Monday, July 11, 2016

Many Blackberries & Peaches Ripe Now

   Each of our 4 different varieties of thornless blackberries still has ripe berries now.  Thornless blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax, pick-your-own, and are sold pick-your-own only.  There are NO chiggers, and you can pick a quart in 5 minutes.
Lorraine Thompson picked these 'Apache' blackberries this morning.  She and the Youngs, who are in their 80's, picked 36 quarts of blackberries in about 1 & 1/2 hours.
   'Apache' blackberries, with very large fruit, are bearing heavily now.  'Natchez' blackberries have huge fruit, and are nearing the end of their ripening period.  Customers have been picking 'Natchez' blackberries for 4 weeks now, so if you want to pick 'Natchez' blackberries, come this week.
David Jones (front), age 2 & 1/2, helped his dad Mike Jones pick 'Ouachita' blackberries this morning.  Mike is the pastor of Center Christian Church, located 6.5 miles east of Brenda's Berries off Highway 166.
   'Ouachita' and 'Triple Crown' blackberries have large fruit.  'Triple Crown' blackberries have the smallest seeds and are the juiciest with the most flavor, so they're especially good for making jams and jellies. 'Triple Crown' is our latest-ripening blackberry variety, and should continue ripening heavily through July 31, with some berries still ripe until Aug. 4 or so.
'Triple Crown', our latest-ripening blackberry variety, has many ripe berries now and should continue ripening heavily through July 31.
   Our workers just started harvesting 'Contender' yellow peaches this morning.  'Contender' peaches continued to bloom after the 6 frosts last spring, so we have a pretty good crop of 'Contender' this year.  Our workers are still harvesting smaller amounts of 'Intrepid' and a few other yellow peaches, plus 'Nectar' white peaches, each morning now.
Our workers just started harvesting 'Contender' yellow peaches (left box) this morning, plus they are still harvesting 'Nectar' white peaches (right box).
   We should have a pretty good supply of yellow peaches now through mid-August'Nectar' white peaches should continue through late July, then in mid-August we should have some 'China Pearl' white peaches.
   Peaches are sold harvested, for $1.20 per pound + tax.  We also usually have some 2nds peaches, with limb rubs, cracks or bird pecks, for $0.69 per pound + tax.
   We still have many 'Enterprise' apples for sale, for the next 2 to 3 weeks.  For apple prices, scroll down 2 posts.  Pecans are now sold out until mid-Nov. when we start harvesting them again.
Olivia Jones picked 3 pints of everbearing red raspberries and yellow raspberries this morning.  More everbearing raspberries ripen each day, so those who come to pick blackberries can often also pick a few pints of raspberries.
   From June 1 to Aug. 31, we're open our summer hours: open Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7-9 p.m., and Sundays 7-9 p.m. only.  We're closed Sunday mornings for church, and closed every afternoon from 12 noon to 7 p.m. during the summer due to high heat.  You may come to pick berries any time during our open hours (no appointment needed in summer); just allow enough time to finish picking by our closing time.  Get here at 7:30 a.m. if you can, to beat the heat!
   Those wanting peaches and/or apples, but not wanting to pick berries, should arrive in mid-morning, to give our crew time to get the peaches picked.  Call a day ahead if you want more than 20 pounds of peaches, as we're still limited on peaches this year due to the 6 frosts last spring.
   Highway 166 is currently being resurfaced, so expect delays.  Highway 166 is still open to traffic one lane at a time, so wait for the pilot car.