|'Enterprise' apples have started ripening, and more will ripen over the next 6 weeks.|
All our apple varieties are immune to apple scab disease, so we don't have to spray for that disease, so we can put on 1/3 fewer fungicide sprays than if we grew scab-susceptible apple varieties such as 'Jonathan' or 'Golden Delicious'. I give taste samples of all our apple varieties.
Small amounts of harvested apples cost $1.20 per pound + tax. A 20-lb. box of apples costs $23.15 + tax, which saves $1.00 off the per-pound price. I harvest apples into two plastic bags per box, so you can get a mixed box of one bag of each of two different varieties of apples, and still get the 20-lb. discount.
We also have some harvested 2nds apples, great for baking or for making apple butter. Usually about 90% of the fruit is still usable, but they're 60% the cost at $0.83 per pound + tax. A 20-lb. box of harvested 2nds apples costs just $15.74 + tax ($0.79 per pound + tax), which saves $8.00 off a 20-lb. box of #1 apples. If you get 40 lbs. of 2nds apples, the price goes down to just $0.74 per pound + tax ($14.82 + tax per 20-lb. box).
|The Coate and Skaggs families from Joplin had fun picking their own 'Enterprise' apples this morning.|
From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, as the sidebar at left says, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. only. I'm usually harvesting apples in the orchard, so I put a sign on the sales building to ring the bell. Ring it loudly, once or twice, and I'll hear it.