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Fire & Bears

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic farming, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Grouse Mt. Farm

On September 8, 2012 we had an incredible electrical storm, and the following two days there were high winds, which took whatever fires had been started on the 8th and kicked them up in to a handful of brush/forest fires. There was a bit of rain with the storm, but the next day was warm and dry and with the wind, many fires were started around the cities of Wenatchee and Cashmere, Washington. There is also a fire on a ridge above us, the First Creek Fire, which at the moment isn’t  a concern for us right now (except for our friends that live in that valley), but it has made for smokey conditions.

Another smokey day, some days better, some days worse


There’s a lot of people working to contain the fires and keep peoples houses from burning.

Thank you to all the firefighters!

Firefighting helicopter making its rounds from the lake to the fire


Our friends Liz and Eric at River Farm in Ellensburg lost their home in August to the Taylor Bridge fire. They’re hard working and resilient folks and will do alright despite their losses but still a tough go. Here’s a link for more info: help  

So a little smoke really isn’t too bad..


We’ve been having some bear activity here lately. When it gets as dry as it is in the wild lands our peaches, apples, pears and etc. must smell pretty good to a bear. So far we haven’t lost too much, some apples, Asian pears and grapes. Our current dog isn’t as interested in chasing the bears as Blaze was, not sure why… One of our tricks to dissuade the bear from sticking around is a motion sensor with a light and tape deck (in the plastic bag) to, hopefully, startle and move them along.

It’s effective in the area where it’s set up, limited to how much extension cord we have.

The bears only eat what’s ripe, we often find fruit still hanging on the tree with a bite taken out, usually not ripe enough.

I came across this recent bear feast :

Remnants of Yellow-jacket nest (in ground) dug up and the larvae eaten by bear, that’s some hardcore dining! Those are some fierce insects. It’s no wonder they want fruit.

This week we’ll have:

-Many more Tomatoes (Brandywine, Aunt Rubys German Green, San Marzano, Stupice, Cherokee Purple, Sungold, Matt’s Wild Currant)

-Friar Plums

-Fantasia Nectarines

-HoneyNectarCot Peaches

-Akane, Swiss Arlet, McIntosh, Tydeman Apples

-Hosui and Shinseiki Asian Pears

-Red Kalle (Clapp) Pears

See you Saturday.


Walnuts, not yet…

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Grouse Mt. Farm


Everyone is waiting for the walnuts, but they won’t be ready until next week. With a shortened week due to rain, there isn’t enough time to pick, husk and dry the nuts by market time. Next week for (almost) sure.

Hardy Kiwi Fruit on the vine

We will have this week:

Hosui and Shinseiki Asian pears, Italian prune plums, Elephant Heart plums, the last of the Fantasia nectarines and Honey-Nectar-Cots, and new this week the O’Henry peaches, Abate Fetel European pears, (next week: Seckels and Boscs). And apples: Gala, Prairie Spy, Swiss Arlet, Jonathan, Nickajack, Coxs orange Pippin. We’ll have the little Kiwis again this week and next as well, a few green beans (Romano)

                                                        Shinseiki Asian Pear

Everything is a couple of weeks later then it was last year, which was five to seven days later then is or was usual, due to the late spring and cooler early summer weather. As a result everything is later then we’re accustomed  to. ( Fresh Peaches in mid October?!)

See you Saturday.

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

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.

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

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)

Shenseiki Asian Pear

See you saturday!