Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Four Kinds of Raspberries Ripe

   Four different kinds of raspberries, each a different color and each with its own unique flavor, are ripe now.  We let customers taste each kind to find out which ones they want to pick.  Customers are picking many red raspberries and black raspberries now, and more of these will still ripen until July 4 or so.  Harvest of purple raspberries and yellow raspberries is just getting started, and these will continue to ripen until July 18 or so.
Many customers like to pick 'Royalty' purple raspberries as plants are more upright and have larger fruit than red raspberries.  They're just getting started and will continue to ripen until July 18 or so.
   The earliest thornless blackberry variety, 'Natchez', is also ripe now.  This newer variety, just released 5 years ago from University of Arkansas, has very large fruit so it picks very quickly, and very good taste.  Other thornless blackberry varieties will continue to ripen until about Aug. 8 this year.
The Johnsons picked these 'Natchez' blackberries, 'Reveille' red raspberries, and 'Anne' yellow raspberries today.
   Raspberries and blackberries, like all our berries, are sold pick-your-own only.  Raspberries cost $1.86 per pint + tax, and blackberries cost $2.32 per quart + tax.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open our summer hours, as the sidebar at left shows: open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7-9 p.m., and Sundays 7-9 p.m. only. We're open our regular summer hours on July 4.
Customers enjoy picking 'Natchez' blackberries, since the very large fruit fills quarts very quickly.
   Master gardeners from Allen, Bourbon and Neosho Counties in KS toured our farm on Mon. June 24.  After learning a bit about how we grow all the tree fruits, raspberries and blackberries, they picked some berries to buy.  They also tasted slices of 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples stored in our cooler, and bought many of those.  We'll still have apples for sale for about the next 10 days until we run out, just in time to prepare the cooler for peach harvest, which should start about July 8 or so and go until early Sept.
Master gardeners from Allen, Bourbon and Neosho Counties in KS toured our farm, and picked blackberries and raspberries.