Week 37, Orchard Cider Year


ocy37out-copySeptember 15 OUTDOORS: Still the harvest is starting so slowly  that Vivien, Willie, Brown and James (LR corner), in our Back Tourville block, wait for empty bins while Fitz, who’s bringing them, talks to Steve about what other apples should come in today. Once harvest speeds up, nobody waits for bins if we can help it!  This year, ripening is mighty gradual.  Steve’s just been checking the apples’ sugar content, reminding himself that all-important sugar really is highest in the apples on the ground.  With cider fruit, the last degree of ripeness makes a huge difference. But waiting is hard.
Fitz will haul full bins of Ashton Bitter (near right) back to the home farm.  John & Kenneth leave Front Tourville on the orange tractor, to join everyone else. LL & LC: things you often see first if you go looking for pickers at work – water, dry shoes, warm clothes.

ocy37in-copySeptember 15 INDOORS:  Obviously our retail establishment has no doors. But one corner is a licensed area where Farnum Hill Ciders may be tasted and sold. The rest is a regular orchard retail stand.  And it all folds up after Halloween!  Megan, like a lot of local youth, used to work here weekends during high school. Now she can legally pour & purvey Farnum Hill cider … amazing.   LDS

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