Mid July Orchard Update

Our family was in the Okanagan a week or so ago, and paid a nice visit to Farmer Al and Mary at the orchard.  While it was unseasonably cool and overcast, the orchard was lush and green, and the fruit was coming along nicely – all the trees happy and healthy.

While we do our best to project delivery dates in advance, it really depends on the weather and on how the fruit is ripening.  We can typically only know about a week in advance at most, when the pickup dates will be.  We appreciate you patience as we work with mother nature to bring you the freshest fruit possible!

At this point, Farmer Al predicts that the first delivery will be sometime in the last week of July, and we’ll update you as we know more!

Here are some shots of the orchard from a week or so ago.

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Happy Farmer Al!

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Final pruning in the orchard

Farmer Al wanted to share these before and after photos of his hard work pruning in the orchard, helping the trees to produce the sweetest, largest and most numerous fruit for us this season! Al has close to 100 trees so he works steadily, pruning a tree a day as soon as the leaves are off to get the job done.

Tree before pruning:

Note the many vertical (non-fruiting) branches.

Note the many vertical (non-fruiting) branches.

…and after pruning

Mostly fruiting (horizontal) branches remain

Mostly fruiting (horizontal) branches remain

2016 Shares now available!

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Hello everyone – we hope that you’re enjoying the first blooms of spring!  We’re happy to announce that we’re once again welcoming members to our CSA for the 2016 growing season.  The details are the same as last year.

Details are on the How Does It Work? page.  Share types and prices are the same as last year.  Returning members from last season will have priority until June 1, 2016

Once you’re ready to sign up, you can do so here.

To secure your share, please send payment as detailed at the completion of the form. Once we receive and process your payment, we will send you an email confirmation.

Thank you and we look forward to having you on board for the 2016 season!

-Farmer Al, Kristi, and Jana

Late apples for sale! – Sold Out!

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Update as of 9/30 – Sold Out!  Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for next year!

The Tinka Orchard CSA  still has quite a few late varieties of spray-free, “cleaner than organic” Okanagan apples available for order, so long as there is sufficient interest to warrant a trip down.

Varieties available include Jonagold, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Newtowns, Ambrosia, Granny Smith, Cox Orange, Gold Blush.

As Farmer Al doesn’t have large quantitities of single varieties, he’d prefer if folks order mixed apples so that he can give you a sampling of different varieties.

If you’re interested in ordering extra apples, they’re $2/lb.  Please fill out the form here to sumbit your interest by Saturday, October 3rd, and if there is sufficient interest, we’ll confirm the details with you.  Please share with friends and families if you like!
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Tentative delivery date is October 7th for pickup in East Vancouver

Thank you for supporting our small orchard! 

2015 Shares Now Available!

We apologize for the delay in getting our CSA up and running this year – we’ve had a new addition to our CSA family – Kristi’s baby boy Gavin was born May 15th, so that threw a wrench in season opening preparations.  We’re back on track now though, and happy to announce that shares are available!

Details are on the How Does It Work? page.  Share types and prices are the same as last year.  Returning members from last season will have priority until July 15th, 2015.

Once you’re ready to sign up, you can do so here.

To secure your share, please send payment as detailed at the completion of the form. Once we receive and process your payment, we will send you an email confirmation.

Thank you and we look forward to having you on board for the 2015 season!

-Farmer Al, Kristi, and Jana

2015 Season Update

Just a quick update that we’re working on getting the details of the 2015 season sorted and ready…. stay tuned!  We’re looking forward to another great season of yummy local orchard fruit!

 

Yellow Plum Harvest

Our first delivery has come and gone – we hope you are enjoying your fruit!

Once again, my family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan during Happy Farmer Al’s first harvest of yellow plums.  What a phenomenal fruit year this is – Al had almost double the amount of yellow plums needed for the CSA!

Al had some help picking, but all pickers used soft gloves to minimize bruising of the fruit.  For the yellow plums in particular, even the slightest pressure during picking will cause fingerprint bruises on the light colored fruit the next day.  You may have noticed some bruises despite the care we took.

Soft gloves help protect against bruising

Soft gloves help protect against bruising

 

Farmer Al, picking plums

Farmer Al, picking plums

 

Packing boxes

Packing boxes

 

Packed boxes ready for delivery

Packed boxes ready for delivery

After picking, we carefully weighed, packed, and culled any unsatisfactory fruit. Culled fruit was either too small for Al’s standards, or had some spoilage or serious insect damage.  Fruit fly stings are quite characteristic, and will cause the fruit to spoil.  On the other hand, leaf roller insect damage forms a patch of scabby skin that is purely cosmetic and causes no damage to the fruit.  You probably saw some of these in your delivery.

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Fruit Fly Damage

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Leaf Roller Scab

Also, this first pickup, members got a small handful of Peach Plums to sample (it’s an “off” year for the Peach Plum tree this year, which bears a heavy crop every other year).  You may have noticed splits in the blossom end, and perhaps an insect visitor in the split.  Peach plums are particularly prone to this, and without using sprays or pesticides, is the small price we pay for healthy organic fruit!

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Blossom end split in Peach plum