Plums and peaches in bloom
Fresh Fruit

The 2019 Fruit Season

With a mild spring, the fruit set well this year.  Stonefruit and grapes have very large crops; apples a little less on most varieties.  Here is an overview:

  • Pie Cherries  Good crop. Finished.
  • Peaches/Nectarines    Large crop.  Early August.
  • Plums and Pluots    Large crop.
  • Apples   Good crop.
  • Pears   Good crop.
  • Blackberries  Blackberry crop is good.
  • Grapes  Concord crop is very large. Seedless grapes, too.  

 

Pie Cherries 

 

 Montmorency red tart pie cherries are the very best for cooking and drying. The season is over until next year.

 

 

 

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 2019.  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 nice crops of peaches and nectarines.  Fruit size and quality should be excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

Redhaven  August 5   Excellent first of the season peach! Great for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Medium size. Semi-freestone.

Red Globe  August 12   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 16  Sweet, superb flavor.  Great for canning, freezing and fresh eating. Similar to Elberta in texture and size, freestone when fully ripe.  Medium size. 

Blushingstar August 20  Sweet and tangy white flesh.  Very good for drying. Medium size fruit. Freestone.

Elberta August 28  Long time favorite for canning. Easy to peel. Also wonderful for freezing and jam. Beautiful yellow flesh. Smooth texture. Medium size. Freestone.

Hale August 31  Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Firm texture. Large round fruit. Freestone.

O’Henry September 14  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 14 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 20

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

Arctic Jay  August 20

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

Fantasia  August 28

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

Zee Glo  September 14  Very Good flavor. Good for eating fresh. Medium to large size. Clingstone.

 

 

 

Plums and Pluots 

Dapple Jack Pluot August 21   Delicious sweet flavor. Great for fresh eating, drying, jam.  Medium size.

Catalina Plum August 27 Very good flavor. Great for fresh eating. Wonderful dried! Small to medium size.

Early Italian Prune August 30 Very sweet. Good for eating fresh. Good for canning. Small size. Freestone. 

Flavor King Pluot September 14  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 9  Delicious Tangy-sweet flavor. Great for eating fresh. Wonderful dried or for jam. Medium size.

Flavor Grenade Pluot September 14  Very sweet.  Slightly crunchy, yet juicy with flavor that explodes in your mouth!

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 22

Jonamac  August 30

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

Honeycrisp  September 7

McIntosh  September 7 (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 28  (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 26 (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 September 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  September 30  

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 22 

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 22  

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 - 2019
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 & Pluots 
U-Pick $.75/lb
$.65/lb. 100 to 249 lb.
$.55/lb. over 250 lb.
 
OR
 
 Picked
  Field run $20.00/ 22+ lb box 
            #2 Grade  $13.00/ 22 lb box             
 
Please bring your own boxes for U-Pick
 
 
 
Apples
 
U-Pick - variable pricing
 
Picked $15.00-$20.00 / 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-Friday  9:00 - 5:00 
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
 
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