IN OUR ORCHARD, EVERYONE IS SMILING
Most of our trees have now sprouted and those that haven't look darn close to doign so. And today we saw our first open bloom of 2014: it was on a little Honeygold tree. So spring is well underway at Salt Spring Apple Company.
Grafting for spring 2014 is now history and we have now passed our target of 300 different heritage and connoisseur apple varieties. So things are growing well.
After a highly productive winter, we've got 1,900 trees now planted in our orchard, marking nearly 1,600 planted in the last ten months. We're well past the halfway mark in planting what will be a 3,200 tree certified organic orchard of heritage and connoisseur apple varieties.
While we expect little more than another tiny crop of apples this year, as most of our trees are too young to bear, we will have a few apples available, plus certified organic apple trees to sell and a whole lot of work for us and our endlessly-changing crew of WWOOFers to focus on as orchard development moves toward our fourth and final block.
On top of all that, B&B activity is picking up as the days get brighter and warmer. We've got one unit available now and two more that will be available starting in late June, all of them overlooking our organic apple orchard, the ocean, islands and spectacular Mount Baker.
We're keeping busy.
Salt Spring Apple Company is working on something special, harkening back to Salt Spring's heyday as the foremost supplier of fresh apples to Western Canada.
On our modest little five acre property, we're growing an amazing range of fabulous organic apple varieties. Our goal is to take advantage of all that organic growers have learned in the past century about skillfully growing delicious, nutritious apples and doing so in harmony with the planet.
We're young and growing, or at least our apples are. In good time, you'll see our wonderful apples and related products for sale on Salt Spring, in Victoria and at a farmers' market near you.