It's hard to believe, but at the end of this month, we *fingers crossed* will have some harvesting to do in the orchard! The picture below is of our Red Bartlett Pears; the are usually ready by mid-August...sometimes sooner. We really have to be on top of them because if you let them go past their prime, you've lost! They don't last long and they are oh so good!
These next two photos are of our Yellow Transparent Apples. They will be ready in another 2 weeks or so! Again, like the Red Bartlett Pears, you have to harvest them at the exact right time. They are a very soft apple, best for sauce, and they don't store well. It is best they are used up shortly after being picked.
The first year on our property, we didn't know this about this variety Apple and both my mom and I let some sit out on our kitchen counters...only to see them explode, literally, after a few days!
And now that hubby has his 4-wheeler going again, I can cruise through the orchard rather than walk it, which, when it is mosquito season, is a good thing!