Friday, October 28, 2011

Last Chance to pick apples

Here we are, at the end of apple picking season. We plan to pick apples today, tomorrow and Sunday. That is, October 28, 29, and 30, 2011.
A special price is being given; if 50 pounds or more of Melrose apples are picked, cost is 50 cents/lb. The orchard has a lot of apples; we plan to pick as much as we can before it freezes on Monday.
Varieties available are Melrose, Jonagold, Mutsu, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Cox's Orange Pippin, and IdaRed.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fruit Salad---Make Your Own

Recently, I decided to make a fruit salad for myself and the other members of the Kirk Family. This is a favorite dish that we like to enjoy as a dessert at the end of a long, busy day on the farm.
I use one quart of pears, one quart of peaches, and a can of mandarin oranges. Pineapple or grapes are favored fruits to be added.
Since fruit salad (also known as fruit soup) is so versatile, I decided to try something new in it. Our home-canned pears traditionally have a slice of ginger root in each jar. As the pears age over the winter months, they become infused with a wonderful ginger flavor. This ginger flavor lends a very good taste to the fruit salad.
But, it didn't give this fruit salad enough of the flavor I was looking for! I thought for a minute, and remembered that my Grandma's fruit salad usually had apples in it. I decided to try it.
I wanted a kick to my fruit salad, so I chose one of the most unusual, dynamic and aromatic apples in the orchard: Cox's Orange. They have the taste of cinnamon, black pepper, sweet and tart flavor, with a hint of pear. If you haven't tried this apple, I would say that you definitely should! It is a flavor you won't soon forget!
So, I took two Cox's Orange, cored and diced them, added the apple chunks, gave it a stir, and tasted it. WOW! That was the best I'd had in a while! I'm sure I will try this again, maybe with a different apple variety so I can see what effect a different apple, with it's own unique flavor, might have on a fruit salad.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Braeburn Apples are ripe

Braeburn apples are ripe, along with Melrose, Jonagold, Mutsu, IdaRed, Cox's Orange, and Northern Spy. Looking forward to a great time of picking!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Northern Spy are Ripe!

Northern Spy are ripe now! They are an American heirloom variety that makes excellent pies. (And, if you like sour apples, they are good for eating.)
For more information on them, please follow this link.

Gravenstein Apples: SOLD OUT!

We are sold out of Gravenstein! Come back next year if you want that particular variety, but if you just want some good apples to cook with or for fresh eating, we still have other varieties available.
Available varieties: Akane, Idared, Jonagold, Cox's Orange, Melrose, and Northern Spy.