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.