Well, by now our members should be enjoying the first, succulent yellow and peach plums of the season. Our family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan and stopped by Al’s orchard to “help” with the harvest. Thanks to hubby Ben for the great photos.
Yellow plums hang heavy on the tree
Farmer Al, ready for picking and explaining the process
Fruit of Al’s labours
My daughter Sarika helps sweep out the boxes, while Al’s wife Mary carefully weighs and packs the fruit.
Yum! The best part.
We had a lot of fun and hope that our members enjoy the fruit as much as we enjoyed growing and harvesting it.
As some of you perhaps noticed, the Peach Plums are prone to blossom end splits, which in some cases are large enough for a small insect to crawl in. So, if you got a surprise, opened a plum and found some small ants, or in rare cases an earwig, please accept it as the price we pay for using no chemical sprays.
Re. the second delivery:
We anticipate that it will happen around the end of August or early September, and it will be a large one, consisting of Early Italian prune plums, Yakima plums, Bradshaw plums, Bartlett pears and some early apples. We will keep you posted over the coming weeks. In the meantime – enjoy your plums!