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What a little rain will do

Since my last post (a good while ago) we have gotten rain, and lots of it.

This puddle forms in front of our house every time there is a heavy rain. We haven’t seen this puddle too often this year, but we’re are glad that it’s back.

While we do have irrigation on our peaches, the recent rains have caused the peaches to swell.  Dave has been picking some gorgeous peaches this week.  Peach-picking has really ckicked into high gear.  This is the time of year when Dave is short on sleep and rich in peach fuzz coating his arms and neck.

I wish you could see this peach tree in real life. A photograph doesn’t do it justice. There’s something a little Christmas-like about these red orbs hanging on a dark green tree.

When Dave got done picking this tray and had to stop to admire it. Again, pictures just don’t do justice.

To give an idea of the size of these peaches, I picked one up to try to give a little perspective.  That peach right there is a meal.

Here is a full stack of peaches ready to be taken to the cooler and replaced with a stack of empty trays to be filled again.

The white nectarine trees are an eye-catching color explosion. I wasn’t planning on taking a picture, but as I was walking by, I just couldn’t resist.

Our apples are loving the rain, too. The honeycrisp are starting to get that before-picking blush.

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Rain envy

I meant to write this post last Friday when things were looking quite parched around here.  Since Friday, we had a very welcome and celebrated two inches of rain.  My dad is a dairy farmer, and was talking about how painful it is for a farmer to drive around and look at corn fields.  As farmers, we hate to see any kind of crop suffering.

Corn, when dry, curls up to conserve water. This is a sad sight for farmers.

We irrigate peaches with drip irrigation.  Dave has it on a timer that waters the orchard in three different zones, one zone every other hour.  There is one emitter at each tree giving enough water to keep the tree and fruit healthy, but not enough to feed the weeds around it.

Drought may be terrible for field corn, but in a dry year, the peaches, though small, will be incredibly sweet and tasty.

Our first variety of white nectarines is over, but the second variety should be ready in a week or two.  If you haven’t had a white nectarine yet…you should.  Dave, the fruit farmer who gets weary of fruit from being around it so often, sneaks into the cooler often to snatch a white nectarine or three to eat over the sink while the juice drips down his elbows.

We are just getting into the heart of peach season, but some peach trees are already picked clean.  This will become a more common sight as peach season progresses.

Looking at the apples, it’s amazing how large they are already.  This is a Honeycrisp that will be picked in about a month.