Well, we find ourselves in a very unusual situation, the beginning of October and almost out of apples! As you know, usually this is the prime time to get apples, but due to the light crop we had, they are almost gone. We expect by the end of this weekend we will be entirely sold out of apples. So sorry….
U-Pick apples: You may still try to pick apples if you want, but we only have “end of harvest gleaning” left for $6.00 a bushel. There are very, very few left; a few here and and there on some of the trees. Because the weather is supposed to be so beautiful this weekend and you want to bring the family out just to be outdoors, you are most welcome, but it may be a treasure hunt to find them!
Picked apples: We have the following varieties for sale on the market:
- Fuji: $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
- Red Delicious: $14.00, $7.50 a half bushel, $4.00 peck
As of right now, we still have some Concord grapes to pick. They are 20 cents a pound, or 15 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds. What we have left is primarily in the middle of some long rows.
Pumpkins, Gourds and Fall Ornamentals: We have a nice selection of pumpkins available, ranging from $5.00 for the largest pumpkin , with smaller pumpkins available for $4, $3, and $1. We also have some “fun” gourds (3 for $1), mums ($3.00 each) and Indian corn for fall decorating. We have great birdhouse gourds and even snake gourds.
Tomatoes: We have not had a hard frost here, so we still have tomatoes to pick as well as for sale on the market.
Cider: Just pressed, it is $5.00 a gallon, also available in half gallons and quarts.
Squash: We have squash including acorn, butternut, buttercup and sweet dumpling available to choose from at only 40 cents per pound.
Homemade Baked Goods: This weekend we have all of the usual baked goods, pies, cookies and apple dumplings. This weekend I recommend the decorated Halloween sugar cookies, not only are they adorable, they are delicious!
Length of our fall season and Fall Color Tour, Sunday October 17th: Due to the light apple crop, our last day will be Sunday, October 17th. This is also the day slated for the annual fall color tour in St. Joseph County which we participate in. While we may not have apples, we will have a variety of other things for you to participate in and see, including local arts and crafts. We will be open until 6:00 that day. Check for an email and website update in a few days with a full listing of all that will be available during the Fall Color tour on Sunday, October 17th, from 12 – 5.