This is the 2019 picking
Print out the PDF newsletter & 2019 picking schedule here.
Dear U-Pick Friends,
Once again our u-pick season is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. Our first raspberry patch looks very healthy and picking should begin in July. Our first blueberries, Duke, should be ready early to mid July. These are a large sweet berry and it looks like we will have a beautiful crop
Unfortunately due to sub zero temperatures in January and February, most of our peach varieties including Red Haven,
were lost. There will be limited picking in our remaining three peach varieties, we will know more as the season progresses.
Nectarines also took a major hit this winter and our entire crop was lost. It looks like there will be a nice crop of Shiro plums
but none of the Black Amber
We are looking forward to a great apple season. There was a beautiful bloom period in all eighteen fall apple varieties and
it looks like we will have a large crop of Honeycrisp. We have a new apple to offer this season called Evercrisp, they are
similar to Honeycrisp in taste and texture but with a longer storage life. This new variety will be a great addition to our late
fall apple crop.
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.
A tart heirloom cooking apple. Available Early July.
Transparent Gingergold, a sweet yellow apple. Available Late August.
Encore and Polana are sweet all purpose large berries. The first patch will be available early to late July. The second patch will be available late July to Fall.
Dukes's will be available Early to Mid July
Shiro's will be available Mid to Late August.
Coralstar, Redskin, and P.F. 25 will be available Mid August to Early September.
Glengio, Red Haven, Redstar, Blazingstar,
Starfire, Loring, Allstar, Glowingstar and Blushingstar are not available.
Sunglo and Fantasia nectarines are not available.
Early and Late Gala, Golden Supreme, Hone Crisp, Jonathan, Macintosh, Cortland,
Fuju and Empire available Early September into October.
Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Cameo, Jonagold, Rome Winesap, Ida Reds and Evercrisp should be available in October.
Mid September to October we offer a nice selection of specialty gourds, Jack O'Lanterns and Giant Pumpkins.
begin falling in Early October.
U-Pick hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Please remember, all
of the above dates are approximate. For current information call (269)
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
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