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September 9, 2017 – Whoops!!!! Update

 

Oh geez-o’peez… this is one hard email to write!!!

We just finished picking and packing peaches for the day and it is now painfully obvious that we are pretty much done with our harvest for this year.

And so the the bad news is that tomorrow is very suddenly probably going to be our last day at markets for the season.

But the good news is that we will still be bringing a good sized pile of Yellow Peaches and White Peaches to both markets tomorrow.

The peaches we are bringing are great for all you eating and processing passions.  We recommend that you come on the early side if you are determined to get yourself some.

There is an very small chance that we may be able to glean a few more boxes from the trees next week, but as you now know we’re not very good at predicting the future.  We will be sure to let you all know if we do find any more hanging…

We’re sorry to be sending this info out on such short notice, but we really did not see this coming.

Here’s the link again for the description we wrote up on our website about how to take care of your peaches: Fruit Care

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Tomorrow is last day
White Peaches Tomorrow is last day
Nectarines Done for the season

September 9, 2017

 

Yay!!!  Peach season is still upon us!!!

We will be bringing more or our Yellow Peaches and White Peaches to both farmers markets tomorrow.  These peaches are great for all you eating and processing desires.  We will bring as many as we can, but we recommend that you come on the early side if you are determined to get yourself some.

Our harvest season is winding down quickly, with only the last few rows of of peaches remaining to be picked.  We anticipate that our last market will be Saturday, September 16th, but we will not be set up at market next Tuesday night.

Here’s the link again for the description we wrote up on our website about how to take care of your peaches: Fruit Care

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Saturday Sept 16
White Peaches Tomorrow – maybe some Sept. 16
Nectarines Done for the season


September 4, 2017

 

Smoke or no smoke, we will be at market tomorrow night with more of our yummy Yellow Peaches. We will begin harvest early tomorrow morning and will gather up as many of these beauties as we can find.

Our peach harvest is winding down quickly for this season.  We project that we will have at least some peaches through Saturday, September 16th.  But since our harvest is tapering off, we anticipate that we won’t be able to bring as many to market we have been.

Here’s the link again for the description we wrote up on our website about how to take care of your peaches: Fruit Care

FYI – The Tuesday night Missoula Farmers’ Market is located at the North end of Higgins Avenue (by the XXXX’s).  It officially runs from 5:30 to 7:00.  However, they have begun to allow vendors to sell before official market open time, though we don’t begin setting up until 5:00.  If you do come early, you may have to wait while we’re putting our stand together.

 

Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Possibly September 16
White Peaches A few more soon-ish, but none tomorrow
Nectarines Done for the season


September 1, 2017

Well folks, it looks as though tomorrow will be great day at market to get stocked up on more of our Yellow Peaches, White Peaches and Nectarines.  These peaches and nectarines are pert-near-perfect for both eating and processing.  We recommend you come on the early side if you’re determined to get yourself some.

We are now well over halfway into our peach harvest for the year and things are beginning to taper off slowly.  We feel confident that we will be at market at least through Saturday, September 9.  Then we will probably have some more peaches the following week as well.

Tomorrow will be your last chance at our nectarines for this season.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to care for your peaches here is a link to the description we wrote up on our website: Fruit Care

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.


Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Possibly September 16
White Peaches Now – with a few more soon-ish
Nectarines Final market tomorrow

August 28, 2017

Well, here we go again…  Another Tuesday night farmers market is on the horizon and we’re keeping ourselves plenty busy getting ready for it.  Our harvest is going splendidly this week and we excited that we will be bringing great big piles of Yellow Peaches, White Peaches and Nectarines to market tomorrow night.  These peaches and nectarines should be good for all your eating and processing pleasures.

We’ve had lots of questions regarding proper care of peaches and thought it might be helpful to re-post the thread that we have on our website for those of you who might be interested.

  • Always handle your peaches gently as they tend to bruise easily.
  • A peach that is ripe, but firm when picked, will usually keep for at least a week if stored properly.
  • If you plan to store them for more than a few days we recommend that you spread them out in a single layer, as soft ripe peaches can bruise simply from the weight of a peach stacked on top of them.  We enjoy keeping a fruit bowl stocked in plain sight with “ripe and ready’s” for inevitable snacking moments.
  • Patience is a virtue when it comes to processing peaches.  A fully ripened soft peach is easier to peel and will let go of the pit more easily than one that isn’t quite ready.

Testing for ripeness (softness):   

  • Peaches soften from the bottom up.  The last part of the peach to soften is the top rim around the stem.  To test if the peach is fully softened, gently press the rim around the stem.  If the flesh is firm, the peach will still be crunchy.  If the flesh depresses and does not bounce back the peach is fully soft.

 Proper storage temperature is essential:

  • Store the peaches at room temperature, preferably in a cooler room.
  • Or
  • If you want to refrigerate them, make sure they are at either less than 38 degrees or greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.  Peaches that are refrigerated at the improper temperature are likely to turn mealy.  Even the best of peaches can turn mealy by improper care.

And in case you missed it last week, please see the end of this email for our description of White Peaches

We’re looking forward to seeing y’all at market!

FYI – The Tuesday night Missoula Farmers’ Market is located at the North end of Higgins Avenue (by the XXXX’s).  It officially runs from 5:30 to 7:00.  However, they have begun to allow vendors to sell before official market open time, though we don’t begin setting up until 5:00.  If you do come early, you may have to wait while we’re putting our stand together.


Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Early September
White Peaches Now through Late August
Nectarines  Yay!!! They’re finally ready, but not for long.

 

Our little summary of the differences between white and yellow peaches (as best we can describe it):

  • White fleshed peaches are low in acid, allowing for their natural sweetness to be more pronounced.  The golden flesh of the yellow peach is more acidic, with a tartness that mellows as the peach ripens and softens.
  • White peaches are more delicate and easily bruised, which kept them from being sold in most stores until the 1980s, when hardier varieties were developed.  Older varieties of white peaches have a bit of tang to balance the sugar, but the newer varieties are more uniformly sweet.  We grow four varieties of white peaches in our orchard, of which two are old and two are new.
  • As for cooking, the two types are interchangeable according to your preference. The delicate, floral sweetness of white peaches is excellent for eating out of hand, smoothies, grilling and they make incredible jam.  The more intense flavor of yellow peaches makes for more versatile peach to be used in many of those familiar recipes (both sweet and savory) that you’ve already come to love.  Yellow peaches are also more durable, so hold their texture better when processed.


August 25, 2017

Peaches, Peaches and more Peaches!!!  We’ve been picking and packing, quite literally, tons of these scrumptious beauties to bring to you at both markets tomorrow.  You will be able to find us set up at our regular spots with great big stacks of both Yellow Peaches and White Peaches for you eating and processing pleasure.

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Early September
White Peaches Now through Late August
Nectarines Maybe a few this week, more coming soon


August 21, 2017

Whoohoo!!!  We finally have enough fruit to be able to set ourselves up at Tuesday night market this week.  We will be there with our tables loaded down with both our Yellow Peaches and our White Peaches.  And now we’re hoping that you’re thinking its about time to make your way down to this awesome little farmer’s market too.

Many of you are already familiar with the white peaches that we grow, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with these varieties we come up with a little description that we hope gives you an idea of what they’re about (well, at least little bit):

  • White fleshed peaches are low in acid, allowing for their natural sweetness to be more pronounced.  The golden flesh of the yellow peach is more acidic, with a tartness that mellows as the peach ripens and softens.
  • White peaches are more delicate and easily bruised, which kept them from being sold in most stores until the 1980s, when hardier varieties were developed.  Older varieties of white peaches have a bit of tang to balance the sugar, but the newer varieties are more uniformly sweet.  We grow four varieties of white peaches in our orchard, of which two are old and two are new.
  • As for cooking, the two types are interchangeable according to your preference. The delicate, floral sweetness of white peaches is excellent for eating out of hand, smoothies, grilling and they make incredible jam.  The more intense flavor of yellow peaches makes for more versatile peach to be used in many of those familiar recipes (both sweet and savory) that you’ve already come to love.  Yellow peaches are also more durable, so hold their texture better when processed.

We’re looking forward to a fun little night at market.  Hope to see you there!

FYI – The Tuesday night Missoula Farmers’ Market is located at the North end of Higgins Avenue (by the XXXX’s).  It officially runs from 5:30 to 7:00.  However, they have begun to allow vendors to sell before official market open time, though we don’t begin setting up until 5:00.  If you do come early, you may have to wait while we’re putting our stand together.


Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Early September
White Peaches Now through Late August
Nectarines Coming soon, maybe some tomorrow


August 18, 2017

Yippee!!!  The long wait is over and we are finally into the thick of our peach harvest.  We’re so glad to be able to tell you that we will be bringing lots of them to both markets this Saturday.

You can expect to see our tables loaded up with mostly yellow peaches with a few white peaches on the side.

These peaches should probably be pretty good for processing.  They have flavored up nicely and are heavy and solid, but may be just a little sticky to the pit.

The white peaches we harvested this week are a heritage variety that we are particularly fond of.  They aren’t quite as pretty as the newer varieties you see in the stores, but boy do they pack a punch!

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.


Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches Now through Early September
White Peaches Now through Late August
Nectarines Maybe in 2 weeks

August 11, 2017

First the bad new is…we had yet another week of mighty slim pickin’s at the orchard this week and we were only able to find a wee bit of peaches to bring to market tomorrow.

Now the good news is…our overall peach harvest looks better than we first thought and we should be getting into a fair amount of them soon.

Guess you could say that we’ve sailed into the doldrums of harvest and now we are impatiently waiting for the winds to fill our sails again.

In a effort to consolidate our energies, we’ve decided to set up at only at the Missoula Farmers’ Market tomorrow.

We anticipate that we will sell out lickity split, so do come early if you’re hankering to get yourself some.

The Missoula Farmers’ Market is located at the north most end of Higgins by the XXXX’s and officially runs from 8:00 to 12:30  (but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time).
Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots Done for the season
Yellow Peaches A tiny bit tomorrow – way more in the near future (through mid September)
White Peaches Late August
Nectarines Early September

August 4, 2017

Good news!  Our peach season is officially underway.

Unfortunately it was a bit of a slow week as far as harvest goes, but we were able to find enough peaches and apricots that we have decided to set up at both markets tomorrow.  However we anticipate that we may sell out quickly, so we recommend that you come early if you have your heart set on getting some.

This will be our final market for apricots, but just the beginning for peaches.

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.


Current Harvest Projection:

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries Done for the season
Apricots A smidgen tomorrow
Yellow Peaches Some tomorrow through mid September
White Peaches Late August
Nectarines Early September


July 28, 2017

Attention all you apricots lovers out there, have we got a treat for you!!!  Our small block of apricot trees have put on quite the show for us this year and this week we were able to harvest a boat load of them.  They sized up nicely and their flavor is of exceptionally good.

This week will be our last market for our Red Cherries.  We were able to harvest a small batch of our Sweetheart Cherries, but unfortunately the rest were not able to beat the heat.

Some of our peaches are beginning to size up and we anticipate that we may have some to harvest as early as next week.

You can find us set up at both markets tomorrow with “Lots-o’-cots” and a few Red Cherries on the side.  The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and  The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

Harvest Projection – 2017

Below is our current estimate of when our fruits will be ready to harvest.  We plan to update this frequently throughout the summer to keep you in the know…

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries Done for the season
Red Cherries A few red cherries tomorrow
Apricots Lots tomorrow and more next week
Yellow Peaches Probably next week through mid September
White Peaches Late August
Nectarines Early September

 

July 21, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!!!  Is it really almost market day again?  Seems like summer is just flying by doesn’t it?

It was a relatively slow week for us at the orchard, but we are glad to be able to tell you that we were able to harvest enough fruit to set up at both markets again tomorrow.  We will be bringing Red Cherries Rainier Cherries and a few Apricots.

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and  The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

For those of you who may still be interested in blueberries this year, we would like to let you know that there may be a slim chance that we will be able to coordinate a load to Missoula.  We are considering some options, but have made no commitments yet.  We will keep you informed if we are able to put something together.

Harvest Projection – 2017

Below is our current estimate of when our fruits will be ready to harvest.  We plan to update this frequently throughout the summer to keep you in the know…

Strawberries Done for the season
Rainier Cherries A few more Tomorrow
Red Cherries A few through July
Apricots Maybe next week
Yellow Peaches Mid August
White Peaches Late August
Nectarines Early September

July 14, 2017

Oh my, yet another long hot day for us at the orchard and now we’re finally home in time to get packed up for farmers market tomorrow. Our apologies for sending this notice out so late, the day really did get away from us today…

As many of you know our cherry crop is on the slim side this year, but we were able to gather up just enough cherries for us to set up at both markets tomorrow. We will have mostly Rainier Cherries with a few Red Cherries thrown in as well. Tomorrow will be your one chance at our Rainier Cherries this year, as we were able to pick all the trees clean this week.

The Missoula Farmers’ Market runs from 8:00 to 12:30 and The Clark Fork Market from 8:00 to 1:00, but they both do allow vendors to sell before official market open time.

Harvest Projection – 2017

Below is our first estimate of when our fruits will be ready to harvest. We plan to update this frequently throughout the summer to keep you in the know…


Harvest Projection – 2017

(We plan to update this frequently throughout the summer to keep you in the know…)

Strawberries Done for the year
Rainier Cherries A few tomorrow
Red Cherries     A few through July
Apricots A few tomorrow, then more next week
Yellow Peaches
Mid August
White Peaches Late August
Nectarines
Early September

 

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