Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Gala' & 'Jonafree' Apples Ripening

   We've started harvesting our first-ripening apples, 'Gala' and 'Jonafree'.  We have a few harvested apples of these early varieties for sale now and for the next couple weeks.  We have only limited amounts of these early apples, so call 620-597-2450 to order them and set a time to come get them.
We started harvesting our first-ripening 'Gala' apples a few days ago, and have some for sale now and for the next couple weeks.
   Prices are the same as last year: $1.21 per pound + tax for harvested #1 apples (practically perfect) and $0.83 per pound + tax for harvested #2 apples (with small cracks or other damage).  20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $23.22 + tax, which saves $1.00.
'Jonafree' apples have just started ripening, and will keep ripening for the next month or so.
   The main apple harvest season, and pick-your-own apple season, will start in late Sept. and go until mid-late Nov.  During that time, harvested apple prices are the same as above, plus 20 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $15.79 + tax, which saves $1.00.  40 lbs. of harvested #1 apples will cost $44.59 + tax ($1.11 per pound + tax ), which saves $4.00 off the per-pound price, and 40 lbs. of harvested #2 apples will cost $29.73 + tax ($0.74 per pound + tax), which saves $4.00.
   During the pick-your-own apple season, smaller amounts of pick-your-own apples are $0.93 per pound + tax for #1's and $0.70 per pound + tax for #2's.  For 40 lbs. or more total of pick-your-own apples, the price goes down to $0.88 per pound + tax for #1's and $0.65 per pound + tax for #2's.
   We'll start harvesting 'Luscious' European pears in early Sept.  This variety, from South Dakota, is more cold-hardy then our other European pear varieties and we have a good crop of it.  We'll have very few later-ripening European pears, but will have some Asian pears in late Sept. and Oct.
   Some everbearing red and yellow raspberries are still ripening until mid-Oct.  These are sold pick-your-own only, for $1.86 + tax per pint. 
Some everbearing yellow and red raspberries are still ripening until mid-Oct., and are sold pick-your-own only.
   We still have cracked 'Pawnee' pecans for sale for the next few weeks, for $14.86 + tax per 5-lb. bag.  'Pawnee' is a very large pecan variety with great taste.  Lots of great recipes using apples and pecans are posted as Notes on the Brenda's Berries page on Facebook.
   We're still open our summer hours, as the sidebar at left shows, until this Sunday Aug. 31.  Our fall hours start on Monday Sept. 1, which is Labor Day this year.  We are open on Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and are open those hours Mondays to Saturdays (and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays) from Sept. 1 until Nov. 30.