Saturday, September 29, 2007

Apple Harvest

We have several mature apple trees, and Bill is harvesting some McIntosh apples. The tree allows some reach from the 8-foot step ladder.

Marcia picks up some drops. Bees inhabit some of the fruit and poison ivy is present. Gloves, long sleeves, and boots are necessary protection.

Marcia works from the bucket of the old tractor, which provides both elevation and a wide platform. She enjoys this very much.... We can always tell by her big smile upon return to the ground!

Bill's long arm comes in handy as he picks from the ground on the Mitsu variety. We used to press our own cider, but now use the apples as horse treats. We abandoned the rigorous spraying schedule necessary to produce clean, clear fruit. The horses don't seem to mind a few worms!

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