Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Many Thornless Blackberries & Some Peaches Ripe Now

   Many thornless blackberries are still ripening and ready to pick.  Each of our 4 different varieties of thornless blackberries has ripe berries now.  Varieties are described in the previous post.  Thornless blackberries are $2.55 per quart + tax, pick-your-own, and are sold pick-your-own only.
We have 18 rows of thornless blackberries ripe for picking.  Here I've harvested some 'Apache' thornless blackberries.
   We're harvesting a few boxes of 'Newhaven' yellow peaches and 'Nectar' white peaches each day now, and also have small amounts of a few other yellow peaches for sale.  From mid-July to mid-August we should have a good supply of 'Intrepid', then 'Contender', then 'Glowingstar' yellow peaches.  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're harvesting a few boxes of 'Newhaven' yellow peaches (right box) and 'Nectar' white peaches (left box) each day now.  Fruit are very large (often 1/2 pound each) since there are so few fruit on the trees, due to 6 frosts during peach bloom last spring.
   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 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!
   We still have many 'Enterprise' apples for sale, for the next 2 to 3 weeks.  Prices are detailed in the previous post.  We also still have 9 bags of cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale, then we will be sold out of pecans until mid-Nov. when we start harvesting them again.
   When you come to get fruit, please bring back any containers, cardboard trays or peach boxes you got from us on previous trips, so we can reuse them.  Several customers have brought us some cardboard trays to use for other customers, which we greatly appreciate!  We can still use more, since we run through thousands each summer.  Other customers have brought plastic or metal trays to bring home their blackberry quarts, which also helps.  
   Have your vehicle cleaned out so there's room to put trays of berries and peach boxes or bags.  These fruits travel best in open trays, where they receive air conditioning from the vehicle, not in a car trunk or in an ice chest, so don't take up room in the vehicle with an ice chest.  We keep our cooler at 50 F, ideal for peaches, as they can get chilling injury at temperatures below 50 F or if put directly on ice.  Once you get them home, both blackberries and peaches keep well for 10 days in a refrigerator.