We haven’t gone to Reed Valley yet this year, but I’m looking into maybe going this or next week. Their Gold Rush, Suncrisp, Winesap, Stayman, Granny Smith and other good apples are ready. So, I’d like to get over there and get some before they’re gone. They grow a really good pear there, called Maxine, but they’re already out of them. They also grow Harrow Sweet, which we are growing, not yet producing, but I think those are gone there too.
I don’t know if your you’ve been to Reed Valley, but I highly recommend it. It’s just north of Paris. They are a pick-your-own orchard, so you ought to be able to get as many as you want. They do give a lot of way to local charities, but there’s still plenty for everybody else. I would go more often if they were a little bit closer, but it is about a 90 mile drive from our place. I think it’s $1.69 a pound if you pick them, they also have some in cold storage if you don’t want to go out and pick them.
We first went there 2 years ago, and it was very impressive to me. Hundreds and hundreds of apple trees, quite a few pear trees and a few peach trees, too. I think we ended up going there 3 times that year. Plus, we went a couple times last year. Due too late freezes they had virtually no peaches last year and maybe a 30% crop this year. They lost a lot of their peach trees 3 years ago when we had that really cold winter, so they’re waiting on their new trees to develop, I guess.
I’ve talked to both of the Reeds, they are very nice people. It was cool to talk to him about all all things apples and pears. He was surprised I knew so much about rootstocks and diseases, he said most people are just there to pick the fruit. But I asked him a lot of questions, because I was growing them back home, and he was very generous with his information.