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When B & R Farms had some past its best buy date product to donate, we reached out to Dorothy’s Place in Salinas, California and received a huge “Yes” to our donation. It is great knowing that we were able to help them feed 150 people a day for breakfast with a healthy option that contains No Sugar. Since this product is all packaged in Glass Jars with a lid, they were able to re-purpose the jar and lid and use as a fund raiser. It is a great feeling knowing that we helped the community and did not add to our landfill.
Dorothy’s Place has Solutions/Programs to help support those in need in the Salinas, California area. The Solutions/Programs range from a Drop in Center, Dorothy’s Kitchen, Woman Alive, House of Piece, Health Clinic and St Claire’s Corner all pieces that can assist in helping those who are having a hard time helping themselves in their daily lives. What started in 1982 by selling egg salad sandwiches out of the trunk of her car and in 2015 marked 33 years for the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Sierra. With love, respect and compassion, the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra provide essential services and transitional support to people experiencing the injustice of homelessness and extreme poverty.
If you are interested in supporting Dorothy’s Place or would like more information, please visit their website at http://www.dorothysplace.org/dorothys-kitchen or call Nic Bianchi – Program Director at (831) 229 4023 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You and your apricots make me so happy! I bought two big bags of your slabs. So delicious that I have to ration them to the family, especially the teenagers. And I bought your jams for a family reunion, my sisters were licking those jars clean! Thanks again for such a high quality product."
Jo Ellen, Oregon
I have never splurged on your Royal Medallions before and boy, I am glad that I did this time! They are phenomenal!
Have a good day,
Good Morning! First let me say, I was given jar of your product as a gift during a
visit to a customer, who obviously knew how good your product is.
This morning with my morning cup of french roast coffee, I topped my
bagel and cream cheese with your apricot chilli preserve. and it was delicious.
The perfect balance of sweet apricot with the warmth of chilies.
In our home for many years my wife has served Jalapeno jelly over cream
cheese with crackers as an appetizer, which is always a big hit. Now I
have another option that will not only be a hit but a "grand slam".
Thank you for your delicious product and looking forward to ordering more.
Good evening Kelly. This evening we made breaded coconut prawns, and as you might guess decided to make a dipping sauce with the apricot chile preserves, again I can only give your team high ratings on creating such a tasty delight. I suspect as the days go on I will find other mouthwatering ways to tempt everyones pallete.
Someday I will have to share the reason for my culinary success but for now... I'll just let um guess. As for testimony, sure! Why not? I won't be able keep it secret, Happy cooking. Randy
Since our original family recipe did not include a fruit topping, we were free to experiment with the types and processes used to best compliment our original Crumbzz Cake recipe. Our final conclusions surprised us all.
•Blenheim apricots were clearly the preferred choice, soundly beating Mediterranean apricots (the ones most commonly found in grocery stores)
A couple of preserves that stood out
There were several fruit preserves that tested better than others. However, two preserves were so superior, that we felt they should be highlighted.
1. •B&R Farms Sun-Dried Apricots- This company’s California Blenheim apricots trounced all others in our taste tests. Their rich blood orange color only hinted at the robust full-bodied flavor to follow. B&R’s Dried Apricot Toppings were also the only preserves that held their rich flavor throughout the entire baking process. Look for our Apricot Fruit of the Seasons offering when available. This fantastic filling is also one of the flavors available in our Cake Gifting Programs.
MUST SAY THE "APRICOT RED PEPPER TOPPING" IS THE GREATEST TOPPING EVER. I USE IT ON FISH,ALL KINDS OF MEAT DISHES,DROP A SMALL AMOUNT IN SOUPS,STEWS ETC. TRY SOME ON TOP OF FRIED EGGS. WONDERFUL. YOU ALL HAVE TO TRY THIS PRODUCT,IT'S THE BEST EVER.
A LOCAL HAPPY HOLLISTER CUSTOMER.
P.S. CUSTOMER SERVICE YOU GET IS ANOTHER PLUS.
Subject: Apricot Red Pepper Topping
I served your Apricot Red Pepper Topping poured over chevre cheese as an appetizer this weekend with crackers and it was a huge hit! Will definitely be buying this again. Yumm!!!
Subject: Satisfied customer!!
Received my Royal Medallions and I love them. They are wonderful. Thanks, Shirley K.
We bought apricots at the Cabrillo farmer's market last week and made jam.
Hi B & R Farms
I currently live in Modesto and we get "The US Farm Report." locally on TV. I saw the segment on your apricot orchard and was just delighted that the wonderful apricots I grew up with were still being grown. I moved to San Jose in 1965 and spent most of my summers cutting apricots in the orchards that surrounded our home. I still remember the smell of the sulfur shed and the beautiful old crates full of ripe apricots, and how dazzled I always was by the bright orange color down the center of the orchard while they dried on their trays. Often, the orchard owner would allow us to pick a grocery bag full of apricots to say thank you for our hard work. (We were also paid fifty cents a box when cutting them). I ate lots of apricot jam, pie, and fresh ones throughout my young adulthood. It was so sad to see the orchards of my childhood turned into housing tracks! I miss those apricots so much and have never found any that even came close to those.
I recently bought my first home here in Modesto. I moved here because it was so much more like Santa Clara Valley used to be before Silicon Valley evolved. I have tried to find the same exact apricot tree as I grew up with and have had no luck. I'm spoiled to those old apricots of my childhood, and nothing I have had since even comes close in taste, color, or sweetness. I wanted to say thank you for keeping this variety of apricot alive and well! I rarely get out to Hollister any more but when I do I will definitely come and see you! ... I would make the trip just for your apricots. Anyway, I just had to share all this with you and thank the Rossi family for preserving a bit of the old Santa Clara Co. I am sure I'm not the only one that feels this way!
B & R Farms,
I learned of your apricots from our farmer friends here in Oregon. They sent me a copy of the magazine article about 2 years ago. Since that time I have ordered over 100 pounds of your apricots. I consider them the best I have ever tasted, and believe me I have tasted many dried apricots. Growing up in South San Jose, with a father who worked in the apricot industry in his early years, my family has known apricots for some time. I will always be a loyal customer. I wish you great success.
West Linn, Oregon
Just saying thanks for the good service and the best apricots IN THE WORLD. The preserves are top of the line too...I ran out and had to order more for now. Thanks again and keep on truckin,
AS AN EXPERIENCED APRICOT PICKER AND CUTTER FROM LOS ALTOS, CA... WHO IS 70 YEARS OLD NOW.....YOU ARE THE BEST AND PEOPLE BETTER PRAY YOU STAY IN BUSINESS FOR THEIR HEALTH...IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE APRICOTS A PART OF YOU DIET FOR A LONG HEALTHY LIFE.....ANY MEDICAL PERSON WILL VERIFY THAT.....GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY TO THE END....WE LOVE WHAT YOU DO FOR ALL OF US...
Thank You, Bob
Dear Mari, I cannot believe the service I get from B & R Farms!
Outstanding! And of course I love your products. .
Thank You, Donna Q
I have spoiled all of my out-of-state friends with the sweet taste of Hollister apricots and they will settle for nothing less. I sure hope you guys stay in business forever. You can count on having my business for many years to come.
Thanks for everything! JoAnn
Two days ago I placed an order with you. Yesterday it had already arrived at my house! I just wanted to say "Thank You" for your friendly and helpful operators, your excellent service, your delicious dried apricots and the gift basket that I ordered looks beautiful -- the gingerbread ribbon makes the whole basket!!
Thanks again and keep up the fantastic service!
Just a note to tell you we received the apricots and they are delicious! We enjoy eating them with every meal. Thank you for such a wonderful product...we will be ordering for years to come!
Thanks so much! You guys have already become my dried apricot supplier! You guys have the best dried apricots I have ever tasted. I'm addicted!
The apricots are for my daughter's God-father. He absolutely loves dried apricots. Your company seems to have a good selection!
Thanks, Susie! I LOVE your apricots. My two favorite foodstuffs in all the world (take-to-a-desert-island favorites) are apricots and almonds and I was getting withdrawal from lack of B&R apricots. Very glad to know my "fix" is on the way.
Thank you for all the personal attention that you gave my great aunt in sending her the apricots and treats. It worked out just great.I had searched the Internet for apricots such as the ones from the Santa Clara Valley in the 1920's. I liked your "home-grown" feeling, so that is why I chose B & R Farms. My aunt, who is now in her 90's, had sundried apricots in her youth and they were a special treat. She said they are just as good as the ones she remembers, the ones that she has raved about for years!
We just love your B & R Farms Apricot Topping. Here at Atherton Inn we serve it atop our French Toast and pancake roll-ups. Our guests can't get enough of it! Thank you so much for your tireless efforts in maintaining a quality family farm of California endangered Blenheim apricots. Farms in the Bay Area of California are "endangered" themselves due to constant development. Then there's lack of interest in farming due to the monetary payback and the inclement weather uncertainty, so we know how hard you work and appreciate your love of farming. I come from a cattle and grain ranch in Paso Robles and now first hand the hard work and difficult times one can have. THANK YOU!!!!! Please continue to provide us with quality sweet local apricots for our future.Sincerely,
Okay, I got my order today, and those things are HEAVEN!!! That is what a dried apricot should taste and look like. You folks have definitely become my dried apricot supplier. Thanks for a great product and real value for my money.Delightedly,
Poquoson, VA & Hertford, N
Subject: THE BEST APRICOTS IN THE WORLD!!
The slabs arrived yesterday and are fantastic! We are so happy we made connection with you and your company. It is so nice to find a company which delivers as advertised.Thank you also for making contact with my parents, George and Ag Fontaine in San Jose. My 87 year old father just had his right kidney removed (cancer); and although we are blessed he made a full recovery, he isn't driving as yet. So, it was great that you, too, could send them their order of slabs. They are awaiting them as I write you.
Thanks also for the wonderful recipes. Haven't gone on your web site to get additional ones but I will definitely try those that came in the box with slabs.Maureen
Another letter from Maureen: My parents are truly enjoying their slab apricots and have told a cousin about your apricots. Ann and Ed F. are also San Jose residents and probably be contacting you too. We are all so thrilled to have discovered B & R Farms. Keep on farming and selling apricots. Happy October!
|To B & R Farms,
Many thanks for your wonderful apricots and speedy shipping. The flavor of the slabs brought back many memories of cutting cots and eating only the dried slabs off the trays when they were ready to scrape. We look forward to ordering more from you in the future.
|Thank you for the prompt service. I have sampled the apricots and they are delicious!
Poem from Bette
|Another happy customer:
I recently received a large box of dried slab apricots from your place as a gift from my son, from Morgan Hill, CA. I thought you might appreciate knowing that they arrived in perfect condition & are the most delicious apricots I've ever eaten--and that's a lot. :) He has previously sent some from other places & yours tops them all!!!!! THANKSRuth, Anderson, MO.
We recently received as a gift (white & dark) some absolutely delicious (plain & chocolate covered, as well) slip pit apricots processed with sulfur dioxide which we gather from the table that you make. When we finished these, wed very much like to order more. So I wondered if you would have a brochure (a list) describing what can be ordered and how to do it with the prices.
We really appreciate it. If you could send us this information and thank you very much for producing such a fine apricots!
I was so surprised to get my cots today, as I just ordered them yesterday! WOW
Thanks for the quick and good customer service, and Happy Holidays to you also!
|Hello Family Business~
I attended the Harvest Festival in San Jose on Saturday, November 27, 2004 and stopped by your booth. This was the VERY FIRST time I've ever tried dried apricots, and now you have me very spoiled. I left with a 1lb. bag and they are almost gone, and today is only Sunday morning, but it will probably be gone by the end of the day!
I also purchased a jar of Apricot Chutney, but that is still safe, until I get to the store for some cream cheese and crackers. I'm trying to save that one for Christmas .... ya right? ;0}Anyway, I hope you hold your own and don't let those corporate turkeys buy you out, and level your orchards! Stay tough and strong, because family owned businesses are far and few between.
God Bless & Happy Holidays form a very satisfied customer- Karen
|I just read the article in the Country Woman July/Aug issue... and I said, "I've met these wonderful people". I was with the Marin County RVers.
Again thank you for the wonderful tour that you gave us, Mari, as I told you there, I'm a child of the land and it cannot be replaced by houses. May I have permission to use a couple of your recipes in a cookbook that I am putting together for our group?
Best wishes to you all,
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