We are done picking blackberries, but we still have Pick-your-own raspberries available. The picking should improve now that the weather is cooling down. With harvest winding down and fall coming, we change our routine with the season. I now have time to be doing some fall chores and Edie is back to teaching at Grove elementary. I plowed and disked the area for the new plum, pluot, and aprium planting that will be going in this fall and next spring. We are trying to root some softwood cuttings of our hardy kiwis and I am budding some limbs on some of the peach trees to change them over to another variety. We are also planning to build a "Berry Barn" in the next year and so we are working on the planning of what we want, where, how big we need the barn to be etc,etc, Sometimes it can be a little daunting. Fortunately, we have friends and family who are available to give helpful advice and an outside perspective. For all of you who came by and purchased berries from us this year, Thank You. Getting to see old friends again and meeting new ones is a highlight of our summer. Enjoy the gift of this beautiful late summer weather.
Today is our first day with Pick-Your-Own raspberries. The berries are big and the picking is good. We will pick tomorrow morning and then the next picking day will be Wednesday morning (8-18). We would like to pick more often but Edie is getting ready for teaching and Wednesday and Saturdays are my days off from my day job. For updates call the berry line at 541-938-5053.
We are very excited about a new planting we are putting in. We will be adding some more pluots, plums and apriums. Pluots are plum apricot cross developed by Floyd Zaiger that are 60-70% plum and 30-40% apricot. We are planting Flavor Grendade, Dapple Dandy, Flavor King, Flavor Queen and Flavor Supreme. We are also going to be planting a new Aprium. Apriums are 60-70% apricot and 30-40% plum. Both pluots and apriums are very sweet and deliscious. We would expect fruit from these in 2014, our first pluot planting should be producing well next year.
Our new raspberry plantings from this spring are doing well which means we should have a good supply of raspberries for next spring.
In our peach orchard we are budding over some of the varieties we have trialed that are not doing well in our area (either they do not taste good enough or the trees don't grow well). We have also added some new varieties. We hope to have a good crop of peaches for sale next year. We hope your summer has been enjoyable.
Starting this Friday and Saturday (8-13 & 8-14) We will have Pick-Your-Own raspberries. We have Caroline, a very good tasting berry. We expect that picking should be available for 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather. This is our first year doing this so it will be a learning experience for us and we value your comments about how we can make this more enjoyable in the years to come. The berries are good sized but this early in the season the picking is not as fast as it will be in 1-2 weeks. Starting Friday you can call our berry line (541)938-5053 for update on the next picking day and how picking conditions are. Our price is $2.75/ lb and we will provide plasting clamshells for you to put your berries in. We look forward to seeing you and hope that all of you who are interested will have an opportunity to visit.