5353 Williams Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
Larry and Maria Glashoff are both third generation farmers in Suisun Valley. They currently farm 89 acres which includes the site of the original Glashoff Ranch established by Larry’s grandfather, Herman, in the early 1900’s. Maria’s Grandparent’s farm was right down the road a quarter mile or so.
The Glashoff family’s interest and love of farming subsequently led them to open Glashoff’s Fruit stand in the early 1970’s. The fruit stand became well known for it’s quality fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. In 1989 a bakery was added featuring cookies, breads, and pies made with homegrown produce. Another favorite tradition at Glashoff’s was the annual Pumpkin Patch. This month-long event each October was a fun-filled harvest celebration complete with hay-rides, a corn maze, haunted house, and games.
Times change and people change… Larry and Maria continue to sell their produce directly to the public at a number of farmer’s markets including San Francisco, Marin, Davis, and Sacramento. They now specialize in boysenberries, 4 varieties of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Larry’s interest in growing berries began with a 4 H project when he was 13 years old. Larry and Maria also grow oranges, prunes, walnuts, and craft low sugar homemade jams, jellies and marmalades as well as fresh squeezed orange juice. This past season they also made a small batch of roasted franquette walnut oil. Look for it in November! They also raise beef cattle.
In conjunction with our love for farming is our desire to be good stewards of the family farm. Larry and Maria are constantly searching for better ways to grow their product in a sustainable manner. That means organic methods of pest control, drip irrigation, bird netting hand weeding where possible.We have been able to dramatically reduce our use of chemicals and for most of our crops, including all berries and walnuts, we have totally eliminated chemical pesticides.We are well on our way to organic certification.
We found that our climate is to hot for the Lochness variety of Blackberry, the flavor was not what it should have been when the summers got hot. So reluctantly we removed that variety this past season. We replaced this variety with Marion Blackberries and will have them for sale next year and U-pick in 2012.
Black Satin Blackberries are a very old variety that our family has grown for several decades. they flavor very nicely and are a good all around blackberry. We have a small patch of Black Satins and usually market them at the Farmers markets.
Triple Crown is our largest blackberry. It is a joint release from USDA-Beltsville and the Pacific West Agricultural Research Service. The plant is semi-erect, thornless and bears large, flavorful fruit. The Triple Crown season starts about the 4th of July in Suisun Valley.
Chester> is our latest variety. We start picking about the middle of August. Large, sweet, high quality berries with good flavor. Excellent for fresh eating, jams, jellies, and pies.
Heritage Raspberries This year we added to our plantings of Heritage Red Raspberries. We anticipate a small crop next season and we hope to add them to our u-pick the following season (2012). Currently we pick our small patch of raspberries for our low sugar preserves, and it is awesome!
Our Strawberry Patch is small (about 500 plants), The variety we grow is called Benton, these are wonderfully flavorful strawberry, excellent for preserves, but because the are soft, they are not good for the fresh market. We have them frozen in 2 gallon (10 pound) buckets. They can be purchased for $33. per bucket. We have a limited supply available as the season for this variety is short and nearly over.
Our Boysenberry patch has changed a bit. We were growing both the original variety of boysenberry and the newer thorn-less variety. By growing them side by side we were able to really see and taste the difference! The older standard Boysenberry won out! The size and flavor is far superior. So we said good bye to the thorn-less variety. This will reduce the amount of boysenberries we have but we have replanted that space with other berries.
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