One of my favorite times of the year is here, the bloom!. Every spring, when everything comes together for about 2 weeks, we get to watch one of natures miracles happen. Right now, about 80 % of the orchard is in full bloom. After surviving another winter, the bees are busy at work making sure that all the flowers get pollinated. When you think about it, thats thousands and thousands of flowers that need attention. Between the apples and the dandelions (which they love and make great honey) I think thats where the term "busy as bees" comes from. As long as the weather stays in the present pattern, things should be fine. Its the sudden drop into the twenties that scares me and for some reason, its seems to happen more often then I would like. Must be Minnesota! Heres a few picture for you to enjoy.
The orchard has come to the end of another season and we would like to thank all of you who came out this fall and picked apples. It seems like we just started picking a few weeks ago but in fact, we started the 2nd week of August. Time flies! Its time to put the orchard to bed for the winter and we will hit it hard again next spring when we start pruning which is usually in March. Enjoy the winter and thanks again for coming out!
This Saturday, October 15, will be the last day of the season. Come on out one last time and have a hot cup of cider and a bag of apples. This weekend, we will have both Snow Sweet and Haralson. Lexi will be waiting patiently on her bale of straw, so come on out and say Hi. Its been a busy season and seems hard to believe that we have already been open for over 2 months. See you this Saturday!!
We are coming down the home stretch and you have only 2 weekends left to come out and try some fresh Minnesota grown apples! We have had an excellent season so far and the last 2 weekend will be just as good. This weekend we will have Snow Sweet and Haralson. Haralson just happens to be one of Minnesotas most popular apples. It is an excellent apple for baking and has a bit of tart to it. With a chance of frost for the weekend, the Haralson might just sweeten up a little as well. The Snow Sweet is also a delicious apple with a crunchy texture and a almost buttery flavor. Come on out this weekend and try one. You wont be disappointed.
October is here and with it comes one of the most popular apples there is.....Haralson! We will start picking both Haralson and Haralred this weekend and the supply should hold out for a few weeks. Along with those 2, we will also have Sweet Sixteen, Snow Sweet and Honey Crisp. With 5 different varieties for you to try, I'm sure we can find one that you will like. This is the time of year that everyone waits for and its finally here, so enjoy the month of October and come out to the orchard and find your new favorite.
Its that time of year....time to start picking the Honey Crisp! Just as sweet and crunchy as you remember. Probably one of the most popular apples we have, and we have a good supply this year. This will also be the last weekend for McIntosh and Chestnut Crab. Both are excellent apples in there own right. We will have cider this weekend and if the weather holds, we also may have a bonfire for you to sit by so stop on by this weekend.
Tis the season! the temps are starting to cool down and the apples are ripening at a steady rate. Up this weekend are Zestar, Chestnut Crab and McIntosh. All 3 are outstanding apples that are good for anything that you choose. In about 2 weeks, Honey Crisp will be ready. We will also have cider this weekend too. The season only lasts about 6 weeks so if its fresh apples you have been craving, then dont wait.
It won't be too long now and the temps will be alittle more comfortable. The cooler weather is what everyone wants. At least I think they do. This weekend we will have the last of the State Fair. We will also have Zestar. This apple is sweeter and crisper than a State Fair and this year, they are huge. Zestar usually grow alittle larger than the rest. Also, both varieties of Crab Apples will be available. Centennial and Chestnut Crab. Excellent for jelly and just plain eating. For those of you that did'nt get any honey last weekend, there is just a few jars left so if its fresh honey you want, then don't wait.
The first weekend is behind us and it just gets better. This weekend, august 27 and 28, we will have State Fair and they are delicious. They are at there prime right now. If you want a good apple for pies or applesauce, this is it. Its also a great apple for just plain eating. If you like to make jelly, the Centennial Crab Apples will also be ready this weekend. We will also have fresh apple cider this weekend. As a real treat, our bees were very generous this year and we will have a very limited amount of honey available . I dont think it will last too long, so if you want and appreciate the taste of fresh honey, then dont wait long.