March 2017

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    Week 12’17, Orchard Cider Year

    March 22, OUTDOORS: Live and learn? Live and feel less learned! This past crazy warm Wednesday, there’s Jacques leaving a scalloping trail as he prunes an Esopus Spitzenberg block. These trees lost virtually all their fruit buds in last year’s freeze. Note: one extra reason growers complain about losing an apple crop is the tendency […]

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    Week 11 ’17, Orchard Cider Year

    March 13, OUTDOORS: On a grey day, here’s a break from what’s happening here to look at what’s the same. Two years ago we tacked this notice up outside our retail stand. Somehow we thought the nastiness was peaking back THEN.   Tssssssss.         March 14, INDOORS:  The oddest possible stove-wood belongs to […]

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    Week 9 ’17, Orchard Cider Year

    February 27 ’17, OUTDOORS: Clockwise, see Steve and Fitz admiring future rows of Ellis Bitter, Major, and Somerset Redstreak in the wide open spaces of Three Below the Barn (where once grew gorgeous wholesale McIntosh & Cortland, which long ago stopped earning their keep up here.) They measure. They discuss. We can’t see that bittersweet […]