Finally, some rain! We planted another group of 30 trees a few days ago. Hard cider varieties: Kingston Black, Roxbury Russet, Nehou and some more crab-apples so that our cider has a more rounded, complex taste. The cider is coming along really nicely; I had a taste and it was so delicious! Cold and dry with a hint of apple. We had some with our BBQ'd oysters and it was wonderful.
I can hardly wait for next year's crop to be ready to press! Now if the bees only cooperate -- we lost our honey bees last fall. Unbeknownst to us, the queen vanished and all the workers left one day...the little rascals left their beautiful hive and all their stored up provisions and just absconded! We're going to try again, but in the meantime, plan to try some Blue Orchard Bees. We'll keep you posted!