Made it to Spring

Hope this finds everyone well – we have weathered the winter well, though the lockdown made it seem seem VERY long.  Sylvia and I both had our second vaccinations two weeks ago.   My February birthday marked the beginning of a new decade.

After the big snow in December all melted in a week before Christmas, winter came back with numerous 4, 6 or 8 inch snow falls that soon built up to 2 or more feet covering the ground in the orchard which put our pruning on hold until this week.  Snow is melted in many places and under 6 inches elsewhere, so we have been able to get out and resume pruning – when that is done, we need to pick up all the brush and feed it through the chipper.  We took advantage of a windy day to burn the brush pile.

So we are starting growing our 20’th crop since reopening the orchard.  The fruit buds look  good which is the first requirement for a good crop.  We hope that by Fall we will be able to see you all with fewer restrictions than last Fall.

Stay safe.

 

Winter has arrived

The scene today is very different from my last post on October 3 – we had 42 inches of snow  in less than 24 hours two days ago on December 17 – the most snow we have seen in a single day in the 21 years back living in Vermont.  Fortunately the snow was dry and light AND I had the snow plow mounted on the John Deere tractor.

We have cleaned up after the accelerated four week harvest, the orchard had its final mowing , the equipment has all been put back in the barns and some pruning is started.  More pruning will have to wait until enough snow melts so that we can shovel out a gate to get into the orchard.  There appear to be a good number of fruit buds on the trees and we are looking forward to growing our 20’th crop since reopening the orchard and seeing you in the Fall.

We will be doing Zoom Christmas gatherings with our kids and grandkids – all the packages are mailed and appear to have arrived.  Fortunately everyone is healthy and we are as well.  We are looking forward to a better year in 2021 as vaccines become available and family visits can resume.  Hope this finds you and family well and that you are able to enjoy the Holidays.

 

We will not be going into the old barn for a while

 

The old Macintosh trees are holding up well

 

Finished a very good season

Thursday we wound up the 2020 harvest completely picked out.  Most years the season lasts for six weeks – often thru Columbus Day weekend.  This year the size of the crop was good, but not our largest crop – BUT the number of pickers was 50% more than prior years, since everyone was looking for a safe family outing.

We had to make a number of modifications in how we operated, but we feel fortunate that we were able to get our crop picked.  We think we were able to have a safe environment, since almost everyone practiced social distancing,  wore masks as they entered and checked out AND most of the time everyone was outdoors.  Many businesses have not been as fortunate during the prolonged lock down.

You can find excellent already picked apples as well as a wide variety of fruit and vegetables at Dutton’s Farm Stand on RT 11 & 30 in Manchester.  Check the web site at www.vermontapples.org for other orchards in Vermont that may have pick your own apples available for a couple weeks longer.

So again – thanks for your support this season – Sylvia and I wish all of you a happy and healthy winter.

The photo shows the “social distancing” mums at this year’s revised entry.  We found that when we left the gate open – a lot of good folks came in.

WINDOWN WEEK – LAST DAY IS THURSDAY OCT 1

Pickers on Tuesday will find a small crop of Blondees and Crimson Crisps now available. We hope for better crops of both next year, when Honeycrisps will probably want to take the year off after the big crop this year.

Pickers this week will also find good Empires and Cortlands down the hill, and still some Macs on the old trees along the fence line. Other varieties are picked out.  There are also scattered drops.

This will be our last three days and we will end an extra busy harvest season on Thursday more completely picked out than ever before.

Photo shows Blondees on new trees and some fall color starting.

REVISED CLOSING SCHEDULE

We continue to have very large number of pickers and are getting almost picked out.  There are NO Honeycrisps on the trees – there are moderate amounts of McIntosh in the old orchard, as well Cortland, Gala and Macoun in the new orchard.

We tasted the Empires again this evening and we will start them tomorrow Sunday September 27.  With family help, we made 1700 donuts today – tomorrow will be the last day for donuts this year.

We will start a small crop of Crimson Crisps and VERY small crops of other late varieties on Tuesday September 29.

There are relatively small amounts of drops available for several varieties at half price.

OUR LAST DAY WILL BE THURSDAY OCTOBER 1’st – we will be completely picked out by then, if not before.

So thanks to everyone for making it a great season!!

 

Good Macs, Gala, Cortland & Macoun + still some Honeycrisps

Cortlands and Macoun are now ripe.  McIntosh and Gala are still good, away from the barn uphill by the fence.  As of Thursday afternoon, there are still Honeycrisps way at the bottom of the hill below the three Cortland rows – they will probably be picked out sometime on Saturday.

There will be donuts Saturday and Sunday – they run out periodically and completely by mid-afternoon.  Cider has been resupplied, but it will run out also.

October 3 & 4 weekend will be our last weekend – we may be open a couple days into the following week, but we will run out of apples before Columbus Day weekend. Empires will start Friday Oct 2 or a day or two earlier.

Come Friday (tomorrow) to avoid the crowd or early in the day on the weekend.  We thank (almost) everyone for wearing masks and practicing social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Photo shows some nice Cortlands (on the three rows just above the Honeycrisps).

Record turn out for Honeycrisp weekend

Beautiful weather and plentiful apples brought out big crowds of people on both Saturday and Sunday taking advantage of a way to get out of the lockdown.  Folks pretty uniformly wore masks and practiced social distancing, so we feel it was safe for them, our staff and ourselves – much appreciated.

A LOT of fruit was picked – there are still some Honeycrisps available down the hill – as well as Gala and McIntosh in multiple locations.  We hope to be resupplied with cider mid week – donuts will be back on the weekend.  Lots of good Havoc Hill maple syrup.

Friday we will start Cortlands and Macouns.  Empires will start first weekend in October.

Unless we get some rainy weekend days, it is very likely that we will run out of fruit before Columbus Day weekend.  Come now during the week, if you can when parking is easier and we have time to actually talk to customers as they arrive and check out.

Thanks for making it a good harvest !!

HONEYCRISP WEEKEND + great Macs and Galas

The Honeycrisp crop is good this year and picking starts tomorrow (Friday Sept. 18).  Still lots of good MacIntosh and Galas. Fuji’s are now ripe as well.  Cortlands and a small crop of Macouns will start Friday Sept. 25.

There will be more donuts on Saturday and Sunday – we hope to get our cider resupplied on Friday.  Good maple syrup available too.

Folks are looking for a safe family outing and we have seen quite a lot more customers than usual – we may be picked out before Columbus Day weekend.  I post status at least twice a week.

Photos show a Honeycrisp tree with a heavy crop and some fresh picked McIntosh.

Great turn out for our second weekend

Lots of familiar folks came out.  Virtually everyone wore masks at entry and exit – they are optional out in the orchard when practicing social distancing.  We are glad to be able to provide a safe family activity while keeping it safe for ourselves and our workers.

Many bags of Galas and Macintosh went out the door – plus another 1200 donuts.  Remember donuts are only available on Saturday & Sunday and they usually run out by mid afternoon.  Cider ran out by noon on Sunday and we expect to get resupplied by late Wednesday.

This week there will be more good Galas and MacIntosh – Honeycrisp and Fuji will start on the weekend.  We hope to be open thru Columbus Day weekend, if our supply of apples holds out.

Looks like nice weather for most of the week and the coming weekend – time to plan another visit.

 

MacIntosh, Gala, Cider & Donuts

We are finishing our first week with the new one way entrance and exit.  Most folks are figuring it out and wearing masks as they come in and check out.  Since we are mostly outdoors, we think it is safe for everyone.

MacIntosh are still tart, but getting riper.  Galas are ripening as well.  Zestars and Ginger Golds are mostly picked.  Honeycrisps will probably start weekend of September 20’th.

Friday and Saturday forecast is sunny and cooler – Sunday may be showers.   Dutton’s cider press is repaired and we have cider in stock again,  Come early for the donuts on Saturday and Sunday.

Come get your apples!!

Macs

Galas

Great Opening Weekend

We had beautiful weather for opening weekend – our biggest opening weekend yet – saw lots of good folks – virtually 100% of them wore masks at entry and check out and practiced social distancing – I was able to recognize a good percentage of them with the masks.

100 % of the Sansas and about 80 % of the Ginger Golds and Zestars were picked – the remaining ones will probably be gone before the weekend.  Macintosh and Galas are coming along well for the upcoming weekend.

Sylvia made 1200 donuts – all day Saturday and Sunday in the kitchen – more donuts next weekend.  We hope to be resupplied with cider on Wednesday afternoon.

Come see us for a respite from the lockup and enjoy some more good apples!!

 

Most folks figured out our new one way entry and  exit system.

 

Weather looks good for opening weekend – Sept. 5 & 6

We will start our normal hours 9:00 to 5:30 on Saturday & Sunday, then closed Monday and back open Tuesday thru Sunday.

Zestars , Sansas and Ginger Gold all look good (see photos).  MacIntosh in the old orchard are very tart – OK for baking – they will be riper in a week.  Galas are getting good color, but like the Macs, they need a week or ten days more before they get better flavor.  Honeycrisp and other varsities need more time yet – I will post as they ripen.

I picked up 50 gallons of cider today.  Zechers are bringing syrup tomorrow afternoon.  The trial run on donuts worked well last week – grandkids were pleased to find fifty donuts when they arrived.

Please check our safe picking policy – come help us start the season.

 

Saturday Sept. 5 – Zestars, Ginger Gold, Sansa and some tart Macintosh !!

We are starting with the early apples – Zestars, Ginger Gold and Sansa all look good – there will be plenty of tart Macintosh as well.  As varieties ripen, I will post.  Honeycrisp and other varieties will be later in September.

We are setting up for a trial run on the donut machine and hope we can remember how it works !!  Hopefully we will have donuts on Saturdays and Sundays (only) until they run out.

Photo shows some nice Zestars ready to pick soon.

Please check our Safe Picking Policy.

Look forward to seeing you.

 

Plan to start harvest on Saturday September 5

We are cleaning out the barn and setting up checkout stations so we can operate safely – I will post more details in about a week.

Apples continue to grow well AND grapevines also. Lots of work pulling vines out of the trees and getting the mowing done.

The young crows are sitting on the fence posts waiting for the Honeycrisps to ripen. The old crows know that the Zestars come first and the Honeycrisps will be later in September.

Look forward to seeing folks soon.

APPLES GROWING WELL

Apples are up to an inch or more in diameter and growing well.  Our irrigation system has been working overtime – rainfall for all of June and July so far is under 3 inches.  We reduce competition for water for the trees by keeping the grass mowed – yes it still grows even when it is dry.  Most of the crop has a good balance of fruit set on the tree, but we are having to do some hand thinning.

We are making plans on how to safely run pick your own sales this fall – we will have customers enter thru the gate beside the barn and check out going thru the barn.  We will ask you to use face covering as you enter and check out – there is ample room for social distancing in the orchard.  I will post more info as we get closer to harvest.

We (and our family) are all weathering the lockdown ok – we are fortunate to live in Vermont with relatively low levels of the Corona virus.

The photo shows some of the same Zestars with nice apples that were in bloom at the time of my post in May.  Put us on your calendar for the fall.

 

 

FULL BLOOM & LOTS OF BUMBLE BEES OUT WORKING !!

We are well launched on another growing season. The apple trees are blissfully unaware of coronavirus. Bloom did not start until May 21 – very late after a very cold spring and some near misses on freeze damage. Now very warm and bloom will be over quickly.  At this point the potential is there for a good crop, but many steps still to go. We are planning how to safely manage pick your own with social distancing.

Our daughters are all dealing with over full households as all the college grandchildren were sent home – two seniors will have “virtual “ graduations – but everyone is healthy and still employed. We are very glad that all my trips to Boston for chemo were completed just before the lockdown and that the treatments are working.

The photo shows some nice bloom on new Zestar trees.

Hope everyone is managing ok thru the lock down and staying healthy.

PRUNING ALMOST DONE

We have made a lot of headway in the two months since I last posted.  Most of the pruning is done – in  the photo below we are working on the Zestars up near the road.  Many things need to go well to make a good harvest, but there appear to be a good quantity of fruit buds which is the first step in getting a good crop. Once the pruning is done, then the next big task is picking up all the brush and feeding it thru the chipper. 

Yesterday for PI day Sylvia baked one of the dozen Zestar pies that we made in September and froze for use over the winter.  The early ripening Zestars  spicy flavor make them our favorite pie apple.  Watch our web and Facebook in late August for date of early apple weekend at the beginning of September because Zestars get picked out quickly.

In addition to orchard work, I have made very good headway with the immunotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber in Boston.  CT scans at our February visit indicated very good progress – the Doctor showed us impressive side by side comparison views with scans from last September.  So our next visit to Boston is not until June and I am thru taking the long infusions – four daily pills with will continue until fall.

Hope all of you are able to deal with the coronavirus challenges well – we are fortunate to be able to do our work outside our front door.

 

PRUNING IS UNDERWAY

We are taking advantage of any days when the weather is reasonable to get some pruning done.  There are good fruit buds on the trees as we start a new crop year.

November and December have been busy with continued weekly trips for chemo at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  My SSL (small lymphocytic lymphoma) is responding well and I continue to tolerate the treatments ok.  We are now down to monthly trips.  Our two daughters (and their families) who live in Walpole MA have provided lots of help with transportation and a place to stay.

Today we enjoying a beautiful fresh six inch  snowfall while watching the woodstove and celebrating almost 21 years back in Vermont.  Pruning will resume when the sun comes out.

 

 

LAST MOWING BEFORE WINTER

We are taking advantage of some beautiful weather to mow the orchard one more time, reducing cover for mice and voles to minimize damage to the tree trunks over the winter.

As some of you know, I had an “incidental finding” of a slow  growing non-Hodgkins lymphoma (SLL) in the CT scans after my Halloween accident last year.  The doctors said the watch and wait period is over and I have successfully completed three rounds of immunotherapy – several more weekly rounds and then six monthly rounds still to come.   The long term prognosis is good.   I am tolerating the treatment well and still able to get work done around the orchard – never a dull moment.

Hope all of you are  still enjoying some of this year’s apples.

END OF A GOOD SEASON

We had great weather for our windup weekend – finished off a very good season.  Yesterday at the end of the day people were still coming out with apples, but today when we walked the entire orchard, virtually all the apples were picked – the most complete harvest in memory.

So now it is quiet again on our hilltop and we are  putting tractors and equipment back in the barn, getting the orchard ready for winter with one more mowing, taking down signs, cleaning the donut fryer, draining the pipes in the red house and more.

Thanks for making it a good season – put us on your calendars for next fall !!

LAST WEEKEND – COME GET YOUR APPLES

Tomorrow (Friday the 11’th) we open up our late ripening varieties – Crimson Crisp, Golden Delicious, and Northern Spy – these trees are young and the crops are small,  so they will get picked out quickly.

There are still good McIntosh, Courtland, Macoun and Empire and a limited number of Galas.  Good drops at 1/2 price.

There will be cider (until it runs out) and donuts on Saturday & Sunday – picture shows granddaughter Katie, a member of the donut team.

Sunday will be our last day for the season –  help us windup the harvest. !!

STILL GOOD APPLES

Good weather this week – weekend may be more cloudy – drizzle on Sunday?  There are good Macintosh on the old trees way up in the corner – see photo.  Good Empire, Cortland and Macoun down the hill.  Cider during the week – donuts on the weekend.  Drops are 1/2 price.

Late ripening varieties – Crimson Crisp, Golden Delicious, and Nortern Spy will start on Friday – crop is small and they will pick out quickly.  Our last day will be Sunday Oct 13.  Come get your last apples for the season !!

NEXT TO LAST WEEKEND – EMPIRES NOW AVAILABLE

Empires are now ready – see photo.  McIntosh, Cortland, Gala and Macoun in good supply (but not as many as earlier in the season).  Weather forecast is for good apple picking weather.  Saturday looks to be sunnier than Sunday.

The donut team will be back in action – donuts tend to run out by mid afternoon.  Last weekend they made 1500 donuts.  We will have hot and cold cider by the cup, as well 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon jugs while our supply lasts.

Next weekend ( Saturday  October 12 & Sunday October 13 ) will be the end of our harvest season.  Late ripening  varieties –  Crimson Crisp, Northern Spy & Golden Delicious will open for picking on Friday October 11 – all have fairly small crops and they will get picked out rapidly.

Come get your next round of apples !!

MORE GOOD APPLES

Another very good weekend – many happy customers – they picked lots of apples, ate 1500 donuts and cleaned out our cider.

We  have resupplied our cider from Dutton’s – there will be donuts on Saturday and Sunday.  A lot of good fruit was picked, but there are still good McIntosh, Cortland, Gala and Macoun out there.

There is a good crop of Empires that we will start  by the weekend.  The photo shows some Monarch butterflies enjoying the New England Asters in the meadow.  Come during the week for a peaceful orchard – come on the weekend for donuts and excited laughter.  We may run out of donuts by mid afternoon on a very busy day.

LOTS OF APPLES STILL AVAILABLE

We are gearing up for another weekend – our daughter Laura has come up from North Carolina to help out.  There are plenty of McIntosh, Cortland, Gala and Macoun.  Honeycrisp are picked out.

Cider is back in stock.  The donut crew is ready to fire up on Saturday & Sunday.  The wooden apple is out in the orchard waiting to be found to win the IPad.

It is a rainy afternoon today – weather forecast is sunny for Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday.  Come help us bring in the harvest.

Photos shows some beautiful Galas and the wooden apple!!

 

 

Good supply of McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, and Macoun

Very busy weekend with beautiful weather  – saw lots of familiar faces.  Most of the Honeycrisps were picked – there are still good McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, and Macoun – the few remaining Honeycrisps are  well down the hill and will probably be picked out before the weekend.

The donut crew made 1300 donuts total on the weekend and sold them all.  They say firmly that donuts are only available on Saturday and Sunday (1 1/2 hour clean up).  People who buy donuts buy a lot of cider – we ran out Sunday afternoon, but are now resupplied.

The wooden apple is still out in the orchard waiting to be found – finder gets an IPad mini 4.

Come see us during the week and enjoy a peaceful orchard without the crowd or come for apples (and donuts) on the weekend.!!!

BIG WEEKEND FOR APPLE PICKING

Saturday we will open up picking for Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, Fuji, and Blondee. Cortland and Macoun have a nice crop – Fuji is limited and there is a small crop on our young Blondee trees.

There continue to be good Mcintosh and Gala.  Zestar, Ginger Gold and Sansa are picked out.  The Honeycrisp crop is only moderate this year, so we will hold to the Saturday start to be fair to everyone who  waited for them to get ripe

There will be more cider and Mad Tom donuts (Saturday & Sunday only)  – the donut making crew is perfecting the process.

The wooden apple will be out in the orchard by Saturday morning – the finder will win an iPad mini 4.

The photos show a young Honeycrisp tree with some ripe fruit and the wooden apple – go find some nice apples and the wooden one!!


 

 

 

 

 

GREAT WEEK FOR APPLE PICKING

We had a very good weekend – lots of happy customers – they picked out the remaining Zestars, Sansas and Ginger Golds.

There are good Gala and McIntosh this week.  Saturday Sept 21 we will start Honeycrisp and Cortland – possibly Macoun and Fuji.

To make it fair for everyone, we will not start Honeycrisp before Saturday, even if your Grandmother has a toothache. The Honeycrisp crop is less than last year, but it should last until the 28’th, unless we get extremely large turnout this coming weekend.

Picture shows some very nice Galas – Macs are plentiful too.

MORE GOOD APPLES – plus donuts & cider

A few Zestars and Sansas are left – good supply of Ginger Gold McIntosh and Gala.  If you want Zestars, now is the time to get them – they will be gone by the end of the weekend.   The donut crew is getting ready to fire up for the weekend.  Come help us bring in the harvest!!

 

 

LOTS OF GOOD APPLES !!

Our opening weekend was very good – we saw lots of familiar folks – learning how to make donuts has gone well and we will have them on the weekends.

Currently Zestar, Ginger Gold, Sansa, McIntosh and Gala are available for picking.  Zestars will  probably be mostly picked out by the weekend.  McIntosh are plentiful and tart.  Good supply of Gala and Ginger Gold as well.

Sunflowers are late this year – same as the apples.  Come see us while the picking is prime!!

 

COME SEE US THIS WEEKEND

We will have Zestar, Ginger Gold, Sansa , McIntosh ( a little tart ), and Gala available for picking on our opening day Saturday September 7.  Overall the crop is not as plentiful as last year, but there are lots of good apples.  The recent rain has helped the fruit gain size.

We anticipate Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun  and Blondee to be ready to pick on September 21 & 22 weekend.

Mrs. Murphy’s,  our donut supplier for twenty years is no longer able to supply us because they are having difficulty getting enough help – SO we have taken the plunge and purchased a donut robot, large mixer and many assorted items which are now set up in the kitchen of the Red House adjacent to the barn.  We have successfully completed some trial runs and if all goes well we will have Mad Tom Donuts this weekend as well as local cider

Weather looks perfect for apple picking.  Look forward to seeing you.

 

ON TARGET FOR OPENING SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7

Opening day will be Saturday September 7.  As usual, we will be open 9:00 to 5:30 – closed Mondays. Two recent rains of over 1.5 inches will help the fruit size increase over the next three weeks.

We have been busy getting lots of mowing done – we mow several times during the year to to reduce competition of the grass with the trees for water and nutrients. The picture shows our big German hydraulically controlled mower which automatically swings the outboard rotor back when it senses a tree – this allows us to eliminate any use of herbicides (Round-Up) in the orchard and greatly reduces the amount of string trimmer use.

As we complete the mowing, the next big task is to move all the equipment out of the barn and get it set up for sales. Look forward to seeing you soon!!

APPLE PICKING WILL PROBABLY START ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7

The season is late this year and Labor Day is early, so apple picking will probably start on Saturday September 7 (weekend after Labor Day)  with Zestars, Ginger Golds and Sansas and possibly some tart Macintosh.  The crop this year overall is not as big as last year, but there will still be a reasonable supply of apples – more Macintosh and Cortland – fewer Honeycisp.

Watch the web site for most current info – photo shows some Zestars approaching 2 inches in size.

Put us on your fall calendar!!

APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

The apples are now up to about an inch and a half in size – the picture shows some on the old MacIntosh trees. The crop overall this year will probably be a medium sized one – not as many apples as last year or 2015, but if the weather cooperates, there will be good apples.

The rain has made the grass grow rapidly as well as the apples, so we are busy mowing and thinning a few trees that are overset.

Remember – no more raspberries and cherries – see the raspberries and cherries section on the web page for details and alternate sources.

SORRY – NO MORE RASPBERRIES AND CHERRIES

We made the decision last fall to end our production of raspberries and cherries so that we would have time available to ensure that our apple production is sustainable for the long term. We have known for years that the amount of time we spent maintaining the raspberries meant that some time critical work on the apples did not get done. The raspberries were taking 40% of the total work effort but producing far less of the revenue, so we have taken out almost all our raspberries and cherries except for a small amount for family use.

We know this will disappoint many people, but we will still be able to welcome you and the many others who come for apples in the fall.

There are several options to find berries elsewhere:

  1. Dutton’s Farm Stand on RT 11&30 in Manchester will have already picked raspberries – also good strawberries picked and pick your own in June – plus lots of good fruit and vegetables all year.
  2. Wildwood Berry Farm next door at 2977 Mad Tom Rd will have blueberries later in July and early August.
  3. Merck Forest in Rupert has some pick your own raspberries which are a fairly long walk to reach plus many good family activities.
  4. Champlain Orchards in Shoreham is a large diversified fruit producer and has both raspberries and cherries.

Make sure to check with any of these folks to be sure that they have berries available before you go.

We greatly appreciate the support for our berries you have given us over the years and will definitely miss seeing you in the summer, but look forward to seeing you in the fall for apples.

Tom & Sylvia

BLOOM IS FINALLY STARTING

After weeks of cold damp weather, bloom is finally starting.  The photo shows a strong bloom just opened up on the Zestars – the earliest to bloom and the earliest to ripen – usually Labor Day weekend.

MacIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp etc. are still at pink but will open soon with the warm days.  Overall the number of flowers gives us the potential for a good crop – but after the heavy crop last year, Honeycrisp will be very light.  The bumble bees are out looking for open blossoms.

So we are well started on growing another crop.

 

Zestars in bloom

 

 

SPRING IS ACTUALLY COMING

The snow out in the orchard is finally melted and we are busy chipping brush.  Pruning is almost complete.

I am mostly recovered from my Halloween mishap.  Once the brush is chipped, some mowing, fertilizer spreading etc. that did not get done last fall is on the to do list.

We will get green tip showing on the buds by the end of the month.   Maple syrup makers have had a short season so far and we hope they get a few more days.

MAKING HEADWAY

Yesterday I got the wires off – we had to check in at 5:30 AM at Albany Med, so we went over Sunday afternoon and stayed at the hotel across the street from the hospital.

Short procedure and we were out by 10:00.  Picture shows breakfast at MacDonald’s afterwards.  The next challenge is getting my jaws to open more and get my double vision reduced (eliminated?) so I can drive, but we are moving forward.

I appreciate  the many sympathetic comments – more than I am able to respond to.  Christmas is coming and I plan to eat turkey.  Wishing everyone a great holiday.

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR

Also thankful that I am able to write this post.  Our usual post harvest trip to Maine was replaced with multiple trips to Albany Medical Center.

On Halloween afternoon I had an accident while cutting up one of the old Cortland trees that had been blown over onto the deer fence.  I did not see that a branch was under tension from the fence and it hit the right side of my face when I cut it loose.

Fortunately, I was wearing a hard hat, but the impact broke essentially all the bones on the right side of my face and my jaw. There were major cuts around my right eye, but the vision should be ok.

So now I am three weeks post surgery –  supposed to get the wires holding my jaw shut removed in a week.  It has been fine dining thru a straw – Sylvia is now expert with a blender.  Both our daughters from Massachusetts have been up lending support and friends have brought lots of great soup.

This has been quite a speed bump, but I expect to make a full recovery. I have been making good use of our woodstove in this cold weather and hope to be out in the orchard soon.

Next year we plan on celebrating Halloween differently and having a full Thanksgiving dinner.  Best wishes for a safe holiday season to all.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Sunday October 14 was our last day for the 2018 apple harvest  – it was one of our best.  Thanks to everyone who came and picked.   Put us on your calendar for next Fall.

Fruit is more than 95% picked – some of the remaining apples  will go to the Manchester Food Cupboard – the others will add to the organic matter in the soil – the ultimate in recycling.

The photo show some of the work crew going home on the final day.

SUNDAY OCT 14 IS LAST DAY

Sunday Oct 14 will be the last day for our 2018 apple season.   There are still good MacIntosh, Gala, Empire and Cortland.  Drops are 1/2 price.

There will be cider and donuts on Saturday and Sunday – until they run out.

Get some more apples and help us wind up a good season.

 

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WINDUP WEEK FOR APPLE HARVEST

Lots of happy customers this past weekend – Honeycrisps and Macouns  are now picked out.

Empires (reasonably close to the barn) , MacIntosh (in the old orchard), Cortlands (down the hill) and Galas (close to the barn) are still available.  Drops at half price are also available.

Burr and Burton students will be here Wednesday on their service day to pick for the Manchester Food Cupboard.

There will be cider and donuts on both Saturday and Sunday (until they runout ).  Sunday October 14 will be the last day for the season.  Your last chance to stock up on apples.

SIX VARIETIES STILL IN GOOD SUPPLY

Still good picking for MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Empire, Gala and Macoun, but farther from the barn.

Empires are especially good this year and closer to the barn than the Honeycrisp.

Very few Crimson Crisp still available – they will get picked out tomorrow morning.  Golden Delicious and Northern Spys are picked out.

I will bring up 34 dozen more donuts from Mrs. Murphy’s tomorrow – today they ran out by 1:00 PM, so come early. Cider may run out before the end of the day.

As I said in yesterday’s post,  after Columbus Day weekend we will be closed on Monday, then back open Tuesday for the rest of the week.  Our last day will probably be Sunday Oct 14.

Now is the time to get those extra apples!!

LOTS OF APPLES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

There is  a plentiful supply of MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Empire, Gala and Macoun.  The best Honeycrisp picking is well down the hill above and below the three Cortland rows – the best Gala and MacIntosh picking is uphill along the fence.

Crimson  Crisp (the bright red apples that have been behind the red tape) will start tomorrow  Friday Oct 5 – this is one of our favorite apples – very crisp sweet tart flavor – improves over a few weeks after picking – our longest keeping apple – lasts until March in our refrigerator.

We will also start our small crop of Golden Delicious on Friday and a very few Northern Spys .

After Columbus Day weekend we will be closed on Monday, then back open Tuesday for the rest of the week.  Our last day will probably be Sunday Oct 14.  You can pick drops for apple sauce,  cider etc.  for $9.00 per 1/2 bushel.  Bring your own reusable bags if you want.

 Come get your last apples for winter!!

Crimson Crisp

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IPAD MINI 4 WINNER

The Fletcher family from Tinmouth found  the wooden apple (in a Honeycrisp tree) and are now the happy owners of an iPad Mini 4.  Courtesy of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, its member orchards and Small Dog Electronics.

Congratulations !!

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GOOD APPLE PICKING WEEKEND COMING UP

Empires are now ready as well as Honeycrisp,, MacIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji.

First picture shows the Empires which are especially good this year.  The second picture shows that picking is still excellent for Honeycrisp, if you go well down the hill, where there are also good Cortlands and Macouns.  MacIntosh continue to be strong on the 78 year old trees.

Cider is available all week – Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts on Saturday and Sunday (until they run out).

The season will last thru Columbus Day weekend Oct 6&7 –  the following weekend Oct 13 & 14 will probably be our last days open.  Come get some good apples now!!

Empire

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Honeycrisp

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PEAK PICKING FOR HONEYCRISP AND MORE

This weekend (Sept 22 & 23) will be really good picking for Honeycrisp as well as McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji.

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be cider and donuts (until they run out).

Empires are getting riper – picking will start on Thursday September 27’th.

Forecast is for nice cool apple picking weather!!

 

Trees loaded with Honeycrisp

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APPLES TO IPADS

The  program this year has been upgraded – the prize is now an iPad Mini 4

The wooden apple is out in the orchard.  Find it and you win a 128 gb iPad Mini 4.

Come join the fun !!!

This what it looks like

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HONEYCRISP AND FIVE MORE VARIETIES

We will have Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, Macintosh, Gala & Ginger Gold this weekend Sept 15 & 16.

Also cider and donuts – come early when it is cooler and before the donuts run out!!

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