Hi everyone,

It's been a really busy week.  Although I guess that's pretty standard for this time of year, this week has been particularly short on sleep.  I just spent a few days in western New York at the International Fruit Tree Association's summer tour.  We had two days of orchard tours to see what some of the biggest orchards in New York are doing these days, and we spent one day at Cornell's Fruit Field Day to see their current research on a bunch of different fruit tree management topics.  New York is the biggest producer of apples in the country after Washington, and as such a lot of their orchards are bigger and more cutting edge (unfortunately) than we are here in Ohio.  So I came back with a lot of ideas of things I'd like to try over the next few years.

I got back on Friday and spent the day picking peaches (more on that in a second), and then spent today picking Pristine apples.  We'll have Pristine in the store tomorrow morning.  For this time of year, it's a great apple.  It's an excellent sauce apple and makes a good pie.  But unlike Transparent and Lodi (the other early summer apples we grow), it's got some sugar to balance out its acid as well as a better crunch, so it actually makes for a pretty good eating apple.

In other news (and this is kind of a big one), tomorrow (Sunday the 24th) is going to be the last day of berry u-pick for the season.  There are still a few blackberries and blueberries left out there, but that's about it.  The blueberries are mostly in rows 5 and 6 from the driveway, although there's a scattering in some other rows, too. 

This also means that starting on Tuesday we won't be open at 8 for picking anymore...we'll be going back to our normal 9-6 Tuesday-Saturday and 11-5 Sunday hours.  These will be our hours through the end of October, when we shorten them up a bit for the winter.
Peach Update

As I said above, I spent yesterday picking peaches.  By the way, quick shout out to my fiancee Amanda for keeping them picked while I was in New York.  So yesterday I finished up all of the Glenglo, the Flamin' Fury PF-7 and PF-8, and the Brightstar.   All of which we have now sold out of already.  But don't worry too much. The picture above is from the Redhaven as of tonight when I left the orchard. Within a few days we should have our own Redhaven, with Flamin' Fury PF-9 and Starfire not long after.  At that point we'll hopefully have a good supply of our own peaches for several weeks.

In the meantime, if you need to get your peach fix, we brought in some nice Red Globe peaches from South Carolina.  They're not ours, but they're pretty good.  Stay tuned to the What's Ripe page or social media for when I start picking the Redhaven.

That's it for tonight.  I've got to get some sleep.  Talk to you again soon!

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