Here we are already, Thanksgiving a la Canadien. Almost all our apples have ripened and we have been picking as fast as weather permits. There still tons of fruit on the trees ranging from dead ripe Lobo apples to Macs like you have NEVER tasted at the supermarket, Cortlands that raise the bar on one of our tastiest apples and Spartans that are deepening in flavour to red-veined succulence. We have started to pick Empire, the small, perfectly balanced, sweet-tart apple and the Lawfam, a Quebec heritage apple cross between St. Lawrence and La Fameuse (the snow apple).
There is so much to be thankful for: the full sun summer-season combined with the deep rooted trees have given our crop almost perfect growing conditions; our loyal customers who have stayed with us through several nasty years of hail and impossibly wet growing conditions and our new customers and their families who have decided to give us a try and who have been overwhelmed by the beauty of our traditional (and peaceful) orchard.
I am also going to give a shout out to the folks at Eden Ice Cider of Newport, Vermont who have continued to use our apples and crab apples as a base for some of their award winning cider. This winter we are continuing to work with them on a project that resulted in the best Ice Cider we have ever tasted-picked from our Cortlands that were still hanging on the trees in Jan. 2017.
We are still picking Pumpkins and having people visit our patch to pick as well. Lots of gourds, too, for decorations. There is a moderate crop of very tasty squash available at the stand. Hope to see you soon.