Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Season Going Strong

   Our apple harvest season, and pick-your-own apple season, is going strong now until mid-Nov.  Many came to pick apples last Sat. and Sun. afternoon, and some have come each weekday since then.  Weekdays are good uncrowded times to pick apples, for those who are able to come then.
Many came to pick apples last weekend. Martha Cox and kids helped fill their wagon with apples, while Dad picks a few more.
   Our fall hours started on Sept. 1 and continue until Nov. 30, as the sidebar at left shows.  During this period, we are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  I appreciate phone messages a day or so ahead, letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples, ring the bell on the sales building.
   Harvested apple 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 surface damage).  20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $23.22 + tax, which saves $1.00.  20 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $15.79 + tax, which saves $1.00.  40 lbs. of harvested #1 apples 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 cost $29.73 + tax ($0.74 per pound + tax), which saves $4.00.
   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.
The Hsu family had fun picking apples.
   We still have some 'Luscious' European pears for sale.  This variety, from South Dakota, is more cold-hardy then our other European pear varieties and we had a good crop of it.  We had no 'Blake's Pride' pears this year due to 23 F on April 15 during pear bloom, and only a very few 'Harrowsweet' pears, which are now sold out.  Asian pears have also sold out now.  Harvested pears are the same price as harvested apples.
   We still have some cracked 'Pawnee' pecans for sale for the next couple 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 use plastic grocery sacks in different colors for pick-your-own apples, and appreciate it if customers can bring some clean, non-ripped, used bags.  Reusing is better for the environment than recycling.  We now have plenty of gray bags, but could use more white, tan, yellow or blue bags.  We also appreciate donations of cardboard flats, which we'll use next year during berry harvest. We  always like to have our peach boxes and berry containers returned for reuse when you come to get more fruit.
   For payment, we accept paper, not plastic, as the sidebar at left shows.  We take cash and checks, but NO debit cards or credit cards, so plan accordingly.