Saturday, August 22, 2015

Late Peaches & Early Apples Ripe

   "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."  Psalm 34:8 
    Come taste samples of our 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches, plus several early apple varieties. Those who want white peaches, come soon, as I'm almost done picking them.  Deer and birds seem to prefer these 'China Pearl' white peaches, which are low in acid so taste sweeter than yellow peaches.
We still have many 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches (left box) and 'China Pearl' white peaches (right box) for sale for the next week or so.
   We'll have yellow peaches for sale until about Sept. 10, and white peaches until about Aug. 31.  We still have a late-ripening yellow peach variety left to harvest, 'Flameprince'.  I'll pick 'Flameprince' from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6 or so.  We sell all peaches harvested; we do not allow customers to pick peaches.
   Small amounts of peaches cost $1.20 per pound + tax.  We pick directly into 20-lb. boxes, which I then weigh to 20.0 lbs., so you save $1.00 if you buy a 20-lb. box of peaches for $23.15 + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, mostly with small bird pecks or rain cracks or other surface damage, which sell for $0.69 per pound + tax.
   We're still open our summer hours through Aug. 31, as the sidebar at left shows: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7 p.m. till dark, and Sundays 7 p.m. till dark only.  From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 6 p.m. only.
     Next week and the week after, I'll harvest 'Flameprince' peaches each morning from 7 to about 9:30 a.m., and can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  So if you plan to arrive before 9:30 a.m., please phone 620-597-2450 a day or two ahead, and leave a message saying when you're coming.  Thanks.  From about  9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, I harvest apples or prune raspberries near the sales building, so I can see the driveway.
I just started harvesting some early 'Gala' apples and have these for sale now.
   I've started harvesting some early apples and have these for sale now: 'Gala', 'Jonafree' and 'Honeycrisp'.  We have just one or two trees of each of these early varieties, so they are limited.  We'll start harvesting some early pears and have them for sale starting about Sept. 1.  Our pick-your-own apple season runs from mid-Sept. to mid-Nov.
We have just one young tree of 'Honeycrisp', so they are limited.
   The sidebar at left gives ripening dates for all our fruits, plus directions to our farm and payment methods.