We will be OPEN for U-Pick apple customers starting this Saturday, September 29th.  We will be open 7 days a week, 9am to dusk.  Last year we were open for 4 weeks but aren’t expecting such a long season this year due to considerably lower Sandow yield.  This year we are providing bags to our customers as pictured below.  You can fill yours for $20.

This bag can be filled with Sandow apples for $20

We did a test today to see how ripe our Sandow apples are.  It involved squirting an iodine solution on 8 apples (cut crossways).  As you will see from the photo, most of the apples are still high in starch and low in sugar.  We are looking for there to be more of that golden colour, visible around the core, and we know that many of you are keen too!

The black/grey part of the apple represents the “starch” & the golden near the core is the “sugar”.

Thanks to those of you who have been contacting us to pick our apples and pears. Unfortunately our pear crop is dismal this year and our apples aren’t yet ripe (Sandows are a late-season apple). Last year we opened our apple U-Pick on the Thanksgiving Weekend, but we are anticipating an earlier opening this year.

If you are totally keen to pick our rather sad pears then please feel free to come – best to call in advance to make sure we have some.  A 3L container costs $5.

Before embarking on our orchardist adventures we had a pretty simple view on apple varieties.  I’m sure we could name over 5 different varieties.  As we are preparing to harvest crab apples for jelly-making we have observed well over 5 varieties of crab apples in the front orchard alone.  That is amazing!  They look and taste completely different from one another (tartness is always present) and I’m sure some of their characteristics will be reflected in the jelly they make.  This year we will be selling crab-apple jelly at our U-pick (made by Warrington Farm) and will be delighted to give you a chance to test our crab apples in a sweeter format.

We do have a crab apple bounty, with plenty for sale!

Two of our very distinct crab apple varieties

Our pears this year are very limited in number.  They were heavily “bugged” by an insect (apple curculio) which has resulted in minimal and mis-shapen fruit.  When they ripen we will only have a small amount for sale.  Sorry folks!