Jillian's blog

Meet Brent J

Brent Jackson has been farming his whole life, from turkeys to row crops to stone fruit. Brent grew up in Kingsburg, California with his parents George and Colleen, his older brother Mike and his younger sister Susan. He attended Kingsburg High school where he played football and track when he wasn’t working on the farm.

The Next Generation: Owen

This year is Owen's first year of kindergarten. He's pretty excited to learn new things and make new friends - and he definitely knows what makes the perfect back-to-school snack: his Papa George's Crunchy Gold Apple Pears.

Apple Pear Butter

I received a request on our Facebook page for an Apple Pear jam recipe. I haven't ever attempted jam with our pears before (I would love to hear from anyone who has though!) I did make an Apple Pear butter a few years back, so I am sharing it here. I only made it the one time, and it was used up quickly, so I'm not sure how long it would last if canned properly. Hope you enjoy it!


9-10 Apple Pears; peeled, cored, and diced into 1-inch chunks
½ cup Apple Cider
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Meet Bob Maxwell

When did you start working for Kingsburg Orchards?

I started working for the Jackson family in 1990.

How has the produce industry changed over the years while you have been here?

The biggest change this industry has seen has been a result of the computer. We now have inventory systems, e-commerce platforms, accounting systems, etc... The produce industry is now almost paperless. It has been a very tough transition for those of us who used to write orders on napkins and matchbooks.

Meet Johnny D

Many of you are familiar with the Jackson family and their ever growing group of future “flavor farmers” and today, we are introducing Johnny Diepersloot.