Blossom Bluff Orchards

Ted & Fran Loewen

Fran Loewen’s grandparents, Daniel and Babette Lichti, purchased Blossom Bluff’s original 30-acre parcel in 1931. Fran’s father, Herb, began farming with them in the late 1940s and continued involvement until 2007. Fran’s husband, Ted, became involved in 1990 and lead the switch from wholesale to direct marketing. Ted’s goal has been to establish a reputation for Blossom Bluff as offering unique and heirloom varieties picked at peak maturity. To this end, he has planted over 180 varieties of stone fruit, citrus, persimmons, and pomegranates.

Ted and Fran are proud that after 15 years of farming sustainably and maintaining California Clean membership, their farm is now certified organic by CCOF. The farm is named after the bluff overlooking the King’s River, where their farmhouses are perched. In spring, the blossoms on the farm are beautiful, and the steep hillside leading to their riverbottom property is green with new grass, poppies, elderberry bushes, wildflowers, and habitat for beneficial insects. Read more about Blossom Bluff Orchards in our Summer 2006 newsletter.

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Stone fruit, citrus, persimmons, pomegranates, dried fruitsFarmer's Name: Ted & Fran LoewenMailing Address: 17564 E. Clayton Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
Phone: (559) 287-5678
Website: http://www.blossombluff.comFarm Location:
Parlier, Fresno County, CADistance From Berkeley:
200 milesSoil Type: Sandy LoamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Blossom Bluff is currently owned and managed by Ted and Fran Loewen, along with their children, 4th generation farmers Bryce and Renata Loewen. The Loewens employ 2 full-time, year-round workers, father and son Tomaso and Michael Olivo. During the summer season, they employ 22 people to pick and pack fruit, and for 3/4-year they employ 4 people to prune, thin, and pick winter citrus.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2007Fertilizer: Cover crops, compost, organic soil amendmentsWeed Control: Mowing, hand cultivation (shovel), weed cloth, soil solarizationPest Management: In addition to providing habitat for beneficial insects, Blossom Bluff chooses pest-resistant crops and uses organic pesticides and pheromone disruptors as needed.Acreage: 70 acres