Archive for Hardy Kiwi

Walnuts – They’re here !

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic farming, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by Grouse Mt. Farm

We will have walnuts at the University District Farmers Market in Seattle, this Saturday, October 22. These walnuts have quite a following, we have people asking about them all season. They are good tasting, easy to crack with a well filled nut and good sized. There is a limited quantity, so we recommend being at the market early. We will have more walnuts in the following weeks, some smaller ones and our bigger BIG  nut as well.

Walnuts on the tree, the cracking husk indicates a ripe nut

A couple of years ago we made a short video about part of what we do to harvest and process the walnuts. Here’s a link:

When the husks on the nuts begin to crack is a sure sign that they’re ripe. In a vacuum the nuts would all fall from the tree as they ripen and we could pick them up minus the hull. But with squirrels and Stellar Jays getting the jump on them we have to shake the trees and gather them, husk and all before they all disappear. Once gathered the nuts need to be de-husked. With a nut whose husk has begun to crack the nut pops right out but since I shake the tree, not all the nuts are as ripe so those not need to be put aside for a few days before the husk will  release itself from the walnut. After husking the nuts are quite wet and need to be dried for three to four days in a food dehydrator. If they’re not dried fairly quickly, the nuts will mold inside. We’ve found that if we remove the husks and store the nuts, still wet, while waiting (more then a few days) to put them  in to the dryer they’ll mold. But storing for up to a couple of weeks in the husk they won’t mold. Once dried, then at last: ready to eat!

Walnut Exposed

Also this week we’ll have:

Nickajack, Prairie Spy, Gala, King David, Belle de Boskopp, Macoun (not many), and a few Coxs Orange Pippin Apples.

Hosui and Shinseiki Asian Pears,

Bosc and Abate Fetel European Pears,

Elephant Heart and Italian Prune Plums,

Hardy Kiwis,

Concord Grapes,

and O’Henry and Honey Nectar Cot Peaches (Last peaches of the season)

See you Saturday.

Belle de Boskoop Apples

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.

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!

Fresh for the Market, September 25

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Hardy Kiwi Fruit

Another cool week has kept fruit ripening slowed down, I was hoping to have more apple variety’s this week but it will wait until next. One surprise was that our kiwi fruits are on, a bit out of sync with everything else but here they are. If you haven’t had a Hardy Kiwi, they’re about the size of a big grape with more concentrated kiwi flavor then a regular fuzzy Kiwi and there’s no fuzz, so you can just pop them in your mouth.

Pink Pearl Apple

On our market table this week:
-Honey Nectar Cot Peaches
-Fantasia Nectarines
-Friar Plums
-Swiss Arlet Apples
-McIntosh Apples
-Pink Pearl Apples
-Shenseiki Asian Pears
-Red Clapp Pears
-Kiwi Fruit
The Pink Pearl apple is a red fleshed fruit, quit striking when you cut or bite in to one. Used by many for apple sauce. We only have a few boxes (the trees are still young).

McIntosh Apple

We’ll still have Nectarines and Peaches for another week after this one. The Honey-Nectar-Cots area combo of a white peach, nectarine and apricot in the guise of a old fashioned white peach.
They’re not the prettiest fruit, always a bit green looking, but inside a delicious fruit. They were bred by the noted fruit and nut breeder Bill Schildgen who lived near Palmer Lake outside of Oroville , Washington. He bred many varieties of walnuts, filberts, chestnuts and quite a few variations of soft fruit mixes, an amazing person I’m honored to have met.

Honey-Nectar-Cot Peach

See you saturday.

Kiwi Bloom

Posted in Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit with tags , , on June 23, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

The Kiwis are almost finished blooming. They’re one of the latest blooming, fruit producing perennials we have. A wonderful fragrance accompanies the display, and the bees seem to love them. As has been the case all spring, it has been wet and cool (last few days are warming up) which limits the bees flying time and thus pollination. The pics are the female vines, kiwis need a male plant among the fruit producing females to make fruit. These are Actinidia Arguta.