Archive for February, 2016

Leap Day 2016

I’ve not been very good at keeping up this blog.  This year was a fun year.  I was able to get some crab apples from my buddies over at Eastman’s Antique Apple Orchard.  I foraged some apples from the East side of the Saginaw River and some from the West side of the Saginaw River.  I blended those with the apples that I had picked from my trees.  Made about five gallons of cider with somewhere around 42 varieties.  Not sure on the exact amount because I had to buy some cider from Lehman’s Green Apple Barn to top off my carboy.  I know of 30+ varieties that I put in.  Also, I acquired five gallons of bittersweet juice from Mike Beck at Uncle John’s during their bulk cider sale.  I really like the Beck family; Mike and Dede are great people.

The trees did pretty well this year.  All of them had fruit, including the Northern Spy which I didn’t expect to have anything for another 5-10 years.  The beat up Newton Pippin had a few gnarly apples on them.

Ordered a few cider apple trees again this year.  Same kind of trees…Kingston Black and Dabinett as well as a Spitzenberg for Aunt Dee and Uncle Tim.

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