While walking through the orchard yesterday, I saw how many apples were still on the trees. The first hard freeze would come on November 1st. Any apples left would after the frost wouldn't be any good. There would be no way to pick the 4000 pounds of apples in time.
As I was thinking about how blessed we have been this season, an idea came to me. What if I invited people to come and pick for free? I sent an invitation via e-mail out to families who might not be able to afford to pick apples. Many families came and picked.
At the end of the day, the orchard was picked clean. Even the apples on the ground were picked up! This is one of the greatest things we have ever done at the farm. Apples were not wasted, and many people in need of them were able to benefit.. The orchard looks better than it ever has at this time of year.