As we rode in a tractor drawn wagon through the apple orchard on the farm tour, I sat next to an elderly man who looked at all those fruit trees with a critical eye. He knew his apple trees and had so much to tell about them. I heard him talk of the spraying, the pollinating, the inspecting, the timing of more spraying…of all the knowledge it takes to tend an orchard. He was accompanied by his son on our wagon ride and the two of them exchanged a lot of observations about this orchard.
I never knew that an apple had so much work behind it.
The trees were heavy with fruit in varying shades of red, yellow, and pale green.
We were given a tour of the “press” room where apple cider is made. This one uses modern machinery, not the old wooden press. The header photo on this blog is an image from that part of the tour.
As I write this I’m actually enjoying a cold cup of that cider…and it is delicious!