Last call for the PYO season: buy 1, get 1!

This coming weekend, Saturday 11/4 and Sunday 11/5, will be the final weekend of apple picking for the 2017 season.  We still have plenty of apples including Fuji and Rome ripe and ready to be picked.  These last season varieties are great for storing to get you through the winter.  For our final weekend, come pick 1/2 bushel of apples and get the second 1/2 you-pick bushel for free - a perfect way to stock up!

Here are a few tips on storing apples once you pick them:

  • Pick and transport apples gently, avoid bumps, bruises, nicks and dents
  • Try to leave the stem on when picking
  • Minimize the time between picking and refrigeration.
  • Store in a perforated bag (or other container that is not air tight) in the crisper drawer of your fridge
  • Monitor regularly and remove any spoiled fruit. One bad apple really does spoil the whole bunch! 

Apple of the Week: Fuji

Our featured apple of the week is the Fuji. Its sweet flavor offers hints of honey and citrus and its crisp and juicy texture is ideal for snacking. Fuji apples have a crisp cream colored flesh and its skin has a characteristically dark pink blush or speckled pattern over a yellow-green background. We agree they are one of the prettiest apples we offer at Rose Hill Farm.

Fuji apples were developed in the late 1930s by growers at the Tohoku Research Station in Fujisaki, Japan, and they were named after Mount Fuji.  However, Fuji are actually a cross of two American parents, the Red Delicious and the Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to the days of Thomas Jefferson. Fuji apples were introduced to the United States in the 1960s and have since been one of the most popular varieties.

The Fuji is a late season apple that keeps extremely well (3+ months) when refrigerated and we think tastes most refreshing when chilled.  So if you have the space in your crisper drawer, stock up on Fugi apples now and enjoy them well into the winter. In addition to Fuji, we are currently picking Fortune, Mutsu, Shizuka, Empire, Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples as well as pumpkins. Granny Smiths are nearly ripe - please check our website for updates in the coming weeks.

Please note we will be closed this Sunday 10/29 due to the extreme weather predicted. However, we will be open tomorrow, 10/28, from 10am until 6pm for what looks to be an ideal fall Saturday, crisp air and sunny blue skies.



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