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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