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.