We are currently in the first stages of renewing our orchard. Many of our trees are nearing the end of their life; you will notice rows being taken out either partially or entirely in the coming years. Because of the time needed in between plantings (the soil must recover for at least 2 years), this is an extensive process.
Please also keep in mind that apple trees will not start bearing significant fruit for between 3-7 years after planting. This means that the availability of some of the varieties you are used to seeing will fluctuate widely; some might not be available at all for several years
Rows currently in renewal:
Row 27 - Golden Delicious (pictured above), cover cropped for all of 2015 and 2016 growing seasons. Will be cover cropped for 2017. Expected re-plant spring 2018.
Row 11 - Jonagold (last trees removed November 2015), will be cover cropped for 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. Expected re-plant spring 2018 or 2019.
Row 12 - Jonagold (north half of row removed November 2015), will be cover cropped for 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. Expected re-plant spring 2018 or 2019.
Row 13 - Senshu (north half of row removed November 2015 and winter 2016), will be cover cropped for 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. Expected re-plant spring 2018 or 2019.
Row 16 - Honeycrisp (south 1/3 of row, Red Delicious, removed 2014), cover cropped for '14, '15,'16, and 2017 seasons. Expected re-plant spring 2018.
NOTE: Senshu will not be available for several years starting fall, 2016. There will not be Jonagold PYO starting in fall, 2016.
Upper orchard restructuring plan:
As we renew this mostly PYO block of trees, we have the chance to restructure it to make it more accessible for our customers. We've listened over the years when you've said you prefer shorter rows when picking-your-own. Thusly our plan is not to re-plant the north half of rows 23-33 once they are taken out and instead add additional rows moving east into what is currently our hay field. The hay field will then be shifted to the north side of the rows in the newly opened space. In addition, we are adding a "Row 0" to the lower orchard.
Row 34 - Blushing Golden - planted spring 2016
Row 0 - Crimson Crisp - planted spring 2017