Shelburne Orchards

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Harvest wind down…

The end of harvest season is always such a mix of emotions for me. We still have a ways to go yet I can feel in my bones the ache and pull on me to stop!! My reluctance for “one more thing to do”… anything I don’t really have to do right now… gets put on the “to do later list”… there are many final decisions yet to make, like,

What apples get picked and which are left for pick your own…

Which of the remaining cider bins go toward Ginger Jack and which are saved and fermented for brandy.

If we leave apples on the trees for “pick your own”, will they hang on one more weekend?…

If the apples are gone in the trees before next weekend, do we still order the full palette of donut mix?…

All in all it’s been a fantastic year for us… maybe… best ever… It’s a crazy business I’m in where I work a full year before we get a paycheck… and It’s the wizard of Oz behind the white sheet pulling levers that determines how much I get paid… and benefits… Yes I get benefits like… Seeing so many people, mostly young families, come and pick and swing and laugh… the orchard is full of laughing all season… I get to have festivals and have all my friends come bask in the fruit of this wonderful place… I get to live here after everyone has gone and the orchard gets quiet again… I get to work with all the wonderful people that help me make it all happen year after year… I get to live here with my family… and my wife puts up with me and listens patiently while I go on and on about everything that happened that day… I think every year during this “harvest wind down … I especially get the fullness of my life and how really lucky a man I am…

Nick