In Feb. 2017 we had such warm temperatures that our plumcot trees started blooming in late Feb., and the entire plumcot crop was lost to spring frosts in March. This year, plumcot fruit buds have remained in the white bud stage for 2 weeks now due to cold nights, and they'll bloom 3 weeks later than they did last year, so hopefully we'll have a plumcot crop this year.
|Plumcot fruit buds have remained in this white bud stage for 2 weeks now due to cold nights, so hopefully we'll have a plumcot crop this year.|
|Daffodils have just started blooming around our house, while the peach trees in the far back right of the photo (beyond the pines) are still in the tight bud stage.|
Peach trees are short-lived trees, so many of them die by 15 or 16 years old. Our original peach orchard, that I planted in 2002, is now 16 years old, and we have lost about 25% of those 145 trees now, so have 109 left. I planted a second peach orchard in 2012 and 2013, and a third peach orchard in 2017 and 2018, to come into production as the older trees die off.
We still have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale now and for the next 4 months or so, until late June or early July. 'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, crisp and juicy, great for fresh eating and for making pies, applesauce, apple butter, etc. They keep well in a refrigerator for 6 to 7 months. 'GoldRush' apples keep well in a refrigerator for 8 to 10 months, and have gotten sweeter now in in cold storage, as starches convert into sugars.
|I made this Healthy Apple Salad, featuring our 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples and pecans, for my husband Bill's Kansas Nut Growers meeting last Sat., and all got eaten. The recipe is posted as a Note on the Brendas Berries Facebook page.|
Scroll down to the previous blog post, dated March 3, for apple and pecan prices and photos.
We're still open by appointment until May 31. That means, during Dec. to May, to phone 620-597-2450 a day ahead and leave a message on the answering machine with your name, the crops you want, and the day and time you're coming. The phone rings in the house, so I'll answer it on super-cold days when I'm inside working on the computer. On warmer days, I'll get your message when I come in from working in the the sales building or orchard. Then I'll meet you in the sales building when you arrive here.
(Don't wait to call until you're on your way here, or I probably won't get your message before you arrive here. When I'm out planting fruit trees or pruning, I can't always see or hear vehicles come in.)
You can make an appointment for between 9:00 and 11:45 a.m. or between 1:00 and 5:15 p.m. Mon. to Sat., and between 1:30 and 5:15 p.m. Sundays. We're closed every Sunday morning, year-round, for church.