Week 13, U Pick, Oct 11-14

Hi apple fans, wow! last weekend was a doozie! We were really packing you in and i realize that parking and the limited toilet facilities are a hassel so i really appreciate your understanding with both of those.

This week there are still huge amounts of the Boskoop (pictured) and Northern Spy and Jonagold apples as well as a fair amount of Winter Mac, Calville Blanc and Melrose. The new addition for this week will be Braeburn.

Now is the time to stock up on storage apples! The Boskoop, Melrose and N. Spy are all great storage varieties. These were common varieties used for storage for the culinary industry before the advent of modern controlled atmosphere storage so they keep very well in just normal refrigerated conditions. Before i had a large cooler i used to store my Melrose in bins outside in the shed for 2 months. They were great!

Update on closing time……….. Our last weekend of operation will be October 18-21. After that the farm will be closed, whew!

Jones Creek Farms Open Friday-Monday, 10-5 website- skagitvalleyfruit.com

Week 12, U Pick, Oct 4-7

Welcome apple fans. This weekend is typically the biggest of the season for apple picking here at Jones Creek Farms. Everyone is in the mood for gathering in the kitchen and making pies and apple sauce. This weekend we have some of the best varieties for your favorite apple recipes. We have special volume pricing on our fruit for you folks that like to do lots of preserving. Check out our prices at our web site…….. skagitvalleyfruit.com

New varieties for this week are Melrose, Jonagold, Winter Mac, Boskoop, Northern Spy, Calville Blanc (pictured) and Scarlet Ohara.

This will be the last weekend for picking Liberty apples, get em while you can! and there are still King apples to be had.

This weekend is also the festival of family farms event here in the Skagit Valley. This is when you can tour many of the family farms and sample their farm goods and learn about their farming practices.

Come on out for a day of fun and apple picking! Open Friday-Monday, 10-5

Week 11, U Pick, Sep 27-30

Hi folks, here we are the last weekend of September already…… whewhhhhh the weather is playing heck with the ripening of some varieties. Jonagold is hanging out like it just never wants to get picked!!!! Check harvest schedule for latest prediction updates.

For this weekend we still have lots of Cortlands on the trees (pictured here). Im pretty sure this will be the last picking opportunity for those. Also we have plenty of Spartan, Gala and the Liberty are plentiful and in great shape! New varieties for this weekend are King (King of Tompkins County), Raven and the Conference Pear.

As far as when our season will be over…… its looking like we will be open through weekend 13 for sure. The next weekend, Oct 18-21 is up in the air at this point. Stay tuned for more info.

Jones Creek Farms, open Friday-Monday, 10-5. skagitvalleyfruit.com

Week 10, U-Pick, Sep 20-23

Hi u pick fans. I hope everyone is hungry, there’s a huge amount of apples on the trees. From last week we still have plenty of Cortlands, Galas, Spartan, Jonamac and Karmijn. There’s also lesser amounts of Sweet 16 and Red Delicious. The big story though is the Liberty. This is the weekend that Liberty will be at its prime. A great cross of McIntosh, this apple is very, very, crunchy and with a tart / sweet flavor that is a real winner. We have lots of trees full of them as they are a big hit at the farmers markets.

I have been making several changes to the harvest schedule lately. The cooler, wet weather we have had the last few weeks has slowed ripening.

Its almost fall. Come on out to the farm for some u pick fun. Open Friday-Monday, 10-5. check out our web site for further farm information……… skagitvalleyfruit.com

Week 9, U – Pick, Sep 13-15

Hi folks, here we are in week 9 already! I hope all you Pink Pearl fans got plenty of those beauties over the last 2 weeks, I sure saw lots of them leaving the farm.

This weeks new additions to the picking list are: Spartan, Scarlet Gala, Cox Orange Pippin, Karmijn, Kidds Orange Red, Pinova, and last but not least……..Liberty. (Liberty is pictured)

Also we have the European Pears, Comice and Gem.

There are also plenty of Asian pears in the west block, Kosui, Shinseiki and the first of Mishirasu.

Special Note: Jones Creek Farms will be closed on Monday the 16th

Week 8, U Pick, Sep 6-9

Hello apple fans. Sorry about losing contact last week. We had a slight cyber attack here and having to start over now.

This weeks as well as some of last weeks apples are: Pink Pearl, Goldcrunch, Jonamac, 20 Ounce, Cortland, Mollies Delicious, Rambo and the 2 Asian Pears……. Kosui and Shinseiki.

Hope to see you all on the farm this weekend!

Les & Lyn

Skagitvalleyfruit.com

Week 6, U – Pick, Aug. 23-26

Hello apple fans. This weekends new apples are the Akane, Nyblatt and Ellison’s Orange. There are still some Early Cortlands on the trees from last week also. Nyblatt formerly known as NYB 298 is pictured here. A great eating apple. Sweet and crunchy!

Week 5 U – Pick, Aug. 16-19

Hi everyone, its the second and probably last weekend for Gravensteins so if you have plans for some…….. Also up this weekend are the Early Cortlands, ( pictured ) a tart cross of the famous eastern Cortland.

There are still some Rosy Glow hanging around and this will be the last weekend for u pick Peaches.

Week 4 U-Pick, Aug 9-12

Here we are, opening weekend of apple season! Its the Gravensteins. They kinda snuck up on us. The Gravensteins are definitely ready. The Rosy Glow and Sunrise which usually are ready the same time as Gravenstein are just starting to color ripen. This means when you look these over for picking you will have to be selective as to which ones to pick. Some trees have 50% ready, some trees only 10%. Ask Lyn or I and we will help you.

The pic here is of my youngest son, Hunter trying to heft up a sagging branch of the Sheets Gravenstein on a hot August day. I know its an older pic but I just love it…..

Come on out and have some fun picking apples for your first great pie, crisp, cobbler or whatever you want to put those Gravensteins to use for!

Farm is open Friday-Monday, 10-5.

Check out our web site for more info………… skagitvalleyfruit.com

Peach U Pick Season week 3, Aug 2 – 5

Hi folks, We will have peaches this week. Not very many im afraid so come early in the weekend. The variety is Blazing Star.

We also have our last Japanese Plum, Shiro ready to pick this weekend.

Update: Saturday……… Lyn says “those Redhavens are ready, let people pick em!” So it looks like she is right as usual. Now we have the Redhavens for U pick this weekend too.