NO WINTER'S REST HERE
Winter on Salt Spring Island mainly means rain showers and cool conditions, with the occasional frost and one or two dustings of snow. That means we can continue our orchard development on a 12-month basis, with only the slightest of pauses during particularly harsh cold snaps or snowfalls.
The fall and early winter of 2013/14 were dry, allowing us to make excellent progress this 'off-season', even with the considerable rains of January and February. Our second block of apple trees is almost completely planted and we have started the third. Overall, we're just past the halfway point in planting what will be a 3,200 tree orchard.
Our variety count is close to our goal of 300 different heritage and connoisseur apple varieties, and we're pretty sure we'll go over the top after our upcoming spring grafting. So we're rpetty excited about the progress overall!
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.