Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Strawberry Harvest Ending, Raspberry Harvest Starting

   This very warm spring caused strawberries to start ripening 2 weeks earlier than most years, and made the harvest more concentrated, so the strawberry harvest season is now over, except for those who already have appointments over the next few days.  Usually we harvest strawberries for a month, from early May to early June.  This year the bulk of strawberry harvest took place in only 15 days, from April 24 to May 8, with just a few berries picked for a few days before and after that.
'Reveille' red raspberries are starting to ripen, 2 to 3 weeks earlier than most years.  I took this photo today, May 9, 2012.
   Red raspberries are just starting to ripen, so you can pick some of those if you call 620-597-2450 and request a date for that.  As the sidebar at left says, we are open by appointment until May 31, then from June 1 to Aug. 31 we are open Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.
Customers picked 7 pints of red raspberries today.  Large amounts will be ripe next week.
   Red raspberries will be ripe in quantity about May 17 to June 8 this year, black raspberries about June 1-15, and purple raspberries about June 4-30.  I've changed the ripening dates in the sidebar again to reflect even earlier ripening than I'd thought before, after last weekend's 90 F temperatures.
   Pick-your-own raspberries cost $1.86 per pint + $0.14 sales tax = $2.00 per pint total.  You need to make an appointment with me for a certain day & time, and let me know about how many pints you'd like to pick.