In an average year, we'd be waiting until late June to start thinning fruit after successful spring pollination. This year, Mother Nature is so far ahead of 'average' that we've been thinning since late May. And there's a whole lot of thinning to do. Yep, it's that kind of year.
This is all part of trying to keep up with the demands of what is now a 3,000 tree certified organic orchard of heritage and connoisseur apple trees. Many trees in the orchard have already grown ten to 20 centimetres and we've still got spring days to go, followed by a full summer.
This is shaping up to be quite the growing season!
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.