Tuesday, July 31, 2012

White Peaches & 'Gala' Apples Ripe Now

   We're still harvesting some 'Carolina Gold' peaches, and we just started harvesting our late white peach variety, 'China Pearl', which will be ripe until about Aug. 15.  Our last yellow peach variety, 'Autumn Prince', will be ripe about Aug. 10 to 22.  These late peaches are very limited, so call ahead to order if you want some.
'China Pearl' white peaches are just starting to ripen now, and will be ripe until about Aug. 15.
   'Gala' apples are now ripe, 3 weeks ahead of their normal ripening time, like most fruits this year.  Ongoing temperatures over 100 F each day are inhibiting formation of the usual red blush on 'Gala', so they're mostly yellow this year.  They taste great (I give taste samples) and keep about 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge.
'Gala' apples are ripe now, and are mostly yellow this year due to daily temperatures over 100 F.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

'Carolina Gold' Peaches Ripe


  We started harvesting 'Carolina Gold', our 8th yellow peach variety, yesterday, so we have a good amount of peaches for sale again.  We should keep harvesting it until about Aug. 12.  We'll also have a second white peach variety, 'China Pearl', ripe about Aug. 1 to 15, and our last yellow peach variety, 'Autumn Prince', ripe about Aug. 10 to 22.
'Carolina Gold' harvest began yesterday and should go till about Aug. 12.
   We have harvested peaches for sale Mon. to Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7 to 9 p.m.  Call ahead to order if you're coming a distance or want more than 20 lbs. of peaches.

We put our highway sign for peaches back up yesterday, and now have a "tree-ripened" sign done also.  I'm painting the "apples" sign now. 
   I've also harvested a few of the early 'Jonafree' apples, 3 weeks ahead of their usual ripening time as has occurred for most fruits this year.  'Jonafree' tastes similar to 'Jonathan' but is earlier and is immune to apple scab disease, so we don't have to spray for that.  I give taste samples, and many people like it a lot.  It's quite good for such an early apple.  We'll also start harvesting 'Gala' apples in a week or so.
   We're still in desperate need of rain, and are praying that we get some today.  It keeps clouding up and we got a very brief sprinkle, but then it stopped, so we hope we get more.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Blackberry Harvest Over, Peaches Continue

   Blackberry harvest is now over for 2012.  Blackberries started ripening 3 weeks earlier than normal this year, then many days of temperatures over 100 F accelerated ripening so that most berries ripened during a shorter time, so now the harvest season has ended 3 weeks earlier than normal.
   Peach harvest continues.  We're now finishing harvesting 'Contender', the 6th of our 9 yellow peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 months.  We'll still have 'Contender' for sale for the next 4 or 5 days. 
Many people have been buying these 20-lb. boxes of 'Contender' peaches.  We'll still have 'Contender' for sale for the next 4 or 5 days.
   The next peach variety to ripen is 'Glowingstar'.  I just planted these trees 2 years ago, so this is the first harvest season for 'Glowingstar', and we won't have as many peaches of this variety because the trees are still small.
We'll start harvesting 'Glowingstar' peaches tomorrow.  I just planted these trees 2 years ago, so we won't have too many peaches of this variety for sale this year.
   'Carolina Gold', our 8th yellow peach variety, will have a large amount of peaches.  It should be ripe about July 23 to Aug. 10.  We'll also have a second white peach variety, 'China Pearl', ripe about Aug. 1 to Aug. 15, and our last yellow peach variety, 'Autumn Prince', ripe about Aug. 10 to Aug. 22.
   We have harvested peaches for sale Mon. to Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sun. 7 to 9 p.m. only.  Call ahead to order if you're coming a distance or want more than 20 lbs. of peaches.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Many Peaches & Blackberries Still Ripe

   Peach and blackberry harvest continues.  We have been watering, so the fruit are still great quality despite the high heat and drought.  The town 2.5 miles east of us got rain this morning while we didn't get any, so we are praying we get some rain this afternoon or evening.
Our highway sign for peaches is now up, and pick-your-own blackberry harvest continues.
   We have a succession of 9 different yellow peach varieties and 2 white peach varieties, that ripen over a 2-month period.  We're now harvesting the 3rd, 4th and 5th yellow peach varieties ("Newhaven', 'Challenger' and 'Intrepid') and the 1st white peach variety, 'Nectar'.  I give taste samples of all these peaches, and they taste wonderful.
Each of these boxes holds 20 lbs. of peaches, picked today.  'Nectar' white peaches (front box) and 'Intrepid' & 'Challenger' yellow peaches (other boxes) taste great, and I give taste samples.

   Many nice large blackberries are still ripening.  Sandhill plums have also started ripening.  Sandhill plums are native to the sandy soils of central Kansas and central Oklahoma, where we selected superior fruit, grew the seeds into plants, and transplanted the seedlings to our farm.  Sandhill plums are too small and tart for fresh eating, but make wonderful jam, jelly and sauce with a hint of apricot flavor.
   We're open our regular summer hours on July 4th.  Berries and sandhill plums 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.
We now have a sign on our sales building with our summer hours.  We've had these same summer hours for the 12 years we've been in business.  We are open these hours on July 4th.
   We should have yellow peaches ripe for the next 6 weeks, until about Aug. 20.  We'll have white peaches for sale about June 26 to July 14, and again about July 28 to Aug. 16.  Blackberry and sandhill plum harvest should continue for the next 3 weeks or so, until late July.