Walnuts are the forte of this fifth-generation family farm, named after the family’s two long-lived canine companions (Mollie Dog and Poppy). Located in the foothills along the Calaveras River in the San Joaquin Valley, Roger and Mollie were kind enough to give us a tour of their lovely spring walnut orchards while giving us the scoop on their history, aspirations and upcoming plans.
Roger Sitkin farms the walnuts, while his daughter, Mollie Sitkin, is responsible for creating and developing recipes for the family’s walnut products, including the addicting Mexican-Hot-Chocolate-Flavored Walnuts and the heavenly Raw Honey & Sea Salt Walnut Butter. I wasn’t even aware that walnut butter existed, however, I am a happier person because it does.
One of the Sitkins’ three walnut orchards will be certified organic in October and another is currently transitioning to organic. Because their ranch and walnut orchard borders the Calaveras River, it has always been important to the Sitkin family to farm sustainably.
It was such a treat to tour Old Dog Ranch, meet their furry friends and taste some of their fun new walnut creations. If you haven't already added a few of their delicious products to your delivery, I highly recommend that you do before they're all snatched-up.
How To Add Old Dog Ranch Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.
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