Pruning 2019

Until February hit, it looked like it was going to be an easy pruning season — easy as in being able to get around the orchard. Sixty inches of snow later, I’m leaving the ladder behind and pruning with snowshoes!

All of February’s snow and cold has made for a late but beautiful pruning season. And in addition to pruning, I’ve also had to stomp down the snow around the young trees since the snow was as high as the tree guards, leaving the trees susceptible to girdling from voles. (Girdling occurs when bark is removed in a strip along the trunk, leaving the tree unable to move nutrients to the top of the tree from the roots.)

You can tell I’m not working too hard yet since I’ve been able to take lots of photos! Enjoy!

Wassail 2019

Wassailing is an old and lovely orchard tradition, all about toasting the health of the trees in the coming year. To wassail this year, we invite you out to the orchard on Saturday, January 12 and the festivities go from 2:00 to 6:00.

Making toast ornaments to hang on the trees

Making toast ornaments to hang on the trees

We'll have our annual toast bar (bring a topping to share if you'd like), lots of cider to drink, and a roaring bonfire. It's a great time to get out and enjoy the orchard and our grounds, so bring your skates for the pond or go for a walk (or ski or snowshoe) in the orchard. At dusk, around 4:30ish, we'll all proceed out to the orchard together to toast the orchard's health for the coming year, which will involve singing, noisemaking, and giving back a bit of cider to the orchard.

Come Wassail with us this year!

Getting Ready for Our Long Winter's Nap

The seven inches of snow we got the first weekend of December has made orchard work impossible, so nature’s forced us to turn our attention elsewhere. Mike is happy to begin this year’s distilling and I’m happy to spend some time in the kitchen using all of the bounties of our harvest and our friends’ harvests.

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Even though we’re enjoying a slower pace of life, at least until pruning begins in February, we’re still here should you need some apple butter, Borealis or any other cider for a gift this year. Feel free to drop us a line or just submit an order at our Holidays 2018 page.