Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Early Apples, Pears & Crabapples Ripe

   We praise God we finally got a good soaking rain yesterday and today -- 6 inches total!  I was able to get out and harvest more apples late this morning.  We still have some early harvested apples for sale, of 'Gala' and 'Jonafree'.  This is the original 'Gala', mostly yellow with a small red blush, that's sweet, crunchy and rich-flavored.  'Jonafree' is tart-sweet with a flavor similar to 'Jonathan', but earlier and immune to apple scab disease.  We have limited amounts of harvested apples of these early varieties for sale now and for the next couple weeks, so call 620-597-2450 to order them and set a time to come get them.
   Scroll down to the previous post for apple prices.  The main apple harvest season, and pick-your-own apple season, will start in very late Sept. and go until mid-Nov. 

'Luscious' European pears are ripening.  We have harvested pears for sale now and for the next few weeks.
   I started harvesting 'Luscious' European pears this afternoon.  This variety, from South Dakota, is more cold-hardy then our other European pear varieties and we have a good crop of it, now and for the next few weeks.  I also harvested a few 'Shinko' Asian pears today, and will harvest more of these until late Sept. or early Oct.  Harvested pears are the same price as harvested apples.
We have a few 'Shinko' Asian pears for sale now, and we'll harvest more of these until late Sept. or early Oct.
   'Dolgo' crabapples are also getting ripe. These are large crabapples that make a wonderful, spicy jelly. We sell some of these pick-your-own for the same price per pound as pick-your-own apples, but since crabapples are much smaller than apples, it doesn't cost much to pick enough to make a batch of jelly.  If you want to pick crabapples, call 620-597-2450 to let me know when you're coming.  Otherwise, I'll harvest them for Bill to make crabapple jelly.
'Dolgo' crabapples make a wonderful, spicy jelly.
    We still have some 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.
   Our fall hours started on Mon. Sept. 1.  We're now open Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, until Nov. 30.  I appreciate phone messages letting me know when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting pears, ring the bell on the sales building.
We're open our fall hours from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.