Tuesday, October 23, 2012

'Enterprise' Apple Season Winding Down, 'GoldRush' Starting

   We had lots of pick-your-own apple customers this past Sat., since the weather was beautiful.  On Mon. the Tyro (KS) Community Christian School 5th grade class came to pick apples.  They picked a good amount of #1 and #2 apples, and picked a lot of free #3 apples, which they'll press into cider after cutting out the diseased spots.
The Tyro (KS) Community Christian School 5th grade class picked apples on Mon. Oct 22.
   Today the Daisy Scouts of Columbus, KS came to pick apples.  Each girl picked apples into her own bag to take home.
The Daisy Scouts of Columbus, KS had fun picking apples today.
   If you want to pick your own 'Enterprise' apples, come within the next 10 days or so, as we'll finish harvesting this variety in early Nov.  We started harvesting 'Enterprise' apples in early Sept., so this variety has an amazingly long harvest period of 8 or 9 weeks, but it's finally getting near the end.  The harvest season for 'GoldRush' apples has just started, and will continue until the first hard freeze, usually around Nov. 20 or so.
  Our cooler is still full of harvested apples, so there's plenty for anyone who wants to buy them.  Last week I delivered 120 pounds of apples to Oswego Schools and 80 pounds of apples to Baxter Springs Schools, and today I delivered 80 pounds of apples to Bartlett School.  I keep picking more apples as people buy them and I deliver to schools, so the cooler stays full.
Our cooler is full of harvested apples, as I keep picking more apples as people buy them and I deliver to schools.
   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, so I can look for you.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Many Harvested Apples for Sale

   Rain is predicted for Fri. Oct. 12 & Sat. Oct. 13, which will put a damper on our busiest pick-your-own apples days, but our cooler is now almost full of apples we've harvested in the last few days.  We have many harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale, smaller amounts of 'Sundance' and Coop 27, and even smaller amounts of 'GoldRush' and 'Scarlett O'Hara'.  Each variety has its own unique flavor, and I give taste samples.
Coop 27, foreground, is a selection from the same apple breeding program that produced 'Sundance' (the yellow apple in the middle), 'Enterprise' (the red apple in the back), 'GoldRush' and 'Scarlett O'Hara'.  We have many harvested apples for sale.
People are amazed at the size of some of the 'Sundance' apples: some weigh a pound a piece.  One reason this variety can get so big is that even when its fruit clusters aren't thinned enough, often just one apple per cluster will develop well while the others stay stunted.
   The pick-your-own apple season should continue for the next 4 or 5 weeks.  We still have lots of 'Enterprise' and some Coop 27 apples to pick.  'GoldRush' apples are just starting to ripen, and should continue until mid-Nov.
Kids love to pick apples!  Our pick-your-own apple season should continue for the next 4 or 5 weeks.
   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, so I can look for you.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Light Frost Won't Hurt Apples

  Just yesterday afternoon I was still wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt while picking apples, and today I needed warm jeans, a sweater and barn coat!  Those planning to come pick apples tomorrow should dress warmly, as the high will be only about 53 F.  We'll have plenty of apples to pick for the next 4 or 5 weeks.
   Temperatures are predicted to drop to about 30 F early Sunday morning.  That won't hurt the apples at all.  Apples have such high sugar content that they don't freeze until temperatures drop to about 25 F, which usually occurs in mid-Nov.  By then all the 'Enterprise' apples should be harvested.
The long summer drought acted like a winter dormant period, tricking some 'Enterprise' apple flower buds into opening this fall instead of next spring.  The predicted frost will kill those flowers, but won't hurt the ripening apples.
   'GoldRush' apples are just starting to ripen now.  They ripen so late that every year, I'm out picking as many as I can just before the first fall freeze.  The last harvest day was Nov. 17 in 2011, and Nov. 24 in 2010.

   We now have many harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale, and small amounts of 'Sundance' and Coop 27.  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, so I can look for you.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Apple Harvest Continues

   With this beautiful weather lately, we've had lots of pick-your-own customers harvesting 'Enterprise' apples.  This variety ripens over a long period, so we'll still have some ripe for the next 4 or 5 weeks.  It's great for fresh eating, baking, applesauce and any other use.
Kids have fun picking their own apples.
  We also have a few 'Sundance' and Coop 27 apples, and some customers pick those also.  'GoldRush' apples are just starting now, and will be ripe until about Nov. 20. 
I pick more 'Enterprise' apples each day, and have started picking some 'Sundance', Coop 27 and 'GoldRush' apples.

   I'm picking all these varieties also, and we now have many harvested apples for sale.  I give taste samples of all these varieties.  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, so I can look for you.