In 2006 we bought a brand new flail mower from Rears Manufacturing out of Eugene. It was one of the few pieces of equipment that we bought new and it has served us very well. Today I replaced the flails for the first time and found the process pretty fascinating. I’ve known for a few months that I really needed to change the flails but I wanted to get every dime’s worth of cutting out of the originals so I went into the orchard this morning for one last hurrah. In less than a minute I stalled the tractor when I hit a big piece of an apple limb that was pruned this spring and was hiding in the tall grass. I restarted the tractor and brought the flail back up to speed only to find it shaking like crazy. Not wanting to burn up a bearing or two I decided I had gotten my money’s worth from the originals and went to install the replacements. As it happens, I broke one of the flails when I hit that limb, sending the 1200 RPM drum seriously out of balance. Usually I push things too far but today discretion got the better part of valor.
Here’s a pic of new and used flails. Note that they are reversible and can be flipped mid-life. They are also used in pairs, back to back, so they make the shape of an inverted “Y” when attached to the drum with a hardened bolt through the hole. I weighed 10 new and 10 used flails to determine wear. The average flail, not including the one that broke, lost almost 12% of its weight.
(From left: worn flail showing typical wear, new flail, new flail in profile – notice straight shank, bent used flail, broken flail that sent the mower out of balance, new flail.)
Our Certified Organic U-Pick strawberry patch will be open Sunday June 24th through Weds June 27th from 8 AM to 7 PM. Our Hoods and Shuksans are $2.50/lb and you need to bring your own containers. Turn left as soon as you enter our property and follow the signs to park. Please visit the white canopy to read the instructions before you start to pick. Our address: 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
Here’s a pic of my latest strawberry food adventure – jam. Sugar, lemon juice, and, of course, strawberries.
Our certified organic strawberry patch is open for U-Pick June 18, 19, and 20 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Berries are $2.50/lb. Remember to bring your own containers to 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116. Follow the signs to park and check the instructions on the board under the white canopy before you start to pick.
Here’s a pic of a what is left of a delicious strawberry pound cake that one of our awesome repeat customers shared with us. Enjoy!
Bring Dad or let him stay home to watch the golf tournament. Anyway, the strawberry patch is open for U-Pick on Sunday, June 17 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Our certified organic berries are $2.50/lb. Remember to bring your own containers. Our address: 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
We are open for U-pick today through Wednesday, June 11, 12, 13 from 8 AM to 6 PM. Our certified organic Hoods and Shuksans are $2.50/lb. Please remember to bring your own containers. Our address: 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, 97116. Take a left as soon as you enter the property and follow the sign to park. PLEASE read the instructions in the white tent before you begin to pick.
Here’s a pic of a nice strawberry pie I made last night.
Here’s the whole dinner. (Except for the fava beans that Amy sauteed in a bit of olive oil with some garlic scapes. We ate those out of the pan!)
Our certified organic strawberry patch is open for U-Pick from noon to 7 PM on Saturday, June 9 and from 8 AM to 7 PM on Sunday, June 10. The Hoods are going strong and the Shuksan are just starting!
- Berries are $2.50/lb. REMEMBER to bring your own containers.
- Turn left as soon as you enter our property. Follow the sign to park.
- Please bring your own containers and follow the instructions posted in the white tent.
- Our address is 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, 97116.
Thanks and happy picking!
Sorry no U-Pick today. Let’s all focus on better weather for the rest of the week. Wednesday is looking pretty good.
Thanks to all those who came out this weekend.
Certified organic Hood strawberries are available for U-Pick at $2.50 per pound today. Please bring your own containers. Our address and phone is in the post below.
We are open for UPick Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to dusk. Our certified organic strawberries are $2.50/lb. Please bring your own containers and look for signs for directions once you arrive at 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, 97116. Our phone number 503 357 1214.