Organic Fruit Conserves by Frog Hollow Farm
Organic Fruit Conserves by Frog Hollow Farm – Apricot and Plum Blueberry: Brentwood, CA
Frog Hollow Farm is legendary in our region and beyond for the fruits they grow and the products created with them. They beautifully preserve the fruit of the season in their conserves and pair perfectly with our whole grain hearth breads.
About Frog Hollow Farm:
Frog Hollow Farm is committed to regenerative agriculture. We want to bring high quality, fresh, organic produce to people everywhere with the least impact on our land, people and community.
In broad terms, organic farming means fewer chemicals--eliminating synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. To enrich Frog Hollow Farm's soil, Farmer Al uses seaweed, fish, limestone, and compost. The farm has its own compost piles which is primarily made up from our orchard's clippings, scraps discarded from the farm kitchen, and fruit which has fallen from the limb or has been damaged (such as by birds or weather). In 2010 Farmer Al has been experimenting with other compost bases, including incorporating coffee grounds from our SF Ferry Building cafe.
In lieu of chemicals destructive to health and the environment, Farmer Al uses a variety of methods to control pests and weeds. Most weeds grow freely amongst the trees and are considered ground cover that is tilled back into the soil when necessary. Pest control may mean introducing beneficial insects to combat destructive insects or the use of a ZON gun which creates a simulated shotgun noise to scare away birds. Spraying does occur in the orchard, however it is only with natural, bacterial insecticides or mineral-based applications. We strictly adhere to all requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) which is the organization accrediting the CCOF certification we hold.