Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Enterprise' Harvest Winding Down, 'GoldRush' Harvest Starting

   We've had perfect fall weather for apple picking over the past couple days, and several groups have taken advantage of it.  Fri. Oct. 17 and Sat. Oct. 18 should be beautiful also, as should next week.
Most 'Enterprise' apples on the outsides of the trees have been picked, but there are still many in the interiors of some trees for pick-your-own customers who come within the next 2 weeks.
   We're getting into the last couple weeks of harvest for 'Enterprise' apples, so if you want to pick your own, come in the next 2 weeks.  'Enterprise' apples are sweet-tart, great for both fresh eating and baking, stay crisp and juicy for 6 to 8 months in a refrigerator, and are a favorite of many customers.  'GoldRush' apples are starting to ripen now, so some customers pick some 'GoldRush' also.  The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' will continue for the next 4 weeks or so.  Weekdays are good uncrowded times to pick apples, for those who are able to come then.

The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' has just started, and will continue for the next 4 weeks or so.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  We have many harvested 'Enterprise', 'GoldRush', 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale.  We also have a few boxes each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program that I just named this year.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them.
   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.
   Our fall hours 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.