The Orchard

On the south side of our cedar glade ridge, overlooking the lake at Southall, nearly 1,500 apple trees live on a terraced hillside. Among the 35 different cultivars are sweet apples and tart ones, some bred over generations for a unique flavor profile, or for ciders, for firmness or longevity. Each is espaliered on trellises, an ancient technique designed to give the fruit-heavy branches the support, air flow and sunlight they need to stay healthy and happy. Rainwater collected from the property is pumped back up to irrigate the orchard. All of that thoughtful care simply means more beautiful apples for all of us to enjoy.