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.