With rather long and severe hot spell, peaches are ripening faster than expected. We picked and sold a few Red Havens Tuesday. This is about one week earlier than expected. We consider them to be the first really good peach variety of the season--a free stone when ripe. Have a good crop of them and will be picking more and more each day we are open.
A negative on Red Havens: Some seasons they tend to put on quite a few "split pit" fruit. We try to remove the worst of them. Please don't be too upset if you get some. The flesh of such peaches is perfectly okay.
Also we are already picking limited quantities from two newer White Sub-acid peach varieties. Should start picking White Lady sub-acids in about 10 days. Have large crop of them.
Should be able to start picking Plums next week.
Nectarine crop looks good! Should start picking the first variety within 10 days.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Because of the earlier ripening we are moving up the full season opening by one (1) week. We will move to the Retail Market being five (5) days a week next Wednesday, July 1.
Will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday--10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Sunday --12:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
The Retail Market will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Also closed on July 4 and Labor Day.
Thursday, June 25 (tomorrow), we will have the first of the Sweet Corn and Blueberries. Hopefully South Carolina-grown
Watermelons and Cantaloupes next Wednesday.
Blackberries have taken a beating during this heat wave. Much loss to sunburn and dried up fruit. Also have lost some plants. Still quite a few unripened berries on the plants. If it cools off this weekend and we get rain as forecast, picking could be pretty good next week.
I'm trying my darndest to be able to harvest a good crop of Honeycrisp, McIntosh and Cortlands for you! Right now have no idea as to what this heat wave may have or have not done to our large and excellent apple crop.
Many are asking about figs. After being frozen back severely, have come back strong this spring and are now putting on quite a few figs. Now looks like could have enough crop to sell fresh figs and make some preserves.
Please come see us!
RETAIL FARM MARKET HOURS
JUNE 10 and JUNE 13
10:00am til 5:30pm
JUNE 14 THRU JUNE 30:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10:00am til 5:30pm
CLOSED Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
JULY 1 THRU ABOUT MID-NOVEMBER:
Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am til 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm til 6:00pm
CLOSED on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fourth of July and Labor Day
FARM ADDRESS FOR INTERNET DIRECTIONS AND MAP
2400 S.C. Hwy 11
Travelers Rest, S.C. 29690
Retail market phone: (864) 895-0608
View past newsletters, including the first newsletter of the season, and print out our fruit ripening charts online anytime at http://carolinafarmers.com/perdue/.