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To order dates online, go to localharvest.org
Email Pato at PATOZDRM@aol.com

Schedule 2014

Khalal orders, Aug. 4 -- Oct. 6, 2014 (and in the Alhambra Farmers' Market, most Sundays, August, September, and October; please email for confirmation)

Rutab and Tamar picked in late September

Halawis and Medjools picked in October

  All available as part of 2-lb boxes, and in cups and tins in the Alhambra Farmers' Market, until sold out.

Final day to receive mail orders: December 16, 2014

Final farmers' market: December 21, 2014

Resume shipments: January 6, 2015

A Unique Family Farm. . .

        Pato’s Dream Date Gardens is a 5-acre farm located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, about 150 miles east of Los Angeles (30 miles from Palm Springs). Dates like the intense desert conditions, with rainfall usually below 5” a year. Temperatures usually top 100 on a daily basis from June through September. July and August days often hit 110 - 120 or higher! Our farm is actually 68 feet below sea level and the San Andreas Fault comes to the earth’s surface only a few miles from our house.

        We grow our dates as they were grown in the times of the Bible and Koran, without any artificial chemicals or poisons or pesticides or sprays. We do not use any fumigants or sulfur on our soil or our fruit. We sell our fruit direct from the palm to you - no “washing” or steaming or re-hydrating them to puff them up; no processing of any kind; no fumigating them with methyl bromide, as most imported and commercial dates are; no preservatives of any kind - a completely natural fruit. You may want to rinse off the desert dust before use, or refrigerate or freeze for future use.

        We are long-time members of the United Farm Workers of America. We’re proud to be producing this unique food for your health and pleasure.           
Email Pato at PATOZDRM@aol.com