Finally! The end of summer, which means the apples are ripening. Lou started picking today...I'm still recovering from my leg being in a cast, so am just "watching and commenting." The apples are sweet and juicy and there are lots of yellow-jackets walking around; the chickens don't seem to mind though! I thought they'd help by catching them, but no such luck...so Lou is VERY careful when picking not to grab where those darn things are eating! This chicken is Lou's helper, watching carefully to see if there are any earwigs. They LOVE earwigs! We're going to start pressing as soon as we get enough apples to make about 25 gallons of juice. The little cider press is going to get a work-out!