Vic, Debbie, and Caitlyn Ceder live in the town of
Los Olivos, California www.losolivosca.com (population 900, elevation 825 feet).
Los Olivos is an old-style
western town located in the Santa Ynez valley in Santa Barbara County
(in fact, Los Olivos is so old and western that it was used
several times in the Andy Griffith television series as the town of Mayberry).
Los Olivos is located about 150 miles north of Los Angeles,
and 290 miles south of San Franciso. Our quaint little town has one hotel,
a couple of restaurants, and several antique shops, wineries, and art galleries.
We moved from Santa Barbara to Los Olivos in 1987.
Our 2000-square-foot ranch-style house (on a 1/2 acre plot) is located approximately
two blocks from the flagpole center of town. There really is a flagpole located right
smack dab in the middle of our town's main intersection.
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We have two cats (Comet and Pelli),
about 40 chickens (one rooster),
and about 3 white Muscovy ducks.
Inside, we have five 55-gallon freshwater tropical fish tanks.
Most of our backyard is devoted to a fruit and vegetable garden (the rest is an aviary).
Fruit-wise, we grow
Vegetable-wise, we grow
- Grapes (Thompson Seedless)
- Raspberries (red, yellow, and purple)
- Blackberries (Boysen, Tay, Ollalie)
- Strawberries (Sequoia)
- Apples (our favorite: Grannie Smith)
- Oranges (Washington Navel and Valencia)
- Peaches and Nectaries (4 varieties grafted on one tree)
- Persimmons (Giant Fuyu)
- Fig (Black Mission)
- 2 Cherries (Craig's Crimson)
- Plum (Howard Miracle)
Herb-wise, we grow mostly culinary herbs such as
- Asparagus (every spring we're inundated with it)
- Garlic (lots of garlic, several varieties)
- Corn (we avoid the supersweet varieties)
- Tomatoes (our favorite: Yellow Plum)
- Peppers (our favorites: Pepperoncini, Ancho, Anaheim, Pasilla)
- Watermelons (our favorite: Desert King)
- Muskmelons (our favorite: Rocky Sweet)
- Beets (our favorite: Chioggia)
- Basil (yes Basil is a necessary staple vegetable, and not just a plain old herb)
(we grow many varieties including Mrs. Burns Lemon, and Genovese)
- Peas (our favorite: Maestro)
- More garlic (in case I didn't mention it earlier)
- Basil (essential for pesto)
- Oreganos (Silician, Sweet Marjoram)
- Tarragon (French, of course)
- Thyme (English and French)
- Lemon Verbena (a wonderful scent)
- Salad Burnett
- Red Shiso (practically a weed now)
- and a few others (Sage, Bay, Fennel, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Grass, Lemon Balm,
Garlic Chives (Nira), Anise Hyssop, Lavender, Spearmint, Pineapple Sage)