Friday, January 24, 2014

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pie apples

Red Free (sweet) and William's Pride (sweet/tart) are available for cooking. 20 bucks a bushel at market, 15 at home. Both are great for apples sauce/butter and pies!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Facebook post

I posted some new pictures of summer apples on facebook--click here.

Friday, July 12, 2013

We have apples and peaches!

We have Pristine apples now, which are similar to Yellow Transparent and Lodi. They are tart, but have enough sweetness to be decent eating. They are great for apple sauce or baking. We have a large crop of them, so if anyone wants a bushel, let me know!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Season starting!

We will be at the Northside Farmers' Market this Wednesday with our first peaches. If we have enough, we hope to also be at Madeira on Thursaday, Anderson on Saturday, and possibly Hyde Park on Sunday. 

We'll have peaches from now until August, apples starting late July, and pears during the middle of August.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Developing Fruit

Just thought I'd add some pictures of developing apples, peaches, and pears. It's going to be a great year.

Little apples, Criterion, I believe. 

Some apples bloom unevenly, which means they'll be harvested unevenly. Above are secondary blossoms. 

King blossoms, the first blossoms, which develop into large fruit. 

More secondary blossoms.

A size comparison. 

One of the winecrisp trees we just planted. They're already flowering. 

Another winecrisp. 

One of the Asian pears we planted last year that was damaged by deer. It's growing back nicely.

Young Asian pears. 

Peaches, Madisons, I think. 

More Madisons. 

A vigorously growing peach planted last year. 

Honeysweet European pears, a variety we've had trouble growing in the past, since they always seem to get fireblight disease or scab. I think we'll have some this year. 

Magnus, a European pear. 

A deer damaged peach growing back. As you can tell, we have a bit of a deer problem, despite having three dogs. 

One of the old peaches that served as a young buck's scratching post.