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Concord Grapes

We are harvesting our Concord Grapes.  img_7392It has been our longest Spring, Summer, Fall, season, yet.

We are still without frost.  Last night, we walked the gardens.  Green Peas, Swiss Chard and Dried Beans were harvested.  We came inside and made a nice quiche with the Chard and Prosciutto.  Since the crust was prepared, I made a tart cherry pie.

Over the next weeks, we will recap some of our summer highlights.  We would like to thank all of our customers who came for fruit during this long, eight month season.  The garlic is planted, the trees are fed.  Now, we will turn our attention to the Orchard House Building project.

Next year, our new Orchard House will be open for cooking classes and events.

  If you are interested in making jelly with Concord Grapes, call  us for grapes at 406-871-5499.  Thank you for sharing the fruits of our labor with us over this past season of fruit.

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Special Apple Days at the Orchard

The weather is getting warmer and beginning this weekend, we are celebrating our great fall crops.  Call us and come down, 406-871-5499.  We have the best cooking apple.  During the week, I will post some of my favorite apple recipes.  We have enjoyed our apples during our last several days.  The pears are out of this world this year.  The Italian plums are just about ready.  Concord grapes are ripening.  The beauty of the Orchard is an incredible sight and walking in the trees is very uplifting.  We are making baskets of apples and applesauce.  Come join us over the weekend or any day next week.  Happy fall to all.  It is a fine time to think of making great applesauce for the year.  We can help you learn if you haven’t made applesauce before.

We have several varieties of great eating apples and our Ruby Mac cannot be beat for cooking.  This is the truth.

It’s Cherry Time…

Our harvest is scheduled!  I am making raspberry cakes in the kitchen.  We will begin on Friday, July 15, 2016.  Everyone is ready and the spare tire  for the trailer is new.  Dan has oiled up the ties and the bins will be picked up at Glacier Fresh Cherries in the morning.  They are the fine people who pack our cherries and send them to market. Our tart cherries are ready, too.  This means we now have u pick for raspberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, and apricots will be ready next week.  Wish us well, the hours will be long, but we are ready to work!  Thank you!

Harvest Schedule Plans

Plans can change if it rains.  As of today, Wednesday, we plan to begin harvest at Daylight on July 15, Friday.  We will work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  We will ship boxes on Monday, U S Postal Service.  They are guaranteed to arrive Tue, Wed, but some areas:  Thursday.

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Our Lapins in a glamour pose. I love making their portraits.

 

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Our summer cabin. We live here while we are building our bigger house. All is being tidied for harvest. Foxtail lilies are shining in the evening light.
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Lillies in the stone garden help scent the air for our Harvest Celebration.

 

 

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Tart Cherries are ready, too. The best cherry pies are made with the good sourness of tart Cherries. These are Montmorency. We cannot ship, “too, juicy”. We do allow U Pick for tarts. All of our trees are easily accessible.

 

Cherry Harvest Report July 10, 2016 Season

What are raspberries doing on the cherry report?

                                 Our cherries are still ripening.

Our weather has changed and we have had some mild, drizzle rains.  Cherries love the cooler weather.  They have relaxed and have begun to put on size again.  This means, instead of building sugar and preparing for harvest, they have slowed down. We are fine with this and have blow dried the orchard  four times with a helicopter. Our best guess, on this day, is July 15 for our upcoming  harvest.

To all of you who are waiting for cherries, watch this page.  We believe we have close to a week until the cherries have a Brix number that will indicate growth, sweetness, and color.  …..We will harvest when they are at their prime.

Now, regarding raspberries:

We are absolutely loaded with wonderful raspberries.  We are having u pick people at 4pm each day.  If you would like to pick raspberries, please call us at 406-871-5499.  We would love to see our raspberries in your refrigerator, too!

I have made jam and it is wonderful this year.