Harvested apples and Asian pears are kept in top condition in our cooler, set at 34 F, ideal for apples and pears. So you can come buy harvested apples and Asian pears even when it's raining.
|We have many boxes of 'Enterprise' (right box), 'GoldRush' (left box), and 'Enterprise' + 'GoldRush' (middle box) apples for sale.|
|All winter I clean and sort apples from the large storage bins into trays holding 20 pounds each. It's 45 to 52 F inside the sales building, so I need to dress warmly.|
We also have some harvested 2nds apples, with small bird pecks, cracks or other surface damage. These are great for making apple butter, pies, breads, or other holiday baking. Usually 90% to 95% of the fruit is still usable, but they're 60% the cost at $0.83 per pound + tax. A 20-lb. box of 2nds apples costs $15.74 + tax (that's $0.79 per pound + tax), which saves $1.00 off the per-pound price.
|2nds apples are great for economical holiday baking. I made this apple crostata with caramelized pecan topping for dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. The recipe is posted as a Note on our Facebook page, Brendas Berries.|
My husband Bill is now very busy cleaning and cracking pecans for sale. Further pecan harvest will be delayed for a week due to all the rain. We now 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 late May to June.
For payment, we accept cash or checks, but NO credit cards or debit cards. Please bring your checkbook or enough cash to cover the amount of fruit and pecans you'll buy.
Tomorrow, Nov. 30, is the last day of our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., & Sundays 1 to 6 p.m. From Dec. 1 to May 31, we're open by appointment. That means to phone 620-597-2450 a day ahead, and leave a message on the answering machine saying the day and about what time you're coming. I will get the message and meet you in the sales building when you come.