This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In some extended observations at Rochester the past season, Mr. W. C. Barry finds the Brigg's Red May ripe on July 24th, though he had splendid specimens of Alexander and Amsden on July 26th. Waterloo came in on the 27th. Beatrice was ripe on the 4th of August; Louise on the 7th ; Rivers on the 10th ; Leopold on the 15th ; Rivers' Early York, 18th; Early Mignonne, 20th; Hale's Early August, 22nd.
Some years ago, when introducers claimed that their novelties would ripen ten days or two weeks before the Hale's Early, it was thought almost too good to be true; but we find here that nearly a month has been gained, at least in the latitude of Rochester. This is certainly a great advance.