Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Honeycrisp and Gala

Apple Update:

The two regular rows of Honeycrisp aren't quite ready yet but we have one oddball row where every other tree is Honeycrisp....and those are perfectly ready and looking very nice. The regular rows of Honeycrisp, for a guess, will be ready in 1-2 weeks.

And where do I begin about the Galas....? We have some smaller trees that have some decent looking Red Galas that are ready now, and a few bigger old Gala trees behind the shop.
The rest of the Galas though are looking pretty bad this year. You're welcome to come check them out but they aren't pretty. Come in about a week for those.

The Jonagold will be the next apple to be ready. Give them about 2 weeks and check back on the blog for an update.

This year was a hard year on apples because of all the rain and ongoing cold spring weather. While there are some varieties that are beautiful, some varieties are hard to look at this year.

That's the life of a farmer though :)

Looking forward to seeing you all this year.

P.S. For those of you who have never been before, you should know you need to bring boxes or bags to take your apples home in. We have buckets you can pick into but please transfer the apples into your own container when you leave.

We are a working farm with many other crops to take care of so unfortunately we are in and out a lot. It is best to bring small bills, or a check just in case you can't find us for change. If someone is in the office, we also have a VISA machine. Sorry for the times that you come and we are not there. I try my best to have good signage but please give suggestions on how we can do things better! Thanks!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gravensteins are all picked.

Thanks for coming and getting the Gravenstein apples. They are all picked now. I am jealous of all the yummy pies, applesauce you are making with them!

The other apple varieties are still needing to ripen.

I will post when a new variety is ready.

Blueberries are done for the year also.

We just harvested our chinese cabbage seed (Bok Choy) yesterday so another crop is in! All we have left now is the spinach seed, which we might possibly harvest this afternoon, and the corn which we grow for a cannery. September sometime is when the corn will be harvested.

Alright better get back to work!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Red Gravenstein are ready!

Looks like the Red Gravenstein are ready. Come soon before they all fall on the ground!

Gravenstein are great for baking.

We were telling people the end of August but looks like they are ready sooner than we thought.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Busy time of the year for us.

Here are just some pictures of what has been happening the last week on the farm...swathed spinach seed and chinese cabbage seed, combining wheat now, harvested our green beans and continue watering our 2 fields of corn. (The combine is the big yellow machine, and the swather is the smaller red machine) The pictures of the computers are the 2 we have in our combine. They can tell us a lot of things....our yield per acre, moisture level...etc. This is our peak time here on the farm....we are putting in lots of hours right now.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Last week of the Fruit stand on 99E

We should be finishing with our 3rd picking of the Bluecrop today so it may be the last day of the fruit stand...if we have a little left to pick tomorrow, then tomorrow will be the last day.

We also have 3 types of garlic for sale: Elephant, White and Red Garlic. $3/lb

We will still be picking for a few weeks after the fruit stand is closed, so call us at 503-991-7207 if you'd like to order a flat.

Thank you for all who came and enjoyed our blueberries!

Red Gravenstein apples will be available for u-pick in 2 weeks at our farm: 4925 Rockdale St NE, Brooks.