Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery

Certified Organic Hard Ciders and Apples


Well, we dodged the bullets of frost, fungus, and various insects, but got hit by hail. Pancake-shaped hail an inch or more across fell (well, blew horizontally) for what felt like forever but was probably a few minutes. Some apples were damaged; we haven’t done an extensive survey to figure out the percentage. Not having had hail damage like this before, we aren’t certain the impact it will have on apples when they are ripe, but they will certainly be marked. We are thankful that we are not selling to supermarkets, where apples with any blemish, however superficial, can’t be sold. Our larger commercial neighbors are not so lucky. Hopefully you folks who buy our apples can stand the “hail-kissed” look on some apples this year; if not, there is always cider Happy.
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