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Week 5, U – Pick, 8/21-24/20

Rosy Glow apple

Hi apple fans, Gravensteins still rule this weekend. Come out and pick some and make your family an apple crisp or better yet….. a big batch of applesauce! see recipe below

Also in the lineup are Rosy Glow (pictured) This is an eating apple, mostly sweet and very crunchy!

Any questions can be directed to me at my e mail jonescreekfarms@yahoo.com or you can check out our web site: skagitvalleyfruit.com

Simple apple sauce recipe, made with Gravenstein apples:

5 lbs apples, cored, peeled, cut up.

Water, 1 cup.

Sugar, 1 cup (or less if preferred).

Cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon (more or less if preferred)

Cloves, pinch (optional)

Put apples and water in a kettle and bring to a low boil. Stir apples as they cook to prevent sticking. When apples appear cooked, translucent and mushy on edges, you can start mashing. Mash the apples to whatever consistency you prefer. A potato masher works well here. Turn the heat down to a bare simmer and add the sugar and spices. Cook this for 10 minuets and your done! The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator or preserved by freezing. Seal-able containers like Zip Lock work well for freezing applesauce. Just make sure to not fill the container all the way up, you’ll need some “head space” for expansion in the freezer. Posted on

Week 5, Farmers Market, 8/20/20

Gravenstein apple

Hey apple fans! Well the pre-season summer apples are over and now we start into the first of our long list of varieties that are also available for u pick on the farm. The Gravenstein apple is well known around these parts for its culinary uses primarily apple sauce. Apple sauce is so easy to make and so refreshing to eat on a hot day (see simple recipe below). Gravenstein is a German heirloom variety that dates back to the late 1500’s. Unlike almost all other European apples that came to America the Gravenstein entered America via the west coast. The variety found its way into the San Fransisco area in the early 1800’s where it settled into Sonoma county a thriving processing industry sprang up over the next century. And of course we will have our Korean Rocambole garlic.

Simple apple sauce recipe, made with Gravenstein apples:

5 lbs apples, cored, peeled, cut up.

Water, 1 cup.

Sugar, 1 cup (or less if preferred).

Cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon (more or less if preferred)

Cloves, pinch (optional)

Put apples and water in a kettle and bring to a low boil. Stir apples as they cook to prevent sticking. When apples appear cooked, translucent and mushy on edges, you can start mashing. Mash the apples to whatever consistency you prefer. A potato masher works well here. Turn the heat down to a bare simmer and add the sugar and spices. Cook this for 10 minuets and your done! The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator or preserved by freezing. Seal-able containers like Zip Lock work well for freezing applesauce. Just make sure to not fill the container all the way up, you’ll need some “head space” for expansion in the freezer. Posted on

Week 4, Farmers Market, 8/13/20

williams pride apple

Hi folks, This will be the last week for Japanese Plums. We will be bringing the Shiro plum, the last in the series of our wonderful Japanese Plums. Also on Thursday you will find Williams Pride apples. These apples are a very early season McIntosh cross. A welcome taste of things yet to come….. And of course we will have our Korean Rocambole garlic.

Please e mail me with any questions jonescreekfarms@yahoo.com and do check out our web site for more info skagitvalleyfruit.com Posted on

Week 4, Farm Update, 8/14/20

gravenstein apple

It’s finally here apple fans. Opening weekend for the u pick at Jones Creek Farms! The season is around 12 days later than last year….so far, but we are ready to open up for Gravensteins.

Our COVID preparedness is right on track and you can read about that in previous post.

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Week 3, Farmers market, 8/6/20

pristine apple

Welcome everyone to week 3 at the Bellevue Farmers Market. Last week was sure a hot one! This Thursday we will have the first of our pre season apples, Pristine. This is a tart apple good for cutting up into salads, cereal, juicing, etc and yes you can just eat one. The Methely plums are all done but we will be gleaning a few of the first Shiro which is the Japanese plum thats pictured on the banner on the top of this site. Also we may bring a few Imperial Epineuse from a tree we re sprouted after cutting to a stump to remove disease. Posted on

Week 3, Farm Update, 8/6/20

This is an update for all those U pick fans out there. The harvest season is running 1-2 weeks later this year than it has been for the last 6 year average. All that rain and cloudy weather we had this spring and early summer is to blame. Although the slugs, mosquitos and bamboo have really done well, some things like the peaches have been a disaster.

The tentative opening date for u pick is the weekend of Aug 14. We will keep our fingers crossed for some ripe Gravensteins and I will make an announcement early in that week when I know for sure. Based on the timing of other fruit ripening on the farm its about a 50/50 chance that the farm will open for this weekend.

For those interested, here is what’s going on with us as far as COVID 19:

At Jones Creek Farms we are working hard to make sure our facilities are as safe as we can make them. We know that Covid 19 has cased a lot of uncertainty amongst our customers as to whether its safe to travel this far. The choice will have to be yours but please know that I take Covid 19 very seriously and my wife and I have gone to great lengths to make sure we, our employees and of course our customers are in a safe environment.

Heres what we are doing:

Because our farm store is so cramped in the checkout area we have decided to add on to our outdoor covered area and have this be our checkout location. Keeping ourselves outdoors is a better move towards reducing Covid exposure in itself and we can keep everyone safely spaced here.

We will have an extra 1 – 2 employees on hand to help keep things running smoothly as far as Covid compliance around the barn / store area.

We will have 2 warm water and soap wash stations. One at the entrance to the orchard and one at the barn.

There will be hand sanitizer bottles placed at several strategic locations on the farm.

As a minimum the Skagit County Health code on Covid will be enforced at Jones Creek Farms.

Regardless of whatever the State and County requirements might be at the moment, Jones Creek Farms requires face coverings to be worn, inside or outside, when around the barn / store area. Posted on

Week 2, Farmers Market, 7/30/20

We are off to the Bellevue Farmers Market on Thursday with more of the Methley plums and Korean Rocambole Garlic. The plums are at their peak today when we picked. This means there definitely wont be any good ones left by next Thursday.

We picked 6 Harbelle peaches today. Definitely a disappointing crop this year but hey….. enough for a decent cobbler 🙂

Its looking like we might be bringing the first of the Shiro plums next week. Maybe the first of the pre – season apples.

Please feel free to e mail me with any questions or special orders. I will try and help you out. Les jonescreekfarms@yahoo.com

Web site – skagitvalleyfruit.com

Square pay portal for pre orders –

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Week 1, Farmers Market, 7/23/20

Welcome back Jones Creek Farms fans! This year, in light of the extreme circumstances we find ourselves in, I’ve decided to start this blog page early, at the beginning of farmers market season, so you guys will have the opportunity to see what we are bringing to the farmers market and also give you the opportunity to place orders ahead for pick up at the market if you wish.

This week we will be showing up with fresh harvest garlic, Korean Rocambole. Still undergoing the curing process this garlic can be used for all garlic uses but is especially fantastic now for use in raw dishes like pasta salads, tuna fish, egg salad and of course pesto.

Also coming to the market will be Japanese Plums. The Beauty plums had very poor pollination this year so we wont be bringing any of those and instead are skipping right to the Methley plums. These are a purple skin and purple fleshed, about the sized of a golf ball, plum. Tart skin and sweet, very juicy flesh.

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