Sunday, August 9, 2015

Peach Harvest Continues

   Peach harvest continues for the next month.  We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 1/2 months.  Each variety is ripe for about 2 weeks.
We're harvesting many 'Carolina Gold' (left box) and 'Glowingstar' (right box) yellow peaches now.
   We're harvesting many 'Glowingstar' and 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches now, and I just started harvesting 'China Pearl' white peaches on Sat. morning Aug. 8.  I give taste samples of all peach varieties currently for sale.
I just started harvesting 'China Pearl', our 2nd white peach variety.  I'll keep harvesting it for the next 2 weeks, and we'll have white peaches for sale until late Aug. or early Sept.
   Peach harvest goes until about Sept. 10, and our heaviest time for peaches is from July 20 to about Aug. 31.  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.
   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.
   I'm now harvesting 'China Pearl' white peaches each morning from 7 to about 9 a.m., and can't see the driveway from the peach orchard.  So if you plan to arrive before 9 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 a.m. to 12 noon, I work in the area around the sales building, pruning raspberries or blackberries or controlling weeds, so I can see the driveway.
   Thornless blackberry season has now ended.  The sidebar at left gives ripening dates for all our fruits, plus directions to our farm and payment methods.