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CA Growin’: A Cherry on Top!

A Cherry on Top! Put it right on top of Spring! With cherry season right around the corner, it’s time to talk to Jon Brandstad!  Jon and his family grow cherries near Linden.  In 2011, Jon and his wife Christine permanently protected their 175-acre farm.  Three years...

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Cherry Lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 pound fresh CA cherries, washed and pitted 1 cup fresh lemon juice 6 cups cold water Optional (mint garnish)   Instructions: Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a pot until sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup cherries, bring to a boil...

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Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Agpalo

It was a beautiful crisp day for Ms. Agpalo’s class from Garin Elementary to take a field trip to First Generation Farmers. The excitement roaring from the bus said it all when they arrived and saw all the free range chickens running around. The excitement...

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Italian Roasted Roma Tomatoes

Ingredients: 2 lbs Roma tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 6 cloves minced garlic 1 tbs bottled Italian seasoning 1 tbs sugar Pinch of salt 3 dashes ground black pepper 2 tbs oregano – coarsely chopped   Instructions: Preheat oven to 300F Rinse the Roma tomatoes...

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Fresh Herb Olive Oil Dip

Fresh Herb Olive Oil Dip So simple yet so delicious. Have this ready in just 10 minutes for a perfect appetizer before a meal. Don’t forget – the more fresh the herbs are, the better!   Ingredients: 1 tbsp fresh basil 1 tbsp fresh parsley 3 minced garlic cloves 2...

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Brandstad Brothers

The Brandstad Brothers Farm is held under Jon and Richard Brandstad. The 2 parcels encumbered by the Agricultural Conservation Easement make up about 158 acres of protected property. Their land is comprised of tree crops (walnuts & cherries). The property is...

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Robert Prosperi Farms, Inc.

The Robert Prosperi Farms, Inc. Property is located adjacent to the Prosperi Living Trust parcel in Madera County. This easement is comprised of roughly 57 acres of wine grape vineyards. This property was the last property to be permanently protected by an...

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Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Pecan Pie You cannot mess this pie up – if you can mix, pour, and use an oven then you can do this. Don’t forget to add in the most important ingredient – love… No one will be disappointed! Ingredients: 9-inch unbaked pie crust 1 cup...

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Meet Jim

At 93 years young, Jim Messick started to wonder what would happen to his farm without him.  And then he started to worry about what would happen to his farm without him.  Would it be broken up into tiny pieces, or turned into a parking lot?  Jim knew he didn’t want...

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Hooper Ranch

The Hooper Ranch is comprised of two parcels totaling 275.5 acres in a scenic agricultural area that supports orchards, row crops and grain crops. The primary use of this land is being used for the cultivation of field crops that are planted on a rotational basis....

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