Sunday, July 31, 2011

Progress on New Sales Building

  We thank God that we finally got some rain this week, which will really help the apples and pears.  The 2011 blackberry crop, reduced to 10% of normal by last Feb.'s -17 F cold, was further hurt by drought for the last 9 weeks and temperatures over 100 F almost every day for the past 45 days.  So blackberry ripening is just about over now.  'Jonafree' apples should start about Aug. 18.
  We're making progress on the new sales building.  We hope to have it ready to use for apple season.  Our workers applied a red staining paint to the outside walls, and painted the posts and door trim white.  Last week they put up insulation between the studs.
Our son Michael, left, and Bill painted the sales building, as did our workers Lucas Epler, Joe Tillman and Joel Zwahlen.

   Bill has installed the wiring, fuse box and ceiling fans, and is now installing plumbing.  Fred Heistand will be putting in a septic system for us next week, then Bill can install the toilet and sink and put up the walls and paneling.
Bill's installing plumbing.  The wiring, ceiling fans and insulation are in.

  We've ordered the 8' x 10' walk-in cooler, which should be installed Aug. 22 or so.  So this year we can store harvested apples in the cooler rather than in our garage as we had to do last year.  We should have harvested apples for sale from about Aug. 18 to Feb. 20 or so.  The pick-your-own apple season runs from about Sept. 16 to Nov. 30.
We hope to open these doors of our sales building for apple season in Sept.