Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Apples Great for Holiday Baking & Fresh Eating

   We have many harvested 'Enterprise', 'GoldRush', 'Sundance' and Coop 27 apples for sale now, of great quality, and I give taste samples.  We also have small amounts of a few other selections, including some from my own apple breeding program.  Tree-ripened apples taste much better, and unlike grocery-store apples, we don't apply wax or post-harvest fungicides to our apples.
We have many harvested 'Enterprise' (front box, left bag) and 'GoldRush' (front box, right bag) apples for sale now, and still have some 'Sundance' (2nd box, left bag) and Coop 27 (2nd box, right bag) apples.
    All these apple varieties are great for fresh eating as well as baking pies, apple crisp, applesauce, apple butter, dried apples, apple muffins, etc. We have many #2 apples for economical holiday baking, and #1 apples for keeping 6 to 8 months in the fridge.
   We're open our regular fall hours until Nov. 30: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m.  We're open as usual on Wed. Nov. 27, Fri. Nov. 29 & Sat. Nov. 30.

I'm sorting apples in the sales building most of each day during these very cold days. When the weather warms up again I'll go back to transplanting strawberry plants and blackberry plants, so phone a day or so in advance and leave a message saying when you're coming to get apples.
  We'll have apples for sale for the next 6 months, and from Dec. 1 to May 31 we're open by appointment, so during those months call or e-mail a day or so in advance and leave a message saying when you're coming to get apples.  For highway detour directions, see post below.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hwy. 166 Detour Directions

   Hwy. 166 is still closed 4 miles east of Brenda's Berries, for the next 2 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 tells you where to turn south on 95th St.
   There's a large sign for Brenda's Berries on Hwy. 166 where you turn south on 95th St.  Go 1/3 mile south on 95th St., then turn left into our driveway at another sign for Brenda's Berries.  Go a short distance down the driveway to our red sales building on your right, and you can park right in front of it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Apple Harvest Done; Many Apples for Sale

   We finished harvesting the rest of this year's apple crop on Mon. Nov. 11, and got all the apples protected from this morning's freeze, which reached 18 F here.  All four of our current workers--Rachael Triebel, Ben Miller, Daniel Rennie, and Abby Dominguez--helped harvest apples for 5 hours on Sat. Nov. 9, I picked some more on Sun. afternoon, and Rachael and I spent 9 hours harvesting the rest of the apples on Mon.
We and customers picked every last apple from these trees on Sat. Nov. 9 to Mon. Nov. 11, so the trees are now preparing for winter.
   Several families came to pick their own apples on Sat., Sun. and Mon., including a lot of kids on Mon.  The pick-your-own apple season is now over for 2013, but we'll have harvested apples for sale from now until May 2014.
   We now have over 7000 pounds of harvested apples for sale.  Our cooler holds about 4500 pounds, and the rest are protected from freezes in our unheated garage that's attached to our house, and in the sales building outside the cooler.  We brought a portable heater into the sales building last night and ran it all night to keep the temperature above 32 F.  At 8 a.m. this morning it was about the same temperature in the sales building as in the cooler, 34 F.
    It's still in the 40's now in the sales building, so I'm in the house writing this blog.  When it warms up above 50 F in the sales building, I'll be out there the rest of the day sorting apples.  If you come by to get apples when I'm not out there, as someone just did, there's a sign on the door with the house phone number, so call that and I'll come out.
   We'll have harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale for the next 7 months.  Both of these apples are great for fresh eating, baking pies, apple crisp, applesauce, apple butter, etc. 'Enterprise' apples keep well for 7 to 8 months in a fridge, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well for 8 to 10 months in a fridge.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, fine-grained, very crisp and juicy. 'GoldRush' apples start off tart-sweet but get sweeter after a month in the fridge, as starches convert into sugars.  'GoldRush' apples are very dense and crisp, and are my favorite fresh eating apple once they've reached their peak sweetness.
We have many harvested 'Enterprise' (left) and 'GoldRush' (right) apples for sale.  These are both top-quality apples, and most people love the taste of one or both of them.
   Right now we also have some 'Sundance', Coop 27 and small amounts of a few other apple selections for sale, including some from my own apple breeding program.  All these apple varieties and selections are immune to apple scab disease, so we don't need to spray for that disease, and can use about 1/3 fewer fungicide sprays as needed by scab-susceptible varieties.  I give taste samples of all these apples, and all taste much better than grocery-store apples.
   We also still have about 30 pounds of Asian pears for sale.  We have sold out of European pears for the season.
   We're still open our fall hours (Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.) until Nov. 30, though we do appreciate a call or e-mail a day or so ahead, saying when you'll come to get apples.  From Dec. 1 to May 31, we're open by appointment.  For highway detour directions, see the post above.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Last Couple Weeks for Pick-Your-Own Apples

Many 'GoldRush' and 'Enterprise' apples are ripe for picking now, but come soon if you want to pick your own.
   Our pick-your-own apple season will continue until late Nov., but we're picking many apples now for winter storage in our cooler, so if you want to pick apples, come in the next week or so if you can.  Many 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' are ripe for picking now.  Those who pick some some #1 apples (practically perfect) and #2 apples (with small cracks or hail damage) to buy may also pick some #3 apples (with small rotten spots) for free.
   We have many harvested 'Enterprise', 'Sundance', 'GoldRush' and Coop 27 apples for sale now, of great quality.  We also have small amounts of a few other selections, including some from my own apple breeding program.  All these apple varieties and selections are immune to apple scab disease, so we don't need to spray for that disease, and can use about 1/3 fewer fungicide sprays as needed by scab-susceptible varieties (such as 'Jonathan', 'Golden Delicious', etc.)  Tree-ripened apples taste much better, and unlike grocery-store apples, we don't apply wax or post-harvest fungicides to our apples.
Harvested apples for sale now include 'Enterprise' (front box, left bag), 'Sundance' (front box, right bag), 'Scarlet O'Hara' (2nd box), 'Jonafree' (3rd box, left bag), 'GoldRush' (3rd box, right bag & 4th box, left bag) and Coop 34 (4th box, right bag).
    We still have 10 boxes of harvested 'Harrowsweet' European pears for sale.  These are pear-shaped and get soft, and are wonderful for fresh eating, baking and canning.  We have 2 1/2 boxes of harvested 'Shinko' Asian pears, which are round and stay crunchy and are great for fresh eating and salads.  I give taste samples of these pear varieties and the apple varieties.  Many people say they don't like pears until they taste ours.  We'll have pears for sale until about Nov. 12 this year, so come in the next week or so if you want some.
   From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 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 to the bottom of the page and click on "Older Posts", then scroll down.
   If you come for pears and/or apples, please remember to bring back any peaches boxes and/or berry containers you may have gotten from us earlier, so we can reuse them.  We can also use clean, used, plastic grocery sacks of different colors: white, tan, yellow, blue or gray.  We have customers pick #1 apples, #2's and #3's into different color bags.  Thanks very much!