Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Last Week for Pick-Your-Own 'Enterprise' Apples, Many Harvested

  We still offer pick-your-own apples for the next 2 to 3 weeks or so.  If you want to pick 'Enterprise' apples, come this week, as I hope to finish  harvesting all the 'Enterprise' by Nov. 7 or 8.  'GoldRush' pick-your-own harvest continues until about Nov. 15 to 18.
   We still have not had our first fall frost, though it got down to 36 F last Thursday and Friday mornings.  Apples are so high in sugars that they do not freeze until  it gets down to 24 or 25 F.  We usually keep harvesting 'GoldRush'apples until about Thanksgiving, since they ripen so late.
I hope to finish  harvesting all the 'Enterprise' by Nov. 7 or 8, so come this week if you want to pick your own 'Enterprise' apples.
   Today I started harvesting 'Enterprise' apples into large bins for winter storage.  We have 100 of these bins that hold about 30 pounds each, so we can store about 3000 pounds of apples in these.  'Enterprise' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 6 to 7 months, and 'GoldRush' apples keep well in our cooler or a fridge for 8 to 10 months.  All winter I sort apples from these bins into trays holding 20 pounds each.  We currently have about 2000 pounds of sorted and cleaned apples in these trays, ready to sell.
   Besides 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush', we have about 18 other apple varieties and selections for sale as harvested apples.  We still have a few harvested 'Luscious' European pears for sale for about 1 more week, and many 'Shinko' Asian pears for sale for about 3 more weeks, until they sell out.  I give taste samples of all our apple and pear varieties, to those interested in buying them.  For prices, scroll down 2 posts.
   Small amounts of everbearing red raspberries are still ripening now until the first frost, so those coming for apples may also pick raspberries.
   We're expecting a good crop of pecans this year.  We haven't been able to start harvesting pecans yet, since we haven't yet had a freeze to open the shucks, and all the rain and foggy weather has kept the pecans too wet to harvest.  Once pecan harvest starts, the pecans have to be cleaned and cracked for sale.  We hope to have cracked pecans for sale starting about Nov. 14, and should have them until mid-May.
   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 you'll buy.
   From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., & Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.  I'm very busy harvesting apples now, and often can't see the driveway from the orchard.  While harvesting, I put up a sign on the sales building, saying to ring the bell.  (Ring it loudly, once or twice.)  I hear that and come to the sales building.