Growing the perfect bite…

We’re planting trees over here at Apricot Lane Farms! For reals… 2,010 little deciduous (meaning – goes dormant in the winter) arrived last week.  The project is a 20-acre block that we nicknamed “The Fruit Basket”, before we learned that there is some sort of sexual connotation to that term.  Doh… but, too late.  It had stuck.  The citrus trees aren’t arriving until end of March, but here’s the list of our future ingredients.

Nectarines  (7 varieties) – 2.25 acres
Apricot & Aprium (7 varieties) – 3.07 acres
Plum & Pluot (7 varieties) – 2.23 acres
Cherries (3 varieties) – 2.25 acres
Apple (4 varieties) – 1.92 acres
Figs (5 varieties) – .63 acres
Pomegranates (3 varieties) – .63 acres
Persimmons (5 varieties) – .63 acres
Mulberries (3 varieties) – .63 acres
Walnuts – .39 acres
Cherimoya – .36 acres
Peaches (9 varieties) – 1.99 acres
Mandarin (5 varieties) – 1.61 acres
Orange (4 varieties) – 1.54 acres
Macadamia – .09 acres
Meyer & Pink Lemonade Lemons – .26 acres
Lime – .12
Kumquat – .06
Grapefruit & Pomelo – .36

Since I have less time than I used to, I’ve decided to focus on quality over quantity with regards to recipes.  I may not get 3 recipes up in a month, but the 1 recipe every two months is going to be delicious.  That’s the plan… you tell me how that goes.

I have been working on this one for a couple months.  Headed for a gluten-free cornbread recipe, I wondered whether coconut flour would add a nice sweetness, which is always welcome with corn.  I came up with this recipe on the very first try, then I tortured myself for weeks trying to make sure it was ready.  I finally decided I was right the first time.  It felt like car shopping.

This bread is super moist, and even better the second day, so don’t be afraid to make it early.

Click HERE for the Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread recipe…


  • Mom

    I say that picture makes me “yearn” for some samples!

    February 28, 2012
  • candy Chester

    This looks amazing! Want to try it!

    February 28, 2012
  • chuck

    that is incredible. i am curious for my own purposes. how much did all those seedlings cost?

    February 28, 2012
    • Molly Chester

      About $10 each… not bad for years of fruit production! :)

      March 25, 2012
  • Mouthwatering cornbread, yes please!

    March 5, 2012
  • Diana Nightingale

    Hello! All these new trees! What an adventure for you! Forgive my ignorance on this matter, but are there any concerns you have about about the possibility of hybridization between the varieties (such as between the peaches)?

    March 20, 2012
    • Molly Chester

      Hi Diana, No silly question! We’re all learning! As for our crop, we won’t have hybridization. If we were to plant the seeds from these trees, we might have a kind of mixed variety, since our trees are so intermixed. However, the fruit from these trees won’t be affected. The benefit is that the increased variety of pollination should produce more fruit! Yes!

      March 26, 2012
  • Wow I love all of your photos

    April 30, 2012

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