Friday, October 25, 2013

Frost Didn't Hurt Apples

   This morning's frost, to 29 F here, did not hurt the apples on the trees at all.  The sugar content of apples is high enough that they are not damaged until temperatures drop to 24 F or so.  Our pick-your-own apple harvest season should continue until the first hard freeze, which usually occurs about Nov. 20.  I'll keep harvesting apples until then also, and store the harvested apples in our cooler at 34 F.  We will have 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale until early spring.
Mallory Thompson had fun picking 'Enterprise' apples with her grandma last week.
   We have many harvested 'Enterprise', 'Sundance', 'GoldRush', 'Scarlet O'Hara' and Coop 27 apples for sale now, plus small amounts of a few other apple varieties and selections.  I give taste samples of all of these, including selections from my own apple breeding program to those who ask.

'Enterprise' apples are ripening beautifully, so we still have many to pick, along with some 'GoldRush' apples.
   We also still have many harvested 'Harrowsweet' pears and 'Shinko' Asian pears, and a few 'Blake's Pride' pears for sale.  I give taste samples of all these pear varieties too, and many people say they don't like pears until they try some of ours.  If you want to get pears, come in the next couple weeks.
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