|One way I like to use fresh red raspberries is on wholegrain waffles with maple syrup. I ate these for breakfast this morning. I also love red raspberries on cereal, on ice cream, and on cheesecake.|
|Red raspberries are ripening. I took this photo Sat. morning May 20. Red raspberry pick-your-own harvest will start on Mon. May 22.|
From June 1 to Aug. 31 we're open our summer hours, shown in the sidebar at left. By that time there will be plenty of raspberries to pick, and thornless blackberries will start ripening about June 6 or 8. Thornless blackberries cost $2.55 per quart + sales tax, pick-your-own.
Our workers and I finished thinning the young peaches and pears, and now we're thinning the young apples. Unfortunately, the 1 minute of hail we had 3 weeks ago did a lot of damage to the young tree fruits. We removed hail-damaged fruit and left undamaged fruit whenever possible, but in some upper parts of the trees, almost all the fruit was hail-damaged.
|This is the same peach branch as in the photo above, after fruit thinning.|
|The upper young pear fruit was badly hail-damaged, so we removed it. The lower fruit also had some damage, but not as much, so we left it and will sell it as a 2nd fruit.|
We still have harvested asparagus, apples and pecans for sale. Scroll down 2 posts for prices. Just phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name and the day and approximate time you're coming to get them.
The phone rings in the house, and I check for messages when I come in from working in the orchards or berry plantings. When the weather's nice it's especially important to call a day ahead, as I can't always see the driveway from some parts of the fruit plantings, and when I'm working on a tractor I can't hear vehicles come in if you just drop by.
If you do drop by, ring the bell on the sales building, which I can usually hear, unless I'm working on a tractor. When people have left a message letting me know when they're coming, I switch to working where I can see the driveway near that time. Thanks.