Friday, November 14, 2014

Many Apples and Pecans for Sale

   We harvested all remaining apples before the 18 F freezes we've had on Nov. 12 & 13, so our pick-your-own apple season is now over.  We'll have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale for the next 3 to 4 months, and harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale for the next 7 to 8 months. 
We have many 'GoldRush' & 'Enterprise' apples (front box) for sale, plus boxes of all  'Enterprise' (2nd box), all  'GoldRush' (3rd box), and  'Scarlett O'Hara' (4th box).
   '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 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.  Fully-ripened 'GoldRush' apples have a taste similar to 'Honeycrisp', and 'GoldRush' is my favorite apple for fresh eating.  They're also wonderful for baking, making applesauce, apple butter, etc.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full of 4000 pounds of apples.  Besides 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara' apples for sale.  We also have a few bags each of many other varieties and selections, including some from my apple breeding program.  I give taste samples of all 28 of our apple varieties and selections, to those interested in buying them. 
   Apple prices are the same as last year, and are listed in the previous post.  We have many #2 apples for economical holiday baking.  If you want to buy harvested apples, we'd appreciate it if you can come soon, so we'll have room in the cooler to store the rest of the apples we've picked!
I made this apple crostata with caramelized pecan topping on Wed. Nov. 12 to bring to "Pie Night" after the closing night of our revival at Center Christian Church. The recipe is posted as a note on the Facebook page for Brendas Berries, as are many other recipes featuring apples and pecans.  
   Bill is now very busy harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop.  We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked pecans for sale, for $14.86 + tax per bag.  We still have 4 bags of 'Peruque' pecans, a very early-ripening pecan variety with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.  We've just started harvesting and cracking 'Kanza', a larger pecan variety, and we now have some bags of 'Kanza' for sale also.
   Our fall hours 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.  From Dec. 1 to May 31 we're open by appointment, so phone 620-597-2450 a day or so ahead and leave a message on the answering machine saying when you're coming.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm working elsewhere on the farm, ring the bell on the sales building.  If it's very cold or raining and I'm not in the sales building, phone the number at left (620-597-2450) or come up to the house.
Fall color is still beautiful on the 'Brandywine' red maples I planted around our sales building 3 years ago, and the bur oak trees I planted along the driveway 19 years ago.