Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winterizing Strawberries, & Many Apples for Winter

  For the past several days I've been transplanting strawberries from the aisles to fill in gaps in the rows of our strawberry planting.  Today our workers prepared the strawberry planting for winter by placing straw mulch over the strawberry plants.  The mulch moderates soil temperatures, reducing freezing and thawing which can cause heaving of strawberry plants out of the ground and could kill them.  In early March, we'll remove the straw mulch from on top of the strawberry plants, and place it in the aisles to provide a clean, soft surface for customers to kneel on as they pick berries.  This need for straw mulch is why they are called strawberries.
Our workers Daniel Rennie (left) and Brandon Ledford (right) placed straw mulch over the strawberry plants today to protect them from freezing and thawing over winter.
   We still have about 1800 lbs. of 'GoldRush' apples harvested, and about 3600 lbs. of 'Enterprise' apples harvested, in the sales building protected from freezes.  These apple are great for winter storage.  'Enterprise' apples keep in good condition for 6 months in the fridge, and 'GoldRush' apples keep 7 to 8 months in the fridge.  I eat a fresh apple with my lunch every day until strawberry season starts in early May.
   The #1 apples look great in gift baskets, along with our jams.  If you provide the baskets, we've got the fruit and fruit products to put in them.
Our 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples look great in gift baskets, along with our jams.  They taste great too!
   The #2 apples are great for making pie fillings, applesauce, apple butter, or dried apples.  40 lb. harvested #2 apples cost just $29.68 plus tax.
   From Dec. 1 to May 31, we're open by appointment, so call 620-597-2450 and leave a message on the phone answering machine saying what day and time you'll be coming, so I can look for you.  Thanks.