Peach harvest has been completed. While we had planned to offer peaches to our customers for a little while longer, the high humidity, heavy rains and intense summer heat created too many adverse conditions. Peaches actually rotted on the tree because of summer diseases, especially brown rot. Not picking peaches now but instead we have moved the picking ladders into the apple orchard.
While the intense heat we have been experiencing has somewhat slowed the ripening of the apples, we are picking Gala. We have other varieties too, but the Gala is the better known. Nothing like a Gala! This year the Gala is really awesome. Over the past years we have noticed that there is a variety that really “struts itself” each harvest. This year the Gala takes the honors. Customers buy Gala two to one over all other varieties. It is marketed as an “eating” apple but the Gala also does well in pies, cobblers and for canning. Sauce made from the Gala would be somewhat pinkish and chunky. The next well known variety on the picking schedule is the Honeycrisp which will be followed by the McIntosh.
Harvest looks good and as always it is a very busy time of year around our orchard. Remember we are in a “growing” business and we look forward to having the opportunity to offer all of you quality fruit from our orchard.