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.