Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cherries, will they survive the weather?

Weather, birds who would have thought it was such a pain to grow cherries? The earlier sweet cherries exploded from the rain. But we had a couple sunny days to sweeten the rest of the crop and ripen it. So yesterday Sam, Hillary and Casey picked about 100 quarts of cherries. Whooee!
We'll probably try to be open friday or saturday to sell them.
The sour cherry crop looks like just enough to make a couple batches of jam which would be great for the holidays. Of course, Gary wants to make sure he gets a couple pies, and the pie lady wants some as well so she can make some sour cherry pies for the market. If you didn't get any last year, you are missing something special!

The crew is working on thinning out the red raspberry plants in the tunnels. It could be a nice late August - September crop this year.

Gary and Mike H. were working in the orchard yesterday. The baby honey crisp trees needed to be tied to their stakes. They have a nice crop, also!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hale loves strawberry season...

Due to the heavy rains we are done strawberries. So sad. We've picked a few sweet cherries and are waiting for the sour cherries to ripen. I can't wait to make sour cherry jam again, it was a big hit last year. Next we'll try to finish the peach thinning, and get the farm ready for peach harvest. It looks like a lot of fruit on the trees this year!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Still Picking in spite of the rain.

Wow. We didn't start the ark, but we should have... luckily there's still lots of ripe fruit. We'll be open on Sunday 9-5 for PYO and also have some already picked in the store. Wear your rain boots and be ready to eat fruit!

Monday, June 8, 2009


Picking is going well, in spite of the rain. 2 days of sunshine this weekend really brought the people and the berries out in full force. We expect more berries this week and will plan to be open Tue and Thur eve until 7:30 in addition to the 9-5 hours every day. Don't wait to get your taste.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

We're Open!

Saving our seeds. Harvesting Pumpkin Guts...
Our favorite chore.
Strawberry picking is going well in spite of the rain showers. We expect to be open all weekend 9-5 and next week we'll start the Tue/ Thur eve. hours until 7:30.