The Trees are Loaded!

apple thinnerAfter a long and snowy winter, the Orchard has burst forth in an incredible bloom and a heavy set of fruit!

Warm apple pies, an abundance of applesauce, amazing cider, and the tantalizing taste of the historic Common Delicious, Rome Beauties, and Winesaps will be greatly limited if we don't do our work now.

Thinning

To ensure an abundant and quality crop, apples must be thinned in June and July.  This labor-intensive work involves removing an excess of apples, breaking up clusters, spacing, and eliminating already damaged young apples.  (See Field Notes below)  The Buckner Orchard is naturally organic and sprays are not used for this purpose as with commercial orchards elsewhere.

Your Help

With an overabundant set and our June work party limited by weather and other factors, it is important to get out there now, while the apples remain small.  Those trees within the two fenced areas are in need of thinning; those not fenced will be stripped of all apples, as they are each year, so as to prevent bear damage to the historic trees.

  • Experienced Thinners - If you have thinned at the Orchard previously, you know what to do, and can do so at your convenience.  Remember to leave the stems!
  • Novice Thinners - Laurie will be returning to the Orchard on July 1.  Check in with her as to the how and where.

Your help is needed if we are to enjoy the "fruits of our labor" in the fall!

FIELD NOTES

Benefits - There are a number of benefits to thinning apples.

  1. Once you thin the apples, the remaining fruit have more space to grow, so you get bigger apples.  And, with smaller apples, the core is a larger proportion of the apple.
  2. More space leads to more air circulation and sunlight, which in turn leads to better fruit flavor and color.
  3. A common reason for fruit rot on the tree is because the fruits are touching each other closely. The decay occurs where they touch, because the skin couldn't breathe. Thinning reduces the chances of this occurring.
  4. Less chance of damage to the tree due to overburdened, broken limbs.
  5. Since the tree can now support the smaller number of fruits, it is not overburdened with supplying nutrition to the fruits.
  6. An over-production of apples one year can negatively impact the production of fruit the following year in some varieties.

How to Thin - Clicking on the Common Delicious photo below, you can view a very good, short video on how to thin.  Though the video does focus on a specific variety of apple, the principles are the same.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 30th, 2017 at approximately 1754 hours, deputies responded to a death investigation on Harris Avenue in Manson. Deputies arrived and located 56 year old Maria Ocampo, a Manson resident deceased. A male subject who was on scene identified as 25 year old Rafael Ocampo from Manson was detained and interviewed. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail for the charge of Murder in the 1st Degree and for violating a no contact order.

Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit are at the address processing the scene. The investigation is on going and more information will be released at a later date. Per Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Crowe, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday July 5th in the afternoon.

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On 06/26/17 at approximately 2:52 PM Douglas County Firefighters responded to a fire burning approximately six miles north of Hwy. 28 on Palisades Road. 

Responders found that approximately five fires were started from lightning strikes.  Terrain made them difficult if not impossible to access. 

Douglas County Deputies and auxiliary members served Level I evacuation notices to about 25 homes.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office mobile command post remains staffed and on scene.  

The fire has been burning between MP 4 and MP 8 on Palisades Rd.   The size of the fire has not been speculated on as of yet.

There have not been any reports of injury or property damage up to this point.  Wind has made fighting the fires difficult.

sheriffsmUpdated Release 06/25/2017

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On Sunday June 25, 2017 at approximately 11:30am, a team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) members and a Chelan County SAR Deputy recovered the body of Benjamin Gore (19yoa) from Aasgard Pass. Gore disappeared into a crevasse on June 4th while glissading down Aasgard Pass. Initial attempts to locate Gore were unsuccessful due to the snow depth and fast running water. The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and the family has been notified.

sheriffsmOn Thursday June 22, 2017 at approximately 1230hrs, RIVERCOM dispatch received a report of an overdue person in the Chelan area. The caller advised that her son was camping somewhere in the Chelan area and they hadn’t heard from him in two days. The caller also advised that the subject’s two dogs had been located by a hiker on the north side of Chelan Butte but her son was not with them.

The subject was identified as Johnathan M. Taylor (31yoa) of Mount Vernon, WA.

A Chelan County Deputy responded to Chelan Butte and located the subject’s vehicle abandoned at the top of Chelan Butte. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Taylor. A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in to assist in the search but was also unable to locate Taylor.

On Friday morning, Chelan County Search and Rescue deputies and members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue began an extensive ground search of the area. At approximately 1430hrs, searchers located Taylor deceased at the bottom of a steep embankment on the south side of Chelan Butte. It is not known what caused Taylor to fall.

Next of kin has been notified.