2015 Season Update

Just a quick update that we’re working on getting the details of the 2015 season sorted and ready…. stay tuned!  We’re looking forward to another great season of yummy local orchard fruit!



Yellow Plum Harvest

Our first delivery has come and gone – we hope you are enjoying your fruit!

Once again, my family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan during Happy Farmer Al’s first harvest of yellow plums.  What a phenomenal fruit year this is – Al had almost double the amount of yellow plums needed for the CSA!

Al had some help picking, but all pickers used soft gloves to minimize bruising of the fruit.  For the yellow plums in particular, even the slightest pressure during picking will cause fingerprint bruises on the light colored fruit the next day.  You may have noticed some bruises despite the care we took.

Soft gloves help protect against bruising

Soft gloves help protect against bruising


Farmer Al, picking plums

Farmer Al, picking plums


Packing boxes

Packing boxes


Packed boxes ready for delivery

Packed boxes ready for delivery

After picking, we carefully weighed, packed, and culled any unsatisfactory fruit. Culled fruit was either too small for Al’s standards, or had some spoilage or serious insect damage.  Fruit fly stings are quite characteristic, and will cause the fruit to spoil.  On the other hand, leaf roller insect damage forms a patch of scabby skin that is purely cosmetic and causes no damage to the fruit.  You probably saw some of these in your delivery.

Leaf Roller scab

Fruit Fly Damage


Leaf Roller Scab

Also, this first pickup, members got a small handful of Peach Plums to sample (it’s an “off” year for the Peach Plum tree this year, which bears a heavy crop every other year).  You may have noticed splits in the blossom end, and perhaps an insect visitor in the split.  Peach plums are particularly prone to this, and without using sprays or pesticides, is the small price we pay for healthy organic fruit!

Blossom end split in Peach plum

Blossom end split in Peach plum


2014 Season Details Announced!

At last we’ve worked out the details of the 2014 season.  You can read all about the details over at the “How It Works” page.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

As before, returning members will have priority until June 1st, after which we’ll open up remaining shares to our waitlist.

It’s shaping up to be a fabulous season in the orchard, as these blossom photos taken earlier this spring show full well.

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We hope to have you join us this year!

2014 Season Update

Happy New Year, and Lunar New Year!

Snowdrops in the orchard, spring 2011.

Snowdrops in the orchard, spring 2011.

It has been a while since we last posted, but just wanted to let everyone know that we are looking forward to our 2014 season, and will post membership details later in the spring.  We’re likely to be making some changes to the share structure, and once we work out the details will post them here as well as letting our members know via email.  A big thanks to all of you who supported us last year.  We’re so appreciative of our community of members who make this whole venture possible.

Hope you had a restful winter and are looking forward to spring!

Plum Harvest – August 4, 2013

Well, by now our members should be enjoying the first, succulent yellow and peach plums of the season.  Our family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan and stopped by Al’s orchard to “help” with the harvest.  Thanks to hubby Ben for the great photos.


Yellow plums hang heavy on the tree

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Farmer Al, ready for picking and explaining the process


Fruit of Al’s labours


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My daughter Sarika helps sweep out the boxes, while Al’s wife Mary carefully weighs and packs the fruit.


Yum!  The best part.

We had a lot of fun and hope that our members enjoy the fruit as much as we enjoyed growing and harvesting it.


As some of you perhaps noticed, the Peach Plums are prone to blossom end splits, which in some cases are large enough for a small insect to crawl in. So, if you got a surprise, opened a plum and found some small ants, or in rare cases an earwig, please accept it as the price we pay for using no chemical sprays.

Re. the second delivery:

We anticipate that it will happen around the end of August or early September,  and it will be a large one, consisting of Early Italian prune plums, Yakima plums, Bradshaw plums, Bartlett pears and some early apples.  We will keep you posted over the coming weeks.  In the meantime – enjoy your plums!

2013 Shares sold out!

Thank you so much to everyone for your interest in our little fruit CSA.  I’m happy to report that as of yesterday (July 30th), we’ve sold all our available shares for this year.  If you’re interested in being added to the waitlist for the 2014 season, get in touch through the contact page and we’ll take your name.  Thanks again for your support!

Also – we anticipate our first pickup in less than a week!  Yum, plums!  Yellow and peach plums, about 20 lbs per share at this pickup.

Stay tuned for orchard photos and updates!


2013 Tinka Orchard Memberships Now Available!

After our long silence over the winter and early spring, we are excited to let you know that we’re once again accepting memberships for the orchard CSA this year. Please take a look at the details below and if you are interested in joining, let me know by the contact page on this site, and I’ll be in touch with payment details.

For 2013, a standard share will consist of 100 lbs of fruit, with approximate composition as follows:
Each package consisting of approx. 50 lb Plums (6 varieties – substitutions possible, see below)
+ 25 lb Pears (3 varieties)
+ 25 lb Apples (Mac, Jonagold, Gala, Newtown, Fuji, Ambrosia, Goldblush and Wagner. Not available this year are – Red and Gold Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Wealthy).

Cost: $250

Now, we know that some folks find the quantity of plums too much for their use, so we will once again be offering substitutions of apples/pears for plums later in the season (subject to availability and at the rate of around 2 lbs apples/pears per lb. of plums), or the option to reduce your total share quantity for a refund.

Additional orders will be taken where quantities permit.

We once again anticipate 3-4 pickups from August – October, subject to fruit ripening. Primary pickups will be in East Vancouver but if member geography permits, we may be able to help coordinate secondary pickups in other locations.

Those are the basics, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

We look forward to another great season and hope to have you on board for 2013.

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