Monday, June 25, 2012

Blackberries, Yellow Peaches & White Peaches Ripe Now

   Blackberry harvest is very heavy now.  We have 4 different blackberry varieties ripe now.  There's still a few of our earliest variety, 'Natchez', ripening, and there are literally tons of 'Ouachita', 'Apache', and 'Triple Crown'.  The first 3 varieties came from the University of Arkansas breeding program.  'Triple Crown', from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture breeding program in Maryland, is our heaviest-yielding blackberry variety and also the sweetest.
Our 'Triple Crown' blackberries are yielding very heavily now, and the red berries will continue to ripen over the next 4 weeks or so.
   'Newhaven' freestone yellow peaches are ripening now, and we just started harvesting our first white peach variety, 'Nectar'.  White peaches have high sugar content and very low acid, so they taste sweeter and milder than yellow peaches.  I give taste samples of all peach varieties.
'Nectar', our first white peach variety to ripen, is just starting to ripen now.  
   White peaches are good for eating fresh, but not for cooking, canning or freezing, as they do turn brown after cutting them.  All our yellow peaches are non-browning varieties and are excellent for freezing as well as fresh eating, and 'Newhaven' peaches are also good for cooking and canning.  
We're now picking 'Newhaven' peaches, our 3rd variety to ripen of the 9 different yellow peach varieties we grow.

   We have a succession of 9 different yellow peach varieties and 2 white peach varieties, and should have yellow peaches for the next 8 weeks, until about Aug. 22.  We'll have white peaches for sale about June 26 to July 14, and again about July 28 to Aug. 16.  Blackberry harvest should continue for the next 4 weeks or so, until late July.
   Berries are sold pick-your-own.  We're open for picking, as the sidebar at left says, Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We pick all the peaches, and have them for sale during those hours.