Just two weeks ago, when it was still cool, our Gravenstein (or what we think are Gravenstein) apples were barely showing on the tree. But a few weeks of warmth and sun and the tree is thick with apples. Gravensteins are a “variable harvest” apple, which just means the fruit ripens unevenly. The apples will ripen and develop a slight red blush on top, but they are tart and tasty even before they fully ripen.
The animals seem to think they are ready. The Deer love the apples and we throw the apples that drop early over the fence. The deer will congregate to that same spot every evening to see what fell from the trees. We will thin the apples this week to get a better crop later in the season- the deer will be extra-happy for a few days. Now they just need to stay on their side of the fence.
Otherwise we leave you with flowers on a beautiful summer day. Surprise at the end…
- Blossoms, Buds, Blueberries and Bees (putneyfarm.com)
- Heavy Branches and the Lonely Peach (putneyfarm.com)
- Orchard Update: The Battle Begins! (putneyfarm.com)