but don’t be fooled. Winter is surprisingly busy on our farm. This is the time of year we fertilize all the trees and perennials, applying something like 2500 pounds of...

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Wow, what a crazy year. 2020 was not quite what I expected. Despite the pandemic, the fires, and the political distractions, Birdsong Orchards had an unexpectedly wonderful rotation around the sun. More than ever I was reminded that a farm can be a place of solace, of safety, a source of sweet scents, tastes and joy.We harvested 5000+ pounds of fruit, 100s of buckets of flowers, and welcomed so many people over the year. Plus emus, now we have the emus, which I never imagined owning even in my fever-crazed, animal-loving dreams. A huge thank you to all of the...

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Fresh Fall Figs, I Wait All Year for You We have around 30 varieties of fresh, succulent figs ripening right year, and they are unabashedly spectacular. They will only be around for a few more weeks, so buy them for pickup at the farm while you can. Heirloom Apple & Pear Boxes We still have dozens of varieties of pears and apples to make the most unique and varied fall fruit box. Coffee Cake Persimmons The first variety to ripen, this is a non-astringent persimmon that can be eaten like an apple. Illustrated T-Shirts & More for the Holidays When...

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What a crazy month it has been...   As everyone local knows searingly well, and many of our distant farm friends have probably heard, an extreme lightning event in mid-August set off some of the worst local fires Santa Cruz county has seen in recent history. Seventy two thousand local humans were evacuated, with their livestock and pets too. We temporarily took in family, friends and lots and lots of animals. Ricky, the emu, really won my heart. We were very lucky and never had to evacuate nor fear fire at our doorstep, yet so many of my friends and...

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Since the stone fruit started ripening two months ago, it’s been non-stop madness here on the farm. You may have heard that these turbulent times have created a rush to buy from local farms, and I am here to say that has been 100% true for us.So, first and foremost and above all, thank you, thank you all, thank you so much for supporting our little farm. This is the first year our farm has made enough money to hire the help we need, and I am so very grateful to you all for your encouragement, purchases and visits. This...

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