Plums, pluots take top billing in California’s fall stone fruit parade

08/19/2011 01:05:00 PM
Don Schrack

Also available through September, he said, will be flavorfalls and September yummys.

“We’ll have a strong fall deal of angelino plums through September and into October,” said Dave Parker, marketing director for Scattaglia Growers & Shippers LLC, Traver.

At Visalia-based Phillips Farms Marketing, angelinos and flavorfalls will be available as late as early November, said owner Doug Phillips.

“We’ll also have limited supplies of some young, new plum varieties,” he said.

The 2011 season is in the home stretch for most peach and nectarine grower-shippers, but some late season varieties will be available into November.

For Brandt Farms, the focus is on its honey white, a proprietary white-flesh peach variety.

“The crop will start coming off the trees about mid-September and will be available for at least a couple of weeks,” Reimer said.

“Scattaglia Growers & Shippers will be strong in yellow peaches and yellow nectarines at least into October,” Parker said.

Harvesting of late season nectarines was scheduled to start in late August at Wes Pak Sales, Stewart said, and the fruit will be available well into September.

Kingsburg Orchards will be picking yellow-flesh and white-flesh peaches and nectarines, including several of the company’s proprietary varieties, into September, Spain said.

Picking of snow magic, one of the proprietary white-flesh peach varieties, was scheduled to begin Aug. 30, he said. Shipping of the yellow-flesh orange honey heirloom, the company’s last nectarine of the season, is scheduled to begin the first week in September.


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