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Any apple growers

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Back in 2015 I started a renovation of my orchard. Pulled out the standard sized trees with a mini excavator, built 1,000 feet of 8' deer fencing.

In 2016, 2017 & 2018 planted 680 apple trees on a high density setting. 3/4 are 3 varieties of Honeycrisp, but also have Gala, Cortland, Macintosh, Zestar, Wolf River and Granny Smith. Installed drip irrigation, and have moved to an air blast sprayer to keep them healthy along with a Case DX33 loader tractor to run it.

Anyway things are now starting to come into production. Sold 51 bushels this week to a local produce market along with a bunch in the previous weeks. I have a cadre of people who have been buying apples for years.

In the orchard business we have a saying, to make a small fortune, start with a big one. :rolleyes:

But I enjoy it and has been a good pastime since 1991.
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I'm literally surrounded by an apple and peach orchard. There are thousands of apple trees directly across from my driveway entrance.

My farmer neighbor maintains the orchard which is owned by the town. From what I've been told this orchard has been producing since the 1700's. A little history here, the Colonial Patriots would retreat into these orchards to hide out after harassing the British before the Revolutionary War.

I don't know anything about growing fruit but there's nothing better than a freshly picked apple or peach.
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