Is it Fall? Putting a sweatshirt on this morning was a nice change as I ventured out with my Dad and the crew to pick the crops for the day, the cool air hinted that fall is not far away. The market offerings are already changing, apples are coming in, summer vegetables are finishing up and you can already smell the fragrant aroma of the grapes ripening. So while technically it is still summer, fall is starting here!
U-Pick Tomatoes: We still have LOTS of tomatoes to pick and the picking is still good right now. They are $12 a bushel to pick. We should have U-Pick tomatoes up to the first frost. If you don’t want to pick them, you can buy them for $20 a bushel on the market, but it would help us if you could call in advance to order them. 269-244-5690.
Summer Vegetables: These crops are winding down and will be finished soon: corn, green beans, cucumbers and summer squash. We still have plenty of eggplant, peppers (especially red bell peppers), onions, and october (shell-out) beans.
Summer Fruit: Bartlett Pears and Stanley Prune Plums are now gone for the season. We are picking our last type of peach, Crest Haven, and will have them available for about one more week in the four pound boxes ($4) that we have been selling all season. Both canteloupe and watermelon will done in about a week as well.
Apples: We have a smaller apple crop than normal this year due to spring frosts/freezes and damage from a hailstorm which occurred in May. Many of the apples have some hail damage on them, which left a mark or indent where the hail hit and the apple skin healed over. This does not hurt the good flavor or the quality of the apple, but the apples do not look as nice as we are all accustomed to. We will be grading the apples and removing those that have the worst hail damage to use for making cider. So the good news is we will have lots of cider apples and hence, lots of cider!
Apple Pricing: As each apple type becomes available, we will update the pricing. But in general, the 2010 apples prices will be the same as last year or in some cases a bit lower, due to the hail damage.
Apples available on the market now:
- Jon-A-Mac: $12 a bushel, $6.50 a half bushel, $4.00 a peck, 55 cents/lb. This is an excellent cooking and eating apple.
- Gala: $5.00 a peck, 65 cents/lb. Very few this year, so no bushels.
- Molly’s Delicious: $6.00/peck, 75 cents/lb. Very few this year, so no bushels.
- Honey Crisp: $1.00/lb. We have some trees of early Honey Crisp which allows us to have some so early in the season!
- Cortland: We have brought in just a few Cortland so far, they are $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck.
Apple Varieties we will not have this year due to weather related issues:
We know that both of these apples are favorites for many of our customers. We recommend you try Jon-A-Mac’s this year in place of Macintosh (these are in the market now) and Cortland in place of Northern Spies. While they are not perfect substitutes, they are the closest.
Apple Varieties that we will have when they are ready. Most of these are several weeks away yet, but you can check the website or call for an update.
- Ida Red
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
U-Pick Apples: An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September. Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen. We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know this. They will be the same price as last year to pick which is $12/bushel.
Grapes: We have plenty of white Niagra and blue Concord grapes this year. The white grapes may be ready the first week of September with the blue ones possibly the 2nd week of September. We will take our first samples in for a sugar check on August 31st and depending on their ripeness, try to determine when we will open. We will post the opening date on the website and send an email as soon as we know this. As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, we will have them available up until the time that Welch’s comes to harvest them. Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest all of our grapes toward the end of September. However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest.
U-Pick Grape Pricing: Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb. We will have more information coming about grapes later.
We would like to thank you as always for your continued support and for being there for us in the ups and downs we have experienced this year with our crops and the weather related problems.
Here’s to our early fall, hope to see you soon, Beth