Friday, July 29, 2011

Saturday Morning

Fruit for Saturday sales include:

Keitt Mangos
a few Neelum Mangos
Kohala Longan
Red Sugar Apple
Bell Carambola
Fwang Tung Carambola
and at least one Jak Fruit

Open Saturday, 9am - noon

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yes, We're Open This Afternoon!

Open 7/27/11... 4:30-6pm

Sorry for the late post...

For Sale today:
a couple Mamey Sapote
Red Sugar Apples

This morning I evaluated the remaining mangos, and it looks like we'll have mangos for about 2 more weeks. Again I checked the jak fruit, and I can't believe none of the larger variety has ripened. Sometime very soon several will ripen, and we should have jak fruit for at least a month.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Do You Know Jak?

Here's the third mini Jak Fruit of the season. I've been watching several 12-20 pound Jak Fruit, which are SO close to ready. But meanwhile these small Jak Fruit from another tree continue to ripen. The good news is these small fruit are excellent. The ones from the other tree are great too! And this year another Jak tree has fruit for the first time. It was grown from very promising seed, and I'm really looking forward to tasting that fruit too!

So tomorrow morning this 2-pound Jak Fruit will be for sale, as well as Gary, Keitt and Neelum Mangos, Kohala Longan, Bell and Fwang Tong Carambola, and Red Sugar Apple.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hours and Such

Hours this week:

Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday 9am - noon

Suddenly mangos are scarce. I'll pick whatever is ready to be picked, but I won't have much this week. Many of the Keitts look too young still, but I have found some nice ones. In addition to Keitt mangos, we will have some Gary and Neelum.

Other tropical fruit available tomorrow include Carambola and Longan.
It's quite possible that I'll have at least one Jak Fruit on Wednesday and on Saturday.

Also, now is a good time to plant your own mango tree.
When you're here next, remember to check out the trees that I moved to the fruit-selling area.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Light Pruning

This first picture shows that even the smallest trees get trimmed at our place every year (IDEALLY). The trimmings litter the ground in front of the trees.

The second picture shows the current project. In the upper left is our largest tree, a Mulgoba mango which is about 100 years old. It suffered significant damage in 2005 from Hurricane Wilma. I asked the tree trimmers to take out a major vertical branch with quite a bit of damage, and to cut out ripped ends of other branches. Ripped ends do not heal well. The search for healthy wood is making our beautiful tree much smaller than I had invisioned, and it ain't over yet.

But trimming big trees for health has huge benefits. Our large Haden trees near the house were cut back a year and a half before Wilma, and we lost two branches from three large trees in that storm. In contrast, our untrimmed Mulgoba lost 90% of its canopy. In fact, only one branch was not damaged.

Of course I call in professional tree trimmers to work on the big trees. This year they'll trim three or four of our large trees. Next year I hope the remaining large trees will be trimmed. By working on some of the trees one year and the others the next, we should be able to harvest Haden mangos every year. Big trees that have had major tree work usually take a couple years to produce a significant crop.

As for the small trees, my goal is to keep them small which requires trimming something from each of them every year. But this year I'm running short on my three precious personal resources: time, energy and attention.We'll see how it goes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

On The Tables Tomorrow

Jak least one (almost 7 lbs.)
Kohala Longan
Sugar Apple (sweet sop)
Mango...including Keitt, Kent, Gary, Valencia Pride and Neelum

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hours and Mangos this Week

This week we will be open...

Wednesday: 4:30-6 pm

Saturday: 9am - noon

As for the mangos..

This week we will sell the last fruit from the Van Dyke, Palmer, and (possibly) the Duncan and Valencia Pride trees.
Varieties we will have beyond this week include Gary, Keitt, Kent, Neelum, and possibly Beverly.
A few fruit from other varieties will be available, but I don't want to mention any names only to disappoint.

And regarding other tropical fruit...

Carambolas are increasingly plentiful.
We harvested the first Jak Fruit (VERY small). Two 12-18 pound fruits seem almost ready to pick.
The first Sugar Apples of the season were ready last week. This week more should be available.
And this week I'll pick more Longans. For the next two weeks or so, we will have Kohala Longans. Other varieties will ripen later.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beyond Mangos

Carambola, Sugar Apple, Longan and Jak Fruit have suddenly become available.

Of course we still have mangos.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mango Emergencies

Because a few people have expressed an urgent need for mangos, I will be open briefly this afternoon.
If you would like to buy carambola and/or mangos, please try to arrive 3:00-3:30.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Early this morning we had a long, wonderful rain. According to my unofficial gauge, it rained about 3 inches. This Saturday our grove should be noticeably greener.

Hours this week:

Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday 9:00 - noon