Archive for October, 2010

Fresh on the Market Table for October 30, 2010

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

King David Apple


Its getting quiet in the orchard, only a few trees left with fruit still hanging. The colors have been beautiful and still no hard freeze here at our place. We can see snow up on the higher ridges and peaks above us, it won’t be long until its here in the lowlands.
A few new varieties this week:
Northern Spy Apple
Newtown Pippin Apple
-A-Ri-Rang Asian Pear
Also this week:
-Jonathan Apple
-Prairie Spy Apple
-Nickajack Apple
-King David Apple
-Belle de Boskopp Apple
-Spitzenburg Apple
-Bosc Pear
-Hosui Asian Pear
-Walnuts (the last of them)

Newtown Pippin Apple


This Saturday at the University District Farmers Market in Seattle, along with the regular market activities AppleLooza will be taking place. A celebration of Apples, there will be a apple tasting, apple info and an pie making demo. I will also be there demonstrating a low tech method to check apples for ripeness. (See my September 15 post about the subject) Come enjoy and celebrate great Washington state apples!
See you Saturday.

Northern Spy Apples

Fresh for October 16, 2010

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, whats fresh with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hosui Asian Pear


Autumn is definitely in the air, cooler days and cold nights (still no frost here though). The weather has been great all week, nice sunny days. There’s not too many trees with fruit on them at this point, a few apples and some Asian pears still hanging.
This we’ll have:
-Gala Apple
-Prairie Spy Apple
Jonathan Apple
-McIntosh Apple
-Nickajack Apple
-Coxs Orange Pippin Apple
-Hosui Asian Pear
-Shinseiki Asian Pear
New this week:
-Spitzenburg Apple
-King David Apple
-Belle de Boskopp Apple
-Mongolian Red Asian Pear
-Bosc Pears
-Abate Fetel Pear
-Walnuts

Belle de Boskopp Apples


This week we will have our super walnuts (not our biggest, but our most popular for sure). They have a great flavor, can be easily cracked by hand and the meat can be extracted whole. We recommend getting to the market early if you are interested in these nuts, they do go fast.
See you Saturday.

2010 Tomato Challenge

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm with tags , , on October 10, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Congratulations to Liz for winning the 2010 10.0 Brix Tomato Challenge! with her German Red Strawberry tomato! Jon Rowley presented the challenge to find a 10.0 brix or better tomato at Seattle area farmers markets. ( Brix is a measurement of the percentage of sugars in fruits or vegetables as measured by a refractometer. ) Not an easy task this past summer, which it seems every outside tomato grower has had a tough time getting any tomatoes, yet alone a sweet one. With the cold wet spring weather and less then favorable conditions of the summer, it was a challenge for growers of many crops, especially heat loving tomatoes.

Liz in the Tomatoes


Liz had been quite frustrated all summer at the lack of tomatoes which were ripening, many fruits on the vine but so slow to ripen. At a market in September our market manager Chris Curtis asked Liz if she’d be interested in submitting a tomato for Jon’s challenge which she declined because of how few fruits we had and her low expectation of them. Jon came by a few hours later and asked for the beautiful, large German Red Strawberry tomato sitting on our display (which had been admired by many, but apparently the size scared them off) and it became the winning tomato!
Congratulations Liz and thanks for the Tomatoes!

Whats fresh for October 9

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, whats fresh with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Macoun Apple


This weeks new varieties (new as far as we haven’t brought them yet this season) will be the Macoun, Nickajack and Tydemans Late Orange. We don’t have many of the Tydemans or Macoun, the trees are young, so if all goes well in a few years there will be more. I’m excited about the Macoun especially, its a new apple for us, but is fast becoming a favorite of mine.
Also this week we’ll have:
-Prairie Spy Apple
-McIntosh Apple
-Jonathan Apple
-Coxs orange Pippin
-Hosui Asian Pear
-Shinseiki Asian Pear
-Italian Prune Plums
-Hardy Kiwis
-Tomatoes
-Walnuts

Nickajack Apple


This will be the last week for the kiwis and plums and probably for the tomatoes as well (though I may be wrong!) truly the last of the soft fruit from us this season.
More apples and European pears in coming weeks, and walnuts.
See you Saturday.

Fresh for October 2, 2010

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Fantasia Nectarine


Its been a mostly clear week, and warm, feels great.
This will be the last week for peaches and nectarines, I guess summer is over!
This week we’ll have:
-O’Henry Peaches
-Honey Nectar Cot Peaches
-Fantasia Nectarines
-Prune Plums
-Hardy Kiwis
-Shenseiki Asian Pears
-Hosui Asian Pears
-Gala Apples
-McIntosh Apples
-Prairie Spy Apples
-Jonathan Apples
-Coxs orange Pippins (a few this week)
-Tomatoes

Shenseiki Asian Pear


See you saturday!