The milder winter weather is a reminder spring is not far away!!

The winter work is starting in earnest, so when you see me working in the new orchard near the road please stop and visit. I’ll be happy to show you around the new “tall spindle” planting and explain the management involved with 4’x12′ spaced trees.
I’m preparing for another new planting for early April. Check the web page and I will preview some of the new varieties you will see in the sales room during the next couple years. Judgeing from all the return sales, the “EverCrisp” was a huge hit this year. I’ll write a little more background about it and the other new fresh and cider varieties being planted as my time allows.

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I start pressing Cider,which feels like, “WAY BACK” in mid September. Only two months but it feels like a lifetime looking back over the hectic rapid fire pace of the season.

Early in the season it was always a struggle to round up enough ripe sweet apples for the sweet component of the early cider. Ergo a more tart early cider. That all changed as the production of the HoneyCrisp increased over the last 15 years. A side Benifit of all the issues and faults growing HoneyCrisp, there are so many sweet apples available for cider early in the pressing season.
The cider starts sweet and just gets sweeter.
About this time of year my taste buds start looking for something more in the cider. I found if I allowed the GrannySmith to ripen on the tree, initially it was discovering the hidden gem that escaped the pickers in early November and having a snack while mowing and tidying the Orchard before winter.
A tree ripe Granny is almost yellow when fully ripe. Almost 30 years ago now I started making a couple small batches of this incredible TART/sweet singe variety cider each year.
Early December is Granny pressing season as well as Pink Lady the newest addition to that unique TART/sweet cider I enjoy and love making.
A foot note to my cider makers. All the TART/sweet ciders: Winesap, GoldRush, GrannySmith and PinkLady are incredible for “Hard” Cider.
I will keep you all posted on the availability of the above mentioned Cider

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The Apple Harvest is Complete

THE BAD NEWS: I couldn’t get all the GoldRush picked and into the storage ahead of the recent cold weather that dipped into the high teens. The apples froze on the trees. I’m going to be short of GoldRush to sell in the Market going into December. If you enjoy those Late Keepers don’t wait to long. Stock up for the Winter and Spring with them now.

THE GOOD NEWS: I still picked them and there are even more apples than normal to press into that incredible TART/Sweet single Variety cider that Nancy discovered several years ago while minding the press and sampling the batches. I’ve been making and jugging GoldRush as a varietial ever since. Of all the cider I make ever year, I look forward to this one the most. The GoldRush and WineSap, JR’s personal favorite is being made Wednesday. Give yourself a special treat for Thanksgiving and make a trip out to the farm for some of the best of “The Best Darn Cider”

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Pure “HoneyCrisp” “GoldenDelicious” and “Late

Harvest Jonathan” are pressed and in the market for sale this week ended!!!!!!!

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Weekend Update November 4/5

I’ll be finishing the picking as the weather allows over the next couple weeks. All the late varieties are now in the the market for sale. As time allows I’ll post a comprehensive list.

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A reminder that the Market Hours have changed

The market hours changed on November 1. Weekdays I’ll be closing at 5:00 the opening times will remain the same as well as the weekend hours.

Saturday/Sunday 9:00 till 5:00

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Friday 10:00 till 5:00

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Tuesday October 24

A limited number of Pink Lady and Late Fuji will be available starting Tuesday Oct. 24. There are plenty to pick yet but these will be the first in the market.

I expect to have some Granny Smith and York Imperial for sale on Wednesday Oct 25 if the rain lets up so I can get some picked. The GoldRush are about a week away from picking so I’ll keep you posted on them too.

The enterprise are picked, if you would like to have some please ask in the Market. They are being used for hard cider this year as soon as they mellow for a couple weeks to round out and be ready to press.

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Apples and Cider availible in the Market October 21&22

New varieties this week

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Email Address & Phone Number

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Local Road Work

The bridge replacement on Southview Road has yet to start. It looks like the repaving of Millers Run Road (Rt 50) is progressing after Columbia Gas replaced its residential lines. You can still expect slight delays traveling from the East for another week.

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