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.