Guru Ram Das Orchards

Tucked on a hillside at the mouth of the Capay Valley is a 12 acre orchard that produces some of the most sought-after fruit in the Bay Area. For nearly 40 years, Guru Ram Das Orchards has been a site of constant and creative experimentation in pursuit of great tasting fruit. With 40 varieties of organic, ecologically managed stone fruit, figs, pears, persimmons, pomegranates and citrus.

The first generation of farmers at Guru Ram Das Orchards were Didar Singh and Didar Kaur Khalsa, who purchased the land in 1980, established an orchard, and built a family home. Didar Singh has mentored a beginning farmer, Joanna Normoyle, who now runs the farm and draws on her background in organic farming and culinary arts and a UC Davis graduate degree in agriculture/orchard systems. She is the fifth generation in her family to work in the Northern California food and agriculture community.


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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-round (temporarily out of Tuesday market)Product: Various tree fruit including citrus, stone fruit, figs, grapes, pomegranates, and persimmons, both fresh and dried (sulfite free)Farmer's Name: Joanna Normoyle
Esparto, CA 95627Farm Location:
Esparto, Yolo County, CADistance From Berkeley:
80 milesSoil Type: Clay loamWater Source: WellsOrganic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1986Fertilizer: 6-8 tons of compost per acre per year. Seasonal water soluble blood meal for citrus.Weed Control: Mulch around young trees, tractor mowing, weed-eaterPest Management: Haphazard interplanting of trees, lime sulfur sprayAcreage: 12 acres