THANKS FOR HELPING US HAVE A RECORD SEASON

We finished out the 2015 apple season on a very cold Sunday (Oct 18).   It was great to see so many familiar faces and many new ones as well.  You picked a record number of apples!!

Because the crop was so large this year,  there are also a record number of apples left.  We can no longer sell them because two hard freezes means they will not keep well.  Some will be picked by a local farmer for cider vinegar and apple sauce – some more for folks to feed to their animals.  If you want to pick in quantity, contact us this week to arrange time and price.   The remainder will compost back into the soil to add organic matter.

Good place to find apples already picked is at Dutton Berry Farm  in Manchester on Route 11 &30 – tel 802-362-3083.

Look forward to seeing you next year!!

 

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LAST WEEKEND FOR 2015

The orchard has celebrated it’s 75’th year with a bumper crop.  There continues to be good fruit on the trees for MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala as well as lots of good drops.

The weather prediction is for much colder weather but no freeze until Saturday night.  Best to try to get your apples Friday or Saturday.  We will have cider and donuts on both Saturday and Sunday.

When the apples freeze better to wait to pick them after they thaw – so on Sunday if it is 24 degrees at your house (like predicted here), then wait until 11:00 or later to come out.

Sunday will be our last open day – after that there will be a few folks who pick drops in bulk for cider, cider vinegar and their animals.

Thanks for making this a great season!

 

WIND DOWN WEEK – LOTS OF GOOD APPLES

Great turnout on Columbus Day weekend.   We still have very good picking for MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala.  Lots of good drops at half price.

Sunday October 18 will be our last day.  Get your last supply of apples and help us finish out a great season.

Look forward to seeing you!

 

GOOD PICKING FOR THE WEEKEND !!

Today is rainy, but the weekend is predicted cool and sunny – great weather for apple picking.  There are still lots of good MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala.  Plenty of drops available at 1/2 price.

Our cider is resupplied and I will bring up 30 dozen Mrs. Murphy’s donuts on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Remember – donuts usually run out by mid afternoon.

We plan at this point to be open this weekend and next week (except Monday) thru Saturday Oct 17 & Sunday Oct 18.

This is the time to resupply your apples.  Look forward to seeing you.

LOTS OF GOOD APPLES STILL AVAILABLE

MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and Gala are all still easy to pick.  Honeycrisp are almost all picked.  Drops are available at half price.

We will be open for sure thru Sat & Sun Oct 10 & 11 (Columbus Day weekend – still closed on Monday) and very likely thru the next weekend as well if weather permits.

The weather this week this week looks very nice – good time to get more apples!!

YES WE STILL HAVE HONEYCRISP

Honeycrisp are still easy to pick IF you go all the way down the hill past the three Cortland rows.  By the end of the weekend, it will probably be more of a hunt – there will still be some in the tops of the trees.

See Thursday’s post for all the other ripe varieties.

I will be bringing back 30 dozen more donuts both Saturday and Sunday mornings  – they usually run out early to mid afternoon.

Tell your friends and head out for some good apples!!

OUR SIXTH WEEKEND AND STILL GOING STRONG!!

Now is the time to replace those apples you have already eaten/baked with etc.  There are lots of MacIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Gala, and Fuji.  We are opening up Jonagold and Golden Delicious tomorrow.  Honeycrisp continue to be there for folks who walk down the hill.

After the recent winds, there are good McIntosh and Macoun drops  available at half price.

Come see us while the picking is prime!!

 

 

 

STILL LOTS OF GOOD FRUIT!!

We had a great crowd this past weekend.  We still have lots of good fruit.  MacIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Macoun, Empire and  Fuji are very plentiful.

There are still a good many Honeycrisp in the rows directly above and below the three Cortland rows down the hill.

Jonagold and Golden Delicious will start on Friday

We are resupplied with cider.  Donuts will be back on Saturday and Sunday – come early they run out.

EMPIRES ARE RIPE AS WELL

We checked this evening and empires are ripe!!  See yesterday’s post for other varieties that are ripe.

I will pick up 30 dozen donuts in the morning.  Brought back 100 gallons of cider this afternoon.

Come get some great fruit and enjoy the beautiful weather!!

BOUNTIFUL CROP – MORE PLESANT WEATHER

Folks keep coming back from the orchard saying “I have never seen so much fruit”.  This is the biggest crop we have seen.  MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Macoun, and Ginger Gold continue to be plentiful.

A lot of Honeycrisp have been picked, but there are many more down the hill – follow the arrows on the red signs and look for the signs tied  with yellow ribbons.  There will be fewer left to pick after the weekend.

Cider and donuts on Saturday & Sunday – come early before the donuts run out.

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EXCELLENT PICKING -BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND

The orchard is celebrating its 75’th anniversary with a bountiful crop.  MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Macoun, and Ginger Gold are plentiful.  Picking is as good as it gets!!

There will be cider and donuts this weekend.  Come early before the donuts run out. The wooden Ipod apple is out in the orchard.

The pictures were taken this afternoon of McIntosh on the old trees – Gala and Honeycrisp on the young trees.

Bring the family for a good time and some fine fruit!!

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GREAT PICKING FOR ALL OUR MOST POPULAR VARIETIES!!

Picking continues to be excellent – biggest crop in years – McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Macoun, Ginger Gold and Sansa are available.

The wooden Ipod apple went out today – the finder gets an Ipod!!

We have a joint promotion with RK Miles who are also celebrating their 75’th year in business – look for money savings coupons at our orchard and at RK Miles.

Come see us and bring your friends.

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NOW PICKING HONEYCRISP, CORTLAND, MACOUN PLUS MCINTOSH, GALA, GINGER GOLD AND SANSA

The hot weather has ripened all our mid season varieties much earlier than normal – Honeycrisp, Cortland and Macoun are ripe and picking is outstanding.

Picking for MacIntosh, Ginger Gold, Gala and Sansa  continues to be excellent.

Cider is here all week and donuts will be back Saturday and Sunday.  The Ipod apple will go out by this weekend.  We now have red Mad Tom hats for sale in adult and youth sizes.

Weather is forecast to be cooler – come while the picking is at its prime.

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EXCELLENT PICKING FOR GINGER GOLD, SANSA, MACINTOSH, AND GALA

We have a bumper crop of Ginger Gold, Sansa, McIntosh, and Gala.

“75’th Anniversary Special”  for $10.00 picked pecks of Zestars from our cool room continues – they won’t last too much longer.

Donuts on Sunday – cider all week – come early while it is cooler!

OPEN FRIDAY SEPT 4 FOR OUR REGULAR SEASON & 75’TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

We open tomorrow for our regular season ( a week earlier than last year).  We will have excellent picking for Ginger Gold, Sansa, Gala and McIntosh.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily except closed Mondays as usual (including Labor day Sept. 7).

Many of the Zestars were picked during our early apple weekend, but we picked those that remained Sunday evening and put them in our cold storage so they would not get too ripe with the hot weather.  For those of you who missed out on early apple weekend (or need some more Zestars), we will be offering picked pecks  this weekend for a “75’th Anniversary Special” at $10.00.

We plan additional “75’th anniversary specials” on future weekends.  In addition we are cooperating with RK Miles who are also celebrating 75 years in the Northshire – stay tuned for details.

Weather (especially Friday and Saturday) is going to be cooler than this week – we will have cider all week and donuts  Sat & Sun only – come early to be sure that the donuts have not run out.

Look forward to seeing you!!

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND CONTINUES – STILL GOOD FRUIT FOR TOMORROW SUNDAY 8/30

We saw lots of familiar faces today – plenty of good fruit was picked.  There is not as much fruit as this morning,  but picking is still excellent.

Zestar, Ginger Gold, Sansa and tart Macs in the old orchard are easy to pick.

Come see us tomorrow or wait until Friday Sept 4 when we open for a regular season.

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND – STARTS TOMORROW SAT AUG 29

This years crop is really bountiful  –  all three early apple varieties ( Zestar, Ginger Gold and Sansa) are very good.  MacIntosh in the old orchard are ripening as well – if you like them tart, they will be available also.

We will be open 9:00 to 5:30 both Saturday and Sunday and then closed until Friday Sept 4 when we open for the regular season (remember closed on Mondays).

Weather looks good for the weekend (maybe a little warm) – barn is cleaned up, most of the signs are out – we have some fruit picked and in the cool room.

Come see us!

 

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND – SATURDAY AUG 29 & SUNDAY AUG 30

We have a very good crop this year and the apple season is early  – we will open Saturday Aug 29 and Sunday Aug 30 for an early apple weekend.  We will then be closed as usual on Monday and also Tuesday, Wed, Thursday – then open for our regular season on Friday Sept 4 for more early apples and McIntosh – not sure about Galas – Honeycrisp will be a week or two later.

Zestars, Ginger Golds and Sansas will all be available .   Zestars have been picked out the first day or two in prior years, so come early.   They are a great eating apple and excellent for pies – we make our main batch of pies to freeze for the winter using Zestars. Ginger Golds are excellent for eating and baking.  Sansas are a firm sweet eating apple.

Look forward to seeing you!!

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RASPBERRIES AND CHERRIES ARE DONE – APPLES START IN EARLY SEPTEMBER

Many happy pickers came for the raspberries and cherries since we opened on July 10 – we appreciate the flexibility people have shown in adapting to the on again/off again schedule to let more berries ripen after a heavy picking day.

The raspberries did not have the late season push of more ripe berries that we used to get – some of this is due to the recent very hot weather and some to the fact that the Nova’s in the lower field were planted 13 years ago.

We expect the new planting of Boyne raspberries in the upper field will give us a good crop next year and we will replant 500 more Nova’s next spring in the three lower field fallow rows.

The apple crop this year looks very good – adequate moisture is giving us good size – if we avoid hail storms, it will be a bumper crop.  We will have an “EARLY APPLE SATURDAY” ( or possibly an early apple weekend ) in September for Zestars, Sansas and Ginger Golds – I will post late August as we determine when fruit will be ripe.  Zestars often get picked out on the first day.

Thanks for making the raspberry and cherry harvest a good one – cherry crop this year was exceptionally good.  Things are currently quiet up on our hill as we prepare for 17 family visitors.

Come see us for apples!!

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TUESDAY JULY 28 WILL BE LAST DAY FOR RASPBERRIES AND CHERRIES

Tomorrow Tuesday July 28 will be our last day for raspberries and cherries for this season.

There are still good berries and cherries, but you will need to look for them.  As always, come early – it will be hot by mid day.  If you know where the fruit is located, come early – I will open up the small raspberry house by 8:00 AM.

CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY – REOPEN TUESDAY JULY 28

Saw lots of good folks today and they took home a lot of good raspberries and cherries.

We will again be closed Sunday and Monday for more berries to ripen and then back open Tuesday July 28.  Visit our neighbors at Wildwood Berry farm for blueberries.

I will post picking conditions Monday evening.

VERY GOOD BERRIES AND CHERRIES ON SATURDAY JULY 25

We will be back open tomorrow Saturday for raspberries and cherries.  Picking will be very good, but not as many berries as earlier in the week.  Pictures below were taken this afternoon.  Down the row is always best picking for berries and cherries.

We may or may not be open Sunday – as usual it depends on how many pickers we get Saturday – I will post Saturday evening as soon as we know.

Best pickling is ALWAYS  early in the day.  We open at 9:00 AM, but if you know where the fruit is, you can come by 8:00.  Look forward to seeing you!

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CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR MORE BERRIES TO RIPEN – BACK OPEN SATURDAY JULY 25

Lots of good berries and cherries were picked yesterday and today.  As we expected, we will be closed Thursday and Friday for more berries to ripen for the weekend.

Take advantage of our break to visit Wildwood Berry Farm just 1/4 mile north of our orchard on Mad Tom Road – get some great blueberries and try the popsicles.

As always, come early on Saturday for best picking.  Picking will be excellent!

MORE EXCELLENT PICKING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 22

There will be EXCELLENT picking for both raspberries and cherries tomorrow Wednesday July 22.  We will probably be closed Thursday and Friday, then back open Saturday July 25.   I will post again tomorrow evening.

Season overall will likely last about two more weeks (plus or minus) , depending on weather and number of pickers, so  DO NOT wait too long to get your supply for the freezer – berries and cherries in January are hard to beat.

Weather tomorrow is predicted sunny and breezy with high of 75 degrees!

GREAT PICKING ON TUESDAY JULY 21

Raspberry picking will be at peak tomorrow Tuesday July 21 – we hope to have enough berries to be open Wednesday July 22 as well.  Probably will be closed Thursday and Friday and then back open Saturday July 25

Cherries continue to be abundant – flavor is excellent!

Come early – it will be cooler.

 

Our dog  Jilly certifies that the berries are good!

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Still a lot of cherries easy to pick

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We picked some cherries for ourselves!

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CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY FOR MORE BERRIES TO RIPEN – BACK OPEN TUESDAY JULY 21

It was great to see so many people enjoying the berries and cherries today.  Again the berries now need time to ripen the next batch, so we will be closed Sunday and Monday – back open Tuesday July 21.

Sunday high temperature is predicted to be 86 degrees – as one of our customers said, it will be a pool day – take the family swimming!  The warm temperatures will ripen a lot of fruit and picking will again be very good on Tuesday!

PICKING CONDITIONS FOR SATURDAY JULY 18

Cherry picking is outstanding – best crop we have ever had.  Even if you do not bake, get a quart to put on the table and watch them disappear.  When you pick six quarts, the sixth quart is free.

Raspberry picking is very good, especially on the Nova’s in the lower field.

Come early for best picking!

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TWO DAYS CLOSED FOR MORE BERRIES TO RIPEN – BACK OPEN SATURDAY JULY 18

People got a lot of good cherries and raspberries today – we will be closed Thursday July 16 and Friday July 17 for more berries to ripen.

REOPEN SATURDAY JULY 18  – both berries and cherries will be good.  On the days when we close for berries to ripen we will also be closed for cherries.

The number of pickers on Saturday will determine whether we are open Sunday.  I will post Saturday as soon as we know status for Sunday.  Thanks for your patience as the raspberries ripen in stages.

Looking forward to seeing you.

 

MORE CHERRIES AND RASPBERRIES

We will be open tomorrow Wednesday July 15 for both cherry and raspberry picking.  We will close Thursday and Friday for more raspberries to ripen for Saturday (and Sunday we hope).

There are good raspberries out there, especially if you go to the second half of the rows.

The “tart” cherries are sweet enough that children come out with cherry stained faces – picking is outstanding!!

 

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OPEN TOMORROW – TUESDAY JULY 14 FOR RASPBERRIES AND TART CHERRIES

RASPBERRIES – More raspberries are ripe – we will be back open tomorrow –  right now there are plenty of red berries – we hope to be open Wednesday as well – depends again on the number of customers.

CHERRIES – our best crop of tart cherries in several years.  Come stock up.

Weather forecast is for 30% chance of showers – mainly after noon – as usual come early!

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RASPBERRIES TEMPORARILY PICKED OUT

RASPBERRIES – posted 3:30 PM Friday July 10 – Open for recreational picking  (a few boxes) for rest of today.  Great crowd this morning – 1’st car at 9:01 AM – 15 cars by 9:45 AM.  Thanks to all the folks who came up today.

We will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for more berries to ripen – back open Tuesday July 14 .  Tart  cherries will also start Tuesday – very good crop this year.

Check the web or Facebook before you come

 

RASPBERRY PICKING STARTS TOMORROW – FRIDAY JULY 10

Weather has cooperated and we will open tomorrow Friday July 10 for raspberry picking.  There is a good quantity of berries – after we see how many people come Friday, I will post for conditions on Saturday.

There is a good crop of tart cherries this year – we will start picking them next week – cherries should last two weeks this year, possibly more.

We have ordered sunshine and pleasant weather for tomorrow.

OPEN FOR RASPBERRY PICKING ON FRIDAY JULY 10

We will open for raspberry picking on Friday July 10 at 9:00 AM – come early in the day for best picking – there are lots of berries, but as usual they do not ripen all at once.

We hope to be open Saturday, but check the web before you come – the last two years the ripe berries were picked the first day.  Almost for sure we will be closed on Sunday and Monday for more berries to ripen by Tuesday.

Look forward to seeing folks on Friday.

RASPBERRIES NOT RIPE YET

There is a good crop of green raspberries out there, but we need more sunshine and warm weather for them to ripen.

It will definitely be some time after the upcoming July 4’th weekend before the berries are ready.   Early most mornings we see a pair of wild turkeys and their 11 chicks inspecting the berries to see if they are ripe yet.

I will post as soon as we know when the berries will be ready – as usual at the beginning of the season, there will likely be berries ripe for a day or two and then closed for a day or two for more berries to ripen, so check the web before you come.  Look forward to seeing you.

Berries, Cherries and Apples growing well

There are lots of small green raspberries on the bushes – they will be ready shortly after the 4’th of July – I will post again as we see how fast they ripen.

Cherry crop is good this year – they will be best after the middle of July – watch the web for latest info.

Apples are now about 1 inch in diameter – we are waiting to see how well the weak acid thinning spray we put on 10 days ago is working – it looks like we will get a good crop, but not so many that the fruit will be small and we will get a good number of fruit buds form in July for next year’s crop.

The new fruit trees we planted this spring are doing well – the recent rains have helped build up the soil moisture after the very dry month of May when we had to irrigate almost all the time.  In our spare time we have been mowing, weeding raspberries and moving rocks to make mowing easier.

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OPEN FOR RASPBERRIES ON FRIDAY JULY 10

We will open for raspberry picking on Friday July 10 at 9:00 AM – come early in the day for best picking – there are lots of berries, but as usual they do not ripen all at once.

We hope to be open Saturday, but check the web before you come – the last two years the ripe berries were picked the first day.  Almost for sure we will be closed on Sunday and Monday for more berries to ripen by Tuesday.

Look forward to seeing folks on Friday.

 

PEAK BLOOM

COME SEE THE BLOOM – blossoms are fully out and will be for the next few days.  Green bumble bee hives are out on pallets with a sunshade.

The gate behind the barn next to the water tank is unlatched for easy access.  You are welcome to walk out in the orchard – you can smell the blossoms throughout the orchard.

We will be planting more trees today and tomorrow.

 

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ORCHARD AT FULL BLOOM – PLANTING MORE TREES

The HOT!! weather has brought all the apple varieties into bloom at almost the same time.  Usually the different varieties stretch out over  a week or more, but not this year.

We are at peak bloom now and we will begin to see petal fall by the weekend.  Our bumble bees come tomorrow, but there have been lots of native honey bees and bumble bees out working yesterday.

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The “crew” has been busy planting more trees and putting down more irrigation lines.  40 more trees come tomorrow.

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GETTING READY FOR BLOOM

The warm weather is moving the bloom closer – right now the leaves are at “1/2 inch green” and the buds are at “tight cluster” – see picture below.  There are lots of fruit buds.

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Bloom will probably come mid to late next week – our bumble bees arrive on Wednesday – often we get cold rainy weather for bloom – we will see what happens this year.

The very long cold winter did not harm the trees – heavy snow usually does not break branches – the branches get strong when carrying the fruit in the fall.

We finished  our pruning on April 28.   120 new trees have arrived and are in the cool room until we get them planted – even found time to bring up a little firewood for next winter.

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Spring has finally arrived – completed big grafting project

Yesterday the temperature made it up to 64 degrees – warm, sunny, no wind – perfect spring day – warmest  day since October 29 last fall.  Snow is finally gone in the orchard.  We had 130 inches for the winter.

We took advantage of the beautiful day to graft 60 of our Fuji trees (which have not done well) over to Zestar which has been one of our most popular early apples.  The choice was to wait until we could get more new Zestar trees in spring 2018 or cut the center out of the Fujis and insert small scion wood from our Zestars.

In the attached pictures you can see the small twigs capped with green wax to keep them from drying out.  So in three years we will  start getting more Zestars.  It was a long day, but we are pleased with the results.

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Spring is “just” around the corner

We have made it to April. The snow (of which we still have plenty) has melted down enough that we have been able to start pruning  again.  It has been too deep to get out in the orchard since early January.  February average temperature was 5 degrees and it was coldest recorded month ever.

The new chipper is making brush clean up much faster – we need to be faster to get the remaining 500 trees pruned.

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The weather has not been cold enough to damage the trees  – fruit buds should be fine for the apples and probably ok for the cherries.  Raspberries have been covered with deep snow and we have not had freezing/thawing that sometimes causes damage. Bloom will be late this year – probably sometime in second half of May – there are plenty of fruit buds.

We are looking forward to Spring !!!

It has been a cold winter so far

All is well with the orchard – more than enough snow.  We still have a lot of pruning  to do, but it has been too cold to get out – have spent the time instead getting our taxes done.  Looks like pruning will wait until March.

Fortunately the heavy snow (and some ice) has not damaged the apple trees.  Because the trees are pruned each year and the heavy fruit load each fall, the limbs are strong enough to avoid much breakage.  It has been a different story for the trees in the surrounding woods and our standby generator has run a couple of times for almost a day.

We are looking forward to Spring – it will have to come sometime.

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