Carter Orchards

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    Apple recipes


July 8, 2015

     Some pictures from this harvest!
Surise at the Davis loading pad
Mt. Hood
Bucket of Rainiers
Rainiers on the tree
Chino, Beni, Sonny
Break time
Diana and Maria
Tomas and Elias
JD and Jeff
Laura and Adan
Ramon and Paulina
It's hot!
Armando and JD
Full bins
End of the day
Last load of the year!

June 28, 2015

     It feels very strange to have finished picking in June. This is the first year in which we will not pick in July! It's amazing. Four years ago our first day of harvest was June 26th. The difference in just four years is amazing. Wow!

June 27, 2015

     We finished picking today! We had to pick in the heat to finish, but we pulled it off. We finished picking the Regina and picked all our our Sweethearts. The quality was good, but the quantity (of Sweethearts) was very low. Last year it took us about two days to pick them. This year it only took us a handful of hours.

June 26, 2015

     We continued to pick Reginas at the Home Place. Quality is very good. The Regina is the most beautiful cherry we grow. It has a nice long stem and always seems to be shiny. We stopped picking at 10:45 due to the heat.

June 25, 2015

     We started to pick Regina today. 25% of our Reginas are unpickable because the trees have very little fruit. All of the late varieties were impacted by the November freeze. Lots of trees died and many that lived have little to no fruit on them. We shut the crew down at 11:00 due to the heat.

June 24, 2015

     We did not pick today. It was difficult to decide to not pick. The 10-day forecast has many days above 100 degrees. If we have too many very hot days, the fruit will dry up on the trees. It was our first day off (from picking) this year. The day off allowed us to get caught up on irrigation and equipment repair. Plus, we "lent" many of our pickers and some of our crew to our neighbors.

June 23, 2015

     We finished picking freezers and canners today. We also finished picking brine Rainiers.

June 22, 2015

     We picked freezers and canners at the Davis place. Everyone else picked Skeena at the Home Place for canning.

June 21, 2015

     I always love watching the sun rise on the longest day of the year! We finished picking Skeena for fresh today. They continue to have high quality and look BIG!

June 20, 2015

     We picked all the Home Place Lapins and then moved into Skeena. The Skeena were definitely affected by the November freeze. We have a lighter than average crop of Skeena. Hopefully the price remains high enough to offset the decreased tonnage.

June 19, 2015

     We picked the entire Tom Lapin block. As always, they looked really good. Great size and only a few culls. We also picked some Attica and the last of the fresh Rainiers.

June 18, 2015

     Two groups picked some beautiful Rainiers for fresh in the morning. Everyone else picked Bings, brine Rainiers, and Haener Lapins. It was a busy day with people picking all over the place!

June 17, 2015

     Continued picking Bings at the Home Place. We picked until 3:00 in order to finish the Flynn's and Phillip's blocks. Quality remains lower than idea. Fruit size is okay, but definitely not as large as we'd have in a typical year.

June 16, 2015

     Everyone picked Bings at the Home Place.

June 15, 2015

     We started picking Bings at the Home Place today. The Bing crop is much lighter than average. Quality is okay, but not as high as we would like.

June 14, 2015

     Two groups picked Rainiers in Dallesport. The other seven groups picked Rainiers for brine at the Davis place.

June 13, 2015

     We finished picking Bings at the Davis place. The fruit quality has decreased. There's a noticeable percentage of sun burnt fruit. The Bings are small this year. This is probably due to a combination of the November freeze and the heat we had a couple of days ago. We also picked some Rainiers for brine.

June 12, 2015

     Everyone picked Bings at Davis. We're starting to see the effects of the big November freeze. The crop is lighter than average and there is some tree death in areas of the orchard were cold air collects.

June 11, 2015

     A couple of groups finished picking the dark sweets on the Migaki place. They picked canner and freezer Vans. Everyone else picked Bings at the Davis place.

June 10, 2015

     Two groups continued to pick Bings in the Davis place. Everyone else finished picking Bings in Dallesport.

June 9, 2015

     Two groups continued to pick Bings in the Davis place. Everyone else continued to pick Bings in Dallesport. We shut down at 1:00 due to the heat.

June 8, 2015

     In the morning, two groups of pickers picked Early Robbins. Once they were done, they switched over to picking Bings at the Davis place. Everyone else picked Bings at the Migaki place in Dallesport. The number of pickers we have is slowly increasing.

June 7, 2015

     We continued to pick Early Robbins. They continue to look great. Go buy some!

June 6, 2015

     Two groups continued picking Early Robbins at the Davis place. Everyone else picked Bings in the Sexton place in Dallesport. (They hired us to "custom harvest" their orchard this season.)

June 5, 2015

     We picked the first half of our main block of Early Robbins today. They looked great and were huge. Hopefully lots will make it into supermarkets around the world in the next couple of days!

June 4, 2015

     We picked Tietons for fresh today. We also picked Skylar Rae for fresh. They tasted great and looked pretty good.

June 3, 2015

     We finished picking Chelans today. In terms of size and quality, this year's Chelans were the best we've ever had. We're fortunate that the weather was nice and cool. This allowed us to pick long days and cover the necessary ground even though we have fewer pickers than we usually do.

June 2, 2015

     We continued picking Chelans at Davis today. We're almost up to 100 pickers and we picked over 250 bins today!

June 1, 2015

     Continued to pick Chelans at the Davis place.

May 31, 2015

     The Chelans continue to look great. We are short pickers. We only have about 70, 15 of which are our own pickers. Fortunately, many of our neighbors haven't started picking yet, so we're "borrowing" their pickers. The picker shortage is due to the early harvest start. Most of our pickers come from California and school is still in session down there.

May 30, 2015

     We started picking Chelans at the Davis place today. Quality is excellent. They are big and beautiful. For the first time this year we picked over 100 bins in day today!

May 29, 2015

     We started picking Chelans in Dallesport today. This is our earliest harvest start ever. Until this year, we'd never picked in May. The early start date is especially impressive because back in 2011 we didn't even start picking until June 26th!

May 28, 2015

     Our 40th harvest will start tomorrow. The early fruit (Chelans, Tietons, and Early Robbins) look really good. We are excited!

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