Thursday, November 29, 2012

Apples Great for Holiday Recipes & Gifts

    We still have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale.  I give taste samples; each apple has its own unique flavor.  They taste much better than grocery store apples, and they're wonderful for cooking & baking as well as fresh eating. 'Enterprise' apples keep well for 6 months in the fridge, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well for 7 to 8 months in the fridge.
We've harvested most of the remaining 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples, and have many for sale. Our cooler is full, so we've got apples all over the sales building for now.
    Until Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m. only.  We'll also be here all day Sat. Dec. 1.  From Dec. 2 to May 31, we're open by appointment, so please phone a day or two before coming, and leave a message on the phone answering machine saying what day & about what time you'll be coming, so I can look for you.  We'll still have 'GoldRush' apples until late Dec. to mid-Jan., & 'Enterprise' apples until late March to mid-April.
   Prices are the same as the past 3 years.  Small amounts of harvested #1 apples cost $1.16 per pound + tax , and 2nds apples cost $0.79 per pound + tax.  20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $22.26 + $1.74 tax = $24.00 total, which is $1.00 off the per-pound price.  40 lbs. or more of harvested apples (#1's and/or #2's) get a further $1.00 off each 20-lb. box. 40 lbs. of harvested #2 apples, great for making pies, breads or other holiday dishes, cost just $29.68 + tax.
Our jam shelf now includes 14 different jams and jellies, and 3 different fruit toppings.
   We also have jams and fruit toppings for sale.  Bill has made a couple of new apple toppings, Apple Cranberry Topping and Apple Cherry Topping, that are great on waffles or pancakes.  'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples and a couple of jams or fruit toppings make a nice gift basket.
Bill's Apple Cranberry Topping is great on waffles.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Many Harvested Apples for Sale

   Apple harvest season is finally nearing a close.  We're thankful to God for a record crop.  We've already harvested over 18,500 lbs. of apples, and sold over 14,000 lbs. of apples.  We have about 4500 lbs. of harvested apples in our sales building, ready for sale.  About 1500 lbs. of apples are still on the trees, and I'm harvesting all I can now before we get a hard freeze.
We have many harvested 'Enterprise' (red apples) and smaller amounts of  'GoldRush' (yellow apples), ready for sale.
    We still have many harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale, and smaller amounts of  'GoldRush'.  We have about 8 lbs. left of Coop 27 #1's and about 35 lbs. left of Coop 27 #2's.  Each variety has its own unique flavor, and I give taste samples.  All are excellent for fresh eating as well as baking pies, applesauce, apple butter, etc.
Pumpkin Apple Bread is great with Thanksgiving dinner, and also good for breakfast or snacks.
   Fresh apples are great in many Thanksgiving dishes.  I just posted a recipe for Pumpkin Apple Bread on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page.  Healthy Apple Salad, another recipe posted as a Note on that page, is a holiday favorite at our house.  It uses unpeeled red and yellow apples, and 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples work perfectly, giving a blend of sweeter and more tart apples.
    We're open our regular hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wed. Nov. 21, Fri. Nov. 23, and Sat. Nov. 24.  We'll even sell apples on Thanksgiving Day -- just call ahead 620-597-2450 to let us know what time you'd be coming if you come that day.  Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Many 'Enterprise' & 'GoldRush' Apples Ripe


   We still have many harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale, and smaller amounts of Coop 27 and 'GoldRush'.  The last 'Sundance' and 'Scarlett O'Hara' apples sold last week.  Each variety has its own unique flavor, and I give taste samples.  All are excellent for fresh eating as well as baking pies, applesauce, apple butter, etc.  
We still have many harvested 'Enterprise' (front), 'GoldRush' (middle) and Coop 27 (back) apples for sale.
   'Enterprise' apples keep well for 6 months in the fridge, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well for 7 to 8 months in the fridge.  I eat a fresh apple every day with my lunch in fall till spring, and each year I keep eating 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' until strawberry season starts in early May.
   We still have some 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for pick-your-own customers.  This afternoon was great apple-picking weather, and Fri. Nov. 9 and Sat. Nov. 10 should be nice.  If you want to pick your own apples, come within the next week to 10 days.  We'll try to get all remaining 'Enterprise' apples picked before the first hard freeze (25 F or lower), which usually occurs between Nov. 15 and Nov. 28.  We'll also harvest all the 'GoldRush' apples that ripen before the first hard freeze.
   We're still open our fall hours (Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.) till Nov. 30.  From Dec. 1 to May 31 we're open by appointment, so call 620-597-2450 to let us know when you'll be coming then.  We'll have harvested apples in the cooler, which keeps them in peak condition, until late Feb. at least.  Come get some apples for fresh eating and holiday baking!
Apple crostata with caramelized pecan topping is delicious.  The recipe is posted on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page as a Note.