Friday, November 14, 2014

Many Apples and Pecans for Sale

   We harvested all remaining apples before the 18 F freezes we've had on Nov. 12 & 13, so our pick-your-own apple season is now over.  We'll have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale for the next 3 to 4 months, and harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale for the next 7 to 8 months. 
We have many 'GoldRush' & 'Enterprise' apples (front box) for sale, plus boxes of all  'Enterprise' (2nd box), all  'GoldRush' (3rd box), and  'Scarlett O'Hara' (4th box).
   'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers.  'GoldRush' apples keep well for 8 to 10 months in a refrigerator, and are best after at least 1 month in the fridge, as they get sweeter as the starches convert into sugars.  Fully-ripened 'GoldRush' apples have a taste similar to 'Honeycrisp', and 'GoldRush' is my favorite apple for fresh eating.  They're also wonderful for baking, making applesauce, apple butter, etc.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full of 4000 pounds of apples.  Besides 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara' apples for sale.  We also have a few bags each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them. 
   Apple prices are the same as last year, and are listed in the previous post.  We have many #2 apples for economical holiday baking.  If you want to buy harvested apples, we'd appreciate it if you can come soon, so we'll have room in the cooler to store the rest of the apples we've picked!
I made this apple crostata with caramelized pecan topping on Wed. Nov. 12 to bring to "Pie Night" after the closing night of our revival at Center Christian Church. The recipe is posted as a note on the Facebook page for Brendas Berries, as are many other recipes featuring apples and pecans.  
   Bill is now very busy harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop.  We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked pecans for sale, for $14.86 + tax per bag.  We still have 4 bags of 'Peruque' pecans, a very early-ripening pecan variety with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.  We've just started harvesting and cracking 'Kanza', a larger pecan variety, and we now have some bags of 'Kanza' for sale also.
   Our fall hours continue until Nov. 30.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  From Dec. 1 to May 31 we're open by appointment, so phone 620-597-2450 a day or so ahead and leave a message on the answering machine saying when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm working elsewhere on the farm, ring the bell on the sales building.  If it's very cold or raining and I'm not in the sales building, phone the number at left (620-597-2450) or come up to the house.
Fall color is still beautiful on the 'Brandywine' red maples I planted around our sales building 3 years ago, and the bur oak trees I planted along the driveway 19 years ago.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Many Apples & Early Pecans for Sale

   We harvested all remaining 'Enterprise' apples before the 23 F freeze we had on Sat. morning, Nov. 1.  We'll have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale for the next 3 to 4 months.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers. 

Our worker Rachael Triebel and I have been harvesting many 'GoldRush' apples into large bins holding 30 lbs. each.  We now have 68 bins of 'GoldRush 'in the cooler, and will finish harvesting in the next few days.
   We've now harvested almost all the 'GoldRush' apples, and will finish harvesting these in the next few days.  We'll have harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale for the next 7 to 8 months.  'GoldRush' apples keep well for 8 to 10 months in a refrigerator, and are best after at least 1 month in the fridge, as they get sweeter as the starches convert into sugars.  Fully-ripened 'GoldRush' apples have a taste similar to 'Honeycrisp', and 'GoldRush' is my favorite apple for fresh eating.  They're also wonderful for baking, making applesauce or apple butter, etc.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  Besides many 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara' and 'Sundance' apples for sale.  We also have a few bags or boxes each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them.  If you want to buy harvested apples, we'd appreciate it if you can come soon, so we'll have room in the cooler to store all the apples we've picked!

We have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'Sundance' (front box), 'GoldRush' and 'Enterprise' (2nd box), 'Sundance' (3rd box) and 'Scarlett O'Hara' (4th box) apples for sale. 
   Prices are the same as last year: $1.21 per pound + tax for small amounts of harvested #1 apples (practically perfect) and $0.83 per pound + tax for small amounts of harvested #2 apples (with small cracks or other damage).  A box of 20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $23.22 + tax, which saves $1.00.  A box of 20 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $15.79 + tax, which also saves $1.00.  Buying 40 lb. of harvested apples (2 boxes) saves another $1.00 per box, for a total of $4.00 off the per-pound price.

We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked  'Peruque' pecans for sale.   'Peruque' is a very early-ripening pecan variety, with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.
   We just started harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop.  We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked  'Peruque' pecans for sale, for $14.86 + tax per bag.  'Peruque' is a very early-ripening pecan variety, with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.  The nuts are not as large as our later-ripening pecan varieties, 'Kanza' and 'Pawnee', which won't be ready to harvest until late Nov.
   Our fall hours continue until Nov. 30.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples or working elsewhere on the farm, ring the bell on the sales building.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Week of 'Enterprise' Harvest, 'GoldRush' Ripe

   We're getting into the last week of harvest for 'Enterprise' apples, so if you want to pick your own 'Enterprise', come this week.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers.
'GoldRush' apples (on trees) are ripening now, and these kids picked a few after picking a bunch of 'Enterprise' apples (in wagon).  There are only a few 'Enterprise' apples left on the trees now, so if you want to pick your own 'Enterprise', come this week.
   'GoldRush' apples are ripening now, so many customers pick some 'GoldRush' also.  'GoldRush' apples keep well for 8 to 10 months in a refrigerator, and are best after at least 1 month in the fridge, as they get sweeter as the starches convert into sugars.  The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' will continue for the next 3 weeks or so, until the first hard freeze in mid-Nov.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  Besides many 'Enterprise' and some 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale.  We also have a few bags or boxes each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program that I just named this year.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them.  If you want to buy harvested apples, we'd appreciate it if you can come soon, so we'll have room to store more apples that we need to pick!

Our cooler is now full of harvested apples ready for sale, in green and light blue trays holding 20 lbs. each.  I've also started harvesting apples for winter storage into the large dark blue boxes that hold 30 lbs. each, on the top rear rack and the floor.  
   Apple prices are the same as last year, and are listed in the previous blog post.  Pears and Asian pears are now sold out for the season.  Pecans are also sold out, until we start harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop in late Nov.
   We do have a few fall red raspberries ripening, now until the first frost.  These are sold pick-your-own only, for $1.86 per pint + tax.  Let me know if you want to pick some.

A few fall red raspberries are ripening, now until the first frost.  These are sold pick-your-own only.
   Our fall hours started on Sept. 1 and continue until Nov. 30, as the sidebar at left shows.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples, ring the bell on the sales building.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Enterprise' Harvest Winding Down, 'GoldRush' Harvest Starting

   We've had perfect fall weather for apple picking over the past couple days, and several groups have taken advantage of it.  Fri. Oct. 17 and Sat. Oct. 18 should be beautiful also, as should next week.
Most 'Enterprise' apples on the outsides of the trees have been picked, but there are still many in the interiors of some trees for pick-your-own customers who come within the next 2 weeks.
   We're getting into the last couple weeks of harvest for 'Enterprise' apples, so if you want to pick your own, come in the next 2 weeks.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers.  'GoldRush' apples are starting to ripen now, so some customers pick some 'GoldRush' also.  The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' will continue for the next 4 weeks or so.  Weekdays are good uncrowded times to pick apples, for those who are able to come then.

The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' has just started, and will continue for the next 4 weeks or so.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  We have many harvested 'Enterprise', 'GoldRush', 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale.  We also have a few boxes each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program that I just named this year.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them.
   Harvested apple prices are the same as last year: $1.21 per pound + tax for harvested #1 apples (practically perfect) and $0.83 per pound + tax for harvested #2 apples (with small cracks or other surface damage).  20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $23.22 + tax, which saves $1.00.  20 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $15.79 + tax, which saves $1.00.  40 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $44.59 + tax ($1.11 per pound + tax ), which saves $4.00 off the per-pound price, and 40 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $29.73 + tax ($0.74 per pound + tax), which saves $4.00.
   Smaller amounts of pick-your-own apples are $0.93 per pound + tax for #1's and $0.70 per pound + tax for #2's.  For 40 lbs. or more total of pick-your-own apples, the price goes down to $0.88 per pound + tax for #1's and $0.65 per pound + tax for #2's.
   Our fall hours continue until Nov. 30, as the sidebar at left shows.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples, ring the bell on the sales building.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Many 'Enterprise', 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance', 'Jonafree' & Other Apples for Sale

   We've harvested many 'Enterprise' apples and have them for sale, and there are still plenty of 'Enterprise' apples for pick-your-own customers.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers.  'GoldRush' apples are just starting to ripen, and more will ripen over the next month. 
   There's a high chance of rain over the next few days, but our pick-your-own apple season will continue for the next 5 to 6 weeks.  Weekdays are good uncrowded times to pick apples, for those who are able to come then.
   You can get harvested apples even in the rain; they're kept in top condition in our cooler.  Besides 'Enterprise', we also have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale, and a few boxes each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program that I just named this year.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them.

'Scarlett O'Hara' (front box) and 'Sundance' (2nd box) apples can grow very large, which some customers want. 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples (3rd box) are favorites of many customers, so I pack some boxes with a bag of each variety. I also pack some boxes with a bag each of 'Enterprise' and 'Sundance' (4th box). 
   Prices are the same as last year, and are detailed in the post made on Sept. 24.
   Pears and Asian pears are now sold out for the season.  Pecans are also sold out, until we start harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop in late Nov.
Since I couldn't harvest apples until late this morning due to almost 7 inches of rain, I made apple pecan pancakes for breakfast. I froze some, and the rest keep well in the fridge for a couple weeks. The recipe is posted as a note on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page, along with many other recipes using apples and pecans.
   Our fall hours started on Sept. 1 and continue until Nov. 30.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples, ring the bell on the sales building.
   We use plastic grocery sacks in different colors for pick-your-own apples, and appreciate it if customers can bring some clean, non-ripped, used bags.  Reusing is better for the environment than recycling.  We now have plenty of gray bags, but could use more white, tan, yellow or blue bags.
   For payment, we accept paper, not plastic: we take cash and checks, but NO debit cards or credit cards, so plan accordingly.