Friday, October 10, 2014

Many 'Enterprise', 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance', 'Jonafree' & Other Apples for Sale

   We've harvested many 'Enterprise' apples and have them for sale, and there are still plenty of 'Enterprise' apples for pick-your-own customers.  '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 just starting to ripen, and more will ripen over the next month. 
   There's a high chance of rain over the next few days, but our pick-your-own apple season will continue for the next 5 to 6 weeks.  Weekdays are good uncrowded times to pick apples, for those who are able to come then.
   You can get harvested apples even in the rain; they're kept in top condition in our cooler.  Besides 'Enterprise', we also have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara', 'Sundance' and 'Jonafree' apples for sale, and 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.

'Scarlett O'Hara' (front box) and 'Sundance' (2nd box) apples can grow very large, which some customers want. 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples (3rd box) are favorites of many customers, so I pack some boxes with a bag of each variety. I also pack some boxes with a bag each of 'Enterprise' and 'Sundance' (4th box). 
   Prices are the same as last year, and are detailed in the post made on Sept. 24.
   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.
Since I couldn't harvest apples until late this morning due to almost 7 inches of rain, I made apple pecan pancakes for breakfast. I froze some, and the rest keep well in the fridge for a couple weeks. The recipe is posted as a note on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page, along with many other recipes using apples and pecans.
   Our fall hours started on Sept. 1 and continue until Nov. 30.  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.
   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.
   For payment, we accept paper, not plastic: we take cash and checks, but NO debit cards or credit cards, so plan accordingly.