July 14th &15th Front Range CSA

By July 12, 2012 Uncategorized

Ela Family Farms 2012 CSA

We are excited to be picking peaches so early in the season…even better is that we are able to bring peaches to your table in mid-July!  Our 2012 fruit season is much earlier than normal.  Depending on the fruit, ten days to two weeks earlier.  Our mild winter and warm spring has led to an earlier season that has us scrambling to get the trees watered, thinned and picked. It must be a good year though, when sweet cherries are ready in June and peaches in July.  This week brings the first peaches of the season and we hope you enjoy these early varieties.  Our CSA members will receive Earlistar or Risingstar peaches. The Ela kids are riding their bikes into the orchard and returning with these gems in their mouths, and they can’t seem to get enough!  We hope you feel the same.  Enjoy the fruit and remember to have a paper towel nearby when consuming an Ela Peach!

Guten appetite!…………Becky Ela

Earlistar:
Our first peach of the season, which has small size, but nicely balanced sweet and tart flavor.  It tends to be a bit clingy on the pit, but comes off the seed when fully ripe.  This peach has nice deep red color with yellow flesh.  This peach was developed by the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan and was released in the late 1990’s.  We first planted this peach when it was still named FA101 and we were looking for a full flavored, early peach.  All the peaches coming out of this series have “star” in the name.

Rising Star:
A sweet peach balanced with a slightly tart flavor.  This is the second peach of the season for us to pick and tends to be small in size, but large in flavor.  A deep red, yellow fleshed variety.  It can cling to the pit, but does come free when it is fully ripe.  This is another peach from the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan.

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