Originally Posted by hank
I was wondering how you get the apples out of your trees, we spread a plastic tarp under the trees and use a long aluminum pike pole to shake the branches.
Well that certainly works!
I'm even sneakier - I planted my trees so I had control from day one. I used mostly mm106 rootstock which produces a shortish bushy tree - easy to pick by hand if one keeps them pruned back a bit. I've a few m26 specimens too, which are dwarf trees with prodigious cropping ability.
As I don't have to combat bears, I age my apples for a couple of weeks after harvest to allow the starches convert into sugars, so no bruising is important - not a fan of patulin! At almost 55 North, we need all the sugar possible - I have to add some to keep alcohol levels high enough to preserve the cider.
@tonymac - that's my shed. They're not all white. Not sure about you and the cider. Like they say, it's an acquired taste...
...i.e. you have to acquire some to taste it