|The heart of the hollow at A Point of View Mountain Retreat|
|Old Virginia Beauty tree heavy with apples (note the ladder) behind the shelter.|
|New Virginia Beauties (Note the apple picker.)|
|Virginia Beauty apples on one of the fifteen-year-old trees.|
The tractor bucket is a handy way to get up into the higher branches. Lift, stand and pick. Long-handled apple pickers and ladders help too. Crops vary year to year. For example, apples were larger in 2016 than 2017 when there were triple the numbers.
|Ruth and Ginny sitting in the tractor bucket after picking bushels of apples. Hard won rest.|
|Washing the apples helps them store longer.|
|Virginia Beauty Apples, ready to process|
|Mix of Strawberry Pippin and cider apples (yellow-green)|
|Cooking down pieces of apple for applesauce. Leaving the peel gives a rosy color.|
|A food mill presses the applesauce out, leaving the peelings. Peeling first is easier, but this may be tastier.|
|Wash and Sort|
Traylor is our cider-maker in chief.
|Pour juice into a carboy where it will ferment.|
|Ferment in the cellar 3-12 months depending on the type of yeast added. (Note the airlock)|
Come visit early October to pick your own apples. Stay in the Nuthouse Cottage. Check us out at www.nuthousecottage.com.