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.