Saturday, August 22, 2015

Late Peaches & Early Apples Ripe

   "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."  Psalm 34:8 
    Come taste samples of our 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches, plus several early apple varieties. Those who want white peaches, come soon, as I'm almost done picking them.  Deer and birds seem to prefer these 'China Pearl' white peaches, which are low in acid so taste sweeter than yellow peaches.

We still have many 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches (left box) and 'China Pearl' white peaches (right box) for sale for the next week or so.
   We'll have yellow peaches for sale until about Sept. 10, and white peaches until about Aug. 31.  We still have a late-ripening yellow peach variety left to harvest, 'Flameprince'.  I'll pick 'Flameprince' from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6 or so.  We sell all peaches harvested; we do not allow customers to pick peaches.
   Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax.
   We're still open our summer hours through Aug. 31, as the sidebar at left shows: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7 p.m. till dark, and Sundays 7 p.m. till dark only.  From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 6 p.m. only.
     Next week and the week after, I'll harvest 'Flameprince' peaches each morning from 7 to about 9:30 a.m., and can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  So if you plan to arrive before 9:30 a.m., please phone 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead, and leave a message saying when you're coming.  Thanks.  From about  9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, I harvest apples or prune raspberries near the sales building, so I can see the driveway.

I just started harvesting some early 'Gala' apples and have these for sale now.
   I've started harvesting some early apples and have these for sale now: 'Gala', 'Jonafree' and 'Honeycrisp'.  We have just one or two trees of each of these early varieties, so they are limited.  We'll start harvesting some early pears and have them for sale starting about Sept. 1.  Our pick-your-own apple season runs from mid-Sept. to mid-Nov.
We have just one young tree of 'Honeycrisp', so they are limited.
   The sidebar at left gives ripening dates for all our fruits, plus directions to our farm and payment methods.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Peach Harvest Continues

   Peach harvest continues for the next month.  We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 1/2 months.  Each variety is ripe for about 2 weeks.
We're harvesting many 'Carolina Gold' (left box) and 'Glowingstar' (right box) yellow peaches now.
   We're harvesting many 'Glowingstar' and 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches now, and I just started harvesting 'China Pearl' white peaches on Sat. morning Aug. 8.  I give taste samples of all peach varieties currently for sale.

I just started harvesting 'China Pearl', our 2nd white peach variety.  I'll keep harvesting it for the next 2 weeks, and we'll have white peaches for sale until late Aug. or early Sept.
   Peach harvest goes until about Sept. 10, and our heaviest time for peaches is from July 20 to about Aug. 31.  We sell all peaches harvested; we do not allow customers to pick peaches.

   Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax.
   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.
   I'm now harvesting 'China Pearl' white peaches each morning from 7 to about 9 a.m., and can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  So if you plan to arrive before 9 a.m., please phone 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead, and leave a message saying when you're coming.  Thanks.  From about  9 a.m. to 12 noon, I work in the area around the sales building, pruning raspberries or blackberries or controlling weeds, so I can see the driveway.
   Thornless blackberry season has now ended.  The sidebar at left gives ripening dates for all our fruits, plus directions to our farm and payment methods.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Many Yellow & White Peaches Ripe

   Peach harvest is still going strong.  We're currently finishing harvest of 'Contender' yellow peaches, and still have some 'Intrepid and 'Challenger' yellow peaches and 'Nectar' white peaches for sale.  We're harvesting many 'Glowingstar' yellow peaches now, and have just started harvesting 'Carolina Gold' peaches.  I give taste samples of all peach varieties currently for sale.

We still have 'Nectar' white peaches (left box) for sale, and we're harvesting many 'Glowingstar' yellow peaches (right box) now.
   Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax.
We've just started harvesting 'Carolina Gold' peaches, and will keep picking them until about Aug. 17.
   Thornless blackberry season is just about over now.  There are still some sandhill plums to pick for the next few days. 
   Small amounts of everbearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries are ripening now until early Oct.  If you want to pick raspberries, phone 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead, and let me know when you're coming and I'll save them for you.  Otherwise I pick the raspberries for my own use and for Bill to make jam for sale, as raspberries need to be picked every day.
Small amounts of everbearing yellow raspberries (photo) and  red raspberries are ripening now until early Oct.
   We're still open our summer hours until Aug. 31: 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. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Peach Season in Full Swing

  Many thornless blackberries are still ripening and ready to pick now.  We have 3 different varieties of thornless blackberries with ripe berries now, and they will continue to ripen over the next 2 weeks, until early Aug.  There are NO chiggers, and you can pick a quart in 5 minutes.  All our blackberries have large fruit and great taste.
   Sandhill plums are still ripening, and will also continue until early Aug.  Sandhill plums are too small and tart for fresh eating, but have a hint of apricot flavor and make wonderful jams and jellies.
   All our berries and sandhill plums are sold pick-your-own only.  Thornless blackberries and sandhill plums both 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.
   Peach season is getting into full swing.  We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 1/2 months.  We're now harvesting 'Newhaven', 'Intrepid' and 'Contender' yellow peaches.  We're also still harvesting our first white peach variety, 'Nectar', and it will keep ripening until about July 30.

We're now harvesting 'Newhaven' (front box), 'Intrepid' (2nd box) and 'Contender' (3rd & 4th boxes) yellow peaches.
   Peach harvest goes until about Sept. 10, and our heaviest time for peaches is now to about Aug. 31.  We sell all peaches harvested; we do not allow customers to pick peaches.
Our 6 workers and I harvest all peaches.  Here, Emma Gregory harvests white peaches.
   I give taste samples of all peach varieties.  White peaches have a different taste; they are low in acid so taste sweeter to some people. White peaches are best for fresh eating, while yellow peaches are great for fresh eating, baking, jams, preserves, canning and freezing.
'Nectar' white peach will keep ripening until about July 30.
  Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax. 
  If you want more than 40 pounds of peaches, phone 620-597-2450 a day or two before you plan to come.  Leave a message on the answering machine with you name and phone number, the day and time you plan to come, and how many pounds of peaches you want to buy, and I'll return your call to confirm.
We're just started harvesting 'Contender' yellow peaches. They will keep ripening until early Aug.
    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 by our closing time.  Thanks.)
   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, both peaches and blackberries keep well for 10 days in a refrigerator.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Many Blackberries, Yellow & White Peaches Ripe

   Many thornless blackberries are still ripening and ready to pick now.  Each of our 4 different varieties of thornless blackberries has ripe berries now, and they will continue to ripen over the next 3 weeks, until early Aug.  There are NO chiggers, and you can pick a quart in 5 minutes.
Customers picked many very large 'Apache' blackberries on Sat. July 11, and more are ripening. 
   'Apache' blackberries have very large fruit, and 'Ouachita' and 'Triple Crown blackberries have large fruit.  'Natchez', with huge fruit, started ripening a month ago so will finish in the next week, so come soon if you want to pick 'Natchez'.
Aiden Wiles picked 'Apache' blackberries with his mom and grandma on Sat. July 11.
   Sandhill plums have started ripening, and will also continue to ripen until early Aug.  Sandhill plums are native to sandy, hilly soils of central KS and central OK.  Sandhill plums are too small and tart for fresh eating, but have a hint of apricot flavor and make wonderful jams and jellies.
Sandhill plums, sold pick-your-own only, make wonderful jams and jellies.
    All our berries and sandhill plums are sold pick-your-own only.  Thornless blackberries and sandhill plums both 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.  We also appreciate it if you can bring some cardboard trays, such as those used for 6-packs of energy drinks or beer, to place your quarts of blackberries in to bring home.  Some customers have brought plastic or metal trays to bring home their blackberry quarts.  Others have brought us some cardboard trays to use for other customers, which we greatly appreciate!
   We're now harvesting 'Newhaven' and 'Challenger' yellow peaches, and still some 'Surecrop' peaches.  We'll start harvesting 'Intrepid' yellow peaches later this week.  I harvested some of our first white peach variety, 'Nectar', over the past couple days, and it will keep ripening until about July 28 or 30.
We're now harvesting 'Nectar' white peaches (left) and 'Newhaven'  yellow peaches (right), plus 'Challenger' and 'Surecrop' yellow peaches.
   I give taste samples of all peach varieties.  White peaches have a different taste; they are low in acid so taste sweeter to some people. White peaches are best for fresh eating, while yellow peaches are great for fresh eating, baking, jams, preserves, canning and freezing.
  Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax. 
   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 by our closing time.  Thanks.)
   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, both peaches and blackberries keep well for 10 days in a refrigerator.