Monday, July 10, 2017

Four Thornless Blackberry Varieties Ripe Now

   All 4 of our thornless blackberry varieties have lots of ripe fruit now.  'Natchez' produces huge blackberries, very popular especially for making cobblers, and they will continue ripening for the next 10 to 14 days.  'Apache' berries are almost as big and are also great for making cobblers, and are loaded with ripe fruit now and for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
'Natchez' produces huge blackberries, and will keep ripening for the next 10 to 14 days.
    'Ouachita' berries are medium-sized with great flavor, especially good in pies and in fruit salads where a larger blackberry would be too big for the other fruits in the salad.  'Triple Crown' blackberries are large, have the smallest seeds and are the juiciest, so they're especially good for making jams and jellies.  'Triple Crown' is our latest-ripening blackberry variety; there's a good amount ripe now, and they will continue ripening for the next 3 to 4 weeks, until about Aug. 5.
'Triple Crown' blackberries are large, have the smallest seeds and are the juiciest, and many are ripe now.
   Thornless blackberries are sold pick-your-own only.  They cost $2.55 per quart + tax, pick-your-own.  There are NO chiggers, and you can pick a quart of blackberries in 5 minutes.
   We provide containers, and just ask that you return the containers to us for reuse on your next trip to Brenda's Berries.  Please also bring back any peach boxes or other containers you previously got from us.  We greatly appreciate it when customers bring us some cardboard trays to use for other customers, since we are now almost out of the size that holds 6 quarts.  Chetopa Foods saves cardboard trays for us, which we greatly appreciate, but we run through thousands of cardboard trays each summer, so we can always use more.
   Some customers bring plastic or metal trays to place their blackberry quarts on to bring them home, which also helps.  Please do not bring bowls to dump the berries into, as that damages them, and we want the berries to stay in the plastic quarts that you picked them into until you get them home.
   Weekday mornings are great times to come for those able to do so.  If you come on Sat. morning (our busiest time) to pick blackberries, try to arrive by 8 or 8:30 a.m.  We open at 7:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat. for berry pickers, but those who want only peaches should arrive after 9 a.m. to give our workers time to pick the peaches.  We're closed from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.  We're open 7-9 p.m. each evening, but call 620-597-2450 in the afternoon to be sure we'll have peaches that evening.
    Peaches are sold harvested; we do not allow customers to pick peaches.  Our trained workers harvest peaches each morning Mon.-Sat. when it's not raining.  Some days rain may curtail harvest or fewer peaches are ripe, and we may sell out by late morning or early evening.  We often have no peaches to sell on Sun. evening, since our workers do not pick peaches on Sun. morning as we're closed for church.
     We grow 17 different peach varieties that provide a succession of ripening over 2 months.  Each variety ripens over a 10-day to 2-week period.  Our mid- to late-season peaches, that we're harvesting now, had less bud kill from spring frosts, so have bigger crops than most of our earlier varieties.  Most weekday mornings we have a good amount of peaches to sell.
   We're now harvesting 'Contender' peaches, and should start harvesting 'Glowingstar' peaches later this week and next week.  I give taste samples of the varieties ripe at each time.  All these peaches are freestone.  Scroll down 2 posts for peach prices.