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!