Plums and peaches in bloom
Fresh Fruit

The 2018 Fruit Season

After the very sparse crop of 2017, we are back with lots and lots of fruit.  Here is an overview:

  • Pie Cherries  Good crop. Picking finished.
  • Peaches/Nectarines    Very large crop.  Picking now.
  • Plums and Pluots    Large crop.
  • Apples   Good crop.
  • Pears   Good crop.
  • Berries    Blackberry crop is large.  Fall raspberries are always a maybe???

 

Pie Cherries

 

 Montmorency red tart pie cherries are the very best for cooking and drying. There is a good crop and it's coming a little early this year.  Picking is finished.

 

 

 

Peaches

All of these peach varieties taste great! They are juicy and delicious when picked ripe. All of them can be eaten fresh, baked or preserved. The following are some notable qualities about each variety and their approximate timeframe for 2018.  Each of these peach, nectarine and plum varieties normally ripen over a period of 10-14 days.  

 

Spring was good to us and gave us huge crops of peaches and nectarines.  But as a result, fruit size is smaller - especially in July and early August varieties.

 

 

 

 

 

Redhaven  July 28   Excellent first of the season peach! Great for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Medium size. Semi-freestone.

Red Globe  August 8   Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Smooth texture. Large size. Freestone. Similar varieties in our orchard: Coralstar, PF 19, PF 24.

Gene Elberta August 14  Sweet, excellent flavor.  Great for canning, freezing and fresh eating. Similar to Elberta in texture and size, freestone when fully ripe.  Medium size. 

Blushingstar August 17  Sweet and tangy white flesh.  Very good for drying. Medium size fruit. Freestone.

Elberta August 24  Long time favorite for canning. Easy to peel. Also wonderful for freezing and jam. Beautiful yellow flesh. Smooth texture. Medium size. Freestone.

Hale August 24  Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Firm texture. Large round fruit. Freestone.

O’Henry September 7  Exceptional flavor. Wonderful for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Nice firm texture. Medium size. Freestone. Good keeper. Last of the season!

Snow Giant  September 7 Very sweet, mild white flesh.  Great for fresh eating.  Good for freezing and drying.  Juicy, smooth texture.  Large size.  Freestone.  Good keeper.  Last of the season!

Nectarines

These are all great for fresh eating.  Try canning or drying the freestones.

 

Firebright August 4

Extreme flavor! Tart. Great for eating fresh, jam and pies. Medium size. Semi-freestone.

Grand Sweet August 8

Super sweet mild flavor. Great for eating fresh. Medium size. Clingstone.

Arctic Jay  August 15

Excellent white flesh nectarine. Great for eating fresh and drying Good for canning/cooking. Medium size. Freestone.

Fantasia  August 15

Great traditional flavor. Outstanding for eating fresh. Good for canning/cooking. Medium size. Freestone.

Zee Glo  September 5  Very Good flavor. Good for eating fresh. Medium to large size. Clingstone.

 

 

 

Plums and Pluots 

Santa Rosa Plum August 4   Delicious tart flavor. Great for fresh eating. Small to medium size.

Catalina Plum August 22 Very good flavor. Great for fresh eating. Wonderful dried! Small to medium size.

Fortune Plum August 27 Sweet mild flavor. Great for eating fresh. Good for canning. Large size. Freestone.

Early Italian Prune August 24 Very sweet. Good for eating fresh. Good for canning. Small size. Freestone. 

Flavor King Pluot September 5  Sweet and tangy with a Santa Rosa plum flavor.  Great for eating fresh. Good for drying and jam. Medium size. Freestone. 

Dapple Dandy Pluot September 5  Delicious Tangy-sweet flavor. Great for eating fresh. Wonderful dried or for jam. Medium size.

Flavor Grenade Pluot October 10  Very sweet.  Slightly crunchy, yet juicy with flavor that explodes in your mouth!

Flavorich Pluot October 13 Very sweet mild flavor. Great for eating fresh. Firm texture. Small size.

Angelino Plum October 5 Good for eating fresh. Firm texture. Medium size.

 

 

 

 

Apples

All of these apple varieties are suitable for cooking, fresh eating, and juice.  Each apple has its own unique characteristics and the following are some notable qualities.           Beginning Picking dates and (last date of availability from cold storage) are listed below.

 

Lodi  July 25 

 

Zestar!  August 5 

 

Gingergold  August 5 

 

Sansa  August 10 

 Sweet, fruity flavor.  Similar appearance to Gala

Gala  August 17 

Jonamac  August 27

 Very similar to McIntosh, but sweeter and milder.  Excellent for pie and applesauce. Good for eating fresh.

Honeycrisp  September 1

McIntosh  September 1 (October 1)

Unique tart flavor. Excellent for pie and applesauce. Good for eating fresh. Cooks into a smooth sauce. Medium size.  Good keeper, but texture softens after 1 or 2 weeks.

 

Golden Delicious  September 25  (December 15)

Sweet flavor, light crisp texture. Great for fresh eating. Popular for applesauce.  Medium size. Good keeper.

 

Jonathan  September 25  (October 31)

Tart flavor.  Crisp white juicy flesh.   Long-time favorite for cooking. Also wonderful for juice.  Medium size. Stays crisp for about two weeks.

 

Jonagold  September 25 (December 15)

Nice blend of sweet and tart flavors.   Crisp and very juicy. Great for fresh eating. Good for cooking. Large size. Stays crisp for a month.

 

 

Empire September 30  (October 31)
This McIntosh x Red Delicious cross is a nice sweet, mild eating apple.  Makes a smooth applesauce much like McIntosh, but milder and sweeter.  Medium size.

Red Delicious October 9 

Sweet, mild flavor.   Ours is an old-fashioned variety with less color and more flavor. Good for fresh eating. Good for applesauce and juice. Medium size. Not the best keeper.

 Rome  October 9  

Slighty tart mild flavor. Good for eating fresh. Wonderful for baked apples! Makes a smooth mild applesauce. Large size. Easy to pick.

 

Mutsu  September 30   

Fuji October 23 

Our most popular apple. Very sweet flavor. Dense crisp texture. Fantastic for eating fresh and dried. Good for juice.  Medium size.  Excellent keeper. Stays crisp for months.

 

Granny Smith October 23  

Very tart flavor. Nice firm texture. Exceptional for eating fresh, if you like a tart apple. A favorite for pies. Good for juice, applesauce and drying. Large size. Good keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchasing Options - 2018
You are welcome to pick the fruit yourself, or buy it already picked. If you would like a
large quantity of fruit already picked,
(5 boxes or more) please call ahead.
 
 
Peaches & Nectarines 
U-Pick $.70/lb
$.60/lb. 100 to 199 lb.
$.50/lb. over 200 lb.
 
OR
 
 Picked
  Field run $19.00/ 22 lb box 
            #2 Grade  $12.00/ 22 lb box             
 
Please bring your own boxes for U-Pick
 
 
 
Apples
 
U-Pick 70¢/ lb
 
Picked $10.50-$19.00 / 22 lb box
 
Juice and #2 grade (as available)
Please bring your own boxes for U-Pick, Juice and #2 grade fruit
 
Open thru December 
Monday-Saturday
9am to 6pm
If you cannot visit us during our
open hours please contact us.
Ron and Kimi Kelley
Kelley Orchards
(208) 642-7265
53 Hill Rd.
        Weiser, Idaho 83672