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Towards A Climate Resilient Food Economy:

We have passionately searched the Sierra Nevada and Western States to re-discover the living library of plants still scattered across Northern California, those trees and plants left over from the 1800’s and early 1900’s Gold Rush era.   These are the grandmother trees that have become climate resilient with no human attention for the last 100 years. They give the best fruit and nuts in conditions that most fruit and nut trees can not endure with large annual temperature variations. These  grandmother trees have learned to thrive under the most harsh conditions. We want to make them available to growers, gardeners and communities throughout the West Coast.

We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the 100+ year old grandmother trees that still cling to life in ghostly, historic orchards. We offer very rare and exclusive plants – some may have only just been rediscovered.

95% of plants available during the 1800s are no longer available today.  We are saving what is left before they die. 

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Thanks to Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (originally started by our founder Amigo Bob Cantisano), a collection of some of our favorite species and varieties will be available through Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden for the 2024/25 Bareroot Season. 

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The SOLD OUT Varieties listed below are for informational purposes only. These are many of the plants we have found and sold over the years. While some of these varieties will be available this Autumn, many will not. 

Updates on what we have for sale this year will be available in October 2024.

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King of the Pippins

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Also known as the Reine de Reinettes or Queen of the Queens, this popular French variety originated in the 1770s and was offered by Gillet beginning in 1889. It was very widely grown in Europe at that time. The medium sized fruit is flushed and striped with redish-orange and has strong russeting rays from the cavity. Medium grained white flesh is sharp, firm and juicy, with a floral perfume. Great as a dessert apple with many culinary uses. It keeps its shape when cooked. The sweet-sharp juice is excellent as fresh juice and is considered one of the best for hard cider making. Ripens October into November. Fruit stores very well, sweetening over time. The tree is a moderate grower to a medium size, easier to pick. Partially self-fertile, but will increase productivity when planted with other varieties. This variety was chosen by the Slow Food Ark of Taste in 2014 to be honored and saved for posterity. Next year we will call her the Queen instead of the King.

The mother tree is growing in an early 20th century dry farmed orchard in Yorkville, Mendocino County, one of our first offerings from that part of California. Yorkville is in the hills southwest of Hopland, at an elevation of 922’. The Yorkville post office opened in 1868. We will be introducing other apples from this orchard in future years.

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