From my desk window I can see clumps of yellow and white daffodils, our magnolia tree in bloom and the guys, finally here from Jamaica, pruning the raspberry bushes. I think spring is finally here. It is nice to look over the orchard and see what is there today compared with what we started with thirty-seven years ago. Nine hundred sixty-year old apple trees and a few pears have been replaced by thousands of apple trees, peaches, apricots, cherries and five kinds of berries.
In 1979 there was no bakery, no winery, no vegetables and one small sales room. We sold pre-bagged apples, some jams and preserves and a little candy. Everything was displayed on four or five two tiered stands painted bright green. Our cash “register” was a drawer in a little table. One of the first priorities was renewing the orchard. We planted hundreds of tiny new apple trees only to see them being eaten by deer. A deer proof fence had to be built around the orchard. There were barns to be built and new refrigeration equipment added. The projects seemed never ending.
So much joy and so much angst has gone into making the orchard what it is today. One of our greatest joys is watching the orchard continue to grow and change under Doug and Miranda’s stewardship.
The photo below shows the barn before the large addition that now holds the cold room, ice cream and a loading dock. The barns aren’t built yet.
The photo below shows the area were the greenhouse now sits. It is being prepared for planting. With a few exceptions, all the old apple trees have been replaced.