“The most important ingredient in the welfare of an orchard, is the sound of the Orchardist’s footsteps”
Below are some pictorial highlights of what’s been happening around here the past couple of weeks….
Yours truly picking the Ginger Gold’s
I use that little level to double check to make sure the apples are not sticking above the rim of the box.
When I put the crates in the cooler I like to stack them at least 3 crates high. There are between 40 to 50 pounds of apples in a crate. A bushel of apples weighs 42 pounds.
Long Island Cheese Heirloom pumpkins that were picked this weekend
Brandy-wine Heirloom Tomatoes.
I lifted up some vines and discovered about 20 large ready to pick Brandy-wines’ just begging to be picked
2011 Cortland Apple crop (Royal Court strain). I picked the last three bushel of these this morning. We’re getting $1.50 a pound for them, but if you buy a whole bushel, I’ll sell them to you for $40.00. Just 2 of these will be enough to make a pie
2011 plum crop. I planted the plums just for fun.
Broom Corn. The broom corn is also just a novelty crop I planted. In the pioneer days, they really did make brooms out of these.
2011 apples in the walk in cooler
At this point, I would guess we’re about 75% done picking apples. Now you know why I feel like I live in the Garden of Eden sometimes.