Category Archives: orchard

How to Know (When and How) to Pick An Apple

The answering machine was blinking when I  got in the house.  The message was from Dave.  He and  Brian had stopped by Saturday morning to check out our orchard.  Dave had grown up on a working orchard near Mount Vernon … Continue reading

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My little corner of the earth

When asked what was the secret to his success, Leonard Cohen replied: “I just focus on doing the best job I can tending my little corner of the earth.” ( as I remember it in an interview we watched last … Continue reading

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10 reasons you need to plant an orchard

Hanging scale in our sales area 1.  Photo opportunities.   Our apple orchard constantly changes with the seasons.   There is always something catching my eye and bringing me joy. Royal Court apple tree in bloom this Spring 2.  It provides the … Continue reading

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The Native Americans called it…” this is the place”

The Ioway called this place, “this is the place” or beautiful land I call it home. In the Winter, things slow way down…. Cornstalk bales just over the hill to our east Wild turkeys strutting in our driveway Asparagus going … Continue reading

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Behind the scene at our Orchard

      “Since you came and pruned that apple tree in our back yard, it has really produced!  We were wondering if you could stop by and do it again….it’s starting to lean and I’d like you to maybe take one … Continue reading

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The Honor System

We  sell apples  on the honor system. When I mentioned this on face book last weekend,Amy said the only time she’d ever seen  anything like that was  in France….she could buy goat cheese from a local farmer on the honor system. … Continue reading

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A Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul.

tearing out the old floor in one of our buildings this week I’m one of those people that can visualize something in my mind before it exists.  Maybe you’re able to do that too. I’ve been percolating on a small … Continue reading

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How about them apples…

“I would like to buy some of your Cortland’s again.” Sandy told me last night. You’ll never believe how well they kept last year.  I had them in the frig all winter and in April…April mind you, they were still … Continue reading

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Behind the scene at the Farmer’s Market

It was a last-minute decision. “Why don’t we sell Apple turnovers at the farmer’s market this season  along with our apples?” I asked my daughter Rebekah “That’s a great idea Papa” she told me. I e-mailed Judy our Market Manager … Continue reading

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Invasion

“The most important ingredient in the welfare of an orchard is the sound of the orchardist’s footsteps.” Those words took on new and fresh meaning Monday of this week.  I was strolling through our Ginger-gold apple trees and spotted a … Continue reading

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