This is the 2020 picking
Print out the PDF newsletter & 2020 picking schedule here.
Dear U-Pick Friends,
U-pick season is almost here and it is shaping up to be a good one! We are looking forward to seeing all of our faithful customers, and any new ones we have yet to meet.
Our 2019 Winter was mild and all fruit crops looked very good at the start of spring 2020, aside from one hard freeze in early May we have had very nice spring weather. Unfortunately the spring freeze did change the outlook for peach, plum and nectarine crops as well as some apple varieties.
Our red raspberry and Duke blueberry patches look good, both have a nice crop and even with the spring freeze we are still looking forward to better yields in most peach varieties than we had for 2019. We will have some Redhaven for U-pick but unfortunately there will be no plum or nectarine picking.
Most apple varieties look good with some having a lighter crop than we would like, unfortunately Evercrisp may not be available for U-pick. We have a new apple variety available this year! Pink Lady is a later season tart apple that is great for baking.
U-pick should start around July 10th with red raspberries and picking Duke blueberries. Things will be different on the farm this season as far as safety protocol, due to the corona virus situation, with a little patience we will all be able to manage.
Please remember, all dates are an estimate and weather permitting, please call (269) 561-5126 for the most up to date picking information.
Our picking schedule is shaping up like this:
All time frames are an estimate. Please be sure to call 269.561.5126, for fruit availability and weather conditions before making plans or driving any distance.
Transparents are a tart heirloom cooking apple - available around July 17th.
Gingergold are a sweet yellow apple - available mid August
Dukes are an extra large, sweet berry - available around July 10th (picking lasts about 3 weeks).
Encore and Polana are large, sweet all purpose berries - available around July 10th through mid fall.
plums & Nectarines:
Red Haven, Redstar, Blazingstar,
Starfire, Loring, Allstar, Glowingstar, Coralstar, Redskin, and P.F. 25 will be available early August to mid September.
Early and Late Gala, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Macintosh, Cortland,
Fuju and Empire available Early September into October.
Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Cameo, Jonagold, Rome, Winesap, Ida Red, Evercrisp, and Pink Lady available September to late October.
Jack o' Lantern, Giant Pumpkins, Specialty Pumpkins & Gourds - available mid September to late October.
- available early October.
U-Pick hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm weather permitting. Please remember, all
of the above dates are approximate. For current information call (269)
Please call ahead for weather and picking conditions. Peaches and berries should not be picked when they are wet..
Dress properly: layered
shirts, sunscreen, hats and close toed, flat shoes. Don't forget
sunscreen and insect repellent.
Save money by bringing your
own containers (small, shallow boxes or 1/2 bushel baskets transport
fruit best). Raspberry containers are provided.
As always, Crane's U-Pick is committed to offering high quality fruit at reasonable prices. Call the above number for current fruit information.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you again this year!
Gary and Sandy Crane