Monday, April 21, 2014

Hwy. 166 Now Open; Freeze Killed Plumcots & Peaches

   Hwy. 166 is now open east of us, so no more detours!  Hallelujah!  On Wed. night April 2, I asked for prayer at our church that the new bridge would be finished soon, and 9 days later it was! That was 10 months after the project started, but just in time for Holy Week.
This was the view from our sales building all during Holy Week, as 'Prairiefire' crabapples and redbuds bloomed.
   Unfortunately, it did drop to 24 F Tues. morning April 15 here, as forecast. That killed all the newly-set plumcots and the few peaches that bloomed after the severe January cold, so we will have no plumcots or peaches for sale this year. 
Pears were in full bloom or had newly-set fruit during the 24 F freeze, so pistils (centers) of many flowers were killed.  Enough survived that there will be a pear crop.
   Many newly-set sandhill plums and pears were killed also, but enough survived that we should have crops of both.  Many apple blooms were killed, but enough apple blossoms hadn't opened yet and weren't damaged, so we should have a full apple crop.
These 'Enterprise' apple trees were mostly blooming just before the freeze, but some blossoms hadn't opened yet and weren't damaged, so we should have a full apple crop.
   Only a few strawberry flowers had opened, and these were killed by the freeze, but many other strawberry flowers have yet to open and weren't damaged.  The strawberry crop will be limited this year, from about May 20 to June 10.  As always, strawberries are sold pick-your-own only, by appointment only, so phone 620-597-2450 in mid-May to set a time to come pick strawberries.
   Asparagus is finally starting to come on strong after the cold weather.  We'll have harvested asparagus for sale from April 22 to about June 10, for $2.79 per pound plus tax. 
   We also still have 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale, and cracked 'Kanza' pecans, now till about June 30.  Scroll down 2 posts for apple and pecan prices.