Monday, November 14, 2016

Many Apples & Pecans for Sale

  Our pick-your-own apple season finished up this past Sat. Nov. 12.  Several families came to pick their own apples, and 3 of our workers and I finished harvesting all remaining 'Enterprise' apples into large bins for winter storage.  We also harvested many 'GoldRush' apples into large storage bins, and this week I will harvest the rest of the 'GoldRush' apples for winter storage.
Our large cooler now holds 102 bins of 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples.  All winter I sort apples from these bins into 20-pound trays for sale.
   We now have 102 bins filled, each holding about 30 pounds of apples, so we have about 3000 pounds of apples in our large cooler.  All winter I sort apples from these large storage bins into trays holding 20 pounds each.  '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. 
   We have many harvested 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples, Coop 27, Coop 34, and a few apple selections from my breeding program for sale now.  I give taste samples of all our apple varieties.  For apple prices, see the previous blog post.
   We'll still have harvested 'Enterprise' apples for sale until about Feb. 2017.  This year's 'Enterprise' crop was less than the 2015 crop, and so many people picked their own 'Enterprise' this year, so we'll sell out of this variety earlier than last year.  We should have harvested 'GoldRush' apples for sale until late May or early June.
    We're expecting a good crop of pecans this year.  We just started harvesting pecans, and just started cleaning and cracking the pecans for sale.  We now have cracked 'Osage' pecans for sale.
'Osage' pecans, our earliest-ripening pecan variety, are now cracked and ready for sale.
   Cracked 'Kanza' pecans should start in late Nov. once we get a hard freeze of 26 F or lower.  We should have cracked pecans for sale until late June.
    The price for pecans is the same as last year: $15.05 per 5-pound bag + tax.  My husband Bill cracks the pecans, blows off the loose shells, and then weighs the bags to 5 pounds.  So you get the equivalent of about 6 pounds of in-shell pecans in each bag, and when you pick out the pecans, you get at least 3 pounds of nutmeats.
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 apples and pecans you'll buy.
   We're still open our fall hours until Nov. 30: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.  I'm still usually harvesting 'GoldRush' 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.