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OPENING DAY APRIL 28th
Spring is almost here!
This time of year is very exciting at the orchard. We still have a little time to get major projects done and we can see the new season emerging  before our eyes. This winter has been a time for behind-the-scenes work for some of us, as well as the daunting task of completing all the pruning for the small field crew. Apple trees need to be pruned every winter to ensure good tree health and optimum fruit production, and it's always a race against the clock to get it done. 
Our new solar array on the employee housing was installed by Solar Endeavors in late June, and it has proven to be very effective, especially on sunny days! We are confident that in time it will pay for itself. It's good to know we are putting renewable energy into the system. We have a long way to go toward improving our energy efficiency but we are happy with the steps we've taken thus far.
Several new plantings will be going in the ground this spring. Look for more of your favorite apple varieties (Hello Honeycrisp!) as they ripen this fall. We're also taking some cues from feedback we received on new wine varietals and are working on a couple cool new blends. Look for those at the wine counter this year, where tastings will be open Fri-Sun from 12-5.
Stay tuned for updates here on Pick-Your-Own fruits in season. We're making some minor adjustments to the PYO procedures, which we hope will go very smoothly. Everything will be evident when you get here!
Rules of thumb:
  • Strawberry picking = schools out for the summer; best to plan ahead, though!
  • Apple picking =  back to school
  • Raspberries = 4th of July
  • Blueberries = a week later
  • Blackberries & currants = later in the summer.




Closed for the Season
Pick Your Own
Strawberries CLOSED
Opens in June
Raspberries Late June-July
Currants July
Blueberries July-August
Blackberries CLOSED
Opens in July-August
Apples Sept-Oct
Call 978-356-5366 for status
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*List updated as availability changes throughout day.
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