This weekend we are celebrating Harvest Festival on the farm. We are so grateful for the abundant crops we harvested this 2016 season. Thankfully we had a cherry crop after the 2015 lack there of. We are starting to harvest our cider apples and quince this week. It smells amazing all over the orchard and inside our homes as well as we are frantically trying to keep up with with the dried fruit orders.
My mother and I will make our annual applesauce cinnamon rolls for Saturday and Sunday and we still have plenty of apples for picking. Our pumpkin patch is also ready to go with many perfect pumpkins as well. We are a grateful farmers and are so thankful for the end of our harvest season.
Many of the apples are truly at their prime and we still have a lot of fruit to pick because we had such an abundant crop. The "Keepers" meaning the ones that keep for 4-6 months are fugis, Braeburns, Romes, Grannies, Pippens and Winesaps. These can be kept in your garage, cellar, or your deck. You just don't want them to freeze. We are also selling cider bins for your pressing party.
Adding champagne yeast and nutrient to another 260 gallon batch of Newtown pippen cider this week because I can hardly keep up with the demand of our golden row hard cider. thank you so much for the back up, my friends.
Farming our 3rd generation orchard connects me to those who were on this land before me and reminds me to be conscious of taking care of it for those who will come after. xoxo your grateful farmer, Trina