Fathers day weekend is our first fruit of the season. Open 9 to 6.
An apple hedge is ridiculously simple. 1. Stake it out 2. Plant it 3. Wait a few years 4. Pick, eat, store through the winter.
The system here in this photo is mostly neglect. First plant a nursery of dwarf rootstock 3’x10″ apart -count on loosing 10% to voles (large underground field mice), dig out damaged trees and replant 3′ apart down a row-in this instance 20 Crimson Topaz. After they get 3-4′ high tie them over to the base of the next tree or to the base of the second tree over if too tall, now they sprout at the high point and you repeat the tie procedure -let grow up 4’+then tie over. The trees in the photo are 6 years old, 2-3 feet high, bore about 75# last year are growing on bud -9 dwarf rootstock.
Scionwood of 100 varieties and limited rootstock. See Scionwood, rootstock page. The collection is to share. Fees partially support the time.
Scionwood is cut and offered for a small donation at local Fruit Growing organizations as well-typically in March. It is a fundraiser from generous members’ own collections.
Today, 19th October, we have fresh and frozen (always available) Cider, and what is left to pick in the field are rough Braeburns, Quince, 30# Hudson’s Golden Gem, Rubinette. There are a few hundred pounds of drops/gleaners. $5/person, includes 2 1/2 # basket each that you can fill with picking or fruit from our stand or just come to visit the animals! They are a delight to visit and appreciate the company-especially the 2 month old goats!
My favorite apple so far…the homely brown ones in the photo. Some years it fails. This years it stands up to the best of the intensely flavored apples, like Belle de Boskoop (below), Karmijn de Sonneville, Ashmead’s Kernal, Spitzenburg and Crimson Topaz. With its fissured, coarsely russetted calyx it produces an evening glow of amber dressed with gold fleck and a carmine blush. Tart and exotic, zingy when first picked, mellowing over a few days to a balanced cidery meal. The thick breaking crumb cake skin yields nicely despite its roughness. It goes soft in a few weeks. The challenge is cropping…these apples consistently bear light crops, often a quarter of say Honeycrisp or Jonagold, thus as low a price I can muster.
I have picked apples of the above five varieties for the affordable price of $4.50/pound, no volume discounts. The reason the higher price is due to the low yield on these particular varieties. I do sell trees so get growing!
With 4500 lineal feet of trellised apples in a block of apples growing 80 varieties on Budagosky-9 rootstock (dwarf to 10 feet) and about 2 pounds per running foot of apples, there are 20,000 pounds of fruit to be experienced. Wettish year, clay-loam soil, 1st Kaolin Clay spray (‘Surround’) was delivered July 16th for apple maggot;<1% coddling moth at this point-next gen to be interrupted with clay, possibly. Kaolin is a silica-based finely ground clay that inhibits insect activity up-to 95% when applied consistently. Compost teas (Nettles, Comfrey, Horsetail, provides the silica component, and penetrant supplied by garlic according to Michael Phillips, author of Holistic Orcharding
BERRY BLISS 2nd weekend of July
Saturday the 9th, come out for berry breakfast, Smorgasbord-style. Graze the farm berries, complement wild things, the sacred stillness. Dye your hands, de-ox your belly-vitality, glowing eyes result.
We have Blueberries, Raspberries, Jostaberries, Gooseberries and a few more prices vary for your take-home.
Lodi Apple is in so I will make Kuchen. -Raised dough pie slices for any that eat grain. Coffee/tea too. But mostly a calm morning with the birds
9AM to 1 PM RSVP for eggs included. $10 over 18; $5 children; under 6 free!