Sunday, June 14, 2015

Many Berries, Some Plumcots Ripe Now

   We have plenty of red raspberries and black raspberries to pick now.  Both will continue to ripen for the next 2 weeks or so, but for easy picking come within the next week.  We got 2.5 inches of rain Fri. evening June 12 into Sat. morning, so rubber boots or other footwear you don't mind getting wet is a good idea.  More rain is likely Mon., Tues. and Wed., so come when there's a break in the rain during our open hours for summer: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. only.
Kim Lamb (left) and Sydney (right) picked black raspberries with Kim's mom on Sat. evening June 13.  They also picked red raspberries and purple raspberries. Weather was very nice that evening despite heavy rains that morning.
   We'll have many purple raspberries to pick for the next month.  Our four different varieties of thornless blackberries will continue to ripen over the next 7 weeks, until early Aug.
   All berries are sold pick-your-own only.  Pick-your-own raspberries cost $1.86 per pint + tax.  Thornless blackberries cost $2.55 per quart + tax, pick-your-own.
   Those who live nearby may just come during our open hours.  It's a good idea to call 620-597-2450 a day or so ahead before driving a distance, and leave a message saying when you're planning to come, and which types of berries you want to pick.  If you leave your phone number, I can call you if it's going to rain here that day, to reschedule.
   I just started harvesting plumcots on Fri. June 12, harvested most of them on Sat., and will harvest more over the next 3 days or so.  Plumcots are 3/4 Japanese plum and 1/4 apricot, with a delicious sweet flavor.  I give taste samples to those who are here picking berries, and most customers who try them buy some plumcots also. Plumcots will be limited this year, since they were heavily thinned by the April 4 frost.  Call 620-597-2450 to order plumcots.
Plumcots are 3/4 Japanese plum and 1/4 apricot, with a delicious sweet flavor.  I harvest plumcots into quarts and sell them by the pound.  The entire plumcot crop this year will be only about 65 lbs. (40 quarts), and 6.35 lbs. (4 quarts) have already sold.
   Our earliest peach varieties will not start ripening until about July 1.  We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 1/2 months.  Peach harvest goes until about Sept. 10, and our heaviest time for peaches is from about July 20 to Aug. 31. We're looking for a peach harvest of 35,000 to 36,000 pounds this summer.