Monday, July 14, 2014

Few Thornless Blackberries Ripening Slowly

    Thornless blackberries are VERY limited this year due to much winter damage to the canes, so you must call a few days ahead to reserve a day and time to pick them, between July 25 and Aug. 9.  (We're already booked through July 24.)  Once ripe, the thornless blackberries are good size and quality, but we only have 20% the amount of our usual crop, and they are ripening more slowly this year.  Thornless blackberry harvest should continue until Aug. 10 or 15 this year.
'Natchez' blackberries, just after being picked this morning, show many developing and ripening berries.  Thornless blackberries are ripening more slowly this year.  Blackberries with red at the base are still very tart, and do not ripen further once harvested.
    As always, blackberries (and our other berries) are sold pick-your-own only.  Blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.  We provide containers, and just ask that you return them for reuse if you make another trip to Brenda's Berries & Orchards.

Irish Gibson picked 'Natchez' blackberries on Sat. morning July 12.  Since winter damage killed back many of the canes, much of the crop is low on the canes.
   A few purple raspberries are still ripening for the next few days, until July 16 or 17.  Some everbearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries will ripen from about Aug. 1 to Oct. 15 or so.  Black raspberries are done for the season.
   Sandhill plums will keep ripening until about Aug. 4 or 5.  Sandhill plums are small and very tart, so not for fresh eating, but make wonderful jams, jellies and sauces.  Sandhill plums are $2.55 per quart + tax pick-your-own.
   We have NO peach crop this year, since winter cold killed all the peach fruit buds.
   We still have some cracked pecans for sale also for the next few days, during our open hours.  From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7-9 p.m., and Sun. 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sun. mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high summer heat.  (We've had these same summer hours for 14 years now.)
Our summer hours continue through Aug. 31.  We switch to our fall hours on Sept. 1.
   The 2013 apple crop is now sold out, but we'll have a good apple crop this fall, ripening from about Aug. 25 to Nov. 20.