Adventures of the Avocado Sisters Part 3: Picking Wildflowers on the Ranch

egg hunt in the avocado grove

Egghunt on the Avocado Ranch with Fuji Mama

You may remember the Avocado Sisters’ latest adventure in the avocado grove…an exciting egg hunt with Bug and Squirrel.     We promised the girls that they could pick wildflowers, so they were eager to find lots of flowers!   We started in the flower patch that was planted from seed.

Picking wildflowers that were grown from seed

Bug and Squirrel love to pick flowers!

Then we headed out to  find wild flowers that grow naturally…not the garden variety!    We walked through the avocado trees until we found an open field.  Lots of special flowers there….some easy to see and some tiny ones that weren’t as easy to notice.

Bug and Squirrel in the field

Finding the wild flowers was hard work! Lots of walking!

We found lots of the purple owl clover in the field!  Some areas are carpeted with these beautiful pink flowers.

Purple Owl Clover

Purple Owl’s Clover

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

There are several varieties of wild lupine in the field, from the tiniest ones that are buried in the grass to this big one!

California poppies

Fuji Mama loves California Poppies..she’s a California Girl!

California poppies grow in the garden and in the fields too!  The field poppies are smaller than the ones that grow from seed.

Resting after the long walk

When you’re tired, you’ll sit down right in the middle of the road!

It was a long day full of adventures!  First the Silly Hat Brunch at Annie’s Cafe,  then the exciting Egg Hunt with avocados,  and finally our great hike to pick flowers.   Squirrel and Bug  decided to rest,  right in the middle of a grove road!  That’s okay…there aren’t any cars on those roads!  Just interesting things like avocado leaves,  ants, and pebbles…

Happy Spring!

Bug and Squirrel picking flowers...and sticks

Stay tuned for further adventures of Fuji Mama and Mimi Avocado….

Picking Out The Best Avocados: Let the Farmer Do It For You

Gigi picking avocados

Wouldn’t you love to pick your own avocados with the farmer’s help?

What if you could go to an avocado grove,  ask the farmer to show you his best fruit, and pick some yourself!  You would know where it came from and who grew it.  You would also have a good idea when it would be ready to eat.  Best of all,  you would be able to get consistent quality fruit…only the best for you!

Last summer we had a visit from Gigi Stewart of Gluten Free Gigi.  She comes from Georgia and had never visited an avocado ranch before.  (Yes, we call it a ranch…it’s just the word we use in California…for those of  you in the east, substitute the word “farm”  or “orchard”.)  Farmer Ed  helped her find some avocados that were ready to pick.    She was thrilled to learn how to use a picking pole to reach the nicest avocados in the top of the tree!  Gigi positioned the bag under her favorite avocado,  and the cutters were next to the stem.  Then she pulled the string on the pole to activate the cutters, and the avocado fell directly into the small bag on the end of the pole!

Gigi and Ben picking avocados

Ben takes the avocado from the bag

You can see the small clippers in Ben’s hand.  He will be cutting the stem off of each avocado so that just a “button” remains.   This keeps the avocados from being damaged by sharp protruding stems.

Ben holds avocado just picked

Don’t leave the stem on the avocado like this…clip it off, flush with the fruit

Not everyone is able to come to the ranch to pick their own fruit.  In fact,  most of the time we are too busy taking care of the trees to conduct tours.    However,  you CAN get the best fruit sent to you in the mail,  and it will be specially selected for you by the farmer too!  The very nicest avocados are hand selected and packed into gift boxes and our monthly subscription boxes.  Then the mailman comes by to pick them up…and in a few days you have them in your home!

 

avocados from the mailbox

Imagine finding a box of these beauties in your mailbox!  Our cousin Carly got these while she was visiting Grammy in Vermont!

You can get a gift box mailed to you too,  or a subscription box sent every month.  Some people even get two boxes every month! Avocados are the perfect green gift!

Learn more about our avocado ranch and California Avocados Direct,  our gift box and subscription business by visiting our website, http://www.CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com.

For current specials and a discount code, be sure to sign up for the newsletter at California Avocados Direct.

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