Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Peach Harvest Over, Early Apples Ripe

   We finished harvesting and sold the last white peaches yesterday, so have no more peaches for sale.  We do have one last yellow peach variety, 'Autumn Prince', but only have two trees of this variety, so these peaches will be very limited when they're ripe about Aug. 14 to 20.
   We have lots of 'Gala' apples for sale now, and a few 'Jonafree' apples.  'Gala' is a sweet apple, and 'Jonafree' is sweet-tart with a taste similar to 'Jonathan'.  Both are excellent for fresh eating as well as baking and cooking.  We've harvested all these early apples and have them in our cooler, kept in great condition and ready for sale.  Those who want to pick their own apples can come during our pick-your-own apple season, about Sept. 15 to Nov. 15 this year.
We have lots of harvested 'Gala' apples (yellow apples), and a few 'Jonafree' apples (yellow with red blush), for sale.
   We'll start harvesting Asian pears next week.  Asian pears are shaped like apples and are crunchy like apples, but are pears native to Japan and China.  They are very sweet and juicy with a wonderful flavor, great in salads and for fresh eating.  They should keep ripening until mid-Sept.  European pears should start in mid-late Aug. and continue until late Sept. or early Oct.
Asian pears, shaped like apples, are ripening and we'll start harvesting them next week.
   We're still open our summer hours (Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7-9 p.m.) until Aug. 31.  I give taste samples of all the apple and pear varieties as they ripen.