CLOSED FOR THE 2016 SEASON

Due to the short crop from the April freeze, we are completely picked out – both fruit on the tree and drops.

Thanks for your support in a difficult year.  We enjoyed seeing many old friends and hope to see you next year with more apples.

OPEN FRIDAY SEPT 30 – SATURDAY OCT 1 WILL BE OUR LAST DAY

We are open today and tomorrow for Empire, Jonagold, Crimson Crisp and Golden Delicious.  There are a few MacIntosh, Gala and Cortlands left.

There will be cider today and cider & donuts tomorrow.  The wooden iPod apple has not yet been found.

CHANGE OF PLANS – CLOSED TUES, WED, & THUR – THEN LAST TWO DAYS WILL BE FRI SEPT 30 & SAT OCT 1

The very large crowds this past weekend had a great time and picked essentially all the mid season fruit, so we will be closed this week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

We will open the small crop of later varieties (Empire, Jonagold, Crimson Crisp & Golden Delicious) on Friday.  These will rapidly get picked out, so Saturday Oct 1 will be our last day for the 2016 season.

We knew from early in the growing season that this would be a short crop and we are glad that many people were still able to get nice fruit.   We hope to have a more normal crop next year.

Thanks to everyone who came and picked!!

 

WE STILL HAVE GREAT VIEWS (AND APPLES)

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The views are as good as ever – there continue to be Galas, Honeycrisps , Cortlands, Macouns and Macs, but not as many as earlier.  There are beginning to be more drops – especially Honeycrisp.

We will start our late varieties ( Empire, Jonagold, Golden Delicious and Crimson Crisp) on Friday Sept 30.

Saturday Oct 1  & Sunday Oct 2 will be our last weekend and we expect to close by Thursday Oct 6 – we will not have enough apples to be open Columbus Day weekend.

There will be cider all week – donuts on both weekends.  The wooden apple has not yet been found.

Come see us!!

 

STILL PICKING

We had lots of folks up this past weekend and lots of Honeycrisps and other varieties were picked.  This week we will continue to have Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, MacIntosh, Macoun and Fuji.

There be Honeycrisps this weekend, but fewer than last weekend.  There are also beginning to be some Mac and Honeycrisp drops.

At this point we expect to have enough apples to be open this coming weekend (Sept 24 & Sept 25), thru the weekend of Oct 1 & Oct 2 and wind down by mid week – probably Oct 5.

The late varieties – Empire, Jonagold,  and Crimson Crisp will start on Oct 1 – possibly a day or two earlier.

Come get your apples while we still have fruit.  Weather forecast is for cool weather.

HONEYCRISP, CORTLAND, MACOUN AND FUJI READY FOR PICKING

The mid season apples are ripe, so we have opened up picking today for Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun and Fuji.  There still are good Galas – Macs are more of a treasure hunt.

The Honeycrisp crop is bigger than we originally thought.  They may (or may not) last a couple of weeks depending on how many folks come this weekend.  Honeycrisp do ripen in stages, so pick the red ones and leave the green ones to ripen a bit more for next week.

There is cider all week – Mrs. Murphy’s   donuts will be here on the weekend.  The wooden IPod apple will go out tonight – finder wins an IPod.

Weather looks good Friday and Saturday – not so good Sunday (but there will be donuts).  Come help us get the apples picked.

Some nice Honeycrisp

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GOOD MACS AND GALAS

There are good Macs and Galas for tomorrow Sunday Sept 11 and they will be good thru the rest of the week except Monday when we are closed.

There will be more of Mrs. Murphy’s donuts on Sunday, and cider all week.

Honeycrisp will start on Saturday Sept 17.

Come see us.

MACS AND GALAS START FRIDAY SEPT 9

We had a big turn out for early apple weekend – Zestars,  Sansas and Ginger Golds were picked out.

We will start our regular season Friday Sept 9 with McIntosh and Gala – Macs are limited.  There will be cider starting Friday and Mrs. Murphy’s donuts on Saturday and Sunday.

This season, we will try to hold our regular six days open (closed Monday’s) schedule if the supply of fruit from the short crop holds up.  We may have to go to weekends only.  Be sure to check the web or Facebook before you come to see that we are open on that day.

 

EARLY APPLE SUNDAY – SEPT 4 – 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Hours tomorrow (Sunday Sept 4) will be 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  We saw a lot of good folks today and they picked a lot of good fruit.  There are limited amounts of Zestar and Sansa – more Ginger Gold.

We will close at 2:00 PM because by that time the Zestars and Sansas will be picked out – I expect that there will be some Ginger Golds available when we reopen on Friday Sept 9.

We will start our regular season on Friday Sept 9 with Macintosh and Gala.  Because of the hard freeze in April, Macs will be relatively few – better supply of Gala.

We will have cider and donuts on Saturday and Sunday – weather forecast is for sunny and mid 70’s for the weekend – looking forward to seeing you.

EARLY APPLE WEEKEND TOMORROW – SAT SEPT 3 & SUNDAY SEPT 4

Zestar, Sansa and Ginger Gold are all ready to pick.  Barn is cleaned up and we are ready to welcome folks.  Maple syrup, cookbooks, note cards, & Mad Tom hats are all in place.  We plan to start cider & donuts next weekend.

We especially like the Zestars for eating and for pies – we use them for most of our pies.  I peel the apples and Sylvia makes the pie crust for a dozen pies – then we freeze them and bake them later over the winter.

Temperature is supposed to drop to 49 degrees tonight and sunny in the low 70’s tomorrow and Sunday.

Come help us start the season!!

 

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND – SATURDAY SEPT 3 & SUNDAY SEPT 4

As I said in my last post, the overall crop this year will be much less than last year and very uneven tree to tree BUT, there will be a lot of fruit for some varieties.

Early apple weekend will be Saturday Sept 3 and Sunday Sept 4  for Zestar, Sansa and Ginger Gold.  There are good amounts of Zestar and Sansa – moderate amount of Ginger Gold.  Zestar  is an excellent eating apple and also makes VERY good pies – we make our pies for the winter using Zestar.

We expect to open for our regular season for McIntosh and Gala (as well as remaining Zestar, Sansa and Ginger Gold) on Friday Sept 9 – then follow our normal schedule open daily except Monday – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Honeycrisp looks pretty good and will probably start Sept 17’th.  I will post more details later.

Come help us get started for the 2016 apple harvest!!

 

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Sansas

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Ginger Golds

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2016 RASPBERRY SEASON IS DONE – APPLES WILL START LATE AUG./EARLY SEPT.

Thanks for making our raspberry harvest a good one – a lot of folks got a lot of good berries.

As we walk thru the orchard, the apple crop is looking somewhat better than it did several weeks ago.  The old McIntosh trees still have a very light crop and the fruit will be small.   The amount of fruit on the young trees varies greatly tree by tree – some with almost no fruit and others with a good crop.  All varieties seem to have some fruit – overall there may be 40% of a normal crop.

We will have an early apple weekend either in late August or early September for Zestar, Sansa, and Ginger Gold – then open a week or more later for McIntosh and Gala.  Honey crisp will start mid September or later.

I will post on both our web site and Facebook when we can better estimate when fruit will be ripe.

WRAP UP WEEKEND

Saturday and Sunday will be the last two days for 2016 raspberry season.

Picking continues to be very good,  if you look in the middle of the bushes.  The most berries are in the lower field in the lower half of the rows.  The Royalty purple berries in the upper field are also good.

Weather looks sunny Saturday and cooler than it has been.  Still best to come early.

Pictures were taken today after we closed, so you can see there are still good berries – and the view is still there.

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LAST THREE DAYS

We will be open  Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the windup of our raspberry season.

Picking continues to be very good.  There is always some fruit left in a pick your own farm, but we close when most of our customers have made several visits and before the mold and bugs build up.

Come early for cooler picking and to avoid the afternoon thundershowers – door to the raspberry house will be open by 8:00 AM.

Look forward to seeing folks get those extra berries to freeze and enjoy over the winter.

 

WINDUP WEEK CONTINUES – EXCELLENT PICKING

Picking will be excellent both Wednesday & Thursday (July 27 & 28).  We are likely to be able to be open Friday.   We will be open both Saturday and Sunday for the weekend.

Best picking on the Nova’s in the lower field.  The purple Royalty berries in the upper field are also ripening.

As always, come early!!

WINDUP WEEK – PICKING VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Picking is very good to excellent.  We will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (July 26-28) and we expect to be open both days on the weekend.

Best picking on the Nova’s in the lower field.  The purple Royalty berries in the upper field are also ripening.

As always, come early – forecast is for warm temperatures.   Official opening time is 9:00, but raspberry house will be open by 8:00.

Make sure your freezer is stocked up.

 

CLOSED MONDAY JULY 25 – BACK OPEN TUESDAY JULY 26

We will be closed tomorrow Monday July 25.  Back open Tuesday – picking then will be excellent.

We expect to be open Wednesday and Thursday.

We will likely be closed Friday and hope to be open both days for the weekend which will wind up the harvest.

EXCELLENT PICKING SATURDAY & SUNDAY (JULY 23 & 24)

This will be our peak weekend – there will be excellent picking on the Nova’s in both the upper and lower fields.  The purple Royalty berries are also beginning to ripen.

We will be open both days this weekend – weather looks good – not as warm as today, but still best to come early.

We will be closed as usual on Monday and expect to be open some days next week – possibly thru next weekend.

Picking will be the best of the season – come see us!!

 

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CLOSED FRIDAY JULY 22 – REOPEN SATURDAY JULY 23

We will be closed tomorrow July 23 for more berries to ripen and reopen Saturday July 24

Picking will be excellent on the Nova bushes in lower part of the upper field and in the lower field.

GOOD BERRY PICKING THURSDAY JULY 21

There are more good berries to pick.  We will be open tomorrow  Thursday July 21  and then closed on Friday for more berries to ripen.  Back open Saturday and we expect to be open also on Sunday.

As always best picking is for folks who come early!!

PEAK PICKING WEEK FOR RASPBERRIES

Berry picking will continue to be very good to excellent this week.  We will be open both tomorrow Wednesday (July 20) and Thursday (July 21).

Good picking on both the Boyne’s near the raspberry house and on the Nova’s in the lower field.  There are a few of the purple Royalty berries starting to ripen.

Stock up your freezer!!

MORE GOOD BERRIES STARTING TUESDAY JULY 19

We will be open again Tuesday July 19 – picking will be very good to excellent.  There are ripe berries on the Boyne’s near the raspberry house and probably the most berries on the three Nova rows in the lower field.

We will be open also on Wednesday – probably Thursday and then closed Friday for more berries to ripen.

This will the peak week for picking – next week there will be fewer berries.  As always, come early in the day.

OPEN FOR BERRY PICKING SUNDAY JULY 17

We will be open tomorrow Sunday July 17.  There are ripe berries, but not as many as this morning.  On the three rows of Boyne’s nearest to red raspberry house – look inside the bushes.  Good berries also in the lower field on the Nova’s.

We will be closed Monday and plan to be back open Tuesday July 19.   Picking season will likely last another ten days to two weeks – depends on the weather.

Come see us.

MORE GOOD RASPBERRY PICKING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JULY 16 & 17

Raspberry picking will be good to very good Saturday and Sunday (July 16&17).  Weather looks good for both days.  There are ripe berries on both the new Boyne’s near the raspberry house and on the Nova’s as well.

We will be closed on Monday and plan on reopening again on Tuesday.  Best picking is always early in the day.

Several people have spotted the purple alligator, but he appears to be sleeping.

GOOD RASPBERRY PICKING TOMORROW JULY 14

Raspberry picking will be good tomorrow July 14.  The lower end of the rows in the lower field have the most berries, but inside the new Boyne bushes nearest the raspberry house continue to have good berries as well.

We will be closed Friday July 15 for more berries to ripen and then back open Saturday July 16.  We will likely be open Sunday as well – depends on how fast more berries ripen.  I will continue to post in the evenings.

The purple alligator has been spotted, but he has not harmed anyone (yet).

BERRIES ARE ON A ROLL – EXCELLENT PICKING TOMORROW JULY 13

The Boyne bushes nearest the raspberry house continue to have good berries and the Nova bushes in the lower field have more coming in as well.

It will be warm, so best to come early.  Not yet clear whether we will be open Thursday – watch the web and Facebook.

Come stock up your freezer!!

 

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EXCELLENT BERRIES TOMORROW TUESDAY JULY 12

Many more berries have ripened during the two days we were closed – the new Boyne bushes nearest to the parking area have the most berries.

I will post our schedule for the following day every evening – open days this week will depend on how many people come and how fast the berries ripen.

Picking is always best in the morning – forecast for Tuesday is sunny and warm (84 degrees) – come early!!

OPEN TUESDAY JULY 12

We will be open for raspberry picking Tuesday July 12 and  the weather looks good.

Sunday and Monday we will be closed.

Come help us get some berries picked!!

OPEN TOMORROW SATURDAY JULY 9 FOR BERRY PICKING.

We will be open tomorrow Saturday (July 9) for raspberry picking.   If it turns into full rain in the afternoon, we will close.

Sunday and Monday we will be closed and then back open Tuesday when the weather looks good.

Come see us when you can!!

MORE RIPE RASPBERRIES – READY FOR YOU TO PICK

Folks today (Thursday July 7) got some very nice berries.  There are more ripe berries, so we will be open tomorrow (Friday July 8) 9:00 to 5:30.

Depending on how many people come, it is likely we will  have enough berries to be open both Saturday and Sunday.  There are a lot of berries still to ripen and the hot weather is helping speed up the ripening.  I will post picking status every evening.

As always, best picking is in the morning, so come early for better picking and avoid the afternoon heat.   Berries at the end of the three long rows in the lower field are especially plentiful.

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RASPBERRIES – FIRST DAY THURSDAY JULY 7

The hot weather has accelerated the ripening of our raspberries.  First day will be Thursday July 7 – we open at 9:00 .

Picking is ALWAYS best in the morning.  Forecast is for hot weather and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, so come early!!

Schedule for days after Thursday is not clear at this point – it depends on how fast more berries ripen and how many pickers come.  I will post each evening on whether we will be open the following day.

I have not had time to put up the signs yet, but boxes will be in the little raspberry house.    Come get some good berries and restock your freezer.

RASPBERRIES ARE COMING – BUT NOT YET

Raspberries are ripening – warm weather this week will help them ripen faster.  It is hard to predict when we will open, but right now it looks like it may be by Saturday July 9.

I will post on Thursday July 7 with a better estimate.  We often get picked out the first day and then need a couple of days for more berries to ripen.

There will be no cherries this year – the hard freeze in April took them out.

Watch the web or Facebook for latest info.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS

The good news – it looks like the raspberry crop will be ok this year.  There are green berries on the bushes now – there were lots of bumble bees pollinating a few days ago – if you look closely, you can see a bee – they are hard to get in the photo.

Berries will probably be ripe in about two weeks – estimate July 8’th – I will post a few days ahead when we have a better idea.

Now the bad news – the apple crop overall will be about 20% of a normal crop – about 80% was lost due to the hard freeze (5 degrees) on April 5’th.  Some varieties managed to produce quite a bit of bloom, but the flowers were very weak and if they did get pollinated and set fruit, it was very small and most has dropped off.

The fruit set is very uneven – varies a lot tree to tree and variety to variety.  The Galas appear to have the most fruit – the picture shows a lonely McIntosh on one of the old trees.  There is a small crop of Honeycrisp and other varieties.

It is disappointing to have such a small crop this year – the first time in 15 years that we have had this much crop loss.  Fortunately the trees all survived the winter well and we are glad the our crop last year for the orchard’s 75’th anniversary was so bountiful.

 

    Lots of green raspberries

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Find the Bumble Bee

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 A lonely McIntosh

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EARLY BLOOM TOOK A HIT – LATER VARIETIES DID BETTER

Our UVM fruit specialist says “there is haggard/erratic bloom all over the place this year”.   We have found that the McIntosh, Cortland, and Ginger Gold were hit very hard by the 5 degree temperature on April 5’th and the crop on these varieties will probably be 10% of a normal crop.

Gala, Honeycrisp and Macoun which bloom a little later all have many more flowers.  We still need to see how many of them pollinate, but there MAY be a reasonable crop for these varieties, but not like last year.

We are grateful that the crop for our 75’th anniversary celebration was so bountiful.  The bumble bees are out working.  We have also finished planting 500 more Nova raspberries.  The existing raspberries are forming flower buds, so we hope to see fruit in July from them.

Another growing season is underway  – we will post updates as we learn more.

 

Bumble Bees in the old orchard

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Planting raspberries

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GETTING READY TO PLANT 500 MORE RASPBERRIES

We finished raking 1000 feet of rows where 500 new Nova raspberry plants will go in once we get some rain and the soil warms up.

Apple trees are now at 1/2 inch green and slowly moving towards bloom.  Buds at this point can still tolerate 23 degrees for 10% damage, so we are OK so far.  We need to estimate when bloom will occur to schedule shipment for the bumble bees.

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WINTER IS NOT GIVING UP YET

Temperature this morning was 6 degrees and there was three inches of new snow.  Fortunately the apple trees are at “Silver Tip” – the buds are just beginning to crack open.  At this bud stage there will be some cold damage, but most of the buds will survive.

Cherries are still a question mark both from last night and from the -23 degrees on Feb 14’th.  We will just have to wait and see.

Most of our pruning is done – we need to do some grafting and get ready to plant 20 new cherry trees plus 500 new Nova raspberries.

Each new growing season is it’s own challenge.

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SPRING MAY BE EARLY THIS YEAR

We are starting off to grow another crop.  The winter so far has had very little snow – lots of up and down temperatures which is not good in general for all plants – apple buds are still tight and will be ok if they do not open too soon.

We will have to see on the cherry buds which may have been frozen when it got to minus 23 degrees on Valentines Day.  Raspberries may have been set back also, but there was some snow cover when it was coldest.

Photo taken this morning – no snow – but it makes the pruning easier.  Second photo is from family celebration last summer for orchard’s 75’th birthday.

Look forward to seeing folks in early July for raspberries.

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xmas card picture for 2015 - Tom & Sylvia Smith

 

 

 

 

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