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.