Mostly done for the season. Vegetables-kale, chard, collards through November; Autumn Olive, Aronia, few kwiberry; Its the “Ugly apples taste better” season and you can still find gems in the field-grounders, easily 30 varieties but slim on “perfect”.
Plant sale this Sunday 11 to 6.
Apples and grapes. There are a lot of fruit picked but good picks can be found on Liberty, Fuji, Jonagold, Hudson’s Goldon Gem, Gala, really ugly but delicious-Rubinette, Melrose. Grapes available(if the birds dont take them) are Jupiter and Reliance, Canadice-all seedless, and our Concord will be picked for your purchase. There are a few pears, kiwiberry, autumn olive and aronia.
Apples-mid season apples coming on-Liberty, Macoun, Mother, Fuji, Bramley’s, Empire, Honeycrisp- and still good quantities of earlier apples like Elstar, Pricilla, Alkmene, Fiesta, Akane. Grapes-golden Interlaken, big Jupiter and Strawberry Einset. Aronia berries, Perry pears,-Brandy and Barnett Perry, Autumn Olive. Open: Thursday through Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 11 to 6. Bring your own bag! baskets for sale and use.
Apples-prime this week Elstar-a Dutch favorite, nice complexity! Interlaken grape-pick it golden-excellent for raisins, Honeycrisp, shy this year, Akane-white-fleshed sweet tart bright red early favorite, Ellison’s Orange-a mot unusual apple, & several more; Aronia berries-highest antioxidant fruit, still blackberries.Open: Thursday through Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 11 to 6. Bring your own bag! baskets for sale and use.
Apples Ripe: Zestar! , the tart white-fleshed Akane, sweeter Sansa, Mother, Tsugaru and Alkmene, Elstar is looking good, Honeycrisp coming up, Ellison’s Orange, the cheesey apple is perfect right now- makes great vinegar! We are cidering with Gravenstein, Redfree, Summerred and Ellison’s Orange- these are the processors and lower cost fruit right now. Also Blackberries, Aronia and Bartlett Pears. Open: Thursday through Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 11 to 6. Bring your own bag! baskets for sale and use.
Ok! Here we go with apple season: Wynoochee Early, a yummy mcintosh type, Ellison’s Orange, Summerred, Gravenstein, Zestar!, and Blackberries
Rain, 1/2″, Yea for bigger fruit. Lots of sunshine this week. Same as last week, just bigger. Wynoochee Early- scrumptious
Apples are on! Gravenstein, Lodi, William’s Pride, Triple Crown Blackberries(the big one on thornless canes), blueberries and gooseberries
Open July 5th
Currants, Gooseberry- June 27-July 14; Cherry-July 1-10; Blueberry-July 5 to Aug. 4; Blackberry-July 11-Aug. 11; Apples-July 20(Lodi)-Nov. 3; Grapes-August 22-October 27
Nursery is open anytime with a phone call 206-679-6576. Fruiting plants like apple trees,grapes, kiwi, raspberry, currants, gooseberry and more. Absolutely zero chemicals-we use clay spray on our apples which is white and edible and kills nothing but deters the pests.
and at the farmstand-self serve any day: Many Apples, Quince, Pear, our famous 15 variety raw cider (half gallon=6# of apples, $10(This can be fermented into 4-16 oz. bottles of “hard cider”, compare at $25-$45). Brewers, bring your apples!
> self serve cider press. Bring your apples, containers. Press uses 10 to 12# apples /gallon, pay $2/gallon, or rent @$40/hour. Our virgin half gallon containers are extra $0.75 each. Daily rental(schedule ahead) $170, U-clean! Daily off-site, inquire. This $4500 electric machine can grind and press 300 pounds per hour.
It’s the perfect planting time again! Grape plants, blueberry bushes, apple trees, black currants, jostaberry, raspberry, kiwi berry and m
in order of ripeness:Honeycrisp, Elstar, Alkmene, Mother, Crimson Crisp, Pixie Crunch, Tsugaru, Fugi, Empire, Bramley’s, October there will be another dozen varieties; several seedless grapes on now. open 9-6 thurs-sat, 11 to 6 Sunday through October.
Elstar-the Dutch #1, Mother-a plain high-volume eater both on row 3, Tsugaru-row 16 and Sansa – sweet sweet sweet, row 15, Ellison’s Orange-cheesy-row 19, Alkmene-a pleasant complex sibling of Cox Orange Pippin-row 20, Honeycrisp! rows 5 & 6; seedless grapes>>> Interlaken-Yellow-row 4&5 and the large purple Jupiter-row 6&7
Apples: Zestar! Our nicest Apple right now- very sweet and crisp also sweet Sansa and Tsugaru-a red delicious improvement; Bartlett Pears; Interlaken grapes(golden) are ready, Blackberries, Aronia, Elderberry
Coming up!- Alkmene, Ellison’s Orange, Elstar, Mother, Honeycrisp, Pixie Crunch, Fiesta.
Blueberries, First Apples!: ‘Lodi’-best early pie/sauce apple, crispy golden ‘Pristine’, rosey ‘William’s Pride’, and our early local McIntosh ‘Wynoochee Early’, Blackberries, Mulberries. Blueberry plants in the nursery are loaded with fruit-$35 each, 3 for $90; Apple trees $15, war Raspberry plants $7
Blueberries, Lodi Apples, Early Blackberries, Mulberries. Blueberry plants in the nursery are loaded-$32 each, 3 for $85; Apple trees $15, Raspberry plants $7
Lapins Cherries, Gooseberries, Black Currants, and the cross between these-Jostaberry, there are the beginnings of Blueberries, Red and Gold raspberries; a few Serviceberries. Nursery- blueberry, raspberry, all the black and red currant varieties, 100 different apple trees-dwarf to standard, mixed perennials-its still early enough to plant.
Late: Red Currants added to>
Early: Black Currant ‘Slitsa’, 1st pick> Raspberries, Serviceberry/Juneberry ‘Coles Select’
CIDER, QUINCE, NURSERY STOCK, CLASSES, TOURS
> self serve cider press! Bring your apples, press, $2/gallon. Our virgin half gallon containers are extra $0.75 each
It’s the perfect planting time again! Grape plants, blueberry bushes, apple trees, black currants, jostaberry, raspberry, kiwi berry and more. Great prices!
Open again! A few apple varieties are ready again. Namely- Empire, Spartan, Liberty. Grapes are decent with Jupiter, Glenora and Mars.
This week, especially yesterday, we saw a lot of apples leave the orchard. Picking is slim until the Jonagold come on. October 12th is our expected reopening day.
Sarah, Steve, John or Becky will guide you as my Dad passed on the 21st. I am with family in Pennsylvania until the 5th.
Mac-type apples are beginning to ripen this week and next>Liberty, Macoun, McIntosh, Spartan, Empire. Interlaken Grapes are up to 23 brix! Jupiter is on, 18 brix, Glenora is beginning at 14 brix as is the meaty Mars grape.
Honeycrisp, Early Fugi (Sept. Wonder), Zabergau Reinette, Bramley’s Seedling, Ellison’s Orange, Pixie Crunch, Fiesta. Also Blackberries, Aronia, Elderberry
Same as below
Giant Blackberries, Blueberries- ‘Legacy’ variety, Apples-William’sPride-#1fresh eating &sauce, Gravenstein, Summerred, Sansa, Zestar! Mulberries, Aronia, Shiro and Hollywood plum, Ubileen pear, Elderberry, 2 weeks-Honeycrisp
Closed Monday’s and Tuesdays
Aug 4 2017
Blackberries, Blueberries- ‘Legacy’ variety, Apples-Lodi, Pristine, William’sPride, Summerred, coming up- Sansa, Zestar! Mulberries. In 2 weeks- sour grapes, Aronia, Ubileem pear, Elderberry, Honeycrisp
July 31st 2017
Open 9 to 6 daily
It’s Planting time… Edible landscaping is our skill: Right plant-right place; consulting, workparties.
At the farm stand, Feb. 2017: Apples, Chilled Cider, Quince and Black Currant fruit leathers and jams, truly raw almonds from a small farm in California, pastured pork jerky (Roam Sticks), Orange Blossom Honey from our beekeeper Jacob, Fruit trees, Blueberry bushes, Grape vines, Raspberry and many more tasties for your garden.
We had 12,000 pounds of apples in 2016. Thank you for help picking!
2016 Log follows:
October 19th: what is left to pick in the field are rough Braeburns, Quince, 30# Hudson’s Golden Gem, Rubinette. There are a few hundred pounds of drops/gleaners. $5/person, includes 2 1/2 # basket each that you can fill with picking or fruit from our stand or just come to visit the animals! They are a delight to visit and appreciate the company-especially the 2 month old goats!
October 14th ’16
2 fields-upper has picking yet,$4/# and the main has gleaning, $1.70/#
Crimson Topaz is one crunchy, zingy, late apple that is still hanging. We have about 30# yet in the upper field
Hudson’s Golden Gem
Also, our cider press is set up for your use-$2 per gallon-bring your apples, containers or use our 1/2 gallon containers. Presses up to 50gal./hr.!
October 10th: 400 pounds more to pick
Open this week 10AM to 6PM- Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; Sunday 11 to 6PM
Limited amounts of ALL VARIETIES ABOVE plus others are available at the stand for $3.00/pound.
September 24th: Peak Week! yes we’re 3 weeks early; yikes no pumpkins…but we have Apples: Fugis-Beni Shogun & September Wonder, Honeycrisp drops, Liberty, Pixie Crunch, Crimson Crisp, Crimson Topaz, Rubinette, Jonagold, Melrose, Jonamac, early Macouns, Belle de Boskoop, Eleagnus umbellata the “Autumn Olive”-red and gold, few Blackberry, few Golden Raspberry; just starting (the caterpillar drops ’em 2 weeks early!)-Kidd’s Orange Red; ending soon- Tsugaru, Mother, Blackberry
September 17th: Apples- Elstar, Honeycrisp, Liberty, Pixie Crunch, Fiesta, Rubinette, Tsugaru, Hatsuaki, Fugi types, many more getting the glow of flavor; Italian Plums, Eleagnus umbellata the “Autumn Olive”-red and gold, few Blackberry, few Golden Raspberry; just starting (the caterpillar drops ’em 2 weeks early!)-Kidd’s Orange Red; ending soon- Tsugaru, Mother, Blackberry
September 10th: Apples- Mother, Alkmene, Tsugaru, Elstar, Honeycrisp, Liberty, Pixie Crunch, Fiesta; Italian Plums, Eleagnus umbellata the “Autumn Olive”-red and gold, few Blackberry, few Golden Raspberry; just starting -Kidd’s Orange Red; ending soon-Alkmene, Gravenstein, Purple Gage Plum, Blackberry
September 3rd: Apples- Alkmene, Pricilla, Elstar, few Honeycrisp, Liberty, Pixie Crunch, Mother; Italian Plums, Eleagnus umbellata the “Autumn Olive”-red and gold, few Blackberry, few Golden Raspberry; just starting -Fiesta, Honeycrisp, Mother, Kidd’s Orange Red, Purple Gage Plum; ending soon-Alkmene, Gravenstein, Akane, Italian Plum, Blackberry
What is perfect? #1 Fragrance; #2 Yellow-red color; #3 drops-in-your-hand; #4 separates from the tree with little effort:
First look at the ground: The best tasting, finished apples drop when they’re perfect- initiated by the Codling Moth that eats a significant tunnel directly to the seeds and exits. The apple responds to this ‘wound’ with a blending of enzymes that cause early ripening-usually 1 to 2 weeks early and this is the best tasting apple de facto in the row-used as samplers at the farm market.
#1: The apple has a ‘Ground Color’ becoming more Yellow from Green (not the Red color). With a good eye you can detect yellow through the Red where the Red tints orange-especially the sunny side. #2: Lift the apple, it drops in your hand. #3: Lift and twist 1/4 turn, it drops in your hand #4: Aroma. If a bite on the sunnyside comes up starchy it may not ripen and should not come easily off the tree (spur). The spur carries the flower bud for next year and STAYS when picking-be careful, use your thumb if necessary, but this usually means it’s NOT RIPE.
August 27th: Apples-Akane, Alkmene, Pricilla, few Honeycrisp, Pixie Crunch,; Italian Plums, Autumn Olive-red and gold, Blackberry, Golden Raspberry; just starting-Fiesta, Elstar, Honeycrisp, Mother; ending soon-Akane, Alkmene, Ellison’s, Sansa, Gravenstein
August 20th: Apples-Gravenstein, Sansa, Ellison’s Orange, Wealthy; Italian Plums, Blackberry, Golden Raspberry; just starting-Honeycrisp, Akane apples, Autumn Olive-red and gold; ending soon- Blueberries, Aronia
August 13th: Apples-Zestar, Sansa, Gravenstein, Ellison’s Orange, Redfree; Blackberry, Golden Raspberry; ending soon- Blueberries, Aronia, Zestar; just starting- Sansa Apple, Autumn Olive-red and gold.
August 6th: Apples-William’s Pride, Zestar, Gravenstein, Redfree; Blackberry, Golden Raspberry; ending soon- Blueberries, William’s Pride Apple; just starting- Ellison’s Orange and Sansa Apple
BERRY BLISS 2nd weekend:
Saturday & Sunday come out for berry breakfast, Smorgasbord-style. Graze the farm berries, complement wild things, the sacred stillness. Dye your hands, de-tox your belly-vitality, glowing eyes result.
$10 over 18; $5 children; under 6 free!
July 2nd: Blueberries! Peaking this week and next; Raspberry and Jostaberry; end>Gooseberries & Black Currants
July 9th: Berry Bliss Event Saturday Blueberries full-on; ending- Jostaberries, Gooseberries, Currants; Just starting: Blackberries and Aronia, Lodi Apples, Ersinger Plum
July 16: Lodi Apples, Aronia, Blackberry, Golden Raspberry; ending soon- Blueberries, Raspberry, Jostaberry, Ersinger Plum; just starting- Shiro plum
100+ varieties, Apples begin late July with Lodi, Summerred, Gravenstein, William’s Pride, Zestar
June 4th: Black Currant ‘Slitsa’, 1st pick> Raspberries, Serviceberry/Juneberry ‘Coles Select’
June 11th: as above + Black Currant ‘Ben Lomond’, ‘Ben Sarek’, ‘Consort’ and ‘Blackdown’, Gooseberry ‘Invicta” Raspberries: -begin ‘Tulameen’, full-on ‘Caroline’ and golden ‘Anne’
June 18th: as above+ Raspberries, ‘Tulameen’-best for eating, ‘Caroline’-best for freezing& golden ‘Anne’ Blueberries begin-‘Patriot’, ‘Earliblue’, with ‘Duke’ and ‘Spartan’ Jostaberries-a black currant x gooseberry cross, very tasty, 60 nice bushes to pick from
June 25th: Blueberries full-on production, easy picking with mid-season ‘Blueray’ and ‘Bluecrop’, Spartan, Duke, Rubel, Bluegold, Northblue, Raspberries ‘Tulameen’, Jostaberries; Tasters only– Marionberries & Boysenberries
Open for you-pick- just call to get us out of the field! 206-679-6576
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