Many of the annual vegetables we grow are technically fruits but we’ve covered them in other sections. For instance you’ll find melons under Cucurbits along with cucumbers and squash. Here we have tree fruits and strawberries. We’ve long dreamed of expanding our fruit offerings and hope to add other tree fruits and blueberries in the future.
Fruits we grow:
We are fortunate to have many different types of mature apple trees on the farm. We need to research the varieties, but they’re all pretty tasty. We like to share apples in CSA shares and we share dried apple sin Winter CSA shares.
Storage Tips: Store unwashed apples in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Sort through your apples often and remove any damaged ones to use for juice or sauce. One bad apple can spoil the bunch!
We’re lucky to have several types of mature pears at the farm. Varieties are still unknown, but they include Asian varieties and Bartlett-like varieties.
Storage Tips: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy. Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees. Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening
We’re lucky to have several varieties of mature plums on the farm. They include Italian prune plums and Methley varieties.
Storage Tips: Unripe plums can be left at room temperature, but check on them frequently to make sure they don’t over-ripen. Once ripe, plums can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
We grow Seascape strawberries. We love strawberries.
Storage Tips: Wash strawberries only before eating them, wet berries are more apt to get moldy. Leave the stems on as long as possible. Keeping the stems on until you’re about to eat the strawberries will prolong their shelf life. Remove any moldy berries immediately. Mold spreads easily, so it’s best to remove any spoiled berries before they ruin the rest of the bunch.