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.

Leaf Roller scab

Fruit Fly Damage

leaf_roller_damage

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!

Blossom end split in Peach plum

Blossom end split in Peach plum

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