Fresh For October 24, 2020

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 21, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hello – Not much new this week except for the Comice pear, all the same varieties as last week, but not the Abbe Fetel and Seckel Pears or Arlet Apple.

I want to apologize for a mishap from last week. If you sent us a preorder and didn’t hear from me, it’s because I put the wrong email address in last weeks post, I didn’t realize until I was at the market. Sorry about that.

The pears and apples are $3.50 a pound. From sweetest to tartest (approx.):

  • Nicajack
  • White Winter Pearmain
  • Spartan
  • Prairie Spy
  • Macoun
  • Mc Intosh
  • Jonathan
  • Newtown Pippin
  • Spitzenburg
  • King David
  • Tydemans Late Orange
  • Coxs Orange Pippin
  • Belle de Boskoop

Pears:

  • Hosui Asian Pear
  • Ar-ri-rang Asian Pear
  • Mongolian Red Asian Pear
  • Bosc
  • Comice
  • Walnuts – $8.00#
  • Hardy Kiwis – $5.00 pint
  • Honey – $20.00 pint

We’re likely to be finished with our market season in two to three weeks, if you’re interested in purchasing a box of apples for keepers, we’re offering the Newtown Pippins (great storage fruit), the Bell de Boskoop, Coxs Orange Pippin and McIntosh for $55.00/ 20 pound box.

If you’d like to preorder, email us at : grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

I’ll send a Square invoice through which you can pay online, then pick up at the market on Saturday. Due to the potential Winter weather forecast in the Cascades for Friday, please order by 5pm on Thursday. I’m going to do my best to get over the mountains on Friday, if conditions won’t allow it, we’ll arrange a refund or wait until next week for pickup.

Newtown Pippins

Thanks again for supporting us!

Fresh for October 17, 2020

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 14, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hello-

No mistaking it, Autumn is here for sure. We received about two inches of rain since last weekend, which is quite a bit for over here. The ground and everything else sorely appreciates it, it was dry. And snow a couple thousand feet above us, Winter not far off.

A few new additions to our apple selection this week: Spartan, another McIntosh cross. Nicajack, Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin, the latter two reputed to be Thomas Jeffersons favorite apples. They’re all good, multi-purpose fruit. The Pippins are exceptional keepers, getting better as the Winter wears on.

Newtown Pippin

We’ll also have Walnuts this week. The pears and apples are $3.50 a pound. From sweetest to tartest (approx.):

  • Swiss Arlet
  • Nicajack
  • White Winter Pearmain
  • Spartan
  • Prairie Spy
  • Macoun
  • Mc Intosh
  • Jonathan
  • Newtown Pippin
  • Spitzenburg
  • King David
  • Tydemans Late Orange
  • Coxs Orange Pippin
  • Belle deBoskoop

Pears:

  • Hosui Asian Pear
  • Ar-ri-rang Asian Pear
  • Mongolian Red Asian Pear
  • Abbe Fetel
  • Bosc
  • Seckel
  • Walnuts – $8.00#
  • Hardy Kiwis – $5.00 pint
  • Honey – $20.00 pint

I you’d like to preorder, send an email to: grousemtfarm@gmail.com , then I’ll send you a Square invoice through which you can pay online, then come pick up your order at our booth at the market on Saturday. Please order by 9am on Friday.

King David Apple

Thank you for supporting us and coming out to the market. Stay safe & healthy.

What’s Ripe for October 10, 2020

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 7, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

It’s been warm here this past week and the smoke has cleared out. Nice late Summer, early Fall weather, easy to get lulled into thinking it’ll last.

A couple more apples this week, the Macoun and the Belle deBoskopp, both great apples, the Macoun is related to the Mc Intosh but maybe a bit sweeter. And the Boskopp is a BIG, tart apple, most excellent for eating fresh and baking whole. We’ll also have the Hardy Kiwis this week, a smaller version of the better known ‘fuzzy’ Kiwi; about the size of a big grape with no fuzz. Also the last blast of tomatoes, we hadn’t checked them thinking they were done, but to our surprise the green fruit ripened!

Bell deBoskopp Apple

This week we’ll have:

Apples (from tartest to sweetest, approx.): $3.50/lb.

-Belle deBoskop

-Coxs orange Pippin

Tydemans Late Orange

-King David

-Jonathan

-Mc Intosh

-Prairie Spy

-Macoun

-Whit Winter permain

-Swiss Arlet

Pears – $3.50# :

-Shenseiki Asian Pear

-Hosui Asian pear

-Mongolian Red Asian Pear

-A-Ri-Rang Asian Pear

-Bosc Pear

-Seckel Pear

-Abbe Fetel Pear

-Italian Plums – $4.00#

-Hardy Kiwis – $5.00/pint

-Elephant heart Plums – $4.00# (almost gone, sorry only 2 # per order)

-Tomatoes, mixed Varieties – $4.00#

-Honey, 1 Pint – $ 20.00, 20oz. net wt.

(I apologize for the stretched list, a ‘new’ format which I can’t figure out how to condense)

If you’d like to preorder, send an email to: grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

and I’ll send a Square invoice through which you can pay, and then pick up your order at the University District farmers market on Saturday.

Hardy Kiwis

Thank you for shopping with us, we sincerely appreciate it! Also, if have a surplus of big, paper shopping bags we can use them. Our generous customer/friends have been supplying us with them, which we use to pack the preorders in, any extras do help. Thanks!

Macoun Apples

What’s Ripe – for October 3, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh on September 30, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Greetings!

It’s almost October as I write this, another month that flew by.. It really feels like Fall, shorter days, cooler nights and apples! We got some of that rain over here from last week, so nice to have the dust settled and the air cleaned out.

This week we’ll have:

Italian Plums – $4.00lb
Elephant heart Plums – $4.00lb
Seckel Pears – $3.50lb
Abbe Fetel Pears – $3.50lb
Shenseiki Asian Pears – $3.50lb
Hosui Asian Pears – $3.50lb
Mongolian Red Asian Pears – $3.50lb.
Apples – $ 3.50lb.
(from most tart to sweetest, approx.):
Coxs Orange Pippin
King David
Jonathan
McIntosh
Prairie Spy
White Winter Pearmain
Swiss Arlet
Romano Green Beans – $6.00lb.
Honey, pint – $20.00, 20oz. net wt.

and maybe a few other things we’ll have at the market.
If you’d like to preorder, send an email to :
grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

I’ll send you a square invoice which you can pay online and then you pick up your order at the market on Saturday. Please order by 9am on Friday.

King David Apple

Thanks again for your support and see you on Saturday.

Prairie Spy Apple

What’s Ripe: September 23, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh on September 23, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hello-
The smoke cleared out of Eastern Washington last weekend, what a relief! So nice to have the sky back and fresh air to breath. Things are moving along here, but slowly. Fruit that I expected to have harvested already isn’t ready yet, I’m guessing the smoke had slowed things up a bit. So with some regret (and guilt), I won’t be at the market this weekend. We have a bit of a low ebb of fruit right now, and I decided to take this weekend off from the market to try to get caught up on things here. We’re doing fine, just a bit of a lull.

Next week ( October 3) we will have:
Elephant Heart & Italian Plums, McIntosh, Coxs Orange Pippin, Jonathan, Swiss Arlet, Prairie Spy (& probably more) Apples, Asian Pears, at least two varieties of European pears and maybe Hardy Kiwis as well. And honey too.

Coxs Orange Pippin

I apologize for the disruption, but we will pick it up next week. Thanks to you all for support & patronage, we very much appreciate it.

Starch test on apples; Iodine sprayed on a cross section of an apple reveals the starch/sugar development of the fruit. The more black indicates more starch, the sugar is the clear areas. The apples on the left are not ready, almost all starch (but starting, notice the clear area around the seed cavity), on the far right shows a good balance and a bit of room for ripening without being overripe.

What’s Ripe – September 16, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh on September 16, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Greetings!
What a week! I hope you all are dealing with the foul air okay, it’s been a tough week concerning that and everything else. But the farm keeps producing, and here we are.

Apropos of nothing currently happening on the farm, I’m posting this just to have some blue sky to look at.

This we’ll have:

O’Henry Peaches – $4.00/lb.
Honey Nectar Peach Cots (HNC) – $4.00/lb
Blood Cling Peaches – $4.00lb.
Italian Plums – $4.00/lb.
Elephant Heart Plums – $4.00/lb.
McIntosh Apples – $3.50/lb.
Coxs Orange Pippin Apples – $3.50/lb.
Swiss Arlet Apples – $3.50/lb.
Hosui Asian Pear – $3.50/lb.
Shenseiki Asian Pear – 3.50/lb.
Romano green beans – $6.00/lb.
Tomatoes – $5.00/lb.
Cherry Tomatoes, Orange or Red – $4.00/pint
Honey 20 oz, net wt. – $20.00/pt.
We have a couple boxes of gravenstein apples, too soft for fresh eating, but would be great for applesauce, inquire if you’re interested.

To preorder, send an email to:
grousemtfarm13@gmail.com
and we’ll send you an invoice through Square which you can pay, and then pick up your order at the market on Saturday. Please get your order in by 9am on Friday. Thank you!

Blood Cling Peach, a culinary peach, more tart then sweet and tasty.

The Fall apples and other fruits are starting to come in and finally the Elephant Heart plums, a favorite of many, including me. This will most likely be the last week for peaches.

Hosui Asian pear


Elephant heart Plum

Thanks again for supporting us and coming out to the market, it’s a tough year but we will get through it!

What’s Fresh – September 10, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh on September 10, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Greetings, I apologize for my tardiness in updating this page, but here we are.

We’re doing fine in regard to the fires that are and have burned in our area, on Monday the wind kicked up and burned thousands of acres east of the Cascades, much of it in sage brush/grasslands which burns hot and fast, especially with the wind pushing it. We weren’t affected by the fires directly, smoke is the worst we have, not so lucky are many who lost buildings, trees and animals. Not to mention all the fires still raging in parts of this state and California and Oregon. Let’s hope we all get some rain soon. Thank you all who inquired about our safety the last few days.

This week we’ll have:

Fantasia Nectarines – $ 4.00/lb.
Honey Nectar Peach Cots*- $ 4.00/lb.
Wickson Plums – $ 4.00/lb.
Green Gage Plums(Reine Claude) – $ 4.00/lb
Gravenstein Apples – $3.50/lb.
Tydeman Apples – $3.50/lb.
Pink Pearl Apples – $ 3.50/lb.
Hosui Asian Pear – $3.50/lb/
Shenseiki Asian Pear – $ 3.50/lb.
Romano green Beans – $ 6.00/lb.
Cour di Bue Tomato – $5.00/lb.
Pint Basket Tomatoes (red or Orange) – $ 4.00/pint
Sweet Peppers – $ 5.00/lb.
Honey – $20.00 pint, 20oz.Net Wt

If you’d like to preorder, send an email to :
grousemtfarm13@gmail.com
and we’ll send a Square invoice through which you can pay, and then pick up at the market on Saturday. Try to get your order in by 11 am on Friday.

Honey Nectar Peach Cot

*The Honey Nectar peach Cot (or Nectarcot ) is another of our ugly duckling fruits, always a bit green and unripe looking, but quite delicious. It is a combination of a Nectarine, White peach and Apricot developed by Bill Schlidgen who lived in the Palmer Lake area of Washington state, near Oroville. He is mostly known for his successful walnut breeding and he liked messing around with fruits as well. Definitely worth a try.

This weeks sweet peppers

Movable electric fence, part of our defense against marauding bears.

What’s Fresh – September 2, 2020

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 2, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Greetings!

Finally September, August seemed like a long month, and we’re not too sad to see it pass.

This week we’ll have:

Suncrest Peaches – $ 4.00/lb.

Red Gold nectarine – $ 4.00/lb.

Early Prune Plums – $ 4.00/lb.

Burbank Plums- $ 4.00/lb/

Wickson Plums – $4.00/lb.

Tydeman Apples -$3.50/lb.

Gravenstein Apples – $3.50/lb.

Akane Apples -$3.50/lb.

Heirloom Tomatoes – $ 5.00/lb.

Cherry Tomatoes (Sungold & red cherries) – $4.00 pint

Asian Cucumbers – $3.00/lb.

Romano Green beans – $6.00/lb.

Summer Squash – $3.00/lb.

Honey, 1 pint/ 20oz. net wt. – $20.00

If you would like to preorder, email us with what you’d like at:

grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

I’ll send you an invoice and you can pick it up at the market on Saturday.

Please order by 8am on Friday

I was hoping to have Elephant Heart Plums this week but they’re not ripe enough yet. I may have Asian pears and McIntosh apples this week, depending on ripeness and what I get to in the next couple of days. More on the way!

Thanks to you all for supporting us and coming to the market!

What’s Ripe August 26, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh with tags , , , , on August 26, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hello.
The length of day is growing noticeably shorter, it always amazes me how quickly it turns this time of year. The nights are a bit cooler, it almost feels like early Autumn, but not just yet. I am glad to note that the tomatoes are finally kicking in, we’ll have a good selection on Saturday. Still plenty of peaches, plums and nectarines.

This week we’ll have:

Coral Star Peaches – $4.00/lb.
Red Gold Nectarines – $4.00/lb.
Burbank Plums – $4.00/lb.
Early Italian Plum – $4.00/lb.
Akane Apple – $3.50/lb.
Tydeman Apple – $3.50/lb.
Gravenstein Apple – $3.50/lb.
Romano Green Beans – $6.00/lb.
Summer Squash – $3.00/lb.
Asian Cucumber – $3.00/lb.
Anaheim Peppers – $4.00/lb.
Tomatoes -$5.00/lb.
Basket Tomatoes- Sungold or Red -$5.00 pint
Honey – $20.00 Pint (20oz.net wt.)

If you would like to preorder, email us what you’d like to:
grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

We’ll send an invoice and you pick up at the market on Saturday.
Please order by 8am on Friday.

Berkley Tye Dyed

Amish Paste

Brandywine

Moskvich

It’s been another challenging week dealing with the hungry bears, most all wild berries and fruit are dried up and they do need to get as many calories as possible before Winter, an orchard looks pretty good! We’re in the process of putting up a movable electric fence around what is ripe or close to ripe, after the fruit is picked, we move it to where something else is ripening, we’ll see how it goes. In case you missed it, here’s a link to a short video from last week, cubs and mama got separated and the cubs ended up in a mulberry tree. Click Here!

Anaheim Peppers

What’s Ripe August 19, 2020

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, honey bees, organic farming, organic fruit, Seattle Farmers Market, whats fresh on August 19, 2020 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Greetings- It’s been another warm week over here, pretty normal for this time of year. The Fall apples are beginning to get some color, it won’t be long before we’ll start bringing them to the market. We’ll have to endure peaches, nectarines and plums until then..

This week we’ll have:
August Blaze Peaches – $4.00/lb.
Independence Nectarines(Yellow) – $4.00/lb.
Shiro Plums – $4.00/lb
Burbank Plums – $4.00/lb
Akane Apples – $3.50/lb.
Gravenstein Apples – $3.50/lb.
Tydeman Red Apples – $3.50/lb.
Summer Squash – $3.00/lb.
Romano Green Beans – $6.00/lb.
Asian Cucumbers – $3.00/lb.
Honey – 20oz.net wt.(pint) $20.00

We’ll also have tomatoes, more than last week, the plants are beginning to come out of the heat damage from a couple of weeks ago, but still slow coming. A few varieties $ 5.00/lb.

If you would like to pre order, email us at:
grousemtfarm13@gmail.com

I’ll send you a Square invoice where you can pay and then pick up your order at the market on Saturday.


Burbank Plum

Thank you once again for coming to the market and supporting us and all the other farmers and producers, we couldn’t do it with out you all.

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