Orchard Update, September 9-10

We open for another fall season this weekend and will be open thereafter from 10:00-6:00 on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. 

Since we started picking just slightly later this year than we have the past two years, we've held on to some of the earliest varieties we picked, including Pristine, Duchess, Viking, Williams Pride, and Firecracker. 

From left: Pristine, Firecracker, Viking, Williams Pride, and Duchess of Oldenberg

From left: Pristine, Firecracker, Viking, Williams Pride, and Duchess of Oldenberg

But since it's a banner year for apples, we'll also have fresh-pressed cider on opening weekend. 

Yes, you can have it all! 

Additional apple varieties we'll have available this weekend include SweeTango, Dolgo, Paula Red, Zestar!, and Ginger Gold.

From left: SweeTango, Dolgo, Paula Red, Zestar!, and Ginger Gold

From left: SweeTango, Dolgo, Paula Red, Zestar!, and Ginger Gold

Finally, we'll have our State Fair favorite, Minnesota Mule, in bottles this weekend. 

It's another fast and furious start to the season. Though that type of start has become the norm, I'm still not quite used to it and still appreciate my apples ripening exactly on time, which is to say after Labor Day, at the beginning of the school year, when "good sleeping weather" hits its prime, and as the sumac starts to color. That is, if I'm going to be picky about it. 

It has been a heck of a year for us at the orchard. We thought it might be a good year to catch up, especially since we planted only 250 trees this spring. But then we got on the DNR's list to put up a deer fence* and so spent the first part of the summer clearing fence line and midsummer putting up the fence. It was an excellent way to reacquaint ourselves with our property's borders, as well as a stellar way to explore augering equipment (we recommend a full-sized skid steer to auger holes 6' deep).

We have many tales to tell since we've seen you last, so we look forward to seeing you soon and catching up.

* Since deer are considered a public resource, the DNR provides technical assistance and fencing supplies to specialty crop producers.