Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a BIG day on the farm this Thursday......

We will begin to pick the VETERAN PEACHES on Thursday this week at Sauvie Island Farms.
The Veterans are a favorite for canning.
The Veterans are excellent canning peaches because they are so easy to work with. They are a freestone and come right off the pit, the skins also slip off very easily. This variety of peach does not get the rosy red skin color, so when picking you need to feel the peach at the stem area. If it is soft and comes off the tree easily, the peach is ripe. You will still see a greenish tint on the stem side of the peach. The Veterans are more sensitive to bruising than some of our other varieties, so we recommend that when you place them in your box, put them stem side down and try not to handle them more than necessary. Also if the peaches are not touching and bumping into each other, they should not bruise. Veterans are also great for fresh eating and freezing!

The Chester blackberries are ripening quickly in this hot weather. They are large, sweet, easy to pick, and plentiful. These blackberries do NOT have seeds, so they make great jam and pies...or just eat'em fresh! We tried some in lemonade the other day and it was just as good...or better than what you get at the local fast food restaurant. :)
We also have green beans, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, an assortment of peppers, and SWEET CORN ready for you to pick this week.

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EcoGrrl said...

absolutely LOVED the peaches and blackberries i picked 2 weekends ago - of course that meant I was canning in 95 degree weather! but very worth it, especially for the blackberry peach cobbler i also made :)