Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pick-Your-Own Apple Season Has Started

   Our pick-your-own apple season started with a bang last Sat. Sept. 24, with many visitors picking lots of 'Enterprise' apples.  'Enterprise' apples are red, sweet-tart and crunchy, with a wonderful flavor somewhat like 'Jonathan'.  There will be plenty of  'Enterprise' apples to pick until mid-Nov., and we'll also have 'GoldRush' apples to pick from mid-Oct. to late Nov.
'Enterprise' apples are ripe now till mid-Nov.
   Both of these apple varieties, like almost all the apples we grow, are immune to apple scab and resistant to several other apple diseases.  This means they need half the number of sprays that scab-susceptible apple like 'Jonathan' or 'Golden Delicious' need.
    We also have harvested apples and European pears for sale, and still have a few harvested Asian pears.  Bill has been working hard on our new sales building, and this evening he spread gravel in front of it.  So now customers can park right in front of the red sales building.
Bill spread gravel for parking in front of our new sales building.
   Tomorrow we start using the sales building!  It's not fully finished inside yet, but the cooler is in and running, and we'll be selling harvested fruit and checking out pick-your-own customers there from now on.
We start selling fruit out of our new sales building tomorrow.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Asian pears & early apples ripening

   I've been harvesting some apples from our earliest variety, 'Jonafree', for the past few days.  This is one of the apple varieties immune to apple scab disease, so it needs half as many sprays as scab-susceptible apples.   'Jonafree' tastes like 'Jonathan' but is earlier and smaller, especially this year after the summer-long drought and high heat.  Hopefully we will get some rain tonight, to help all the apples and pears, and temperatures are finally supposed to cool off next week.
'Jonafree' apples taste great for an early variety, but are smaller this year and suffered more damage from heat.

   A few of the Asian pears have just started ripening, and they'll continue for the next month or so.  We grow 'Shinko', which is the Asian pear most resistant to fire blight disease, and has wonderful flavor.  Last year these Asian pears were huge, many pears weighing1/2 pound each, but they're smaller this year after the record heat and drought.  They still taste great though.
'Shinko' Asian pears are starting to ripen and will continue till early Oct.

   European pears won't be ripe for another week or so, and we'll have them until Oct. 20 or so.  We have several varieties that ripen at different times, all resistant to fire blight disease, and all with wonderful flavor.
'Luscious' European pears will start ripening next week.