Last Updated: October 30, 2023

closeup of a fig tree's leaves and fruit

The brown turkey fig fruiting in August


Years ago I planted a six inch brown turkey fig seedling next to the chicken coop. I didn’t water it or really do anything other than ignore it.

It’s now about 20 feet tall and equally wide. It rewards us (and about 300 birds) with around 100 lbs of delicious figs each August. The birds and us can’t eat them all fresh so we like to pick a bunch and dry them for cooking later. My wife uses them in pies and a variety of dishes all winter long.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.