Location: Winters, CA
The Winters Fruit Tree business began during the 1930s in the Santa Clara Valley as a small farm selling mostly cherries and apricots to local food processors. With the urban growth of the Santa Clara Valley, the farm relocated to Winters in the Sacramento Valley in 1968 where they concentrated on the drying of fruit, mostly apricots and prunes, under the name of The Fruit Tree. By 1969, the son of the original founders opened a year-round fruit stand on State Highway 128 where they sold both dried and fresh fruit. With the development of the stand, they expanded to selling other products such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts.
The bulk of Winters Fruit Tree's business now revolves around wonderfully-flavored almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. Winters Fruit Tree offers more than 40 different flavored nuts and are continually expanding their selection. In addition to this wide assortment, they also sell dried fruit, local honey and jams, and nut brittles.
This flavorful chard sausage stuffing makes a hearty side dish at your Thanksgiving table. And it’s chock full of amazing ingredients from the market! Like tasty bread from Arizmendi Bakery, sweet and savory chicken apple calvados sausage from 4505 Meats, robust pioppini mushrooms from Far West Fungi, and toasty walnuts from Winters Fruit Tree. Plus look for fresh produce for this dish – swiss chard, leeks, garlic, and herbs – at Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms. This recipe comes together … →
This gorgeous and tasty upside down cake is perfect for showcasing fresh, seasonal fruit. Forget any preconceived notions about upside down cakes – they don’t have to be made with canned pineapple and maraschino cherries. This recipe is topped with delicious Yali pears from K&J Orchards and organic pomegranate from Twin Girls Farm. By decorating with fruit, you can serve a beautiful cake without requiring a lot of frosting or fancy decorating techniques. Don’t forget to also pick up eggs … →
We’re fully into the autumn season, with fall flavors abundant at the market. Persimmons - both the Hachiya and Fuyu varieties - are a fun fall fruit available now at Twin Girls Farm. Hachiya persimmons are best used for baking or preserving. When they aren’t fully ripe they have an unpleasant, tannic flavor. Set them out on the counter to ripen. You’ll know they’re ripe when they feel like a water balloon filled with soft, squishy flesh. Fuyu persimmons are the opposite … →
Last week we spotted some unique pomegranates at the Winter’s Fruit Tree stand. That’s right–the folks that bring you delicious varieties of nuts every week also have some delicious fruit to share! While most of us are used to seeing the “Wonderful” variety of pomegranates (deep red in color, delicious and available from Twin Girls Farm and Arata Farm at MCM), Phil Carter of Winter’s tells us that these light-colored poms are coming off 60-year-old trees on his property–trees so old that … →