May 15, 2013
At the end of a terrific blossom season, we have had three scary nights of low temperatures, culminating this morning with 32 degrees, a record low for this date.
In the last three days the respective low temps were 35, 34, and 32.
Blossoms and fruitlets are in danger at 28 degrees, especially when the dew point is low. At that temperature you begin to get losses, especially if it stays at 28 or lower for an hour or more.
All we can say is that our apples look really healthy with no indications that they were hurt by last night's low(est.)
We have heard of losses around the state and can certainly sympathize with our fellow growers.
We're grateful for all our friends who care about us...............
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
P.S. We are putting farm photos up on Facebook. You can see them by clicking on the blue Facebook logo above. It's a way to see the photos but it doesn't sign you up for Facebook.
May 9, 2013
It's bloom time here at the farm...the most fragrant and beautiful time to be in the orchard. We have 35 varieties whose blossoms open at various times creating quite a show. Our beekeeper came to bring 6 hives which will boost up pollination. There are lots of other insects spreading pollen from tree to tree but it's important to have a resident population of honey bees who will do most of the work. Then they are taken back by the beekeeper and moved on to other farms.