Monday, June 19, 2017

Many Peaches & Purple Raspberries Ripe Now

   We have plenty of peaches to sell now.  On Sat. morning June 17, our workers harvested over 500 pounds of peaches, and this morning our workers harvested over 400 pounds of peaches.  This year, peach harvest started two weeks earlier than the average start of peach harvest.  We have peaches to sell this evening and every morning and evening during our open hours (see sidebar at left).
We're still harvesting 'Surecrop' peaches, which are very juicy, sweet and flavorful.
   We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 months.  Each variety ripens over a 10-day to 2-week period.  We're still harvesting 'Surecrop' peaches, described in the previous post, and have started harvesting 'Blazingstar'.  We've already finished harvesting 'Early Redhaven', our earliest peach variety, and have sold all of that variety.  I give taste samples of the varieties ripe at each time.
Many purple raspberries are ripe now.  Come this week for fast picking.
   Many purple raspberries are ripe now.  Purple raspberries are hybrids between red and black raspberries and exhibit hybrid vigor, so produce large crops of large berries that are bigger than the berries of red or black raspberries.  Purple raspberries have their own unique taste; we let customers taste a sample of all the raspberries that they'll pick.
   More purple raspberries will ripen for the next 3 weeks or so, but for fast picking, come this week if you can to pick purple raspberries.  We also still have some red and black raspberries to pick, but these are much less numerous than they were a week or two ago, so take longer to pick now.  We also have some yellow raspberries to pick now.
Rhonda Addis picked 3 types of raspberries last week: purple (left), black (middle) and red (right).  We now have some yellow raspberries to pick also.
   Thornless blackberries are ripening slowly this year; their harvest will be at the average time rather than earlier as peaches and red raspberries have been.  Only a few blackberries started ripening early, and those have been heavily picked.  The heaviest time for thornless blackberries is about June 26 to July 31. 
   Prices for peaches and berries are detailed in the previous post.  For payment, we accept cash or checks; NO debit cards or credit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover what you'll buy.
   Come during our open hours for summer: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7 to 9 p.m., & Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sunday mornings for church (as we are year-round), and from June 1 to Aug. 31 we're closed from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high heat.  (Please arrive at a time that allows you enough time to finish picking and check out by our closing time.  Thanks.)
Our cooler is now almost half full of peaches, all picked Sat. morning and this morning.  During peach season, we keep our cooler at 50 F, ideal for peaches.
   Have your vehicle cleaned out so there's room to put peach boxes and trays of berries.  These fruits travel best in open trays, where they receive air conditioning from the vehicle, not in a car trunk or in an ice chest, so don't take up room in the vehicle with an ice chest.  We keep our cooler at 50 F, ideal for peaches, as they can get chilling injury at temperatures below 50 F or if put directly on ice.  Once you get them home, peaches and blackberries both keep well for 10 days in a refrigerator. Raspberries keep well for 5 to 7 days in a refrigerator.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Early Peaches & Purple Raspberries Ripe

   This morning our workers harvested over 250 pounds of peaches, our first day of a peach harvest over 50 pounds or so.  This is two weeks earlier than the average start of peach harvest.  We have a good amount of peaches to sell now, and will have them for sale this evening and Sunday evening during our open hours (see sidebar at left) as well as mornings next week.  We're harvesting our two earliest varieties, 'Surecrop' and 'Early Redhaven'.  I give taste samples of both.
'Surecrop' peaches are very juicy with a great flavor.
   'Surecrop' is semi-freestone, meaning the flesh clings to the pit a bit until it is fully soft; when fully soft it comes clean from the pit.  'Surecrop' is very juicy with a great flavor, and is great for fresh eating and freezing, but not for canning or baking pies or cobblers.  'Early Redhaven' is freestone, so the flesh comes clean from the pit.  'Early Redhaven' is less juicy with a subdued flavor, and is good for fresh eating, freezing, canning and baking pies or cobblers.
'Early Redhaven' peaches are freestone and good for fresh eating, freezing, canning and baking pies or cobblers.
   Small amounts of peaches cost $1.30 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to exactly 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $25.00 + tax.  We also have many nice 2nds peaches with small hail-damaged spots or other surface damage, which sell for just $0.74 per pound + tax.
Jessica (left) and Jody Neef picked two flats (16 pints) of red raspberries this morning, and plan to make jam.
   We still have many red raspberries to pick, now until about June 20.  Purple raspberries are starting to ripen heavily now.  Purple raspberries are hybrids between red and black raspberries and exhibit hybrid vigor, so produce large crops of large berries that are bigger than the berries of red or black raspberries.  Purple raspberries have their own unique taste.  We also have some black raspberries to pick, which are mainly used for making jam or pies.  We let customers taste a couple fruit of all the raspberries that they'll pick.
The Smiles family was all smiles as they picked a flat of purple raspberries this morning.  They also picked a flat of red raspberries and 2 quarts of 'Natchez' thornless blackberries.
   Harvest of our earliest thornless blackberry variety, 'Natchez', has just started, but they've been heavily picked.  They'll be more plentiful from June 26 to July 20.  'Natchez' produces very large crops of huge blackberries, so they are very easy to pick.  'Natchez' will continue ripening for the next 5 weeks or so.
   All berries are sold pick-your-own only.  Pick-your-own raspberries cost $2.08 per pint + tax.  Thornless blackberries cost $2.55 per quart + tax, pick-your-own.  We provide containers, and just ask that you return the containers to us for reuse on your next trip to Brenda's Berries.
   From June 1 to Aug. 31 we're open our summer hours, shown in the sidebar at left.  We're open 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and closed noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.  We're also closed Sunday mornings for church, so on Sundays we're open 7-9 p.m. only.  If you tell others about us, please let them know our summer hours.
   Please arrive at a time that allows you enough time to finish picking by our closing time.  Thanks.  For payment, we accept cash or checks; NO debit cards or credit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover what you'll buy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Red Raspberries Yielding Heavily

   We have many red raspberries to pick now.  Several customers picked a total of 68 pints of red raspberries yesterday, and 37 pints this morning, with more customers coming to pick this evening.  Raspberries cost $2.08 per pint + sales tax, pick-your-own, and are sold pick-your-own only.
Many red raspberries are ready to pick now, and more will ripen over the next 3 weeks.
   From June 1 to Aug. 31 we're open our summer hours, shown in the sidebar at left.  We're open 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and closed noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.  We're also closed Sunday mornings for church, so on Sundays we're open 7-9 p.m. only.  If you tell others about us, please let them know our summer hours.
Our summer hours, shown on the sign on our sales building, go from June 1 to Aug. 31.
   You do not need an appointment from June 1 to Aug. 31, just come during our open hours.  Please arrive at a time that allows you to finish picking by our closing time.  Thanks.
Gela (left) had fun helping her dad Nick Lorax, (right) and mom Kelda (hidden on the other side of the red raspberry row) pick 32 pints of red raspberries on Memorial Day morning.
   Purple raspberries and black raspberries are just starting to ripen now.  Customers have picked a few pints of each, but black raspberries and purple raspberries will not start yielding heavily until about June 8 to 10.
   Thornless blackberries will start ripening about June 10 or 12, and continue until early Aug.  Thornless blackberries cost $2.55 per quart + sales tax, pick-your-own, and are sold pick-your-own only.
   We provide containers for picking berries.  We appreciate it if you return these containers to us for reuse, on your next trip to Brenda's Berries & Orchards.  Please also bring back any peach boxes of ours that you may still have, so we can reuse them.  Thanks.
   We still have harvested apples and cracked pecans for sale, for the next few weeks.  Scroll down 3 posts for prices.