APPLE FARM-STAND 2020

We're open, the distanced farm-stand seems to work, people have mada a lot of good suggestions! Here's the latest:

Hello! It's Week 3 of our 2020 harvest: Weekend tractor rides, Farnum Hill Cider tasting, and Growlers all good, BUT, nature has taken an unhappy course in the multivariety heirloom orchard, Two Below the Barn. You'll find an update just below the hours, and it is frustrating. (Anyone with helpful comments, please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)  And ALWAYS call with questions: 603/448-1511!
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OPEN DAYS & HOURS

Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: 9AM-6PM
Weekends & Holidays: 10AM-5PM

CLOSED
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

UPDATE ON "TWO-BELOW" HEIRLOOMS in 2020
So far we've had three delightful weeks of apple-picking up here. However, the 2020 growing season hit our famous heirloom trial orchard hard with fire blight and drought. We're opening it this weekend, starting Saturday Sept 25, but it's hard to feel much excitement. Several all-star apples we all look forward to - just won't be pickable. You'll see why if you walk down there. A lot of others barely grew a crop at all. However the stalwart New England varieties on the framework trees, the Cortlands and Macs, are annoyingly excellent! Two Below 2020 looks more like a science project than what we all looked forward to. But hey! Given 2020's huge list of disasters, frustrations, and irritants, we're trying to put this one in proportion! We still have beautiful apples, space, light, air, and many many seasonal pleasures!

That said, a few earlier heirlooms in 2BB look pretty good now, as do a few later ones, such as Newtown and Red Delicious, which need more time.  But for the rest, if you walk through, you'll see the results of fire blight, uncertain pollination, drought, and probably more factors we can't name. Here's a photo of St. Edmond's Pippin 2020, which looks pretty decent in the circumstances.
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The farm-stand will offer Golden Russet, Spitz and a few other favorites that grew well in our other orchards, but we all know that's not as much fun as chomping and picking your way through that apple zoo.

MORE of POVERTY LANE's ORCHARDS OPENING this weekend also: Just because so many people have been coming, we're also opening the Mac & Cortland orchard with the great view of Vermont (It's called the Pear Orchard because it contains some pear trees.) That's where the tractor rides will go this weekend, September 26th-27th, assuming the weather stays good. Of course, visitors can walk anywhere that's open to the public, so it will be possible to hike around more than usual. The big orchard above the barn, the two smaller orchards below the barn, and the "Pear Orchard" full of apples, through the woods south of the barn, will all be open. We wish we could have hired more porta-potties, but that's another shortage in Covid times...

COVID PROCEDURES DURING FALL FUN:
Scroll down for: Masks, Distancing, Retail Stand, Tasting, Pick-Your-Own, Tractor Rides, Picnic Setups, Parking, Farnum Hill Ciders ... more will be added
as Fall comes on. Call (603)448-1511 with questions!

MASKS:
All visitors over the age of two must wear masks. (Required by the state of VT. Lebanon NH requires masks for everyone over 10 years old, but we're five minutes from VT and we'd rather use the most cautious local standard)
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DISTANCING:
Out in the orchard distancing is not difficult, but obviously our old fun retail tent just won't work in 2020. So - welcome to the new barn, where distancing works fine!  We'll have an additional Pick-Your-Own checkout in the field for extra help spreading everyone out. (See below for our PYO changes.)

RETAIL STAND IN THE NEW CIDER BARN:

The floor plan inside the big barn is working well. This is how it looks now:
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PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES

Our 2020 PYO is really different, because there's no weighing in. People have been choosing among three different-sized bags for pre-purchase: half-peck (about 5 lbs full), peck (about 10 lbs full), or half-bushel (about 20 lbs full.)
Customers buy empty bags, head into the orchard, and pick as many apples as they want, up to the limit of the bags they've chosen. So far everyone has been very pleased! As needed, we'll have an extra checkout in the field for PYO. (This is what most PYO orchards are doing under Covid conditions - once a bag is yours, no-one else will have to touch it. If you have extra fruit, maybe give it to a neighbor.) There are plenty of low-hanging apples still but it takes more walking, up into the orchard, to find them than it did in earlier weeks. CALL with questions - (603)448-1511.

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RETAIL OUTSIDE:
As you may already know, the presale of Pick-Your-Own bags is mostly happening outside the building (unless it's raining).

We've decided the pumpkins should be outside too, by the Pick-Your-Own tent and the mums.
They'll be priced as "Small / Medium / Large" rather than being individually weighed and priced, so customers can look them over without rolling them over to see the prices. We're trying to hold down the amount of touching each pumpkin gets. Ideally, you eyeball them and pick up the one you want.


SHOPPING BAGS
We'll have shopping bags here, but it's fine to bring your own for shopping through the big retail stand, now that local stores are allowing it.
Unlike the dear old tent setup, there's a concrete floor in the 2020 farm-stand -- so we want to minimize the prospect of jelly-jars being dropped! (In the tent they just bounced..) We're not touching your bags: we'll check your items by looking at them.

TASTING

In 2020 we won't offer the usual buckets of tasting apples in the farm-stand,
but we have set up an isolated tasting corner for sampling Farnum HIll Ciders. ALWAYS call ahead on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays to make sure we can staff that corner. Weekends should be no problem. For growler customers, same thing - we'll be offering tastes of small blends and filling growlers anytime we can staff that corner. Please check ahead at (603)448-1511.  Always sanitize your growlers at home before bringing them in! We'll spot-sanitize where there's any contact but we can't do the full job on people's growlers.

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TRACTOR RIDES:

Well, it's been fun doing tractor rides with tape stripes to show areas six feet apart on the flatbed trailer. We can carry two Covid pods per trip. (A 'pod' is a group of people who have ascertained that they are safe close together without masks. Obviously the number of people per pod varies a lot, so there have been pretty big groups occasionally, and smaller groups usually.)

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PICNIC TABLES & BENCHES

We'll put sanitizer at each picnic table, and of course space tables wide apart. You can decide whether to use the tables or just bring your own blanket! Here's a nice picture from 2019 - in 2020 the groups will be smaller, further apart, and masked up when they're not sitting still, eating...
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PARKING
People have been cheerful about parking wherever they can and walking to the new retail area. There are some parking spaces close in, and many more in the yard where we've always had parking. EXTREMELY SLOW DRIVING IS ESSENTIAL. Once you've managed to park your big metal machine, there's plenty of room for actual people to wander as far as they like. Just another call on our patience in this extra-strange year!

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As September passes and October begins, more and more varieties of apples come on! The best way to keep up is to keep calling: (603)448-1511.

Visit often for: unbelievably good fruit, pick your-own or ready-picked, acres of space inside a big fence (kids can run far, but can’t get lost), local pumpkins, gourds, squash, jams & jellies, but no candy racks, and no pressure.

More Farmstand treats: squash, gourds & pumpkins from MacLenan Farm, Taylor Brothers’ maple syrup, John Morin’s honey, jams & jellies from Apple Hill Farm, maple candy from ToMaPo farm here in Lebanon, and more! Questions? CALL 603/448-1511

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Also, find our Farnum Hill ciders locally in stores listed on the Where-To-Buy page: NH liquor stores, the Co-ops, Price Choppers, etc.