Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Week of 'Enterprise' Harvest, 'GoldRush' Ripe

   We're getting into the last week of harvest for 'Enterprise' apples, so if you want to pick your own 'Enterprise', come this week.  '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 (on trees) are ripening now, and these kids picked a few after picking a bunch of 'Enterprise' apples (in wagon).  There are only a few 'Enterprise' apples left on the trees now, so if you want to pick your own 'Enterprise', come this week.
   'GoldRush' apples are ripening now, so many customers pick some 'GoldRush' also.  'GoldRush' apples keep well for 8 to 10 months in a refrigerator, and are best after at least 1 month in the fridge, as they get sweeter as the starches convert into sugars.  The pick-your-own season for 'GoldRush' will continue for the next 3 weeks or so, until the first hard freeze in mid-Nov.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  Besides many 'Enterprise' and some 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale.  We also have a few bags or 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.  If you want to buy harvested apples, we'd appreciate it if you can come soon, so we'll have room to store more apples that we need to pick!

Our cooler is now full of harvested apples ready for sale, in green and light blue trays holding 20 lbs. each.  I've also started harvesting apples for winter storage into the large dark blue boxes that hold 30 lbs. each, on the top rear rack and the floor.  
   Apple prices are the same as last year, and are listed in the previous blog post.  Pears and Asian pears are now sold out for the season.  Pecans are also sold out, until we start harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop in late Nov.
   We do have a few fall red raspberries ripening, now until the first frost.  These are sold pick-your-own only, for $1.86 per pint + tax.  Let me know if you want to pick some.

A few fall red raspberries are ripening, now until the first frost.  These are sold pick-your-own only.
   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.