Thursday, February 16, 2017

Apples & Pecans Still for Sale

   Beautiful weather is predicted for the next week.  I'll be out pruning raspberries each day, and on Sat. our workers will be here pruning blackberries. We still have many apples and pecans for sale. Just phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name and the day and approximate time you're coming to get them.
My husband Bill and our son Michael squeezed through this rock crevice on the Elk River Trail.
   Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather, and our son Michael being home on leave from the Navy after 5 months at sea in a submarine, to go hiking.  We hiked part of the Elk River Trail northwest of Independence, KS.  It's a rugged and rewarding trail up rock bluffs and through rock tunnels, with gorgeous views of Elk City Lake.
The Elk River Trail offers gorgeous views of Elk City Lake.
  Tomorrow I'm back to work, pruning raspberries and sorting apples.  'Enterprise' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 6 to 7 months.  We have less of an  'Enterprise' apple crop than last year, so we'll probably sell out of #1  'Enterprise' apples in early March, and have #2  'Enterprise' apples for sale until late March to early April.  'GoldRush' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 8 to 10 months, and we have a good supply, so we'll probably have 'GoldRush' apples for sale until late May or early June.
   We still have cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale, now until about June.  My husband Bill cracks more pecans in small batches as the bags of cracked pecans sell, since they store best in-shell.  Once cracked, pecans should be kept in the freezer for long-term storage of up to 3 years, or in the fridge if they'll be used within the next 2 to 3 months.
   Scroll down two posts for apple and pecan prices.

Friday, January 13, 2017

'GoldRush' & 'Enterprise' Apples & 'Kanza' Pecans Keep All Winter

   We still have many 'GoldRush' and some 'Enterprise' apples for sale.  These apples taste much better than any sold in grocery stores, and are great for baking as well as fresh eating.  I give taste samples.  Apple prices are listed in the previous blog post.
We still have some #1 'Enterprise' apples (front box), some #1 'Enterprise' + 'GoldRush' apples (middle box), and many #1 'GoldRush' apples (rear box, on scale) for sale.  We also have many #2 apples, great for baking or making applesauce or apple butter.
   'Enterprise' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 6 to 7 months.  We have less of an  'Enterprise' apple crop than last year, so we'll probably sell out of #1  'Enterprise' apples in early Feb., and have #2  'Enterprise' apples for sale until mid- to late March.  'GoldRush' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 8 to 10 months, and we have a good supply, so we'll probably have 'GoldRush' apples for sale until late May or early June.
   We still have cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale, now until about June.  My husband Bill cracks more pecans in small batches as the bags of cracked pecans sell, since they store best in-shell.  Once cracked, pecans should be kept in the freezer for long-term storage of up to 3 years, or in the fridge if they'll be used within the next 2 to 3 months.
My husband Bill cracks more pecans in small batches as the bags of cracked pecans sell.  Our new high-efficiency pecan cracking machine cracks 'Kanza' pecans so well that 2/3 of the shells are removed by the blower.
   'Kanza' pecans are known for cracking out almost entirely in intact kernels, and our new high-efficiency pecan cracking machine cracks this variety so well that 2/3 of the shells are removed by the blower.  The price for pecans is still $15.05 per bag + tax.  Each bag has the equivalent of 6 pounds of in-shell pecans, and is weighed to 4 pounds after cracking.  When you pick them out, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats.
   Many recipes featuring apples and pecans are posted as Notes on our Facebook page, Brendas Berries.
   For payment, we accept cash or checks, but NO credit cards or debit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover the amount of apples and pecans you'll buy.
   From Dec. 1 to May 31, we're open by appointment, as the sidebar at left says.  That means to phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name and the day and approximate time you're coming.
   The phone rings in the house, and I check for messages when I come in from working in the orchards or sorting apples in the sales building.  If you wait to call until on your way here, I probably won't get your message before you come, unless it is very cold and I'm working in the house, as I am now.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Apples & Pecans Great for Holiday Baking

   We still have harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale.  Those wanting more than 20 pounds of #1 apples should call 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead to order them, since the #1 apples have been selling as fast as I can sort them lately.
These harvested #1 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples sell as fast as I can sort them, so call 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead to order them if you want more than 20 pounds of #1 apples.
   Small amounts of harvested apples cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  A 20-lb. box of apples costs $23.15 + tax, which saves $1.00 off the per-pound price.  I pack harvested apples into two plastic bags per box, so you can get a mixed box of one bag of each of two different varieties of apples, and still get the 20-lb. discount.
   We also have many harvested 2nds apples, great for holiday baking or for making apple butter.  Usually 90 to 95% of the fruit is still usable, but they're 69% the cost at $0.83 per pound + tax.  A 20-lb. box of harvested 2nds apples costs just  $15.74 + tax ($0.79 per pound + tax), which saves $8.00 off a 20-lb. box of #1 apples.  If you get 40 lbs. of 2nds apples, the price goes down to just $0.74 per pound + tax ($14.82 + tax per 20-lb. box).
   We now have cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale.  'Kanza' pecans are known for cracking out almost entirely in intact kernels, and our new high-efficiency pecan cracking machine cracks this variety so well that 2/3 of the shells are removed by the blower.  The price for pecans is still $15.05 per bag + tax.  Each bag has the equivalent of 6 pounds of in-shell pecans, and when you pick them out, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats.
   Many recipes featuring  apples and pecans are posted as Notes on our Facebook page, Brendas Berries.  Many are great for holiday gatherings or gifts.
   For payment, we accept cash or checks, but NO credit cards or debit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover the amount of apples and pecans you'll buy.
As our sign on the sales building says, we're open by appointment from Dec. 1 to May 31.
   From Dec. 1 to May 31, we're open by appointment, as the sidebar at left says.  That means to phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name and the day and approximate time you're coming.  The phone rings in the house, and I check for messages when I come in from working in the orchards or in the sales building.  If you wait to call until on your way here, I probably won't get your message before you come.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

'Kanza' Pecans, 'Enterprise' & 'GoldRush' Apples for Sale

   "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting." Psalm 126:1
   "Come taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him!" Psalm 34:8
   We hope everyone had a wonderful day of giving thanks and praise to God.  Those wanting to buy apples or pecans can taste some of the bounty that the Lord provides, since we give taste samples.  We're open our usual fall hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see sidebar at left).
   We now have cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale.  'Kanza' pecans are known for cracking out almost entirely in intact kernels, and our new high-efficiency pecan cracking machine cracks this variety so well that 2/3 of the shells are removed by the blower.  My husband Bill tested the 'Kanza' pecans that he'd bagged, and found they contained 78% pecan kernels and only 22% shells.  So this variety is very fast and easy for customers to pick out.
These cracked 'Kanza' pecans, collected in a bin after running through the pecan cracking machine and blower, contain 78% pecan kernels and only 22% shells, so they're very fast and easy to pick out.
   The price for pecans is still $15.05 per bag + tax, but since the 'Kanza' pecan bags contain at least  75% pecan kernels, Bill weighs these bags to 4 pounds.  You still get the equivalent of at least 6 pounds of in-shell pecans in each bag, and when you pick out the pecans, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats.  We also still have 8 bags of 'Osage'  pecans for sale.
   Pecan harvest is still going on.  It requires 5 different machines to harvest pecans and prepare them for sale.  First, Bill uses a tractor-pulled stick rake to remove fallen branches from the pecan orchard floor.  Next he uses a tractor-mounted trunk shaker to shake pecans from the trees.  Then he drives a self-propelled pecan harvesting machine, which scoops up the pecans from the ground with rubber fingers, over the orchard.

A few days ago Bill harvested the young 'Kanza' pecan trees he'd planted around our house, after he'd harvested the pecans in our main 20-acre pecan planting.
   Then Bill runs the harvested pecans through a cleaning machine, and finally he runs cleaned pecans through the pecan cracking machine and blower.  Then he scoops cracked pecans into bags by hand and weighs them.  Each day he shakes pecan trees or harvests pecans, at our place or at the Kansas State University Pecan Experiment Field where he is director, and each night he cracks and bags our pecans for sale here.
   We still have harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples, plus Coop 27 and Coop 34, for sale now.  For apple prices, scroll down two blog posts.  Those wanting more than 20 pounds of #1 apples should call 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead to order them, since the #1 apples have been selling as fast as I can sort them lately.
    For payment, we accept cash or checks, but NO credit cards or debit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover the amount of apples and pecans you'll buy.
The 'Brandywine' red maples I planted 5 years ago to shade the sales building still have beautiful fall color.
   We're still open our fall hours until Nov. 30: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.
   From Dec. 1 to May 31, as the sidebar at left shows, we're open by appointment.  That means to phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name and the day and approximate time you're coming.  The phone rings in the house, and I check for messages when I come in from working in the orchards or in the sales building.  If you wait to call until on your way here, I probably won't get your message before you come.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Many Apples & Pecans for Sale

  Our pick-your-own apple season finished up this past Sat. Nov. 12.  Several families came to pick their own apples, and 3 of our workers and I finished harvesting all remaining 'Enterprise' apples into large bins for winter storage.  We also harvested many 'GoldRush' apples into large storage bins, and this week I will harvest the rest of the 'GoldRush' apples for winter storage.
Our large cooler now holds 102 bins of 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples.  All winter I sort apples from these bins into 20-pound trays for sale.
   We now have 102 bins filled, each holding about 30 pounds of apples, so we have about 3000 pounds of apples in our large cooler.  All winter I sort apples from these large storage bins into trays holding 20 pounds each.  'Enterprise' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 6 to 7 months, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 8 to 10 months. 
   We have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples, Coop 27, Coop 34, and a few apple selections from my breeding program for sale now.  I give taste samples of all our apple varieties.  For apple prices, see the previous blog post.
   We'll still have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale until about Feb. 2017.  This year's 'Enterprise' crop was less than the 2015 crop, and so many people picked their own 'Enterprise' this year, so we'll sell out of this variety earlier than last year.  We should have harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale until late May or early June.
    We're expecting a good crop of pecans this year.  We just started harvesting pecans, and just started cleaning and cracking the pecans for sale.  We now have cracked 'Osage' pecans for sale.
'Osage' pecans, our earliest-ripening pecan variety, are now cracked and ready for sale.
   Cracked 'Kanza' pecans should start in late Nov. once we get a hard freeze of 26 F or lower.  We should have cracked pecans for sale until late June.
    The price for pecans is the same as last year: $15.05 per 5-pound bag + tax.  My husband Bill cracks the pecans, blows off the loose shells, and then weighs the bags to 5 pounds.  So you get the equivalent of about 6 pounds of in-shell pecans in each bag, and when you pick out the pecans, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats.
   
For payment, we accept cash or checks, but NO credit cards or debit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover the amount of apples and pecans you'll buy.
   We're still open our fall hours until Nov. 30: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.  I'm still usually harvesting 'GoldRush' apples in the orchard, so I put a sign on the sales building to ring the bell.  Ring it loudly, once or twice, and I'll hear it.