New fruits at the orchard are Asian Pears, Faye Alberta peaches, Casselman plums, and fresh figs. Casselman plums are purple-red on the outside and yellow-orange, juicy and tangy sweet on the inside. They're the last major type of plum we pick at the orchard. We're getting towards the end of peach season with Faye Elbertas and moving on to more fall fruits with the first varieties of Asian pears (Hosui and Kikusui). Bartlett pears have been picked, too. We harvested a small supply of white Kadota figs and expect Black Mission figs a little later on.
In the gardens the tomatoes seem to be at their peak. The tomatoes that hung hung green on the vines so long this summer are now ripening quickly. The Fruit Stand is full of all types and sizes of tomatoes, including cherry, paste and heirloom varieties.
Now is a good time to put in orders for tomatoes and peaches for canning or freezing. We also have "seconds", which are damaged fruit and tomatoes that sell for less, but don't look as nice and have spots that you may have to cut out.
Here's what's at the fruit stand now:
- Peaches--Faye Elberta, Alamar
- Plums--Casselman, Kelsey, Friar, Laroda, Eldorado
- Asian Pear--Hosui, Kikusui
- European Pear--Bartlett
- Vegetables--tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, long beans, sweet peppers, zucchini, summer squash, tomatillos, Swiss chard, basil, oregano, mint
- Eggs--from chickens at our orchard
- Honey--from bees at our orchard