Survived the storm and getting ready for Christmas

The storm last week dropped 18 inches of very wet snow – we now have our power, satellite TV and last but in no way least Internet back.  Standby generator made things much better during two power outages – each about a full day.   Direct TV people said wait until the snow melts.   Internet continues to come and go.  Tractor with snow plow is a big help.

Our pruning will wait until January – pictures are from last week.  Our family is all healthy and looking forward to Christmas.   Best wishes for a good holiday to everyone.

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TWO WEEKS AFTER OUR LAST DAY OPEN

We are enjoying  the wind down after a really good harvest.  Plenty of things to do including putting away all the harvest stuff in our barn, draining the irrigation pipes, mowing to discourage the mice and voles, cleaning up flower beds, putting machinery away for the winter.  Sylvia has made 60 quarts of apple sauce and an occasional pie.

We are planning a short trip to the coast of Maine week after next and then trips at Thanksgiving and Christmas to spoil the grandchildren.

Thanks to everyone who came to help us get the apples harvested.  Pictures show our now quiet orchard plus rainbow and sunset.

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Wednesday is our last day

We are winding up a great harvest – we have seen lots and lots of familiar folks and many new ones as well.

Wednesday Oct 15 will be our last day.  As I said in yesterday’s post, there are still good McIntosh in the old orchard,  lesser amounts of Cortland, Fuji, and Empire in the new orchard – drops throughout the orchard.

After we close, we will pick remaining apples for the Manchester Food Cupboard and a farmer will get drops to make cider vinegar.  The turkeys, the mice and the foxes will take care of the rest.

If you can not make it up tomorrow, you can get good apples already picked at Dutton’s Farm Stand (tel 802-362-3083) 1 mile east (towards Bromley Mtn) off exit 4 on the new Rt 7.  They will have apples all winter including utility grade for cooking and sauce.

So thanks for making it a good harvest – if we don’t see you tomorrow, we look forward to seeing you next year!

 

 

The wooden Ipod apple was found

The Robb family from Brooklyn NY found the wooden apple so they won the IPod for our orchard.  We thank them and all the other folks for their diligent looking.

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Happy Finish

The weekend was a great harvest party – beautiful weather – lots of familiar faces and many new faces as well – beautiful babies and happy children – lots of happy families having a good time.

We will be closed today Oct 13 to enjoy family visitors – back open Tuesday Oct 14.  Wednesday Oct 15 will be our last day.

On the tree, there are still good McIntosh in the old orchard,  lesser amounts of Cortland, Fuji, and Empire in the new orchard – drops throughout the orchard.   If you want to make one last visit. now is the time.

We thank Mother Nature and all of you who have helped to make it a really great harvest !!

Cruising to a finish

We have opened up our last late season varieties – Golden Delicious, and Jonagold.  Quantities are limited.  We will have more in future years as our new plantings mature.

McIntosh are still good in the old orchard.  Gala at the end of the rows uphill by the fence is also good.  There are plenty of Fuji next to the old orchard.  Empire is good downhill on the right and there are plenty of Cortland and Macoun all the way downhill in the new orchard.

There are good drops of all varieties throughout the orchard for $6.00 per half bushel ( you pick up) – great for apple sauce and pies.

Good apple picking weather for the next few days – forecast is mostly sunny and cool.  We will have cider and donuts on Saturday and Sunday as long as they last.  Sunday will be our last big day –   we  will be open a few days next week, mostly for drops.  I will update the web and Facebook on Monday.  Come help us finish the season and get apples while we still have them!!

Last week/weekend

The past weekend had a nice turnout on a rainy Saturday and another very large crowd of happy pickers on Sunday.  We will be open throughout this week including Saturday Oct 11’th and Sunday Oct 12’th – closed Columbus Day Monday Oct 13.  We may be open a few days the week following.  Cider available all week – donuts on the weekend as long as they last.

We walked thru the entire orchard today and found that there are good McIntosh both uphill and downhill in the old orchard – some will need picking poles to reach them.  Macouns are good downhill at the bottom of the new orchard.  Cortland, Empire, Gala and Fuji all have good fruit to pick.

Now is the time to get good drops of all varieties for $6.00 per half bushel ( you pick up) – great for apple sauce and pies.

There is a limited amount of Honeycrisp in the middle of the rows  above and below the Cortlands.

Help us wind up the harvest!!

More Apples out there !

Good picking now for McIntosh on the big trees in the old orchard.  Go uphill or downhill.  Picking poles are now available.

There are nice  pockets of Honeycrisp for folks who walk down the hill and in the row past the first half dozen trees.  Empire, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji are all good right now.

This could be your chance to visit the orchard on a damp Saturday without the crowds.   Cider all week and donuts on Saturday and Sunday.

Still More Apples

The past weekend was our busiest in the 13 years that the orchard has been back open.  MacIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Gala, Macoun and Fuji are still plentiful.

Honeycrisp is in shorter supply, but there is still good fruit downhill just above and below the Cortlands.

For all varieties, you need to go down the row past the first half dozen trees to find the easiest picking.  For MacIntosh on the old trees, go uphill to the corner and there is lots of low fruit.

Come during the week if you can to miss the crowds.  On the weekend, come in the morning.

Fine weather to go apple picking

There is a very good crop of Empires which we will open up for picking tomorrow (Saturday).  There continues to be excellent picking for  Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, Fuji, MacIntosh, and Gala.

If you have not yet come for Honeycrisp, now is the time to come – after this weekend there will be fewer for easy picking.

We bring up donuts from Mrs. Murphy’s on Saturday and Sunday.  Come early in the day before the crowd has built up and the donuts run out.

 

Good week for more apple picking

We had great turn out over the weekend.  There continues to be excellent picking  for  Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, Fuji, MacIntosh, and Gala.   Come enjoy the orchard without the crowds.

Mid Season apples are ready !!

Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, and Fuji are now ready for picking – crop is excellent for each of these varieties.  McIntosh and Gala are also excellent.  There are some Ginger Gold still out there, but they will not last much longer.

Different from other varieties, Honeycrisp ripen in stages on the same tree – so pick the red ones and let the green ones stay and they will ripen soon.  Ripest fruit is on the south side of the trees.

Picture shows a Honeycrisp tree waiting for you to come pick!!

Honeycrisp ready for picking

 

 

More good picking

We will be back open tomorrow – good MacIntosh, Gala and Ginger Gold – Friday we will open up for Honeycrisp, Fuji, Macoun and Cortland

Sunday weather forecast is sunny and cool

Good folks out today, even on a rainy afternoon.

There will be excellent picking tomorrow for MacIntosh, Gala and Ginger Gold.  Weather forecast is sunny and cool.

Maple syrup, cider and donuts will be here.

Maple syrup & cider

Maple syrup & cider are here every day.

Mrs. Murphy’s  donuts on the weekends starting tomorrow!

 

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Picking Macs, Gala & Ginger Gold

Picture is of young MacIntosh tree near the barn. We are picking MacIntosh, Gala and Ginger Gold.

Maple syrup was delivered today. Picked up 80 gallons of cider, so now we will have cider every day.

Mrs. Murphy’s donuts will be here Saturday and Sunday.

Come see us – tell your friends

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Open for McIntosh, Gala and Ginger Gold

We open tomorrow Thursday Sept 11 for McIntosh (which will be tart) , Gala and Ginger Gold.  The crop is very good this year – lots of Gala and McIntosh – still good Ginger Gold.

The Honeycrisp crop is excellent – we think they will be ripe around Sept 20.  Fuji, Cortland, Empire and Macoun also have a lot of fruit and will follow soon after Honeycrisp.

Come get your apples – picking will be easy !!

Good Early Apple day – regular season starts Thur Sept 11

We will open our regular season on Thursday Sept 11 with more good Ginger Golds, McIntosh (which will be tart) and Gala.

Open every day 9:00 – 5:30 except closed on Mondays.

We had a really nice early apple day – lots of familiar folks got some nice apples.  As I expected Zestars and Sansas were picked out.

Come see us.

Pictures are of folks who were here today enjoying the beautiful weather (and getting some nice fruit).

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New web site – come see us Sunday the 7’th

This is our new updated Mad Tom Orchard web site – address is the same www.madtomorchard.com – hope it makes sense to everyone.  Please forward any questions.

Zestars, Sansas, and Ginger Golds are all looking good for Sunday!!

Early Apple Sunday Sept 7 (not Saturday the 6’th)

Early apple day for Zestars, Sansas, and Ginger Golds will be Sunday Sept 7
(not Saturday Sept 6) – the weather forecast for Saturday is 60 % chance of rain but Sunday (the 7’th) is supposed to be sunny with a high of 68, so we have decided to go with Sunday.

The crop size is moderate for both Zestars and Sansas, so we may get picked out in a day.  Ginger Golds will probably last for a couple of weeks into our regular season.

We will start our regular season for McIntosh (they will be tart) on Thursday Sept 11 – there will be Ginger Golds then and maybe some Zestars and Sansas – Galas may or may not be ripe yet as of Sept 11, but will be ripe soon after.

Come help us start the season!!
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Early Apple Saturday – Sept 6 – now Sunday Sept 7

We still look to be on target for an early apple Saturday on September 6 for Zestar,  Sansa and Ginger Gold.  There is a small crop of Zestars, so they will probably sell out the first day.  We will open for our regular season around Sept 11 with McIntosh, and Gala as well as the earlier varieties. Watch for updates.

Honeycrisps will be later in September – they are looking good.

Honeycrisp copied from madtomorchard web site

Looking forward to apple harvest

Apple crop continues to look good – attached photo shows some very nice looking Fujis.

When fruit will be ripe is always hard to predict – Early apple Saturday for Zestar,  Sansa and Ginger Gold will probably be  September 6 and then we will  most likely open for our regular season on Thursday September 11 with McIntosh, and Gala as well.

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Fall Apple Update

Apple picking will start mid September – there will be an early apple Saturday for Zestar, Sansa and Ginger Gold a week before our full time opening.

I will post dates when we see how soon the apples are  ripening.

Raspberries are picked out for the season!

Many thanks to all  who came to pick this summer.  Come back and see us this Fall for apples! Watch  this  site and FaceBook  for updates.

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