I wrote this back in 2009 and as we get into the holiday spirit full swing around here, I thought I'd reach back into the archives and share it with you:
It’s the week before Christmas here at Kingsburg Orchards,
And not a single employee feels like they’ve been tortured.
From the salesmen to shipping to our filing clerks,
We’re enjoying the season and all of its perks.
The trees are all nestled within the fog bed,
While visions of Dino Eggs dance in Mike J’s head.
Their branches are storing the...
Health goes beyond just what you put into your body - and even though studies have shown the cancer-fighting properties of stone fruit (we love antioxidants!), we figure if our fruit is fighting cancer, then so should we. Many of our team already support Breast Cancer awareness in October, but our salesman, Jose Herrera, brought this campaign to the attention of those of us in the office, and we've started up a team. Start up a team of your own, or if you'd like to support our staff's efforts, our page is located here: ...
If you drive past our orchards, you will find that many of our trees are growing in a 'V' shape. There are many reasons for this, including increased sunlight into the center of the tree, which leads to improved and more even crop production, better flavor because of the extra nutrients this sunlight provides and various other factors. This style of trellis was developed in Australia and is called the Tatura Trellis System. Our grower, Brent, explains more:
Thanksgiving: The development of an attitude of gratitude for what you have been given
For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you may have seen our November 1st post, but if not I'll quote it here: "Start the month off right: make a list of 5 things you are thankful for today. Add 1 thing each day until Thanksgiving. Share your list."
In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it is often too easy to forget how blessed we are each and every day. At times, we are awakened to the reality of how much we had by tragic events such as Superstorm Sandy, a loss of a loved one,...
Written by Jose Herrera
If you have ever walked into our Kingsburg Apple Packing facility, you may have noticed a set of...
Our friends at the American Academy of Chefs and the American Culinary Federation will be creating some fabulous recipes for us, which will be featured on our Chef's Corner on a rotating basis - as well as a little bit about each of them. Our featured guest for fall 2011- summer 2012 was Chef Michael Maddox of Le Titi De Paris in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
About Michael Robin Maddox...
Stetson loves life on the ranch and has a constant companion in his white lab, Spit. He just turned 2, and is at that stage where every fruit is an “apple” and he wants to do everything just like his dad. Whether this is picking fruit from the orchards outside their house for his mom, or hopping on his battery-operated quad to “change the water” (a process of driving a few rows from the house and tapping on the water tank) or just sitting on the tractors and pretending to shift gears and haul fruit to the shed - this little man is happy to be a farmer-in-training.
Brent Jackson has been farming his whole life, from turkeys to row crops to stone fruit. Brent grew up in Kingsburg, California with his parents George and Colleen, his older brother Mike and his younger sister Susan. He attended Kingsburg High school where he played football and track when he wasn’t working on the farm.
Brent met Marlene Schnitzler sophomore year of high school and they were married in March of 1984. They have four daughters: Janelle, Brittany, Heidi, and Kristina – and 2 son-in-laws: Brody and Cody. Janelle and Brody have two children: Jace and Bailey; and...
This year is Owen's first year of kindergarten. He's pretty excited to learn new things and make new friends - and he definitely knows what makes the perfect back-to-school snack: his Papa George's Crunchy Gold Apple Pears.
I received a request on our Facebook page for an Apple Pear jam recipe. I haven't ever attempted jam with our pears before (I would love to hear from anyone who has though!) I did make an Apple Pear butter a few years back, so I am sharing it here. I only made it the one time, and it was used up quickly, so I'm not sure how long it would last if canned properly. Hope you enjoy it!
9-10 Apple Pears; peeled, cored, and diced into 1-inch chunks
½ cup Apple Cider
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Place diced Apple Pears and cider into a...
Here at Kingsburg Orchards, we feel we have assembled one of the most talented and diverse sales team in the business and no one personifies that talent and diversity better than Roman...
This week I had a chat with Brody & Janelle's son, Jace. This 2 year old has a passion for tractors and has avidly pointed them out since he first started talking. His tractor of choice: Kubota. He could spend hours just driving around looking at all the equipment and loves it when he gets to spend the the afternoon checking the trees and fruit with his dad. He loves to eat any type of fruit he can get access to, but his current favorite are pears...
When did you start working for Kingsburg Orchards?
I started working for the Jackson family in 1990.
How has the produce industry changed over the years while you have been here?
The biggest change this industry has seen has been a result of the computer. We now have inventory systems, e-commerce platforms, accounting systems, etc... The produce industry is now almost paperless. It has been a very tough transition for those of us who used to write orders on napkins and matchbooks.
Ryan's son Carter kicks off our Next Generation video series with a word about farming.
Many of you are familiar with the Jackson family and their ever growing group of future “flavor farmers” and today, we are introducing Johnny Diepersloot.
He and his wife of 26 years, Susan [Jackson] Diepersloot, are also bringing up Kingsburg Orchards’ next generation of farmers. They have 4 children together, all of whom are involved in the day to day operations of the company/farms. Johnny D, as we refer to him in the office, comes from a family of dairy farmers and received his degree in Dairy Animal Science from Fresno State. Instead of pursuing a career on a dairy, he...
Written by Deb Ross
If you have called into our sales office and noticed new voices, it’s a sign people are moving up in the world! Moses Avila was promoted last season to...
I recently received a few questions about the process of farming from Doreen G., as she was doing some research on peaches, and thought I would take the time to share them with you, as I believe they would be of interest to some of you. They are as follows:
What soil and climate have nurtured the fruit on your farm?
We are located in the Central San Joaquin Valley, which was originally a semi-arid grassland, but was transformed into an ideal growing region for crops through the irrigation system that was implemented in the 1950s. One of the reasons this region is...
Hail cannons, or Anti-Hail cannons, in a sense, are a new technology to agriculture. Although originating in the 18th century, they have been modernized greatly over the past thirty years - the latter 10 being the most significant. These cannons are designed to disrupt the growth phase of hail by emitting a shockwave directly above the cannon. The cannons are comprised of two parts:
1) The combustion chamber - this is where the acetylene...
Managing all things Kingsburg Orchards can be an arduous task but Robert Cepeda is the man we have entrusted with this responsibility because he has the...