Heirloom Apples

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    Week 20 ’17, Orchard Cider Year

    May 3’17, OUTDOORS: Here are hurryup Wickson and go-slow Yarlington Mill under a changeable sky.  (Wickson was bred for cider in California, Yarlington in England. They originated six-plus thousand miles  and many years apart. Wonderful that they both prosper here.)   Months from now, their juices may meet up in FH fermentation batches marked “Wick-YM.” Fingers […]

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    Week 18’17, Orchard Cider Year

    April 24, OUTDOORS: Upper pic, early-bird Wickson always leads off on Farnum Hill. Below, same evening, Dabinett and Major just barely swelling, still tightly rolled.  All the apple buds here have been pushed along early by few hyper-warm days in earlier weeks. Time to start hoping no hard frosts roll in to bite them this […]

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    Week 20, Orchard Cider Year

    May 19, OUTDOORS:  This was a nice-looking 5-acre orchard bearing several different heirloom varieties, not all cider fruit, till Steve decided to plant for more efficient future cider-apple production.  The photo is boring on purpose. Fitz will have a slow day plowing the whole field at less than walking pace, jumping down whenever a plow-stopping […]

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    Week 9, Orchard Cider Year

    March 1 OUTDOORS: No new snow. Fitz & Jacques are nearly through pruning our old trial orchard, planted in 1961 but now sporting scores of obscure varieties grafted on during the ’80’s. The tryout years are long past, so this orchard now opens for pick-your-own each fall. Those blue signs guide the public: numbers key […]

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    Week 8: Orchard Cider Year

    February 23 OUTDOORS: Snow temporarily gone: Jeff’s out to prune — raspberries! Each year he takes out most of last year’s growth to leave only 3-4 canes per foot. They look like sad rows of whiskers, then explode into mighty hedges in spring.  (We grow 1.5 acres of berries for a quick happy summer pick-your-own […]

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    Week 6: Orchard Cider Year

    February 10  INDOORS: Look! Nicole LeGrand Leibon, aka Her Sensory Amazingness, home from the West Coast after teaching sensory analysis to hordes of attendees after #CiderCon!  It’s hard hard work helping people’s minds to separate, isolate and name the many (& changing) strands of aroma, flavor and texture  woven into a sensory “experience.” (Also exhausting […]

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    Our Orchard Picked by Yankee!

    Picked, that is, as one of “New England’s Best Apple Orchards” which feels great as we rush to tidy up for opening day! BUT we agree with the Yankee readers who wrote in to suggest other “bests” dotted around New England.  Why? Because we know & admire most of the orchards on the list and […]

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    Yikes! Orchard on TV suddenly…

    Typical harvest-brain. We just realized the orchard’s on local TV every evening this whole week, starting yesterday! So now we mention  the  NH Chronicle program that airs on WMUR-TV at 7pm. Each weekday evening apparently, the host and producers  are showing short pieces of what they recorded here, with something longer tonight, Tuesday. We enjoyed […]

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    Winter Pruning at Poverty Lane Orchards

    Welcome to the fields in winter! Thanks to Sawyer Broadley, a talented, helpful and patient video guy. PRUNING at POVERTY LANE ORCHARDS

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    Idaho Ciders and the Right Fruit

    From Idaho, writer Guy Hand makes the case for American ciders.  His article appeared recently in Boise Weekly: After all, we’re not tasting beer or wine here. It’s bright, slightly sweet, but far from cloying, and as Oates says, makes a U-turn on the tongue toward a kind of fruity astringency. I don’t know much […]

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    Holiday Gifts: Land Protection, Cider Apples

    Happy holiday news for the Upper Valley, from the Upper Valley Land Trust website: The Plainfield Cider Orchard has been protected through a conservation easement purchased from landowners Steve Wood and Peter Williamson in a bargain sale, with support from the New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) [see New Hampshire Partners with […]

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    Cider and Apple News Roundup

    Yup, it’s fall!  So the cider news ticker is exploding.  Some of our recent mentions for your perusal follow… From the lovely and talented Sarah Chappell on Palate Press, an overview of cider today in the US.  This segment makes the cut due to David Flaherty’s spot-on description of Steve Wood, our very own grower […]

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    Xerces Society and Poverty Lane Orchards

    The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. Recently, the Xerces Society mentioned Steve’s commitment to habitat preservation […]

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    In A Time Before Refrigeration…..

    All Cider was Hard. So begins Jim Collins from Yankee Magazine, who wrote about  Farnum Hill Ciders in the September/October article, First Light: A House Where Cider Rules. He visited Poverty Lane Orchards last year to interview Steve, and I remember being impressed with — or surprised by — the lead time Yankee requested.  But […]

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    New York and New Jersey, here we come!

    Another week at Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Ciders is concluding in a flurry of work. I have just the smallest sense of what it means to move an army — as we’re deploying three people in three different locations Monday and Tuesday of next week.  We’ll be working in New Jersey with Hunterdon, […]