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APPLE HARVEST 2018

Apple harvest day! It was a little later than usual which certainly built up anticipation. As a farmer, this is one of the most important days of the year.

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It’s harvest day at Common Ground Alaska!

Would we have enough apples for all of the cider, applesauce, and pie filling that we want to preserve for the coming year? Would we have extra to give to friends and family?

And the big question – does it look like the trees will be mature enough to support our u-pick dreams in 2019?

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It’s harvest day at Common Ground Alaska!

We had to bring in help for this year’s harvest – our two-year-old grandson was more than happy to pitch in. He and his aunt Abbi enjoyed the fruits of their labor sitting in the sunshine later that afternoon.

apple harvest common ground alaska 2018

It’s harvest day at Common Ground Alaska!

It was a very good day filled with laughter and sunshine – the perfect signal to the end of growing season 2018. We now have more than enough applesauce and apple pie filling saved up. There is lots of sweet cider in the freezer and there is even some hard cider fermenting in the closet.

Will we open for u-pick apples next year? That remains to be seen. For now, we are just going to enjoy the fruits of 2018.

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It’s harvest day at Common Ground Alaska!

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