Wednesday, July 29, 2009

August is the best month for Blueberries!

Be sure to You Pick your Blueberries during the month of August. They are at the peak of perfection. Large, sweet and juicy. If you don't have time for You Pick we have already Picked fruit available at the Farm Stand or Fairport Farmers Market.

Great for fresh eating and baking but they also freeze well. Just wash, drain and place on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen roll into the storage container and use as needed.

What a treat to have your own local Blueberries in the middle of winter. Pancakes, muffins, crisp, pie, waffles with Blueberry sauce. The possibilities are endless and yummy!

Monday, July 27, 2009

How long will the 2009 You Pick and Picked Sweet Cherry season last?

The last day scheduled for You Pick Sweet Cherries will be Sunday the 2nd of August. After that day you will be able to find Sweet Cherries on the trees but they will be softer than usual and have marks, cracks and splits. As the fruit over ripens the sugars really increase and this causes the fruit to break down much faster.

We do have and will have already Picked Sweet Cherries on the Farm Stand located at 4570 Lincoln Road for the entire Month of August. The fruit was harvested at its peak and held in our cooling facility. This maintains the quality and freshness our customers have come to expect from G and S Orchards.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

When and Why is the You Pick closed?

When: every afternoon.

Why: we are a true operating farm and it is necessary to close in order to accomplish the field work.

When: if the fields are very wet or it is raining.

Why: many diseases are transferred in moisture. If you are picking when it is raining or very wet you will move the disease (if there is any) between plants.

Why: the ground compacts when it is walked on during a wet or rainy period.

Why: the fruit you pick will not keep well when picked wet.

Why: certain fruit (raspberries) have less sugar content when picked in the rain.

Why: it is not a pleasant experience for our customers.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sweet Juicy Huge Blueberries are here!

You Pick Blueberries have started. We also have picked Blueberries on the Farm Stand and at Fairport Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants. They are delicious eaten fresh or after being frozen. Watch for future suggestions and recipes for Blueberries. Add your comments if you have a recipe you would like to share.

You Pick etiquette compliments of the North American Blueberry Council!

» Most You Pick farms post a per pound or per bucket rate for Blueberries. If in doubt, ask before you pick.

» Who could resist a sample of Blueberries in the field. But, take it easy! This is how the farmer makes his living. Sample don't eat.

» Wash your hands before and after picking.

» Stay on trails and in between rows. Do not walk or stand on the plant root mounds as it will hurt the growth of the Blueberries.

» Bring your family, tell your friends and have a great time!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What is a “Bonus” day?

When we are able to extend the picking past the normal or average picking time we refer to it as a “Bonus” day. The cool night time temperatures of the last several weeks prevent the strawberries from becoming over ripe. But the sun of the day makes them extra sweet. Get them while they last. Delicious!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sweet Cherries are at the peak of perfection!

Sweet Cherry season is in full swing and at the peak of perfection. We have both Dark and White Sweet Cherries. You Pick is available daily: Monday thru Friday from 7:30am to 11:30am, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to 2:00pm. If You Pick is not an option for you please stop at the Farm Stand or call 315-524-3823 and place an order for pick up.

For some you can never have enough Sweet Cherries. For others moderation is the key. But remember you can freeze these little nuggets whole for a great taste treat in the winter months. Here is how: Fresh Sweet Cherries, remove stems, wash, and dry in a colander or on a towel. Place a single layer on a cookie sheet and place that in the freezer. Once the Sweet Cherries are frozen remove them from the cookie sheet by rolling into a storage container. Put the container back in the freezer. Remove from the container only what you are going to eat within 15 minutes and they will not get soft.

Sweet Cherries are great for dehydrating/drying as well. Be sure to remove the pits before drying and place halves on the tray for drying.
For the more adventuresome canning is a great option. Either whole (without stems) or with the pits removed. Don’t have a pitter just use a small kitchen knife, cut into the cherry and spin around the pit. The pit will just pop out.

Don’t wait too long the season will be over before you know it!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Sweet Cherries and Red Raspberries are loving the sun and so are we!

What a difference in the flavor and size of all the fruit when the sun shines.

The Sweet Cherries are getting sweeter and bigger everyday. The You Pick season should last the entire month of July. We have many varieties to pick but we do not grow "Bing" because they crack very easily. They do not meet our quality expectations.

You Pick Red Raspberries are at their peak so don't delay.

Soon the Black Raspberries will be ready along with the Gooseberries, Black Currants and Blueberries.

Come visit G and S Orchards to enjoy the sun and country. Just 15 minutes from Rochester.