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Quasi-Dog Friendly.

Many of our customers bring their pets with them to pick apples. We do not allow dogs in either orchard, the salesroom in the barn or the Donut Shack. We do have miles of trails that leashed dogs can be walked on. If you bring your pet it must stay in your vehicle while you are picking apples.

 

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2015 review

2015 was an incredible year for apples. Anyone who has an apple tree commented on how many apples they had. Even the wild apple trees were loaded to the point that birds and other wild animals couldn't eat them all. Yes, it was a very successful year for us and many other orchardists. After last year, we needed a year like this.

Because we had so many apples we (and this includes our customers) could not pick them all. A lot ended up on the ground and there are still some still on the trees but they are pretty brown and frozen solid right now. We also had a lot left in the cooler. So what did we do with them all?
 

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Apple Brownies

These are very moist and so good.

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Drops

In years where we have a lot of apples (like this year) the ground underneath will be a carpet of apples (drops). Many ask "can't you do something with those?".

Well, years ago drops were picked by the crew and they were paid piece work, so much for each bushel they picked. The drops would be sold at the farm or at our stand on 202. Drops are great for baking and apple sauce and were inexpensive. We would also use drops for cider.

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Planting the Corn Maze and the 2015 failure

The corn maze failed this year. Before I explain why I thought I would tell you just how it is planted and how the maze is cut. The corn planter plants two rows of corn 33 inches apart and fertilizes it as the seed is planted. In both rows the seed is 4-6 inches from each other. 

I plant going in one direction trying to keep all rows at 33 inches apart. Once that is planted then I plant perpendicular to the rows that were just planted. I end up with a checkerboard of 33 inch squares.

When the corn gets knee high it is time to cut the maze. Every 10 rows I place a fiberglass pole on both sides on the longest side. On the short side I place poles every 4 or 5 rows depending on the total width. Poles are placed in the middle of the field also. The poles are used as a reference point when the cutting begins.

I print out a spreadsheet that resembles the corn field and then I use a marker to plan the maze. In past years, the high school math classes have helped with the design. Then with the spreadsheet in hand and a weed whacker (with a 3 blade cutter) I chop my way through the corn field using the fiberglass poles for guidance.

Now how did the 2015 maze fail?

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