Archive for September, 2011

Like Red Delicious? Try Blondee!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

If you are a fan of Red Delicious (it’s hard for me to believe, but there are actually some people who claim that they like them), try a Blondee–this early golden-skinned apple has the kind of sweet flavor that a Red Delicious apple should have.  Other apples to try, if Red Delicious is something you like, are Gala (very sweet and in season now), SweeTango(R) apples (lots of sugars, but also plenty of acids, for a great flavor combination), and Honeycrisp(TM) (just about the opposite of the texture of Red Delicious, with a very thin skin and  a wonderfully crisp and juicy texture).  Coming soon (by Thursday), Cortland is another great variety, with pure white flesh and good flavor.  With so many wonderful apple varieties that can be used for fresh eating AND cooking, it is hard for me to recommend Red Delicious (which is not recommended for any kind of cooking).  Expand your horizons:  try a different apple this season!  (And if you are one of the fans of Red Delicious, I’m sorry.  Views expressed in this blog belong to my taste buds!)

Beautiful day last Saturday!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

What perfect weather for the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival last Saturday, September 10!  I cored & sliced six varieties of apples all day long, for festival attendees to sample.  We had our own SweeTango(R), Honeycrisp, Zestar!, Elstar, Gingergold, and Chestnut apples for sale and for sampling.  By day’s end, I had about eight gallons of apple cores–that’s a lot of slicing!  It was a fun day.  We saw many friends there, and met many new people.

Apple Varieties Continue to Ripen

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Dave and I took a tour around our farm last evening, and sampled the upcoming apple varieties to check on ripeness.  Just a week ago, the Honeycrisp were green, green, green, and looked at least two weeks away from being ready.  However, very cold nights and nice sunny days have advanced their finishing, and they now  look and taste very good!  We are waiting until this afternoon to spot-pick some Honeycrisp to have at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival on Saturday from 10 to 5.  We will also be picking Elstar and specialty Chestnut apples to take to the festival.  Harvest time is busy, so don’t count on those varieties to be at the market until Monday.  At the market right now, from our own orchards:  SweeTango(R), Zestar!, Paula Red, Earligold, and Gingergold apples, freestone peaches and nectarines, summer and fall plums, tomatoes, and more, with a shelf full of free samples of our fresh produce so you know what you are getting!   Look for Gala around next Thursday.

Enjoy “The Best” Sweet Corn and SweeTango(R) Apples this week!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

This is the last week for our amazing sweet corn, picked fresh daily.  Our customers tell us, “It’s the best!”  You can pick it up self-serve after hours if you are running late.

Be sure to come to the market when we’re open (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, including Labor Day) for those wonderful SweeTango(R) apples!  Check out the sampling shelf (to the left as you enter the front doors) for free samples of several apple, plum, and tomato varieties.  There’s no excuse for not getting your servings of fruits & vegetables when you come to Rennhack Orchards Market!

SweeTango(R) Apples are ripe!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The wait is over!  SweeTango(R) apples are ready for you to enjoy!  Stop by the market to pick some up, for that great “crunch” and harmonious sweet-tart flavor combination!   It’s time to let your taste buds dance with SweeTango(R)!

In case you haven’t been in Oceana County for the past few years, this great new apple is a cross between Honeycrisp (mom) and Zestar! (dad), developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota.  Dave got in at the beginning of the commercial venture, and planted thousands of trees, so we have been able to sample them out for area residents and visitors for a few years now.  This year, the trees are bigger and there are more apples, so they will be more available to more people across the nation.  One special thing about SweeTango(R) is that it is a managed apple variety, and the apples don’t even get to be called “SweeTango” unless they meet stringent quality standards.  This means that every time you eat a SweeTango(R), you get a great eating experience!   Get yours at Rennhack Orchards Market, your local source for SweeTango(R) apples!

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