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Harvest Update July 14, 2016 – Peaches, Apricots, Plums And Cherries
Tree-ripened peaches from Blush Lane Organic Orchard
Tree-ripened peaches from Blush Lane Organic Orchard

Tree-ripened peaches from Blush Lane Organic Orchard.

Summer fruit season is here! This week we are harvesting peaches, plums and apricots at the Blush Lane Orchard.

Harvest dates are even earlier than expected. Due to an early, hot Spring, we are currently harvesting fruit around three weeks earlier than normal seasons. This is even earlier than last year, where harvests were around two weeks early.

This week we are sending a variety of fruit, from peaches to plums. Our Early Red Haven Peaches may be the first  peaches of the season, but they are both sweet and juicy because we let them ripen on the trees.

Blush Lane’s Sundrop Apricots are tree-ripened too, and they will continue to be delivered this week. We are also shipping Earliblue Prune Plums, great for snacks and baking.

Skeena cherries from Organic Box in Creston, BC

More organic BC cherries are on their way. This week they are Skeena Cherries, which are dark red to almost black, large, very firm and sweet.

The next fruit to be ready to harvest will be summer apples (like Discovery and Sunrise), nectarines and freestone peaches. We will have more updates when the harvests begin.

The weather in the Similkameen Valley has recently become unusually cool and wet, so the harvest dates for our later summer fruit may not be pushed ahead as much as the early summer produce. Continue to keep track of our orchard’s harvests here on the Blush Lane blog, or stop by our stores at the Calgary Farmers’ Market to get the latest fresh produce. All summer, our stores will be stocked with the latest and freshest fruit from our orchard.

Updated harvest dates at Blush Lane Organic Orchard

TYPE/NAME VARIETY
HARVEST DATES
CHERRIES Raineer, Queen Anne, Vans, Sylvia, Sams, Stella, Lapins, Sweetheart June 15th – July 7th
APRICOTS Tom Cots, Sundrops, Rivals, Goldrich, Tiltons June 23rd – July 23rd
PLUMS
Crimean, June Plums, Early Blue Prune Plums, Santa Rosa, Shiro, Red Hearts, Elephant Hearts, Black Friars,
Duarte, Damson, Italian Prune Plums
July 7th – September 10th
EARLY PEACHES Early Peaches/Clingstone: Flaming Fury, Rising Star, Early Red Haven July 5th – July 31st
SUMMER APPLES Sunrise, Discovery, Vista Bella, Akane July 25th – August 15th
PEACHES Freestone: Red Haven, Harbrite, Glo Haven, Crest Haven, Flamecrest, O’Henry Organic Canning Peaches August 1st – September 15th
NECTARINES July 23rd – September
EARLY AUTUMN APPLES Gala, Gale Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Shamrock, Spartans September
LATE AUTUMN APPLES Ambrosia, Braeburn, Sweet Orin, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady September 25th – October 30th
MELONS Galia, Honeydew, Musk, Canteloupe, Watermelon September
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