Harvest is done; processing is done; Christmas is next!

And what a fine harvest it was!  The days were long; the nights were short; the work was hard.  But, the end results were certainly worth it.

A great big thank you to those of you who helped.  To my sister, Norma Grace for driving truck, overseeing the sorters and just keeping peace; to my Mom (Miss Ellie) for bringing lunches to my help; to the help themselves, and, to the parents of my help, for getting them up so early in the morning to make it to work. We all worked hard to get them off and in the freezer for the winter processing. Thank you.

Recently the “crew” turned many of those pounds of Carmine Jewel Sour Cherries into more fine Santa Fe Food Company products.  This, of course, included Rib N Wing Sauce, Chertney; and Chelish.  By the way, my ” CREW ” is made up of the greatest family and friends a man could hope for. You know who you are, and I will never forget. THANKS CREW, you’re the best.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to stock up for Christmas at the upcoming shows, or at many fine retailers.  Santa Fe Food Company products make wonderful gifts, or are great for your own use to help make that perfect Christmas snack.

The uses are so varied and many, that, “Your Imagination is your Limit”.





Prairie Fruit

I recently read a very interesting article in an issue of the Gardener for the Prairies.

The article, by Carissa Halton, was on Fruitscaping.  Part of it was written about Carmine Jewel Sour Cherries, and others, as developed by the University of Saskatchewan.

Carissa also had this FRUIT FACT: Prairie fruit is almost always smaller than commercial varieties and always has a seed or pit.


Harvest time is now!

When you last heard from the Santa Fe Frog, we had just introduced the latest sour cherry product “Chelish”.

Since then the cherries have been growing, and developing.  Beautiful plump Carmine Jewel Cherries, growing row by row.

Although, when the photos were taken, the cherries weren’t quite ready for harvest, but the extreme heat with no rain in July, has brought it on very quickly.


This is a very busy time of year, finding help that can work the long hours to help package and freeze the cherries as soon off the trees as possible.   Days are long, work is hard, but the rewards are endless.  Just think of how may bottles of Chelish, Churtney, and Rib N Wing Sauce these beautiful “jewels” will produce, with a small mention of the very healthy  Santa Fe Sour Cherry Juice that will soon be available.

I can taste it already!

So, if you are looking for me, please be patient.

I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.