Apricot & Sugar Plum Delight

Apricots Ready for Harvest

This past week was largely unbearably hot and humid. Normally for this time of year, a full week of temps in the upper 90s is unheard of. But what it did was to enhance the quality of all fruit by increasing the sugar levels and flavors. For Red Jacket Orchards this meant a bumper harvest of delectable and dainty little sugar plums, as well as the beginning harvest for our succulent apricots.

Sugar plums are about the size of a raquet ball with a well-balanced sweet-tart flavor….off the tree. When they ripen even just a little bit, the tartness dissipates and the sugars skyrocket. A true treat all the way around. We’ll have the Sugar Plums for the next week or so.

Apricots are truly from the cradle of civilization. They were first grown in ancient India around the year 3000 BC. Ancient Greeks called them “the golden eggs of the sun. Red Jacket Orchards is the largest grower of apricots on the east coast with just over 30 acres. We’ll have apricots for another month.

We’ll have the Sugar Plums for the next week or so, and Apricots for another month. You can find all this fruit and more at NYC GreenMarket locations where Red Jacket Orchards sells its wares. For now, here on the farm, we’re turning our sights to a huge apricot harvest next week.

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About Farmer Mike Biltonen

Mike Biltonen is lifelong farmer with a passion for great tasting, sustainably grown food. He also has an opinion and this blog is his soapbox. But mostly he just likes to farm. Enjoy!
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