Monday, June 18, 2012

Peach and Blackberry Harvest Continues

  We're harvesting many great-quality peaches, and customers are harvesting lots of large thornless blackberries and some raspberries, despite the ongoing drought.  We are irrigating all the fruits, and praise God that we got 0.3 inches of rain last Friday morning, but we need another couple inches of rain and are praying we get more soon.
Heather Ledford and our other workers harvest 'Surecrop' peaches.
  We're harvesting 'Early Redhaven' and 'Surecrop' peaches now.  I give taste samples, and many people are amazed at how much better these peaches taste than grocery-store peaches.
Heather Ledford packs harvested peaches into boxes while Daniel Rennie (back right) and Brandon Ledford (far back center)  harvest peaches.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, so customers who buy 20 lbs. of peaches get a discount of $1.00 off the per-lb. price of peaches.
  We got our new highway sign up this past weekend.  This sign has much larger letters, so it's easier to see as you approach our road, 95th St., from KS Highway 166.  Bill made and installed the frame, and I painted the signs.  I'm working on painting a sign for "peaches" now.
Our new highway sign is easier to see as you approach our road, 95th St., from KS Highway 166.
  Blackberry harvest should continue for the next 6 weeks or so.  Purple raspberries are still ripe, along with smaller amounts of red, yellow and black raspberries, for the next 10 days or so.  We have a succession of 9 different yellow peach varieties and 2 white peach varieties, and should have peaches for the next 2 months, until late Aug.
   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.