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harvest over

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the October 29th, 2009

wow, finally harvest is over, our picking crew will be doing a few clean up jobs and then headed back to Jamaica on monday. They have worked tirelessly, 7 days a week sun up to sun down, I can’t say enough about these men, but honest hard working , honorable and dedicated family men come to mind. I have not had time to tally up the bushels yet but my gut and lack of empty bins tells me it was a good crop volume wise. Now to sell it all at a profit. No rest for the weary, I have get going on soil tests, planning for next years plantings, pressing a lot of cider, and getting all of our equipment wnterized and put away. By Thanksgiving I suspect Diane and I will be ready to take a day off, the first since April. Chuck

Saturday, October 24 – Halloween Hoedown

Posted in Uncategorized by Diane on the October 22nd, 2009

Back by popular demand again this year is our Halloween Hoedown. In conjunction with The Children’s Place this fun filled day is to be shared by all. It’s a celebration of the end of the season and a fun time for children to come in costume and have some fun. Saturday, October 24th from 11 – 2 we will have apple sampling, hot apple crisp and ice cream (the cold stuff donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion and the dairy farmers of NH). Games, music and activities for all ages.
It is rain or shine so dress appromiately (we should all be used to this from this summer). Wagon rides will happen if it’s not to muddy but we’ll have events under cover if it’s drizzling to hard.
Any futher questions you can email us or give our farm stand a call at 224-8862 between the hours of 8:30 and 5:30. Hope we see you there! Diane

picking/cold

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the October 17th, 2009

OK, it got cold last night we experienced below freezing temps for about 12 hours, Wow! What does this mean for the apples that are left hanging? Well I,m am not exactly sure but think the longer we wait before picking again I think it will be better. For sure our commercial picking of Macs and Cortlands is finished, frozen fruit will not stand up in storage. That being said varieties that have naturally evolved as later ripening will be OK to pick and consume. Crispin, Fuji, Golden Delicious and others will still be available for picking this weekend, (10/ 17 and 18), and we hope for next weekend. The sun is shining now, get out here and pick some apples and get a pumpkin. Sunday’s forecast looks a bit damp but we will be here. Chuck

Columbus Day Picking

Posted in Uncategorized by Diane on the October 12th, 2009

Yes we still have an abundant supply of apples for pick them yourself. The varieties just keep growing and McIntosh and Cortland are the best they’ve been all season. Cool nights and sunny days have sweetened them up and made them delicious! Fall raspberries are finally winding down. You can still find a few but picking will really slow down as this week winds on.
The biggest question we have is can we bring our dogs.
As we are dog lovers ourselves please feel free to bring them along. Leashes are good and we ask they you are responsible for them as not And Chuck has assured us the tractor drawn hayrides will be available from 10-5 on Columbus Day and you can get the discount price of $1.00 per pound with our usual weekday savings. Bring your binoculars as the geese have been flying strong with many v’s spotted each day.

apple testing

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the October 8th, 2009

Yesterday I spent half the day testing apples for maturity, I could tell you how I test the, brix, pressure, starch index and degree days but in the end I just take a bite. While I do enjoy this part of my job and I am sure many would think this would be a cool way to spend a morning, I am here to tell you that after a while it does become a task. I probably tasted fifty apples and near the end none tasted right. That is when I grab a hand full walk into the farmstand and ask the first of our many great employees I see. “Here taste this and would you be happy buying it?” I ask. They tolerate me quite well and offer some really good advice. The bottom line is this, this weekend we will bw adding to the selection in the farmstand, Macouns, Golden Supreme, Northern Spy, Spygold, Wickson, Empire and if the mood strikes me some Red Delicious. Next weekend? Ambrosia, Ashmead Kernal, Hudson,s Golden Gem, and Calville. It’s the best time of the year to be an applevore.

apple weather

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the September 26th, 2009

This past week has been a classic apple week. We picked sun up to sundown every day. In my opinion the macs are right now at their peak flavor and I ate a cortland last evening that was just about perfect. This weekend we will be allowing some picking in the macouns, although I think another week is needed to add flavor. Speaking of flavor, usually the first few weeks we make cider it reflects the apples we use, a bit tart! However I purposely kept some apples in a warm place to get them to ripen up and the cider we made yesterday was great! It looks like a mixed bag weatherwise this weekend but we will see. I have long believed that there is no better apple than one picked and eaten with sweet rain water on it. We picked the last of the sweet corn yesterday and when it is gone this weekend that’s it till next year, time to till the fields and plant a winter covercrop. Gotta go I think I will Diane if she wants to go for a ride on my big green tractor

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the September 19th, 2009

In our business the weather is either your friend or foe. This summers’ rains tested our farming skills and patience. September arrived and we could not have asked for better weather, cool nights and sunny days are perfect for putting red color on the apples and intense flavors on the inside. As we progress through September and into October we will be picking and adding more varieties of apples to our farmstand, including a series of truly unique varieties each with a with a story to tell. Right now I am looking at some Golden Supreme apples that are not quite ready but there will be a beautiful pink blush on a truly golden apple, ,,,beautiful!!

The Largest Apple

Posted in Uncategorized by Diane on the September 17th, 2009

The fall apple harvest is well under way. We are now picking some lovely McIntosh and Cortlands are very tasty right now. We hope to have a couple of more varieties available in the farm stand for Friday Sept. 18.
Chuck will start picking Honeycrisp for stand sales this weekend. They will be firm, large and very juicy. Fall raspberries are picking strong now and blueberries have come to an end. Come up and visit our largest apple in NH.

more harvest

Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the September 12th, 2009

Week one is under our belts, everyone is up to speed and in the coming weeks on the commercial end of things we will be picking every day sun up to sun down. This weekend we will be allowing pick your own in some Red Cortlands by the stand in addition to Macs. I had a visit from one of the buyers of wholesale apples on FRi., he travels New England looking at apple crops, he commented that this years crop is 5 to10 behind last years, I agree. But the wait will be well worth it. Chuck Tip of the week Enjoy the peaches we have one picking left to go and the 2009 peach season will be history

Diane

Posted in Uncategorized by Diane on the September 8th, 2009

Blueberry picking is coming to an end soon. There are still some to find, however the picking is a lttle slower. With each warm sunny day fall rapberries will be coming on .

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