Plums and peaches in bloom
Fresh Fruit

The 2017 Fruit Season

Following an extremely cold and snowy winter in our area, the fruit crop is very sparse.  Here is an overview:

  • Pie Cherries  Finished for this year.
  • Peaches/Nectarines    No fruit this year as a result of extremely cold winter temperatures.
  • Plums and Pluots   Small crop.
  • Apples   Good crop on most varieties.
  • Pears   Very small crop.
  • Berries    Blackberry canes were severely damaged by winter temperarures, so the crop will be small.  No raspberries.

 

Pie Cherries

 

Finished

 Montmorency red tart pie cherries are the very best for cooking and drying.  

 

 

 

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 2016.  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 27   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 8  Sweet, excellent flavor.  Great for canning, freezing and fresh eating. Similar to Elberta in texture and size, but not fully freestone.  Medium size. 

Blushingstar August 10  Sweet and tangy white flesh.  Very good for drying. Large fruit. Freestone.

Elberta August 17  Long time favorite for canning. Easy to peel. Also wonderful for freezing and jam. Beautiful yellow flesh. Smooth texture. Medium size. Freestone.

Hale August 17  Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Firm texture. Large round fruit. Freestone.

O’Henry September ??  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 ?? Very sweet, mild white flesh.  Great for fresh eating.  Good for freezing and drying.  Juicy, smooth texture.  Giant 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 10

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

Fantasia  August 12

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

Zee Glo September 2

 Very Good flavor. Good for eating fresh. Medium to large size. Clingstone.

 

 

 

Plums and Pluots 2017

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

Catalina Plum August 27 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 September 5 Very sweet. Good for eating fresh. Good for canning. Small size. Freestone. No crop this year.

Dapple Dandy Pluot September 25 Sweet flavor. Great for eating fresh. Wonderful dried or for jam. Medium size. No U-Pick.

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 20 

Jonamac  September 18

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

Honeycrisp  September 18

McIntosh  September 18 (October 5)

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 (November 30)

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  (December 15)

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  (February 10)

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  (February 10)

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 - 2017
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 $.60/lb
$.55/lb. 100 to 250 lb.
$.45/lb. over 250 lb.
 
OR
 
 Picked
  Field run $17.00/ 22 lb box 
            #2 Grade  $12.00/ 22 lb box             
 
Please bring your own boxes for U-Pick
 
 
 
Apples
 
U-Pick 60¢/ 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 September 18 thru December 
Monday-Saturday
10am 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