|Our workers and I are very busy pruning blackberries this week.|
Harvested apples are kept in top condition in our cooler, set at 34 F, ideal for apples. 'Enterprise' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 6 to 7 months, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 8 to 10 months. So we'll have apples for sale until late May or June.
Small amounts of harvested apples cost $1.20 per pound + tax. A 20-lb. box of apples costs $23.15 + tax ($1.15 per pound + tax), which saves $1.00 off the per-pound price. I harvest apples into two plastic bags per box, so you can get a mixed box of 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' and still get the 20-lb. discount.
|I pack many mixed boxes of 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples , plus boxes of all 'Enterprise' and all 'GoldRush' apples.|
If you buy 40 lbs. of 2nds apples, you save another $1.00 per box, for a total of $4.00 off the per-pound price. Each 20-lb. box of 2nds apples costs just $14.82 + tax, so that's $29.64 + tax ($0.74 per pound + tax) for 40 lbs. of 2nds apples.
My husband Bill is still very busy harvesting, cleaning and cracking pecans for sale. We still have cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale, for $15.05 per 5-pound bag + tax. Bill cracks the pecans, blows off the loose shells, and then weighs the bags to 5 pounds. So you get the equivalent of 6 pounds of in-shell pecans in each bag, and when you pick out the pecans, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats. Pecan harvest will continue until late January or February, and we should have cracked pecans for sale until mid-May.
Recipes using apples and pecans are posted as Notes on our Facebook page, Brendas Berries. Each year I serve Healthy Apple Salad with our Christmas dinner, as our grown kids love it and it looks festive with apples, craisins and celery in Christmas colors.
|Our grown kids love Healthy Apple Salad with our Christmas dinner.|
I am here every day, except Sunday morning when I'm at church, but can't always see the driveway when I'm pruning at the back of the blackberry planting. So I appreciate a call a day ahead, saying the day and about what time you're coming, so I can look for you.
Have a joyful Christmas!