Fruit lovers allow me to share some news with you about Kings Organic Fruit. Last summer in the midst of the heat we were visited by the Maryland Public Television production team to film an episode for Maryland Farm and Harvest about our organic fruit operation. My wife Vicki and I spent a large part of the day with Harpreet Kaur and Al Spoler of MPT producing footage that they have edited to tell the story or how we have developed our operation and how it is going for us.
Tune in to MPT on January 10th at 7PM to watch the evening segment of Maryland Farm and Harvest and you will get an inside look at how we operate and watch Vicki along with Al Spoler make her delicious Blackberry Cobbler. After you've watched our segment and have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will follow up with new blogs addressing your questions. Also stay tuned because as we get into the winter season we will begin processing our frozen fruit into our own jellies and have them available online for sale.
We are open for U-Pick Red Raspberries on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4-7pm. Then every weekday for Red Raspberries thereafter.
Open for Blueberries and Red Raspberries this Saturday at 9:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 until 4:00 pm.
We will maintain these hours as long as we have fruit available for picking. Call 410-490-8604 for more information.
We have just completed planting 1,000 new blueberry plants, 500 Dukes for early ripening and 500 mid season Blue Crop berry plants. Irrigation and mulch will be added this week to help with control of weeds as we have no herbicides of value for our certified organic production. These plants are well started and are from Hartman Nurseries in Michigan where they have produced Blueberry plants for gardeners and farmers for 70 years. Our current plants are now in the very early berry formation stage with bumble bees and honey bees working very hard each day to pollinate these berries as they go through their blooming phase. We expect to have ripe blueberries for U Pick by June 25th or possibly a little sooner. We will keep these dates current as the season progresses.
In addition to the blueberries, we also will be planting 500 new Blackberry plants this week. They are arriving from Nourse Farms this week and we hope to have them in the ground by the end of this week. We selected a newer variety from the trials at the University of Delaware. This berry is named Freedom Ark. This berry is very large and has an exciting flavor which is sweet to the taste. They are the perfect berry for U Pick operations. I am sure they will freeze well if needed and should make great cooking, fresh eating, fine jelly and wine. These should be ready for picking a little later than our older Chesters that I predict will be ripening by the 10th of July.
Of course our Red Raspberries will be our first ripening fruit and we will look for them about the 15th of June. We will have Red Raspberry jelly for sale from our web site or at our U Pick site. The jelly was made from last years crop of Organic Certified berries. I hope to have this jelly Organic Certified in the next few weeks. We are processing the paper work now.
Another item we will have for sale from the web site or at the U-Pick will be our own natural honey from our hives located around our fruit fields. This will be offered in 1 pound plastic squeeze bottles.
We would like to hear from you, call us at 410-490-8604.
Starting the 2015 season for red raspberries is a floricane type berry called Nova. It is bright red in color and when ripe easily releases from the “hub” that it grows on. It has great flavor and is absolutely delicious in many recipes and makes great jelly and preserves.. We love it as a cobbler served with vanilla ice cream. It will produce from now until later in July and then a smaller crop in the fall off of the new shoots that are starting to grown now. It is nearly thornless, and the best way to pick them is to raise the branches with one hand and gently pick the ripe berries with your other hand while looking underneath to make sure they are also ripe on the bottom.
We anticipate that our Blueberries will become ready for picking by next Wednesday! Our first variety will be Blue Ray. These are very sweet and large!! Sign up for our newsletter to receive picking announcements.
Going on their third year our Chester Blackberries are starting to take hold.
U-Pick Is Now Open: Saturdays 9am-4pm; Weekdays 4-7pm
Currently Picking: Blackberries & Raspberries
Due to the uncertain condition for ripening of fruit, please call ahead at 410-490-8604 before coming to pick.View full schedule