Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Apples in Cooler Still in Top Condition

   Our price sheets say we have apples for sale till Feb. 28, but after 2012's record apple crop of over 21,000 lbs., this year we'll still have apples until early May. They're protected from freezes in our sales building, and keep in top condition for 6-8 months in our cooler. If you want to get apples (or more apples), call 620-597-2450 to let me know when you're coming. Thanks.
We still have many #1 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale.
   We still have lots of #1 apples for fresh eating, and #2 apples with small cracks or other damage.  The #1's still cost $22.26 + tax for 20 lbs. and $42.67 + tax for 40 lbs.  The #2's are great for apple slices, salads, applesauce, apple butter, dried apples and baked goods, and are bargain-priced at $14.84 + tax for 20 lbs. and $27.83 + tax for 40 lbs. 
#2's are great for baked goods, such as these Apple Pecan muffins I made last week. I posted the recipe on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page.
   On the rare days lately when the weather was warm, we almost finished pruning the apple trees and have started on the pear trees. During our son's spring break week from college, and our other workers' spring break week from high school, we'll tackle the big job of pruning peach trees, then start pruning back side branches on the thornless blackberries.
   Meanwhile, on cold but sunny days when the temperature inside the sales building gets above 46 F or so, I'm sorting apples.  On colder days I do computer work.  I'm working on writing a fruit growing book for homeowners, to complement Fruit and Nut Production (Stipes Publishing, 2007) that I wrote with Bill for fruit growers who market their crops.