The apprenticeships on our farm end on Thanksgiving weekend. This year is unusual because our last pick-up was on Tuesday, because we started pick-ups on a Saturday. As a result, this morning, we had help from our apprentices to fill the pickup room/wood shed with firewood! This afternoon, we are lifting the gladiola bulbs to store for the winter and picking our apples! What a treat to have our own organic apples. When Ken was studying horticulture at the University of Guelph he made some extra money pruning a local apple orchard. The man who owned it had found a volunteer apple that he liked, named it “Laking” and propagated it. In the spring, Ken saved some bud wood and grafted it onto a wild apple tree in the fence row here at Orchard Hill Farm. Now, 34 years later, we have the biggest crop we have ever had. Laking are my favourite apple, crisp, juicy tart and sweet they are hard to beat!
Our CSA end of the season potluck was held on Sunday and was well attended, despite the forecast. Fortunately, the rain held off until after the party was over. As usual, we had lots of great food to share. It is a nice way to end the season and wish farewell to our apprentice crew who have worked so hard to provide wonderful organic produce for all our CSA members.