Archive for August, 2012

Apple Season is Upon Us

It doesn’t feel like it should be apple season yet.  Late August does not evoke feelings of cozy mugs of steaming apple cider, frosty mornings or brightly colored leaves, but our apple trees are declaring the start of fall.

Our apples are on trellis, which means that they are tied up on a framework of wires allowing support for the apple trees, sunlight to penetrate to each apple and allow quick picking from a wall of apples.

Dave picks apples into an apple picking bag.

Note the ropes with knots holding up the bottom of the bag.

When Dave has filled the bag, he goes over to the bushel crates, lifts the knots out of the holders and allows the apples to gently tumble into the crate.

Sometimes other more precious objects find their way into Dave’s picking bag.

This particular day, Dave was picking Cortland.  Cortland is an old-fashioned apple that has a natural skin protector.  Dave rubbed the cloudiness off to show the difference between a shined apple and an apple with its natural coating.

Other varieties almost ready to pick are Mutsu and Fuji.

This rather gigantic Mutsu apple is soon ready to be picked.

Caleb and Benny are not too helpful for getting work done in the orchard.


What a little rain will do

Since my last post (a good while ago) we have gotten rain, and lots of it.

This puddle forms in front of our house every time there is a heavy rain. We haven’t seen this puddle too often this year, but we’re are glad that it’s back.

While we do have irrigation on our peaches, the recent rains have caused the peaches to swell.  Dave has been picking some gorgeous peaches this week.  Peach-picking has really ckicked into high gear.  This is the time of year when Dave is short on sleep and rich in peach fuzz coating his arms and neck.

I wish you could see this peach tree in real life. A photograph doesn’t do it justice. There’s something a little Christmas-like about these red orbs hanging on a dark green tree.

When Dave got done picking this tray and had to stop to admire it. Again, pictures just don’t do justice.

To give an idea of the size of these peaches, I picked one up to try to give a little perspective.  That peach right there is a meal.

Here is a full stack of peaches ready to be taken to the cooler and replaced with a stack of empty trays to be filled again.

The white nectarine trees are an eye-catching color explosion. I wasn’t planning on taking a picture, but as I was walking by, I just couldn’t resist.

Our apples are loving the rain, too. The honeycrisp are starting to get that before-picking blush.