Monday, August 26, 2013

Late Yellow Peaches & White Peaches Ripe Now

   We're now harvesting our last two main yellow peach varieties, 'Carolina Gold' and 'Glowingstar', and the late white peach variety 'China Pearl'.  We have one more yellow peach variety still to ripen, 'Flameprince', and we'll harvest those last two trees about Sept. 1 to 10.
We currently have 4 different peach varieties for sale: 'China Pearl' white peach (front box), and 'Contender', 'Carolina Gold' and 'Glowingstar' yellow peaches (2nd, 3rd & 4th boxes).  I give taste samples of all these.
   All these peach varieties have excellent flavor and are freestone.  I give taste samples, and many are amazed at how much better they taste than grocery-store peaches.  All are excellent for fresh eating and freezing, and the yellow peaches are also great for cooking and canning.  Come get some (or some more) while they last!
   I've also started harvesting some 'Gala' apples.  We only have two trees of this early apple variety, and the 'Gala' apples have been selling as soon as I pick them.  Call 620-597-2450 at least a day in advance and leave a phone message if you want to get some 'Gala' apples also when you come to get peaches.
'Gala' apples have just started ripening, and are selling as soon as they're picked.
   Until Aug. 31, we're still open our summer hours: 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 closed Sunday mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. during the summer.  From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 we're open our fall hours: open Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. only.
   I help pick peaches in the early morning, and I am in the sales building from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7 p.m. till dark, so you can just come by to get peaches during those hours.  If you want to pick up peaches earlier in the morning, call 620-597-2450 at least a day in advance and leave a phone message to let us know when you plan to come get peaches, since I can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  Thanks.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Many Peaches for Sale Now Until Aug. 31

   We're finishing harvest of 'Contender' peaches this week, and tomorrow we'll start harvesting 'Glowingstar' peaches.  This is the height of peach season right now, so come buy some while they last.  We're picking so many peaches that we keep filling up our cooler with more to replace the ones that sell each day.  We'll have many peaches for sale until the end of Aug., then some for sale until about Sept. 10 or 12.
Our workers Rachael Triebel (left) and Abigail Dominguez (right) place 'Contender' peaches they've picked into 20-lb. boxes in the utility vehicle.  Since we pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, customers who buy a 20-lb. box of peaches save $1.00 off the per-pound price for smaller amounts.
   Tree-ripened peaches taste MUCH better than grocery-store peaches.  I give taste samples.  All our peaches now are freestone, and all the yellow peaches are non-browning, so it's not necessary to use lemon juice or ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh) when freezing or canning them, or in cooking.  These peaches keep well in the refrigerator for 10 days or so; just take a few out each day to sit on the counter, that you'll eat or use in cooking the next day.
We'll start harvesting 'Glowingstar' peaches on Mon. Aug. 19.  I just planted these trees 3 years ago, so this is their first good cropping year.
   Last night my husband Bill made a peach tart with 'Contender' peaches, that I brought to a potluck meal after church today to welcome visiting missionary John Navis, who gave a report on his work in Brazil.  The whole peach tart got eaten!

Bill made this excellent peach tart last night with 'Contender' peaches, topped with caramelized pecans.  All our yellow peaches are great for cooking as well as fresh eating.
    Until Aug. 31, we're still open our summer hours: 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 closed Sunday mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. during the summer. 
   I help pick peaches in the early morning, and I am in the sales building from 10 a.m. to 12 noon & 7 p.m. till dark, so you can just come by to get peaches during those hours.  If you want to pick up peaches earlier in the morning, call 620-597-2450 at least a day in advance and leave a phone message to let us know when you plan to come get peaches, since I can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  Thanks.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Many Yellow & White Peaches Ripe Now

    We're harvesting 'Newhaven', 'Challenger' and 'Intrepid' yellow peaches now, and we will have other yellow peach varieties until Sept. 10 or so this year.  Our first white peach variety, 'Nectar', is also ripe now until about Aug. 14 this year.  All our peaches from now on are freestone. 
'Nectar' white peaches (left) and 'Challenger' yellow peaches (right) are ripe now, plus 'Newhaven' and 'Intrepid' yellow peaches.  Call 620-597-2450 several days ahead to order peaches.
   All our yellow peaches are excellent for fresh eating, cooking, canning and freezing.  All our yellow peaches are non-browning, so don't need to be treated with ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh).  White peaches do turn brown, so are best eaten fresh, or can be frozen if treated with ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh), but aren't for canning or cooking.  White peaches are low-acid, so taste sweeter than yellow peaches.  I give taste samples of all our peaches.
   You need to order peaches, as we've had many orders due to the Joplin Globe article.  Call 620-597-2450 several days ahead to order peaches from Aug. 9 to 31.  (Call in the early afternoon if you want to talk to me directly, or leave a phone message.)
    We still have some 'Triple Crown' and 'Apache' blackberries ripe for the next few days, until about Aug. 10.  Blackberries, like all our berries, are sold pick-your-own only.  Blackberries are still $2.32 per quart + sales tax. We also have some sandhill plums ripe now until about Aug. 10, also sold pick-your-own only for $2.32 per quart + sales tax. 
   From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open our summer hours: 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 closed Sunday mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. during the summer due to high heat.  Leave a phone message at least a day in advance to let us know when you plan to come pick blackberries (since I can't see the driveway from where I'm picking peaches), and to order peaches. Thanks.
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