Thursday, June 18, 2015

Many 'Natchez' Thornless Blackberries & Raspberries Ripe

   Many 'Natchez' thornless blackberries are ripe now. 145 quarts of blackberries were picked Wed. June 17.  'Natchez' produces very large crops of huge blackberries, and will continue ripening for the next 3 weeks.  Our four different varieties of thornless blackberries will continue to ripen over the next 7 weeks, until early Aug.
'Natchez' produces very large crops of huge blackberries, so there are many to pick.  You can fill a quart in 5 minutes or less.
   Many red raspberries and black raspberries are still ripe.  Both will continue to ripen for the next 2 weeks or so, but for easy picking in the next week.  We'll have many purple raspberries to pick for the next 4 weeks or so.
   Come during our open hours for summer: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon & 7 to 9 p.m., & Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sunday mornings for church (as we are year-round), and from June 1 to Aug. 31 we're closed from 12 noon to 7 p.m. due to high heat.  (Please arrive at a time that allows you enough time to finish picking by our closing time.  Thanks.)
   You do not need an appointment from June 1 to Aug. 31; just come during our open hours.  There should be a break in the rain here from Fri. June 19 on.  (Check the radar for 4.5 miles east of Chetopa, KS before you come if you want to minimize chances of getting wet.)  We got 5.5 inches of rain over the past few days, so rubber boots or other footwear you don't mind getting wet is a good idea.
Lindsey Kling picked 18 quarts of 'Natchez' blackberries in about 45 minutes.  The Klings also picked 36 pints of purple raspberries and red raspberries.
   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.
   For payment, we accept cash or checks; NO debit cards or credit cards.  Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover what you'll pick.
   Peaches will not start ripening until about June 28 or 30.  We'll have harvested peaches for sale from July 1 to about Sept. 15, with the most ripe from about July 20 to Aug. 31.