In the Spotlight: Homestead Favorites

Today, I’d like to introduce you to “Homestead Favorites”, a ranch with a long history, going back almost 150 years and 6 generations!

In 1849, John Carsten Grupe, embarked on a sailing vessel which brought him on the long voyage around Cape Horn to California. The young man had been attracted to the coast by gold prospects, later turned his attention to freighting to the mine fields from Stockton to Mokelume Hill. After a few years, he began a very successful agricultural career in the Linden area. This pioneering family established a diverse and very successful farm raising fruits, vegetables, grains, and cattle.

“Homestead Favorites” is in the Spotlight today for their cherry orchard and yummy cherry jellies!

Since 1960, when it was planted by Karl Potter Grupe, this orchard has continued to produce the finest cherries in the Linden area. Many of the original trees still bear pounds of fruit through the May to June harvest. The Bing cherries are shipped around the world as first class fresh market cherries.

Courtesy of Homestead Favorites, here are a few recipes:

Cherry Almond Focaccia Recipe (Awarded 1st place at Linden Cherry Festival)
Ingredients:
– 1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
– 1/2 c. cherry jelly
– 1/4 c. sliced almonds
– 1/2 c. granola, grape nuts or any crunchy cereal

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375° F;
2. Cut each roll into 4 pieces, arrange 1/2″ apart in greased pan. Gently press pieces together to form a crust.
3. Spoon cherry jelly over crust and top with almonds & granola.
4. Bake for 18-20 minutes & drizzle with icing.

Chutney Chicken Summer Salad
Ingredients:
– 1/2cup mayonnaise
– 1/2 cup cherry chutney
– 1 tsp. curry(?)
– 2t. lemon zest
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/2 t. salt
– 4 cup diced cooked chicken in cubes

Directions:
1. Mix dressing, add chicken, add 1 chopped apple or pear, 3/4 almonds or pecans & 1/2 c. raisins or cranberries.
2. Set on a bed of lettuce

The Grupe homestead is one of the last surviving family ranches in the Linden area and they even received an honorary award from the California Chamber of Commerce!

Their cherry jellies can be found at a few wineries in Northern California. If you’d like to buy some of their cherry jelly, please visit them at www.homesteadfavorites.com and contact them through their contact page.