You know it’s getting toward the end of summer when local melons are ripe! The photos of our farm in Oceana County on our homepage include some of our melons (we have both orange-fleshed and green-fleshed melons, sweet and juicy), one of our watermelons (we grow several varieties), a close-up of apples showing the typical freckling of SweeTango(R) apples that are turning red (we hope these will make the grade to earn the name!), one of our young orchards which will produce some SweeTango(R) apples around the first of September (the apples will be nice and red by then!), and two photos of peaches ripening. You may notice the stubs of branches near a couple of the peaches. Summer pruning is done on peaches; branches without fruit (often growing straight up) are removed to prevent them from shading the fruit. Peaches need to see plenty of sunshine to develop their beautiful color and juicy sweet flavor.