Monday, June 11, 2012

Peach Harvest Has Begun

  We harvested the first peaches this past Sat., and today we harvested over 300 lbs. of 'Early Redhaven', a fully freestone peach.  This is about 3 weeks earlier than most years.  I give taste samples of the peaches, and everyone so far has loved them.
We picked all these 'Early Redhaven' peaches and more today.  Each box was weighed to 20 lbs., and sells for $22.26 + $1.74 sales tax = $24.00, a 5% discount off the per-pound price.
  A Labette County 4-H group toured our farm today.  They watched our workers harvesting the peaches, saw developing fruits on our apple and pear trees, then picked some thornless blackberries and purple raspberries.  Tomorrow they'll make jam from the blackberries.
A Labette County 4-H group watched Daniel Rennie (right) and our other workers harvest peaches.
The 4-H kids enjoyed picking hornless blackberries.
  More blackberries are ripening now, and will continue for the next 7 weeks.  Purple raspberries will keep ripening for the next 2 weeks 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.