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Despite a poor bloom this year, several trees
are growing some beautiful antique apples for this Autumn.
And before you know it, the nights grow cool and the apples earn their blush. The pears look as though they are dripping from the branches of the trees, begging to be picked yet there is a bit more time that needs to pass before they endure a cold snap which raises the sugar in the fruit.
Our Autumn Orchard Tours have commenced and will be taking place until October 20, OR when weather dictates we are done. We have received snow many years in October! In this Autumn Tour, I welcome guests onto our preservation orchard and share with them the history of Apples - American history, and the story of how apples would be regarded as one of our ancestors earliest foods to be relied upon during the time of our nation's founding. I also discuss exactly what we are preserving here at Athol Orchards and why. How apples are grown vs. what is assumed, and some interesting facts about a well known American folk hero, Johnny Appleseed himself ( born John Chapman, 1774).
During our orchard tours and also at our Autumn farmstands, we hope to have our customers most favorite treats available for sale. Athol Orchards Apple Cider Caramel Apples, Cider & Pumpkin donuts, pies, and more. We are working on hiring some extra hands to make this possible for all of our excited guests! Our bakery will also begin supplying Siemers Farm in Green Bluff with fresh baked pies. If you head that way for your family Autumn fix, be sure to ask for our pies in their country store! Later in the season once we've harvested, we will have pears available, pumpkins, and a very small offering of apples. Our bloom season this year suffered one night of freezing temperatures which destroyed hopes for a big harvest this Fall. Orcharding in North Idaho is incredibly challenging as we can't choose our crazy weather.