REWRITE: We're expecting a generous harvest of fruit as all these trees come into bearing. Perhaps as many as 1200 bushels a year. Which, as we sing in the traditional wassail song, will literally be a barn floor full. That will be a day when we can do a brisk trade in organic apples and cider. Our post'n'beam barn was designed with a small addition in mind to provide cold storage below and a cider press on the ground floor. Investment for any community orchard equally requires a patience measured in years.
|We are open on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM through 4 PM, for fresh apples sales in the months of September and October.|
|We are not a pick-your-own orchard but rather make tree-ripened fruit available for sale when varieties come ready.|
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|We grow healthy apples by working with nutrition and biology. Learn more about what it means to be beyond organic below.|
|Select apple pricing varies with size bag. We can accept cash or personal checks.|
|If you’re seeking bushel quantities of apples, please email ahead to confirm availability.|
|Information about shipping apples later in the season can be found in our Marketplace.|
We hope you visit the farm for the full selection of our apples. You'll also be able to find especially popular varieties every day of the week in fall at these local food hubs:
North Country Marketplace in Colebrook
Root Seller Marketplace in Lancaster
Trees grow relatively slow in this North Country of ours. The hillside orchard here in Lost Nation consists of 140 or so trees, mostly planted on MM.111 rootstock twelve years ago. These trees are contributing to our harvest in a substantial way now, joining with the seedling trees planted in the early 90s. Another block of approximately 120 trees consists of Bud.118 and a wide range of vigorous dwarf varieties in the 40% size class, so fruit will start sooner rather than later. Our newest block lies across the stream and adds 80 more trees to the count, including classic bittersweets and bittersharps for fine cider.
Growing 'organic' has always been a given. Understanding how Nature does health fascinates me to no end. Working with biology and nutrition produces flavorful apples that are good for us. Compare that to the visually-pleasing orbs produced by toxic chemistry. That I choose not to certify our farm as organic with the USDA makes for good discussion over a glass of cider. Check out my network grower profile to better understand what a holsitic orchardist does to bless up this earth.
Have a peek at this video clip of Michael summarizing his approach to growing healthy fruit.