Monday, July 12, 2010
Meet Regier-Galpin Farms
According to, A Statistical Tour of California's Great Central Valley , Tulare County ranks second (after Fresno) in the most productive agricultural county in California. Several sources estimate that, California's Central Valley produces $13 billion worth of food products annually. Regier-Galpin Farms consider it a privilege to be a part of generations of family farmers, who take pride in producing some of the best fruit in the world.
Table Grapes: Beautiful this time of year. I was simply mesmerized by the almost neon quality of the green and the harmonious blend with the different shades of purple. As the grapes continue to mature, Anthony Galpin, owner/operator of Regier-Galpin Farms swears they have the best table grape "crunch" that you can enjoy from September-December.
"Stone Fruit": Sad to say, born on a Dairy, raised in the Central Valley... still was not familiar with the term. So for all you other ignoramuses like me(really is it an insult if it is a Latin word?) ... here is the nikapedia definition, "Stone fruit has a hard stone or, duh, pit that is surrounded by sweet, some describe "fleshy" fruit around the seed/stone/pit." At Regier-Galpin Farms this consist mostly of different varieties of nectarines and peaches.
Meet the Rieger-Galpin Farms golden goose, or in this case golden fruit, Satsuma Mandarins: a seedless variety, now in it's baby stage, that will mature in mid-December. Mandarins are often canned...and in my opinion are a perfect compliment to the chicken salad at Wendy's. However, they are also growing in popularity as a fresh fruit, simply stated, because they're easy to eat! Side note, did you know that during the celebration of the Chinese New Year, Mandarin oranges are a traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune?
love my Valley Life...