Tag Archives: Pick-Your-Own

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    Week 4 ’17 Orchard Cider Year

    January 23 OUTDOORS: Down in the summer pick-your-own field, the invisible star of Jeff’s 2017 raspberry pruning is: a new hip!  Which works way better than the worn-out one. Otherwise not much is different except he got into the raspberries a month earlier than last year, and also clouds not sunshine set the palette of […]

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    Week 37, Orchard Cider Year

    September 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 […]

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    Week 29, Orchard Cider Year

    July 18, OUTDOORS: Helping out with research mentioned last week: here’s Luke gathering berry samples needed to determine the effect on Spotted-Wing Drosophila of these round red “attracticidal” traps (made originally to stop apple maggot flies.  “Attracticidal” is a word that deserves to get out more, no?)  Year 1 of this experiment, 2015, gave encouraging […]

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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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    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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    Farm Stand Opens Busy

    Windy Sunday! The orchard farm-stand opened yesterday, a crisp day that sent the “PICK NOW” signal to many people. Last weekend, Labor Day, we stayed closed for many reasons, a tough decision when we made it, but when those monsoon rains crashed down we suddenly felt all smart and wise. So far we haven’t picked […]

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    Pick-Your-Own 2010 (Seek Your Own?) is so much fun!

    Sounds kind of obvious perhaps but the iffiness of Pick-Your-Own this year has reminded us of how much we love it. The Big 2010 Apple Shortage originally caused us to decide against offering PYO at the start of the season. Then after two weeks in the retail tent with no pick-your-own we opened up Big […]

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    Orchard Walk less walked… for now

    October 1st: Though a perfectly swell idea, the ‘Didja-Know’ walk has been very lightly trodden since 2010-style Pick-Your-Own started last Saturday. Farmstand Hours This actually is good for us, because it allows more time to add new intriguing posters before the END of Pick-Your-Own.  Ordinarily, as PYO ends, the retail tent features a grand and […]

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    In 2010, Poverty Lane raspberries started early, yielded heavily, and got done in the last week of July. Often the daytime temperatures were perfect for alligators: hot and way past humid. But people found the energy to pick about 15oo pounds of raspberries in the mornings and evenings. Not much waste this year! Thanks, and […]