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Crop Crop Status Details
Strawberries None Perhaps more in
late October
Blackberries None
Apples Strong Red Delicious,
Braeburn, Red Astrachan,
Spitzenberg, Snow,
Grimes Golden,
Baldwin, Golden
Russet, Ozark Gold
Pears Light Bartletts (ask for
a picking pole)
Peaches Done
Raspberries None Possibly more in mid
October
 Flowers Strong Zinnias, Bachelor
Buttons, Marigolds
Pumpkins Very Strong Lots of varieties
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Apple Cider
Saturdays Only

Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen.We also support a large assortment of apples, with over 30 varieties. We have trees that are over a hundred years old, planted by the original Oak Glen family, and we have trees less than a year old. Every year we  plant new trees to restore old orchards that have been forgotten or damaged.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been all but forgotten until recently. Modern grocery store culture has bred the flavor and life out of many varieties in order to get pretty apples that last on the shelves. While we have some modern varieties, our favorites are the ones we grow for their wonderful flavor and uses. Some of those apples may be a bit ugly or weather marked, but boy, do they taste good!

We also grow pears, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, Ollalieberries, pumpkins and a small crop of peaches. Check back frequently as the weather warms up for more information. See you at harvest time!

 

Crop Report October 10-13, 2018

Apples

Red Delicious (Colonial Orchard), Braeburn, Red Delicious, Red Astrachan (Upper Monster Orchard),
Spitzenberg, Snow, Grimes Golden, Baldwin & Golden Russet (South Terrace), Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Ozark Gold (Barn Terrace)

Pay special attention to picking instructions and pick only from marked trees.
(Some very red apples are not yet ripe)

Please note:  Apple varieties vary over the course of the week
and not all the orchards are open at the same time.

Pre-Picked Apples
(Tent Store–Saturdays on the Upper Green)

Golden Delicious, York Imperial, Spitzenberg

Corn Stalk Bundles:  We will have corn stalk bundles
in the store as well.  I asked Mario if we could have
the decorative corn cobs as well, but he is pretty
busy this week – so hopefully next week.

Variety Notes:

Standard Delicious:  A good, sweet eating apple in the Colonial Area.  There are not many of these trees in this area.
There are also a few Standard Delicious in the Upper Monster Orchard.

The York Imperial  is a beautiful yellow and red apple that is complex in taste – much like the Snow apple. May not please the palate of a child – but DEFINITELY an adults – great for a dessert apple and for cheeses, salads ect. York Imperial is also the leading apple variety in Pennsylvania. Originating in York, Pennsylvania in the 1800’s on the farm of a Mr. Johnson, York Imperial soon became a favorite of growers for its long-keeping abilities and fine processing qualities.  It is also known as “Johnson’s Fine Winter”, “York” & “Shep”.

Galas: our remaining apples of this variety are a little small and not great in color or flavor.  Buyer beware.

Snow: this is a lovely, complex apple that is great for salads, cheeses ect.  It’s also a great eating apple. It starts off sweet, then comes in with a mild balance of tart.  Deep red in color with a starkly white flesh  – and it is very crispy to boot.

Spitzenberg:  Here is our Heritage Apple of the the week – The Spitzenberg is the famed variety as being one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apples, and several of the trees are planted at his Monticello Home.  Another complex apple like the Snow, but it does have a bit more tartness to it.

Grimes Golden & Baldwin:  Some prefer these for baking and cidering.  Some can be a bit sour to the taste,
but tastes vary on this.  You may want to sample one before picking & buying.

Glen Seedling:  The “original” to Oak Glen (it only grows in the Glen) – great apple for cooking or eating (by a more refined palate) – this has been selling like hotcakes and we only have 3 Bushels left!

Golden Russet:  Another heirloom apple.  The skin can be tough or “russeted” and in the old days this feature was favored for long storage.  Tastes vary again on this one.  Some prefer them for baking.

Maiden’s Blush:  Originated in New Jersey in 1817 and when fully ripe, loses some of the tang and is good for eating.  It is an excellent drying apple and keeps a whiter flesh when dried.  4 Bushels

Gravenstein:  A very old apple of European origin believed to have originated in the 1600’s with Duke Augustenberg of Castle Graefenstein (Gravenstein) in Germany. It was| introduced into the United States in the 1820’s by Russian settlers moving into California. This is a tart apple that sweetens as it is eaten. Eating or cooking.  Not palatable for children. Does not keep well.   5 Bushels

Crab Apples:  The “original” apple.  Sweet/tart to taste with a bit more on the tart side. They do not keep well, so they must be eaten right away.   1 Bushel (sort of – as they really don’t keep well)

Please note:  There is a spoiler apple in the orchard – it is the Enterprise apple and it is BEAUTIFUL deep red
with a bit of purple and it looks like it is ready to go – but it is definitely not.
We will try and rope these off as best we can to make sure to let the customer know they definitely do NOT want this variety – it is about a month out.

PEARS

A little light and high on the tree now.  Ask for a picking pole.  Do not climb the trees!

PRODUCE STORE TENT ON THE GREEN

Apples are available in the produce tent as follows: (Sweet Varieties) Red Delicious, Snow  (Cooking) Glen Seedling, Ozark Gold,

BERRIES

Cooler temperatures are slowing berry production significantly.

Raspberries:  VERY light.

 

Strawberries

Same as the Raspberries. VERY light.

Blackberries:

CLOSED.  We have a good size up and coming crop – but they are definitely not ready.

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Beautiful, gorgeous and such a variety!  White, Cinderella’s and Jack O Lanterns are all ready

FLOWERS

Sunflowers are done but Zinnias are very strong.
Bachelor Buttons have started to bloom
Marigolds — strong, holding their color

 


Strawberries

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We have four containers available for you to select:

  • Half Pint $5
  • Pint $7
  • Quart $12
  • Gallon $37

Prices vary by season and crop availability.

Our new Oak Glen favorite: Strawberries! We started planting in 2008, and the popularity of our berry patch has just taken off! It’s now our earliest and longest running crop. Berry bushes in Oak Glen begin producing in early spring and keep bearing until the first pre-winter frost. They just might give apples a run for their money.

We grow mainly Albion Strawberries (Fragaria ×. ananassa). They’re not one of the larger varieties, but they are very tasty. Pick a slightly tarter berry early in spring, or wait until summer when their sweetness really sets in. By August, we make shakes out of ’em for our kids at Day Camp. They love ’em, and needless to say, we think they’re something worth talking about!

Our berries are doing well, so come on up and try some out. People from as far away as Orange and Los Angeles counties already do!

Warning:  we never know how many u-pick guests will arrive on any given day, so it’s first come, first picked.  If you are in doubt about the status of the crop, please call first at 909-797-7534.  
Strawberries are grown, of course, on the ground, so always wash your fruit first, before eating.

 


Blackberries

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  • Half Pint $5
  • Pint $7
  • Quart $12
  • Gallon $37

Prices vary by season and crop availability.

This is one of our first U-Pick crops of the summer season, starting at the end of June or beginning of July. It’s also one of our fastest picked, usually lasting only about three weeks. We added a few more rows of berry bushes in 2012 in the hopes of extending the harvest to more pickers.

Our blackberries are on line vines without too many thorns, which makes them very picker-friendly. One of the varieties we have (olallieberries) are completely thornless! When at their ripest, our berries are full of sweetness and juice, likely to turn your fingers purple! We don’t use any pesticides or chemicals on our berries, so they are all natural, and wonderfully yummy!

As with all U-Pick fruit, we never know how many guests will arrive to pick on any given day, so the availability of the crop will vary over the season.

 


Raspberries

We have four picking containers available for you to select:Raspberries half pint w poplars

  • Half Pint $5
  • Pint $7
  • Quart $12
  • Gallon $37

Prices vary by season and crop availability.

We’ve been growing raspberries for several years now, with lots of success. Raspberries have done so well with all of our devoted pickers, we quadrupled our crop size in 2007 and now those bushes are so productive we have to use the extra harvest in the kitchen for shakes and pies! Like our blackberries, all of our raspberries are pesticide and herbicide free. Come up and try ours, and you might not want to get a raspberry from anywhere else!

 


Pears

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All of our pears are Bartlett (also known as Williams) variety, which was originally derived from the European Pear. Bartletts are one of the firmer pears, which means not only do they taste great by themselves, but are one of the best pears to cook with.

Bartletts are also considered a “summer pear”, as they’re a bit less cold tolerant than the d’Anjou, Comice or Bosc varieties, all “winter pears”.  But that’s good news for you, because it means that our Bartletts ripen quicker. See, pears aren’t like apples, which are best when freshly picked. Pears ripen off the tree, not on it.

Once our pears turn from green to yellow, they’re mature and ready to pick. In order to ripen them, however, we recommend placing them in a paper bag on a cool spot (65-75 F) on your counter for a few days, checking them once a day. When you can hold a pear in your palm with your thumb just below where the stem meets the skin, and the pear feels a bit tender under even pressure, it’s time to enjoy it!


Apples

 

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All fruit is sold by weight.  $3.00 per lb.

Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen. We also support a large assortment of apples, with over 30 varieties. We have trees that are over a hundred years old, planted by the original Oak Glen family, and we have trees less than a year old. Every year we  plant new trees to restore old orchards that have been forgotten or damaged.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been all but forgotten until recently. Modern grocery store culture has bred the flavor and life out of many varieties in order to get pretty apples that last on the shelves. While we have some modern varieties, our favorites are the ones we grow for their wonderful flavor and uses. Some of those apples may be a bit ugly or weather marked, but boy do they taste good!


Pumpkins

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Whatever type of pumpkin you’re looking for, we’ve got it!  We love to try out new varieties every year, and make sure to keep all of our favorites around.

Our fields are several acres large, and you can hike out and pick out whatever pumpkins are perfect for you. This is another crop that has just exploded up here in Oak Glen. Just make sure you bring a few strong backs for hauling those pumpkins down the hills! If you don’t have any strong backs available, we try to keep the store stocked with a large variety too. And if your pumpkin is too big for any size back, we’ve got a tractor to load it up onto a truck for you.