Products - Small Fruits (Grapes, Berries, Veggies)

Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:20

Rhubarb Recipes

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Here it is January 2016 and I am just getting around to reading the May 2015 Sunset Magazine. Buried in the back pages was an article titled "Ready for Rhubarb - Discover three new ways to enjoy this sweet, tangy fruit." The photos were tantelizing so I thought I'd pass along the information since I cannot pass up good information. I figured posting a photocopy would violate copyright law so here are the links to…
Friday, 05 December 2014 19:15

Grapevine Fall Color

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Blueberry Grape Fall Color Too many years ago I was in the Napa wine country during Thanksgiving weekend. The fall colors were stunning. I only had my point and shoot camera then and have always wanted to go back during peak color with my good cameras and lenses. But alas, I have been thwarted with other duties and will hope again for "next year". Today I made a quick trip to the budwood orchard to…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:52

Praise for Blueberry (and Venus) Grapes

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Blueberry Grape I love it when I receive a call from someone passionate and knowledgeable who has tried a new product in a here-to-fore untested climate zone and gives back such glowing and detailed feedback. I want to thank Robin for this anecdotal evidence showing Blueberry and Venus Grapes performing well in a very mild winter area. Here is Robin's email to me - used with permission. Ron Ludekens From Email 1-23-2014 Hi Ron, It…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:00

Top Blueberry Varieties Chosen

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Grow Produce just posted this article about blueberry evaluations in California: Top Blueberry Varieties Chosen - GrowProduce.com We have visited these test blocks at the Kearney Field Station many times over the years and our selections for the Southern Highbush varieties for the warmer winter and hotter climate areas reflect our discoveries from these trials. I am happy we are in agreement with their findings! Of course, test plots in more northern climates will have…
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:00

Albion Strawberries

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Huge and Delicious Albion Strawberries They say a photo is worth a thousand words. So I don't need to write much about the humongous size of these Albion Strawberries. But what a photo cannot tell you was how delicious they were. Did you notice the past tense? I was lucky to grab a basket to share with my wife and take this photo. The office staff made short work of the flat of strawberries on…
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:58

Muscat Grapes on a Roll

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Muscat Grapes, Moscato, Muscatel Ernie brought an article to me that I found interesting and thought I would share it with you. Muscat (Alexandria) Grapes have been around a long time but in relatively recent years they have been bolstered with the introduction of Golden Muscat and Summer Muscat (Seedless). And the sales of all three have been increasing. I never dreamed it was because of Hip-Hop songs. Here is the article: Muscat Wines On…
Monday, 24 October 2011 13:20

Jerusalem Artichokes

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Our Fall harvest has started on the Vegetables and Berries. (Hint - get your orders in soon if you want the catch the November deliveries). I went to the processing yard and ran across this trailer load of Jerusalem Artichoke roots/tubers (Helianthus tuberosus) : Trailer full of Jerusalem Artichoke Roots I thought you might like to see what you plant in your garden. We plant one of these tubers: We plant the "Quarter Sized" Jerusalem…
Monday, 20 December 2010 16:02

Rooted Blackberry Tips

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Rooted Blackberry Tips What are "Blackberry Tips"? This question comes up whenever we offer some for sale and it is important to understand the difference between rooted tips and a one or two year plant. I took some photos to help: Rooted Blackberry from "Tipping" A common method of propagating new Blackberry Plants is by "Tipping". We take a "Mother" plant's long canes and bury the tips in the soil at the appropriate time of…
Monday, 09 August 2010 03:00

Kiowa Blackberries - On Steroids?

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When my father, Bob Ludekens, was on his sales trip to Oklahoma in June, he saw blackberries larger than he had ever seen before. Jean Snow showing Kiowa Blackberry from 2010 crop. He had stopped by our long time customer Sorghum Mill Tree and Blackberry Farm in Edmond, Oklahoma.   Owner John Knight had shown him these humongous Kiowa Blackberries. John was kind enough to take these photos last week and send them to us.  He…