Friday, November 7, 2014

Many Apples & Early Pecans for Sale

   We harvested all remaining 'Enterprise' apples before the 23 F freeze we had on Sat. morning, Nov. 1.  We'll have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale for the next 3 to 4 months.  '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. 

Our worker Rachael Triebel and I have been harvesting many 'GoldRush' apples into large bins holding 30 lbs. each.  We now have 68 bins of 'GoldRush 'in the cooler, and will finish harvesting in the next few days.
   We've now harvested almost all the 'GoldRush' apples, and will finish harvesting these in the next few days.  We'll have harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale for the next 7 to 8 months.  '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 or apple butter, etc.
   Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, which is now full.  Besides many 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush', we have many harvested 'Scarlett O'Hara' and 'Sundance' 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.  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 in the cooler to store all the apples we've picked!

We have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'Sundance' (front box), 'GoldRush' and 'Enterprise' (2nd box), 'Sundance' (3rd box) and 'Scarlett O'Hara' (4th box) apples for sale. 
   Prices are the same as last year: $1.21 per pound + tax for small amounts of harvested #1 apples (practically perfect) and $0.83 per pound + tax for small amounts of harvested #2 apples (with small cracks or other damage).  A box of 20 lbs. of harvested #1 apples cost $23.22 + tax, which saves $1.00.  A box of 20 lbs. of harvested #2 apples cost $15.79 + tax, which also saves $1.00.  Buying 40 lb. of harvested apples (2 boxes) saves another $1.00 per box, for a total of $4.00 off the per-pound price.

We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked  'Peruque' pecans for sale.   'Peruque' is a very early-ripening pecan variety, with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.
   We just started harvesting and cracking the new pecan crop.  We now have 5-lb. bags of cracked  'Peruque' pecans for sale, for $14.86 + tax per bag.  'Peruque' is a very early-ripening pecan variety, with a very thin shell and excellent flavor.  The nuts are not as large as our later-ripening pecan varieties, 'Kanza' and 'Pawnee', which won't be ready to harvest until late Nov.
   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.  If you drop by and I don't see you come in, since I'm out harvesting apples or working elsewhere on the farm, ring the bell on the sales building.