RACE DAY!15 minutes from start if you not here yet you will be amazed and head this way. We have Rotary club hamburgers, jams and jellies galore galore, apples and hot apple cider. Mostly lots of FUN! Google crimson gem orchard and get here for a fun day. Share this please.
The second annual Crimson Cross is just three days away. The host of the event, Boise VeloWomen, are donating all profits to the Emmett food bank. This is a great FREE family event that people can hang out and cheer on the racers. Hamburgers will be cooked and Crimson Gem Orchards will have our delicious Cherry Gem Jams for sale as well as other baked goods made by our neighbor Carol A. Maddalena. As a special treat we will be selling fresh, hot spiced handsqueezed apple cider by the glass made by the Emmett Marching Band. We also will have Golden Delicious Apples for sale that are freshly packed and ready to go. Hope to see you there.
Race day is rapidly approaching, September 30th at 11 a.m. This is a great group and if you've never seen a cross race you'll enjoy watching them race between the new trees. Hope to see you there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEGlQrJPrc
Strutting your puffy coat and knobby tires after today's rain? The 1st day back with your Cross family is coming in 12 days at Crimson Gem Orchard! Are you regi...stered for Crimson Cross 2017? You can expect a new course with lots of fun on and off the bike. Apples and cherry jams will be available for sale again. Please get registered so we can plan! https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2600
So it looks like fall is on the way. The best part for me is the apples ripening! I tested the sugars and firmness and golden delicious apples are ready if you like them firm and crisp. These are perfect for apple pies and slightly tart. Over the next few weeks these will be vine ripening and the Emmett Marching Band will be selling our picked apples for $1 / lb. And U-pick is .60/ lb. If you want to do it your self. For larger quantites, i.e. 1 bin or more we can do better p...rices. If you would like 10 lb bags or 20 lb boxes we are accepting orders. Also if you haven't tried the "blooming apple" recipe I will be posting that and they are GOOOOOD! Basically a 30 minute apple pie without the work. Also as the goldens ripen we will start pasturizing and freezing fresh cider. These keep in your freezer for a year with no problems. Please share our post with friends to get these sweet treats in your hands.
Crimson Gem Orchard is hosting the second annual "Crimson Cross 2017". Although we had a no go on the cherries this year, the golden apples look great with our partners Seven Oaks Orchard. This is a bicycle race event that is fun to watch as competitors race between the new peach and cherry trees. The proceeds go to the Emmett food bank and is a great time. We will have a variety of baked goods including our "Gem Jams" and other baked goods. More info to come as the event gets closer. Hope to see you here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1716052995357587/?ti=cl
With a sad heart Crimson Gem Orchard will not be open for picking this season. Due to cold wet weather and hail damage we will not have a marketable crop for 2017. The golden delicious apples still look great and look for future crops of both peaches and cherries are in our future. Thanks to everyone who checked in at our site.
What a spring. Rain, hail, even some snow. I have been talking to my fellow cherry growers and most of us are seeing damage from reduced blooms due to cold wet weather. We still think that cherries will be ready about mid-June, not early like last year. One grower wondered if he would even be open for more than a week. I think we are looking at about 25% normal. The good news is we should have BIG cherries. I will continue to monitor, but plan to be early if you want to guarantee Emmetts best cherries. Also the view this year was one to remember of the Butte from the orchard
What a spring. The first cherries are setting and looking a bit lighter than last year. Hopefully that means bigger cherries. We have had two hail storms including another tonight. Hopefully minimal damage. We are about two weeks behind last years schedule so closer to mid June for the first cherries. I would plan to be on the early side of u-picking fruit if we run short due to weather conditions this year.