When we pick the first Honeycrisp apples, it feels like apple harvest has officially begun. And when the apple harvest has begun, there is a certain excitement in the air, a certain thankfulness, and a certain element of awe and wonder.
When I stop to consider the harvest, to consider all the things that had to go right in order for that tree to be sagging under the weight of its fruit – I am truly in awe of the hand of God in everyday life.
What had to go right? Well, dozens of things! The winter had to be just cold enough for the trees to go dormant, but not too cold so as to cause damage. We needed a warm spring, but a slow spring. One that would allow the tree to wake up gradually and at just the right time, ensuring the buds didn’t swell until after the last frost. We needed the bees and the breeze to show up in the few days that those blossoms were out, making sure that cross-pollination took place. We needed heat to swell those ‘baby apples’ into good size fruit – but not too much heat or the apples would get sunburn and the trees would be stressed and become weak. We needed rain but no hail. And just recently, we needed warm days and cool nights to transform the apple that was rosy pink into a royal red. We needed working equipment, healthy and committed staff, and of course fertile land to grow the trees. So many variables, so many miracles all had to take place and in perfect timing, and almost everything was completely out of our control!
Yes, the rows upon rows of trees laden with apples ripe and ready for the picking – it makes me stop, it makes me smile and it makes me consider all that God has done to give us these exciting, crazy, exhausting days of harvest.
Next time you crunch into a fresh, crisp and sweet apple from the tree – let it remind you too of all the simple, yet wonderful miracles of everyday life.
For the Davison Family
Simple and delicious, and only 1 ingredient! Laura makes homemade applesauce in our latest family recipe video.
A classic: Davison Applesauce Recipe
It's Apple Harvest Festival at Davison Orchards!
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday in September, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience the farm by picking your own apples fresh from the tree. Enjoy a tour of the orchard on the Jonny Popper Train, then fill your bag with your favourite variety of apples. There will also be free apple tastings, caramel apples, apple cider donuts, fresh cold pressed apple juice and dozens of fresh-picked apple varieties to choose from in the market.
**Bring the kids for "Make a Mini Pie" starting this weekend! The event will take place every Saturday and Sunday until September 29th, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, drop-in, $5 for each baker-in-training.
In celebration of our apple harvest we are offering you, our valued customers, a $5 off coupon for a Deep Dish Apple Pie purchased on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the month of September. Print this coupon and present it to our staff at time of check-out. Thank you for your loyalty!
Tuesday Tours are back! From September 10th to September 24th, we are offering U-Pick Apple Tours at 10:00 am & 11:00am.