Although the weather is beautiful, we’re no longer open for the fall 2016 apple season. All of the apples are picked and waiting in the cooler to be pressed. Enjoy the lovely weather.
I’ve been a bit distracted by the weather. All fall, the weather’s felt so off: how wet it’s been, how warm and humid recent mornings have been, the sheer length of the growing season, and now today’s 70 degrees. I do try my best, though, to live in the moment and to observe what’s in front of […]
This is the season that keeps giving, mostly because it’s been a spectacularly long growing season. All of the apples would usually be off the trees by now in anticipation of a hard freeze, but the lowest temperature we’ve had this fall is only 30 degrees. Late-season apples can tolerate that temperature due to their high […]
We picked the Prairie Spy apples this morning and I realized that I always seem to pick them when there’s a brisk northwest breeze. At the top of the tree, the apples are wind-polished and the breeze hits a little bit harder. Fingerless gloves are the right choice for a morning when the apples are wet […]
There are a few things we’re excited about this week, and two of them are particularly Minnesotan, including this first point of. . . the weather. It’s dry! We were tickled pink by a dry week and a few breezy days too that kept mosquitos and yellow jackets at bay while we were picking. Being an […]
It is soggy. So soggy. And that’s despite escaping the worst of Wednesday’s rain. But rich, moisture retaining soil combined with nearly record-setting rain has made it awfully messy around here. It doesn’t stop our work, but does mean that we’re sometimes driving the Gator back as fast as we can when those raindrops start coming hard […]
Although we’re closed at the orchard for 2015, you can still find our hard cider at plenty of places around town.
We’ve been picking some big and beautiful apples this week. The Wolf River are huge, no surprise, but the Fireside are gigantic and the Keepsake are the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. As if big and beautiful apples weren’t enough, we’ve got a couple of other reasons to come down to the orchard this weekend […]
How can it be that there are only two weekends left for being open this fall? The weather has hardly begun to feel fall-like; we still have lots of apples — especially Haralson and Keepsake — on the trees; and the real kicker is that it just doesn’t feel like November (and Thanksgiving) is on […]
We’re excited that the weather’s finally turned in the direction of fall. We heat with wood and it seems a bit early to be starting fires in the fireplace, so we tolerate 60-degree mornings and eat our hot cereal breakfasts. As the day warms up outside, we open the front door to let the sunshine […]
We’re so excited to have 2014’s vintage of Northern Spy in the bottle as of this Wednesday. It is a lovely golden color with a honeyed aroma and an assertive tartness that sparks your taste buds. Mike and I have tasted it only in small increments and so we’re each sitting down with a glass right now […]
When we bought the orchard in 2010, we sold most of the apples we grew at farmers markets, seven in all. I liked the weekend markets best. Although the mornings were early, I enjoyed the quiet busy-ness of all the vendors getting set up for the day and being in a calm, semi-dark space that would be bright and […]