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Pie Cherries

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit, whats fresh with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by Grouse Mt. Farm

They’ve  been slow in coming and still slow to ripen but we will have some pie or sour cherries this weekend ( July 28, 2012). Not as late as last year but as far past years go they’re on the late rather then early schedule. We’ll have North Star and Montmorency varieties this week, still not a whole lot but a good start.

Montmorency Pie Cherries

We still have many on trees, so we’ll have them for a couple of weeks yet.  Also the Balaton variety is yet to come, they’re another dark fleshed sour cherry.

We’ll also have more Attika and Bing sweet cherries, some Bleinheim Apricots, and some early Springcrest Peaches. Only a modest amount of Cots and Peaches, that fruit is just beginning to come on for us. We’ll have some Red Currants and Mulberries as well.

See you Saturday!


First Seattle Market for 2012

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, whats fresh with tags , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Grouse Mt. Farm

We’ll be in Seattle on Saturday July 14th for our first farmers market of the season.

We’re looking forward to seeing our friends and customers and to spend a little time in the big city.

The fruit is just starting to ripen, a little bit later then “normal” but quite a bit earlier then last year, which was the latest we’ve ever had. We’ll be bringing sweet cherries, black and red currants, peas (snow, sugar snap, and shelly) and mulberries.

I’m pretty sure that we’ll have pie cherries next week.

We hope to see you then.




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


Red Currants


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.




Fresh on the Market Table-July 31

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Its been another hot week here, up in the 90’s. Too hot to think but good for the ripening fruit. We’re starting to transition to the other stone fruits, but we still have a few cherries.
This week we’ll have:
-Montmorency Sour (pie) Cherries
-Kristin Sweet Cherries
-Springcrest Peaches
-Red Currants
-A few Apricots
-Grey Shallots

First Peaches of the Season

Once again its going to be a light load, but I’m happy to be bringing (and eating!) peaches. Plums, apricots ( a few this week) and nectarines in the coming weeks, and apples not too far away. See you saturday.

Fresh on the Market Table-July 24

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

this week we’ll have :
-North Star pie or sour cherries
-Montmorency pie cherries
-Bing sweet cherries
-Attika sweet cherries
-Red currants
-Sugar Snap peas

North Star sour cherries

As has been the case this season, there’s not much quantity of any of the cherries, so if you’re interested I suggest getting to the market early-ish.

Fresh on the Market Table – July17

Posted in farmers market, Grouse Mt. Farm, organic fruit with tags , , , , on July 15, 2010 by Grouse Mt. Farm

Red Currants

It feels like summer is making a comeback after a brief respite from hot temperatures earlier this week. There is a fire a few miles north of Wenatchee, in Swakane canyon, giving us a little smoke but not too bad.
This week we’ll have:
-Van sweet Cherries
-Rainier Cherries
-Black Currants
-Red Currants
-Snow Peas
-Sugar-snap Peas
-a few Mulberries

sugar-snap peas

The mulberries are just starting, so we’ll probably have more in coming weeks. The pie cherries are not quite ripe yet, next week for sure (its risky for me to say ‘for sure’ when discussing fruit ripening, but Ill stand by this one) And still, it’ll be a light week as result of a light cherry crop so come early!

Rainier cherries