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.
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
|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|