Can this spring get any better? Not for us.
We haven’t had too much rain: our soil holds so much moisture that it’s usually a challenge to get into the orchard. No problems with that this spring.
The temps have been perfect: apple trees in Minnesota usually do well with cold springs, like in 2014 and 2013. But this spring has had beautifully warm temps (but not too warm, remember 2012?). The trees broke their dormancy a little bit early this year, but they haven’t blossomed yet and as each day goes by, it’s less likely that we’ll have nighttime lows cold enough to harm the blossoms.
We hope our incredible luck this spring holds out to be able to share the apple blossoms with you this year.
On Saturday, May 16, we’ll be open from 10:00-6:00. We might be on the tail end of bloom but that’s okay; we grow so many varieties that our bloom season is extra long. We won’t have anything fancy scheduled this day: probably a couple of cidery tours and a new cider to share with you, but the apple blossoms are definitely the main event. Pack a picnic, take a walk. We’ll have gloves and bags for you to pick stinging nettles and we’ll have rhubarb for you to pick too.
On Sunday, May 17, we’ll be hosting a pop-up dinner catered by Gwen Anderson, a friend of the orchard. It’s four courses with gluten-free options, all paired with cider, and I’m glad I have this long to decide which of the menu items to choose. You can take a look at https://www.facebook.com/events/672655936172333/.
We hope to see you soon. If May doesn’t work out, mark your calendars for Minneapolis Cider Week, the first week in June. Details to come!