What’s Happening in the Orchard?

Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner? The apple crop has been absolutely FANTASTIC! The cool nights that we experienced during the later part of August and early September have resulted in beautifully colored, sweet fruit. The rains and great growing conditions this season has resulted in one of the best apple crops we’ve seen in years. We have plenty of Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Braeburn and Granny Smith ready for you to pick in the orchard or buy in the Apple Barn.

With a great apple crop comes the opportunity for a great apple cider season as well. The Orchard Team is pressing apples several days every week right now producing thousands of gallons of sweet, delicious apple cider for everyone to enjoy. The cider we make here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard is used to make our apple donuts, apple slushies, apple wine and our newest product in the line-up, hard cider which has become a big hit.

Since we are talking about apple cider did you know that it takes approximately 36 apples to make 1 gallon of apple cider. A bushel of apples which weighs approximately 40 pounds will press out about 3 gallons of fresh apple cider.

Fall brings us another fun crop that we love to share with you and your family. Pumpkins and gourds! We have dozens of different types ready for picking right now. There are big ones, small ones, pie pumpkins, Cinderella types and many more that will make the perfect Jack-O-Lantern or Autumn display for your home or business.

A quick reminder to everyone interested in learning about pruning fruit trees. The Orchard Team will be presenting a hands-on class on December 9, 2017 that covers all aspects of pruning fruit trees. For more information about this opportunity visit our website at kimmelorchard.org and go to the events page or call the orchard at 402-873-5293.

So once again we invite you and your family to come out to Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard to spend some time with us picking apples and choosing the perfect pumpkin before Halloween. Enjoy the beauty of the orchard while taking a leisurely ride on the hayrack or hiking on the new Kimmel Nature Trail and Tree Dome.

To stay on top of everything going on at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard through the Fall season follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
Vaughn Hammond –Orchard Operations and Education Team Leader

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