Last year was a bumper apple crop year, so I had assumed that this year would be nothing to sniff at. As usually it alternates between bumper crop and low yield year…
Was I ever wrong! This year we had tons of apples again. I would claim that it was my amazing job of pruning, but lets be honest… our apple trees, though very loved, are rather neglected because pruning always falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Though, I am proud of the couple trees that I was able to prune before other things pulled me away.
Needless to say, we’ve been eating and selling fresh apples, making a number of batches of apple butter and also making, selling and freezing a bunch of fresh pressed apple cider – it stores beautifully in the freezer so you can drink it all year! So, if you’re looking to get your hands on some product made with certified organic apples – we’ve got them for you! We’ll also have some new apple cider vinegar in the new year, once the natural fermentation process takes place.
We had so many apples this year that even with the help of some friends and neighbours as well as a wonderful group of CRAFT apprentices who were here for an educational day in September, we weren’t able to pick them all. This means we’ve left some in the tree (mostly the hard to reach ones) and they’ll provide food and beauty as we move into the winter. Kind of like mother nature’s all natural decorations.