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Fresh for Market – August 6, 2011

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Montmorency Sour Cherries

We’re finally having some real summer weather, not too hot but it is feeling like summer. We missed the market last week because the fruit wasn’t quite ripe. Usually this time of year all the cherries have been picked, but we’re right in the middle of cherry harvest now. Everything else is late as well, I’m hoping our late apples and pears have enough time to ripen before it gets too cold this fall. The reason everything is so late is that we had  a cold, wet spring and a cool summer here in the Northwest.

This week well have :

Van Sweet Cherries

Bing Sweet Cherries

Rainer Sweet Cherries

North Star Sour Cherries

Montmorency Sour Cherries

Springcrest Peaches

Mulberries

Red Currants

Shallots

Summer Squash

Harvesting Pie or Sour Cherries

Unlike sweet cherries, when we pick pie cherries we have to cut them off the tree. The sweet cherries stems come off the spur pretty easily, whereas if you pick a pie cherry that way the stem rips the spur off ( the spur is the tree bud on a branch where the flowers come out of and hence the fruit) and lose the potential for fruit to be there next season. And if you pull the cherry , often times the stem and pit will be left on the tree, which is fine if you’re going to eat the fruit right away, but it won’t store well. It takes much more time to harvest this way, but pretty much the only way we’ve figured out to pick them for so they’ll hold up for  fresh market. Most sour cherries are grown for processing so storage or appearance of the fruit is of little concern.

See you on Saturday.