First I pointed to my apple sorting table in the sales building, and explained that I have to sort and clean all the apples we harvested last fall, which are stored in our coolers in large storage bins. I pack them in trays that hold 20 pounds of #1 apples or #2 apples, and the #1 apples sell just about as fast as I sort them. Since she'd just bought 20 pounds of #1 'Enterprise' apples and 20 pounds of #1 'GoldRush' apples, I had only one box left of #1 'Enterprise' apples and no boxes left of #1 'GoldRush' apples, until I got more sorted later that day. I'd also delivered 140 pounds of #1 apples to schools two days earlier.
|We've already pruned these 'Natchez' thornless blackberry plants. We cut off at ground level the dead floricanes that bore fruit last summer, and cut back the side branches of the new canes that will bear fruit this next summer.|
|This evening Bill burned the pile of blackberry prunings that our workers helped prune last Saturday. The 8 rows of 'Triple Crown' blackberry plants at rear still need to be pruned.|
When outdoor temperatures are between 30 and 50 F, and the temperature inside the sales building is 44 to 56 F, I'm usually sorting apples there. When it's below 30 F outside, I work on the computer in the house. Besides sending out e-mails, posting blogs, and posting on the Brendas Berries Facebook page, this winter I'm working on a 2nd edition of the college textbook I wrote, with Bill as second author, Fruit and Nut Production. The 1st edition took 5 years to write and was published in 2007, and last fall the publisher wrote us that supplies are getting low, so we need to update the 600-page book for a 2nd edition.
|The publisher's supplies of the college textbook we wrote are getting low, so when it's very cold I work on updating the 600-page book for a 2nd edition.|
We should have cracked 'Kanza' pecans and 'GoldRush' apples for sale until mid-May, and 'Enterprise' apples until late June. Prices are detailed in the previous post.
As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To everything is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."