Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Many Pears, Asian Pears & 'Jonafree' Apples Ripe Now

   We have many harvested European pears, Asian pears and 'Jonafree' apples for sale now, plus we still have 4 boxes of 'Flameprince' yellow peach.  Both types of pears and 'Jonafree' apples keep well in the fridge for 6 weeks.  European pears need to be placed on the counter 3 to 4 days before you want to use them, to soften and turn yellow.  Asian pears stay crunchy and are very juicy and sweet.  We'll have pears for sale until about Oct. 18 this year.
Asian pears look like apples, stay crunchy like apples, and are very juicy and sweet, with their own unique flavor.  
   We have small amounts of a few other apples for sale now also.  Coop 27 is a selection from the Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois scab-immune apple breeding program that hasn't been named yet.  It has a fine texture and a taste somewhat like 'Stayman Winesap'.  I have a few selections from my own scab-immune apple breeding program also.  I give taste samples of all the apples and other fruits.
Coop 27, a selection from the Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois scab-immune apple breeding program, has a fine texture and a taste somewhat like 'Stayman Winesap'.
One of the crosses I made in my apple breeding program this year is Coop 27 x 'GoldRush'.  The Coop 27 apple on the right is one of my crosses, easy to tell because I removed the sepals and anthers to make a controlled pollination.  The Coop 27 apple on the left, not a controlled cross, still has its sepals and was pollinated by bees.  I'll save seeds from all the crosses on this tree and others I pollinated, grow them out, and eventually evaluate the fruit they produce.
   Our pick-your-own apple season will start in a few days, but the most apples will be ripe all during Oct. and the first 3 weeks of Nov.  Bill harvested our 'Dolgo' crabapples and has been making lots of crabapple jelly, which many customers love.  Those who want to make their own crabapple jelly, and come in the next few days, may pick some 'Dolgo' crabapples.
'Dolgo' crabapples make wonderful crabapple jelly or spiced crabapples.
   The fall-bearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries are starting to produce well now.  Those who ask can pick a few pints of raspberries also.
   From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours, as the sidebar at left shows: open Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.  I updated the highway detour directions in the last post below.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Detour Directions for Hwy. 166 east of Chetopa

    Hwy. 166 is still closed 4 miles east of Brenda's Berries, for the next 3 months or so, for constructing a new bridge between 50th St. & 60th St.
   Those coming from the west (Coffeyville, Edna, etc.) on Hwy. 166 or from the northwest (Oswego, Altamont, Parsons, etc.) on Hwy. 59: IGNORE the detour signs in Chetopa.  Follow "Local Traffic Only" signs and go east on Hwy. 166 for 4.5 miles to 95th St., our road.
   Those coming from the east (Joplin, Baxter Springs, etc.) on Hwy. 166: when you get to the 4-way stop 6 miles west of Baxter Springs, follow "Local Traffic Only" signs and stay straight on Hwy. 166.  IGNORE the detour signs that would take you up to Columbus and add 30 miles to your trip. Go 5 miles west on Hwy. 166 until you reach the barricade across the highway at 50th St.  Then go 1.0 mile south on 50th St., 1.0 mile west on Star Rd., & 1.0 mile north on 60th St. (all gravel roads), then turn left onto Hwy. 166 & go 3.5 miles west to 95th St., our road.  (The northern route of 1.0 mile north on 50th St., 1.0 mile west on Greenlawn Rd., & 1.0 mile south on 60th St. has been very heavily used so has developed severe ruts and washboards, so this southern route is now better.)
    Those coming from the northeast (Columbus, Pittsburg, etc.) should take Hwy. 160 west from Columbus to 90th St. (just before Angelo's Deli), turn left on 90th St. (a paved road) and go south on it for 10.0 miles, then turn right onto Hwy. 166 & go 0.5 miles west to 95th St., our road.
   Those coming from the south (Miami, etc.) should take Hwy. 59 north from Welch, OK to Chetopa, KS, then take Hwy. 166 east for 4.5 miles to 95th St., our road.
This large sign on Hwy. 166 lets you know where to turn south on 95th St.
   There's a sign for Brenda's Berries on Hwy. 166 where you turn south on 95th St.  Go 1/3 mile south, then turn left into our driveway at another Brenda's Berries sign.  Go a short distance down the driveway to our red sales building on your right, and you can park right in front of it.

Friday, September 20, 2013

European Pears, Asian Pears & 'Jonafree' Apples Ripe

   We still have many harvested European pears for sale, and some Asian pears and early 'Jonafree' apples.  We also still have 11 boxes of 'Flameprince' yellow peach, our last peach variety that we finished harvesting a couple days ago, and two boxes of white peaches still for sale
We still have 'Flameprince' yellow peach (1st box) for sale, plus 'Luscious'  European pears (2nd box), 'Shinko' Asian pears (3rd box) and early 'Jonafree' apples (4th box).
   European pears, Asian pears and 'Jonafree' apples all keep well in the fridge for 6 weeks.  European pears need to be placed on the counter 3 to 4 days before you want to use them, to soften and turn yellow.  Asian pears stay crunchy and are very juicy and sweet.  Asian pears are sometimes called "apple pears" because they're shaped like apples and eaten out of hand like apples, but they do NOT result from cross-breeding an apple with a pear (which is impossible without genetic engineering, since apples and pears are two different genera, not just different species).  Asian pears are simply pear species from China and Japan rather than from Europe.  We'll have pears for sale until about Oct. 18 this year.
   Besides harvesting pears and 'Jonafree' apples, I've been evaluating the apples resulting from my apple breeding program, and have made several selections for further testing.  I've used only apple varieties immune to apple scab disease in my crosses, so all the progeny are immune to that disease, but we've already cut down some trees which are susceptible to fire blight or apple blotch diseases.   Several of the 'Sundance' seedlings are promising. 
This seedling of 'Sundance' apple is one of my selections from my apple breeding program.
   The main apple season, and pick-your-own apple season, won't start until Sept. 28 this year, and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.
    From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31 we're open our fall hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m.  For highway detour directions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "older posts".

Friday, September 13, 2013

Many European Pears Ripe Now

   We're still harvesting the two trees of 'Flameprince', our latest-ripening yellow peach variety, and still have a few 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches for sale, now till about Sept. 16 or 18.  They're tops for fresh eating and for freezing or canning, since next year's crop will likely be less or there might not be a crop.  Many have come in the last few days to buy peaches, so we now have 20 boxes of yellow peaches and 10 boxes of white peaches still for sale.
We're still harvesting 'Blake's Pride' European pears, and have have many for sale now.
   We're still harvesting 'Blake's Pride' European pears, and have almost finished harvesting 'Luscious' European pears.  I give taste samples of both these varieties.  We've harvested over 1000 pounds of  European pears so far, and still have a couple more later-ripening varieties to pick over the next month.  We'll have European pears for sale now until about Oct. 18.
   European pears are picked when firm-ripe, when the fruit's groundcolor or undercolor, the color underneath the red or orange blush, turns from dark green to light green.  If left on the tree beyond that stage, they'll drop or develop internal breakdown.  We harvest all the pears because they're tricky to pick.  European pears will keep well in the fridge for 6 weeks, and need to be placed on the counter 3 to 4 days before you want to use them, to soften and turn yellow.
   Asian pears will be ripe about Sept. 16 until Oct. 18 this year.  We have a few early apples for sale now, but the main apple season (and pick-your-own apple season) won't start until late Sept., and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.
    From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31 we're open our fall hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m.  For highway detour directions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "older posts".

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Many Late Peaches, Early European Pears & 'Gala' Apples Ripe Now

  We still have many 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches for sale, now till  as long as they last, probably until about Sept. 12 or 14.  We're done harvesting those varieties now, and have just 2 peach trees left to harvest of our our very last peach variety, 'Flameprince'.
I ate these 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches with my lunch today.
   I started harvesting 'Blake's Pride' European pears this morning, and will start harvesting 'Luscious' European pears tomorrow.  European pears are picked when firm-ripe, when the fruit's groundcolor or undercolor, the color underneath the red or orange blush, turns from dark green to light green.  If left on the tree beyond that stage, they'll drop or develop internal breakdown.  (We harvest all the pears because they're tricky to pick.)  We'll have European pears for sale now until about Oct. 18.
I started harvesting these 'Blake's Pride' European pears this morning.
   European pears harvested at this firm-ripe stage keep well for 6 weeks in the refrigerator.  Take some out a couple days before you plan to eat them or cook with them, let them sit on the counter for a couple days until they soften and the undercolor turns yellow, then they're ready to eat or use in cooking.
  Asian pears will be ripe about Sept. 10 until Oct. 18 this year.  Asian pears do not ever soften, but stay crunchy and very juicy.  They're sometimes called "salad pears" because they're great in salads. 
Right now we have 'Blake's Pride' European pears (front box), 'Gala' apples (second box), 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches (third box) and 'China Pearl' white peaches for sale.
   I'm still harvesting some 'Gala' apples and have some of those for sale also.  The main apple season (and pick-your-own apple season) won't start until late Sept., and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.
   From now until Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours, as the sidebar at left shows.  We're open Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m.
From Sept. 1 until Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours, as this sign on our sales building shows.
   For highway detour directions, go to the bottom of the page, click on "older posts", and scroll down.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Last 10-12 Days of Fresh Peaches

   We're finishing harvest of the late yellow peach variety 'Carolina Gold' and the late white peach variety 'China Pearl'.  Both of these freestone peach varieties were developed by Dr. Dennis Werner of the North Carolina State Univ. peach breeding program, and both have outstanding flavor and quality.  I give taste samples, so come try them while they last.  Then we have one more yellow peach variety, 'Flameprince', that we'll harvest about Sept. 3 to 10.
We're finishing harvest of  'Carolina Gold' and will have these great yellow peaches for sale until Sept. 12 or so.
   We've had a huge peach crop this year, probably over 22,000 pounds, so next year's peach crop will most likely be less, or there might not be any peach crop at all next year.  So take advantage of this unusually late peach season to freeze or can some peaches for winter, as well as enjoying them fresh now!
   From today, Sept. 1, until Nov. 31, we're open our fall hours, as the sidebar at left shows: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m. We do labor on Labor Day; we're open as usual. 
Five of our workers will be picking peaches and doing other labor here on Labor Day.  Cody Stephens and Rachael Triebel are pictured here, harvesting 'Carolina Gold' peaches.  Come support our workers and buy some peaches so we'll have room in the cooler for more!
   Since most of our workers are back to school now but will be working here on Labor Day, we'll have 5 workers then who'll pick as many peaches as will fit in our cooler.  So come buy some peaches so we'll have room in the cooler for more!  We'll have peaches for sale as long as they last, probably until about Sept. 12 or 14.
   I'm still harvesting some 'Gala' apples and have some of those for sale also.  The main apple season (and pick-your-own apple season) won't start until late Sept., and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.  We'll start harvesting pears and Asian pears in mid-Sept. until late Oct. this year.