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News from Ojai: Apricots

blenheimw.jpgStephen Fields and Sims Brannon from Slow Food Ojai alert us to an important week for apricot lovers:

The famed K.B. Hall apricot orchard stand in the upper Ojai Valley will be open starting this Sunday. Tom Hall (one of K.B.’s sons) said they will be open all of next week until the following weekend. As many of you know, the K.B. Hall orchard dates back nearly 100 years and is the only large apricot orchard left in Ventura County. They grow the highly prized Blenheim apricots.

The orchard is dry-farmed, which means that they don’t irrigate. This year, all of the weather factors have cooperated and they have a big, wonderfully sweet harvest. The stand is located about 1/2 mile west of the Summit on Hwy 150 in the Upper Ojai.

In addition, we have reserved a case of apricots for our Let’s Jam event on July 1. There are still spaces available for the class. Master preserve-maker (and olive oil guru) Caroline Beck will teach us the ins and outs of making apricot preserves. The class is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Amestoy House. The cost of the class is $20 for Slow Food Members, $25 for non-members and $5 for children. Again, we encourage children to attend so that we can pass along this wonderful culinary art to the next generation.

And don’t forget Slow Food Ojai’s first quarterly potluck one week from Friday evening (June 26) at Susan McRae’s house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The theme is Mediterranean appetizers. Hope to see you there!

Steve and Sims

For more information about Let’s Jam or the other events noted above, please email Stephen Fields at slowfoodojai@earthlink.net.