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Season begins early, ends late at Frog Hole Farm

An ideal peach, delicate and candy and dripping, could make your day. An ideal peach every single day could make your month. Think about a stone fruit season – stretching from late-April to September – with an never-ending avalanche of good cherries, apricots, apriums, nectarines, pluots, and peaches. (And don’t neglect the mulberries.)

This can be a dream value having. And it’s not removed from actuality at Frog Hole Farm, the place one scrumptious stone fruit selection follows the subsequent.

How we choose them

Farmer Al’s high precedence when he designs the orchard is great-tasting fruit. His second precedence is timing. He seems for varieties that can ripen in succession – this advantages our clients, and it retains our farm, kitchen, and packing groups working year-round.

Bushes get previous and have to be pulled out and changed now and again, so Farmer Al is all the time looking out for brand new varieties. A few of our most up-to-date additions ripen in late spring. We’re trying ahead to those early varieties, coming quickly!

Royal Tioga: There may be a lot to like about Royal Tioga. This cherry selection doesn’t require as many chill hours as different varieties, like Bing or Brooks. That’s good as a result of temperatures are rising, making cherries harder to develop. We additionally love Royal Tioga as a result of they produce an early crop that’s extremely candy. We hope to start out harvesting Royal Tioga in late April, hopefully, the week of 4/24.

Pakistan Mulberries: We’re trying ahead to a wonderful mulberry crop this yr, beginning round April 20. The amount will begin off small with add-ons accessible for CSA members, earlier than rising to be included in packing containers, hopefully by early Might. A few of our clients eat our Pakistan mulberries like they might a cob of corn. Others munch on the whole fruit – stem and all! The flavour reminds us of blackberries and boysenberries, with a touch of earthy sweetness. Our mulberries are scrumptious as a snack, whipped into smoothies, or added to baked items.

Princess Time: We’re hoping to reap this yellow clingstone peach in mid-Might. We love Princess Time for its agency texture that reminds us of a cantaloupe. Juicy and candy, they’re nice for snacks. Their agency texture additionally makes them good for fruit salads and platters.  

Galaxy White Peaches: What’s to not love a few peach that’s formed like a donut? This early selection peach needs to be prepared to reap round Might 20. Galaxy is an fragrant peach with a delicate, melting texture. Farmer Al describes them as “candy and complicated.”


Counting the times

As we come out of the spring storms, we’re excited to see our early varieties within the fruit set stage. In a bit of greater than a month, we’ll kick off the harvest with Apache apricots! After which it’s one stone fruit selection after one other till fall.

When you consider it, the dream by no means actually ends. After all of the timber have been picked clear, we’re having fun with fruit conserves, dried fruit, and fruit tartlets…

One other story for an additional time. 



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