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.
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