That's the heaviest time for blackberries every year. This year it's also the time that we'll harvest the greatest amount of peaches, since they started almost 3 weeks early this year, and will end almost 3 weeks early, about Aug. 5.
All 4 of our thornless blackberry varieties have ripe fruit now. 'Natchez' produces huge blackberries, very popular especially for making cobblers, and they will continue ripening for the next 2 to 3 weeks. 'Apache' berries are almost as big and are also great for making cobblers.
|'Apache' blackberries, very large and great for making cobblers, have started and will continue ripening for the next 2 to 3 weeks.|
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. Several customers have brought us some cardboard trays to use for other customers, which we greatly appreciate! Chetopa Foods saves cardboard trays for us, which we also greatly appreciate. We can still use more, since we run through thousands of cardboard trays each summer.
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 quarts 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 (such as this morning) 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're now harvesting 'Intrepid' (photo), my favorite peach variety, and just started harvesting 'Contender' peaches.|
We also still have some 'GoldRush' apples for sale. These stay crisp and juicy with great flavor for 10 to 11 months in our cooler or a fridge. We're now down to about 180 pounds of 'GoldRush' apples (#1's and #2's combined) left to sell. Pecans have sold out until the new crop starts in mid-Nov.