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High Tunnel Update

Hope you’re all having a terrific start to the summer!

We’ve had a few drawbacks and some leaps forward. This weekend we attempted to attach the green house cover but the conditions weren’t ideal. We experienced some wind and this made the  green house plastic cover act like a Kite. We’re lucky we didn’t get tossed around or get hurt =)

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Fall Apple of the month

Our Fall Apple of the month, “Liberty”, is a Macoun parentage.

Liberty was developed at the famous Geneva Research Station in the 1960s.  It is derived from Macoun, and is very much a McIntosh-style apple, with red skin and juicy flesh. The flavor is well balanced, perhaps sharper than many of the Mac-related varieties but still with the characteristic vinous note.  Its other parent is an un-named research variety derived from Malus floribunda, from which it inherits resistance to scab.

It is grown quite widely in the eastern US, and is being promoted as a good variety for the backyard grower.

There is some evidence that Liberty is a triploid variety, with 3 sets of chromosomes instead of the usual 2 – or perhaps a partial triploid.  However it does not possess many of the typical features seen in triploid varieties (such as large size and vigour).

Source: http://www.orangepippin.com/apples/liberty

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Organic Growing Practices

The Autumn Harvest Orchard follows USDA rules for organic agriculture. This means that we use farming practices that promote healthy soils, reduce pests, and protect our environment. Our goal is to produce the  highest quality, freshest, local, organic grown food we can for local food fans in western Connecticut.

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