Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Blackberries & Sandhill Plums Ripening

   'Triple Crown' thornless blackberries are ripening now, along with 'Apache' and a few 'Ouachita' blackberries.  'Natchez', our earliest blackberry variety, is almost done now, but the others will continue ripening until Aug. 16 or 18.  We are irrigating the blackberry rows, so blackberries are still large and juicy despite the high heat and drought. 
'Triple Crown' thornless blackberries are ripening now, and will continue ripening until Aug. 16 or 18.
   We have only 20% the amount of our usual thornless blackberry crop due to extensive cold damage to the fruiting canes last winter, so you still need to call 620-597-2450 to set a day and time to pick blackberries. We sell them pick-your-own only, for $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.
   A few everbearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries are ripening now until about Oct. 15 or so.  Black raspberries and purple raspberries are done for the season.
   Sandhill plums will keep ripening until about Aug. 4 or 5.  Sandhill plums are small and very tart, so not for fresh eating, but make wonderful jams, jellies and sauces.  Sandhill plums are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own, and are sold pick-your-own only.

Many sandhill plums are ripe now until about Aug. 4 or 5.
   We have NO peach crop this year, since winter cold killed all the peach fruit buds.  Instead of harvesting peaches, our crew is spending a couple weeks on summer pruning of peach trees this year.  With no peach crop, branches can grow 6 feet or more in a season, and need to be cut back to keep the trees from growing too tall or wide, so next year's peach crop can be harvested.
Our crew is summer pruning peach trees this year, to keep the trees from growing too tall or wide, so next year's peach crop can be harvested.
   We still have some cracked pecans for sale for the next few weeks, during our open hours.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Few Thornless Blackberries Ripening Slowly

    Thornless blackberries are VERY limited this year due to much winter damage to the canes, so you must call a few days ahead to reserve a day and time to pick them, between July 25 and Aug. 9.  (We're already booked through July 24.)  Once ripe, the thornless blackberries are good size and quality, but we only have 20% the amount of our usual crop, and they are ripening more slowly this year.  Thornless blackberry harvest should continue until Aug. 10 or 15 this year.
'Natchez' blackberries, just after being picked this morning, show many developing and ripening berries.  Thornless blackberries are ripening more slowly this year.  Blackberries with red at the base are still very tart, and do not ripen further once harvested.
    As always, blackberries (and our other berries) are sold pick-your-own only.  Blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.  We provide containers, and just ask that you return them for reuse if you make another trip to Brenda's Berries & Orchards.

Irish Gibson picked 'Natchez' blackberries on Sat. morning July 12.  Since winter damage killed back many of the canes, much of the crop is low on the canes.
   A few purple raspberries are still ripening for the next few days, until July 16 or 17.  Some everbearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries will ripen from about Aug. 1 to Oct. 15 or so.  Black raspberries are done for the season.
   Sandhill plums will keep ripening until about Aug. 4 or 5.  Sandhill plums are small and very tart, so not for fresh eating, but make wonderful jams, jellies and sauces.  Sandhill plums are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.
   We have NO peach crop this year, since winter cold killed all the peach fruit buds.
   We still have some cracked pecans for sale also for the next few days, during our open hours.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.  (We've had these same summer hours for 14 years now.)
Our summer hours continue through Aug. 31.  We switch to our fall hours on Sept. 1.
   The 2013 apple crop is now sold out, but we'll have a good apple crop this fall, ripening from about Aug. 25 to Nov. 20.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Many Purple Raspberries Ripe

   Many purple raspberries are ripe now, and harvest of them will continue until about July 15 or 16.  Purple raspberries are hybrids between red and black raspberries, so exhibit hybrid vigor in larger plants, larger fruit, and very heavy yields.
Purple raspberries develop a deep purple color when ripe, and many are ripe now and for the next 2 weeks.
   Some red raspberries and black raspberries are still ripening and will keep doing so until about July 5 or 6, but red and black raspberries are much less plentiful than they were a week or two ago.
Trent (in background) & Lindsey Kling picked one flat of red raspberries (front flat) and 3 flats of purple raspberries (back  flat) this morning.
   Thornless blackberries will be very limited this year, due to extensive winter damage to the canes.  Thornless blackberries have much larger and sweeter fruit than wild thorny blackberries, and of course no thorns or chiggers, but thornless blackberries are not as cold-hardy as wild thorny blackberries.  I reported in April that the thornless blackberry crop would be reduced to about 1/3 of our usual crop overall, but more cane damage keeps showing up.  Growing shoots on the fruiting canes can't get enough water from damaged xylem tissues in the canes, so the leaves wilt, fruit shrivels, and canes die back.  I now estimate we'll have only 20 to 25% of our usual thornless blackberry crop this year.
   Call 620-597-2450 a few days ahead if you want to pick thornless blackberries.  Some are ripening now until about Aug. 8 or 10, but the heaviest harvest time will be about July 15 to 31.
   As I reported in April, we have NO peach crop this year, since winter cold killed all the peach fruit buds. 
Sandhill plums make wonderful jams, jellies and sauces.
   Sandhill plums have started ripening, and will keep doing so until about Aug. 4 or 5.  Sandhill plums are small and very tart, so not for fresh eating, but make wonderful jams, jellies and sauces.  Sandhill plums are native to sandy soils in central Kansas and Oklahoma.  We took our family on "plum hunts" there back in 1997 & 1998, before we started our fruit farm, and selected plants with larger and better fruit and resistance to bacterial spot disease.  We propagated seedlings from these plants and planted them on our farm, and let customers harvest some of the plums.
    As always, raspberries and blackberries are sold pick-your-own only.  Raspberries are $1.86 per pint + tax pick-your-own, and blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.  Sandhill plums are also sold pick-your-own only, for $2.55 per quart + tax.  We provide containers, and just ask that you return them for reuse if you make another trip to Brenda's Berries & Orchards.
   We are open our usual summer hours on July 4.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Raspberries and Blackberries Help Prevent Cancers

   Raspberries and blackberries are high in anti-oxidants that can help prevent some types of cancers.  Black raspberries have the highest levels of anti-oxidants of any temperate-zone fruits, and blackberries have the second-highest levels.  Next highest are black currants, then purple raspberries, then black grapes, then blueberries, then red raspberries.  The blueberry industry has good public relations so everyone thinks of them when they hear anti-oxidants, but actually black raspberries, blackberries and purple raspberries have much higher levels. The darker the fruit, the higher the amounts of color-producing anthocyanins, which are anti-oxidants.
Black raspberries ripen from green to orange to red to purple and finally to deep black, when they're ready to pick.  Black raspberries have the highest levels of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants of any temperate-zone fruits
   Many red raspberries and black raspberries are ripe now until July 4 or so, and many people have been picking them.  Purple raspberry harvest will run from about June 20 to July 14 or so, and thornless blackberry harvest will run from about June 24 to about Aug. 8.
P.E. Davis of Pittsburg (left) and Susan Newby of Coffeyville (right) were among many who picked raspberries on Tuesday morning June 17.  Both of them picked both red raspberries and black raspberries.
    As always, raspberries and blackberries, like all our berries, are sold pick-your-own only.  Raspberries are $1.86 per pint + tax pick-your-own, and blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.  We provide containers, and just ask that you return them for reuse if you make another trip to Brenda's Berries & Orchards.
   From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.
Red raspberries are very plentiful now, so we have enough for many pickers on weekday mornings and most evenings.
   We have plenty of red raspberries and black raspberries now for many pickers on weekday mornings.  If you want to come on a Sat. morning (our busiest time), or an evening, phone a day or so in advance and I'll put you on the calendar, and call you to reschedule if we get picked out or it's going to rain that day.  Also phone ahead for the first week or so of purple raspberry harvest or thornless blackberry harvest, when the ripe berries are limited and many people want to pick them.
   We still have harvested asparagus, harvested apples, and cracked pecans for sale, during our open hours.  Scroll down and click on "Older Posts" for Prices.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Many Red Raspberries & Black Raspberries Ripe Now

Valerie and David Eck enjoyed picking 16 pints of red raspberries on June 11.
   Many red raspberries and black raspberries are ripe now till about July 4.  Pick-your-own raspberries will run from June 4 to about July 14 this year.  Purple raspberries will be ripe about June 18 to July 14.  Scroll down for prices.
Black raspberries have just started ripening. 
    As always, raspberries (and all other berries) are sold pick-your-own only.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.  (We've had these same summer hours for 14 years now.)
The Schmidt girls, their parents and grandparents had a great time picking red raspberries, though the newest Schmidt, just 14 days old, slept through his first trip to Brenda's Berries.
    If you plan on picking more than 8 pints of raspberries, phone & leave a message letting me know which day & time you'd like to come pick, and which types of raspberries, and I'll put you on the calendar.  Give a phone number where I can reach you in case it's going to rain that day.
    We still have harvested asparagus for sale, harvested apples, and cracked pecans, during our open hours.  Scroll down and click on "Older Posts" for prices.
Thornless blackberries will be ripe about June 20 to Aug. 8. Our workers have been very busy mulching the thornless blackberries, and going over the planting yet again to prune out winter-damaged canes. The thornless blackberry crop will be only about 1/3 the amount of the 2013 crop due to winter damage.
Our workers Brandon Ledford (left) and Ben Miller (center) mulch the thornless blackberries, while Abby Dominguez (right) and Rachael Triebel (behind Brandon) prune out winter-damaged canes.