Stephanie Hansen of 107.1's The Weekly Dish and her own Makers of MN podcast sat down with me a few weeks ago to talk about cider and the orchard. You can tell exactly where she stumped me in the conversation when she asked about the balance between business and lifestyle, which I've thought about a lot since we recorded and particularly while I've been doing things like tending the pigs, the chickens, and the garden -- none of which contribute to our bottom line but have a great deal to do with our values and why we choose to do what we do.
We'll be open on Sunday, May 20 for apple blossoms from 11:00-4:00. It'll be our usual, low key day; bring a picnic if you like.
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 13 and the festivities go from 3:00 to 6:00.
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!
It's our last day of picking before the temperature drops down to 25 tonight and turns the apples left on the trees into applesauce. True, it is late to be picking, but a bumper crop means that we'll take every moment that Mother Nature lets us have.
In addition to the apple line-up this weekend, we've got Pumpkin Whippersnapper. For the uninitiated, that's pumpkin -- no spice.