With some great help things are moving forward. The expanded foundation for our new barn was poured yesterday thanks to Glenville Construction (thank you Kyle, Josh, Matt & Luke!) The plan is to install one metal building to replace the three wooden structures that burned down on April 1st. This one-story building will house our cidery in one section, a walk in cooler for apple storage, and in another separate section will be the sheep shelter & lambing pens, hay storage & another for equipment storage. If all goes well we are hoping to have the new building in place by late August – and then we will go to work on building out the interior.
We have slowly been ordering and replacing the cidery equipment; the press, apple grinder are all now on site – as well as the picking bags & poles we need to pick apples. We are having issues reordering our UV pasteurizer due to COVID-related part shortages, but we are hopeful that this too will be here in time for pressing in late September. Jeff and his son Alex have been making new wooden apple boxes.
The apples are sizing up nicely this year – and there are a lot of them! Barring some freak weather event it looks like we could have the largest harvest of apples we’ve had since we’ve been here.
There are not enough thank-yous in the world to express the gratitude we feel for the community support that we received following our fire. We are working to organize an “Open Farm” for the community in early October – where we will be inviting the community to come tour our farm, have some live music and a food truck to give everyone who helped us a big thank you.