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Enormous Loquats Grown by Hank Wetzel (Healdsburg)

Melanie Wong | Jun 23, 201201:45 AM

Last weekend I noticed a new vendor at the Saturday morning farmers market in Healdsburg. Well, actually, the basket of fruit is what caught my attention. These were the hugest loquats I've ever seen, about 2" across, and in quite good shape with fewer bruises than typical. The grower said they were unusually big this year as well as a bumper crop, estimating that his tree would yield about 5,000 fruits. Not wanting the fruit to go to waste, he decided to sell at the farmers market. At 8/$1, they're quite a bargain. Fully ripe, the skin zips off easily for those inclined to peel their fruit (as I do, though most do not). He said he expected to continue to have them for another 10 days or so, meaning through today's market.

We also bought some lettuces from his garden for 50ยข per head. I asked for his card, and learned I'd been chatting with Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards.

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