|The house has a magnificent view of the farm and White Sands Monument|
|It's a great place for dogs, too!|
During the day the group picked apples, manned the sorter, and boxed the apples for shipment. Picking must be done very carefully to avoid damaging the apples or the trees. However, there is always time for sampling some of the fruit.
|Myles and Mallory pick the best ones|
|Gage samples a Staymon Winesap|
|Myles is a great chauffeur|
|Lucky Dog enjoys an apple snack|
|The sorter is a real workhorse|
The venerable apple sorter dates back to the 1930s, and has been rebuilt to handle some 40,000 - 60,000 pounds of apples per season. Each box holds a bushel of apples, and weighs 40 pounds.
I don't know how many pounds per hour the sorter can handle, but it kept the sorting crew very busy!
|Brian and Debi load the apples|
|Sorting the apples is a team effort!|
|Boxes and Boxes of Apples!|
|Michal, Justine and Audrey shell beans from the garden.|
|Brad, Brian and Justine collaborate in the kitchen.|
|John assembled the gas grill|
|Kids and rejected apples wound up on the compost pile!|
|Trent adds apples to the cider press|
Pressing the cider was quite a production as well. Each forty-pound box of apples had to be lifted up and poured into the press. The machine ground up the apples, which were then encased in heavy porous cloth, placed between slatted trays, and stacked in layers to be pressed.
Then hydraulic pressure was applied, and out came all that wonderful cider! What a treat!
|Gage and Trent inspect the press.|
|And finally....out comes all that wonderful cider!|