Friday, June 22, 2012

Backyard Orchard Fruit Guide

This year we're going to do a fruit guide to keep everyone up to date on what's in season. Here's what we have at the moment: 

Our first apple, Pristine. It's juicy and tart and very thin-skinned. It's an excellent apple sauce apple, and it's great for pies. Recommended for eating only if you like your apples tart. 

Dutchess of Oldenburg. We won't have this apple at market because we only have one tree. It's an antique apple that's really only good for pies. Notice its knobby shape.

 Here's a close up of a Dutchess apple.

On the left is a peach variety called Jersey Dawn, on the right is Flaming Fury. Both are sweet, yellow clings.

Dennis at work washing apples.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Markets for June

We're about to start our third week of farmers' markets. Look for us at Loveland on Tuesday, Northside on Wednesday, Madeira on Thursday, Anderson on Saturday, and Hyde Park on Sunday. Our current peach variety is Flaming Fury, a sweet, yellow cling. We should have some Pristine apples this week, which is a very tart early apple good for sauce and pies.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Some pictures, update

Here are some pictures of growing fruit. More pictures, including peaches, coming. We will be at Northside on Wednesday this week.

Niagara grapes, we'll have plenty this year.

 Dayton apples, a great early summer variety, will be ready early August.
 Dad and I examining Pristine apples.
 Pristine, a disease resistant type of yellow transparent. Tart and good for sauce.
 New Olympic pears, will be mature in a couple of years.
 Frost ring on a William's Pride. Purely cosmetic, doesn't affect flavor.
 Mutsu, which will be enormous.
 Magnus pears. Will be ready in August.