Monday, May 13, 2013

Apples are Blooming

Robin with Apple Blossoms
Robin with Apple Blossoms
When I was at the farm during the Earth-Day Cleanup, I noticed that the view towards the mountains looked different. The apple trees were gone!

Robin said the trees were aging and were not producing as much as trees in their prime. You may remember that last season the farm had no apples. This was because the apple trees were in a low lying area and got hit by the frost that settled into low lying areas last spring. So, the decision was made to remove them and use the land for other crops.

But don't despair -- Pete has leased apple trees in a small orchard nearby and is taking good care of them. Those trees are situated higher up and are closer to their prime years. So, with luck we will have apples again this year.

Robin and I took a short drive to the apple orchard on Friday. It was raining slightly so the pictures are not very dramatic, but at least you can see the lovely blossoms. If you click on the pictures, you can see them full size.

Robin with trees
Robin enjoying the trees

A nice row

another nice row

More trees

My weather forecast is saying "freeze warning in effect from 2 am to 8 am EDT Tuesday" so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that nothing is lost on the farm.

If you're a CSA card member you should have gotten a letter about the picnic on Sunday May 19th. See everyone there!