Friday, September 21, 2012

Many 'Enterprise' Apples Ripe

   Pick-your-own apple harvest season is in full swing now, and will continue for the next 7 or 8 weeks.  'Enterprise' apples, the main variety ripe now, are sweet-tart with a flavor somewhat like 'Jonathan', crisp and juicy, and keep 6 months in a refrigerator.  They're excellent for fresh eating as well as baking pies, apple crisp, applesauce, etc.  A lot of apple recipes are posted as notes on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page.
Many 'Enterprise' apples are ripe now, and are available for sale harvested and pick-your-own.
   This morning a group of kindergartners and preschoolers from Covenant Harvest School in Pittsburg, KS came to pick apples.  They'd been learning about apples at school.  The kids had a lot of fun, each picking apples into their own bags.  Then they had a snack of apple slices, pear slices, and our homemade apple butter on bread.
Kindergartners and preschoolers had fun picking apples today.
   Our workers Brandon Ledford and Daniel Rennie got out of school at noon this past Wed., so they came down to help harvest apples.  The three of us harvested over 550 pounds of apples that afternoon.  We have them stored in our cooler, which keeps them at peak condition, and I'm sorting and bagging some more each day, in between picking more fruit, helping customers and delivering apples and pears to local schools.
Brandon Ledford (foreground) and Daniel Rennie (in back) helped harvest apples for sale this past Wed.
   So we have many harvested apples and pears for sale, and I give taste samples.  We're open for sales and pick-your-own apples Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 1 to 6 p.m. However, some weekdays I'm gone for brief periods delivering fruit to schools, so it's best to call 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead, and leave a message on the answering machine saying what day and time you plan to come.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pick-Your-Own Apple Harvest Has Started

   I've started harvesting 'Enterprise' apples and have some harvested apples for sale, and our pick-your-own apple harvest season has also started.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart with a flavor somewhat like 'Jonathan', crisp and juicy, and keep 6 months in a refrigerator.  They're excellent for fresh eating as well as baking pies, apple crisp, applesauce, etc.  A lot of apple recipes are posted as notes on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page.  
'Enterprise' apples ripen over a 7-week period, with some ripe now and more ripening until late Oct.
   We still have lots of harvested European pears in our cooler ready for sale, and some Asian pears.  Bill's been making lots of pear preserves and pear compote in the last couple weeks.  We now have 4 different pear products for sale on our homemade jam shelf in the sales building.
Bill's pear preserves taste great on toast, and his pear compote is wonderful on waffles.
     From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.  I'm out harvesting apples or pears or working on the fruit plantings most of the day, where I can't always see or hear cars come in, so it's best to phone 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead and leave a message to let me know when you're coming, so I can look for you.  Also, I'm gone for short periods some weekdays, delivering pears or later apples to local schools.  If you drop by, ring the bell on the sales building to let me know when you're here.
Our highway sign now has both apples and pears, and the Brenda's Berries board.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Many Pears & Some Apples Ripe Now

   We finished harvesting the 'Luscious' European pears on Labor Day, and we still have lots in the cooler, ready for sale.  This morning I delivered 120 pounds of 'Luscious' pears to Oswego Schools and 40 pounds to Chetopa School, for the kids to have for afternoon snacks.  Next Tuesday I'll delivered 80 pounds of 'Luscious' pears to Columbus Schools.
   I've now started harvesting a few 'Harrowsweet' European pears.  More of these will keep ripening until late Sept.  I'm also still harvesting some 'Shinko' Aisan pears. 
'Harrowsweet' European pears have started ripening, and I've started harvesting a few.
   Both European and Asian pears keep well for 5 to 6 weeks in a refrigerator.  Take European pears out a couple days before you want to eat them, or a day before you want to cook with them, and set them on the counter to soften and turn light yellow.  Asian pears can be eaten right out of the fridge.
     I've started harvesting a few 'Sundance' apples, a big yellow apple with a sprightly sweet-tart flavor with a hint of pineapple.  More 'Sundance' apples are available for pick-your-own sales, but these are limited as we only have two bearing trees.  (We've grafted more, but they aren't bearing yet.)  We also have one bearing tree of Coop 27, another selection from the same breeding program for scab-immune apples as 'Sundance' (formerly Coop 29), 'Enterprise' (formerly Coop 30), and 'GoldRush' (formerly Coop 28).  Coop 27 has a taste very similar to 'Jonathan', and one of our customers called it "the perfect apple".  'Enterprise' should start about Sept. 15.
'Sundance' apples have started ripening and are available for limited pick-your-own sales.  
Coop 27, with a taste very similar to 'Jonathan', is also available for limited pick-your-own sales.
     From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.  I'm out harvesting pears or working on the fruit plantings most of the day, so it's best to phone ahead 620-597-2450 and leave a message to let me know when you're coming, so I can look for you.  Also, I'm gone for short periods some weekdays, delivering pears or later apples to local schools.  If you drop by, ring the bell on the sales building to let me know when you're here.  I'll hear the bell if I'm harvesting pears, but not if I'm on the tractor, so in that case follow the noise to find me.