Bet­ter year for Heath Or­chard

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead Est

Af­ter a dis­as­trous ap­ple sea­son last year, when the or­chard was hit by a se­vere hail storm not once but three times, the Heath Or­chard was luck­ier this year and now has an ex­cel­lent crop of ap­ples. “It started off a good year and it’s be­com­ing a great year, es­pe­cially for the late ap­ples. Our prices at the u-pick are 20% lower than they were in 2014, to thank those who came last year,” said owner Chris Rawl­ings. “We re­ceived some hail on our early ap­ples and we had some dry­ness in the or­chard, but the ap­ples have got­ten big lately. If there is a dam­aged ap­ple on the tree they usu­ally fall off, and then the other ap­ples get bet­ter,” ex­plained Mr. Rawl­ings.

“We have tons of Cort­lands, McIn­toshes and even Lo­bos, and the Spar­tans will be ready to pick this week­end. We’ll have to wait an­other week for the Golden Rus­sets,” said Chris. The full list of va­ri­eties of­fered at the Heath Or­chard, along with pick­ing dates, can be found on their web­site. There is also lots of squash and pump­kins avail­able.

“We’ve con­tin­ued our re­la­tion­ship with the Eden Ice Cider com­pany. They came last year af­ter they heard about the hail and wanted to help out,” said Mr. Rawl­ings. The Amer­i­can com­pany helped by pick­ing ap­ples and then us­ing them to make sparkling cider. “They’re very se­lec­tive about the va­ri­eties they use. They were thrilled to get some Joyce and Melba ap­ples, the Kerr and Dolgo crabap­ples. Now they’re in­ter­ested in the Golden Rus­sets and the Wealthy ap­ples.”

In the East­ern Town­ships, an abun­dant crop of smaller than usual ap­ples has been re­ported, caused by the overly dry sum­mer. There was good flow­er­ing on the trees in the spring, the best in 35 years and a re­sult of the mild win­ter. A con­ta­gious blight has also been af­fect­ing ap­ples in some ar­eas of the prov­ince. he Stanstead Col­lege var­sity girls hockey team, who won the NAPHA league and cham­pi­onship last sea­son along with sev­eral tour­na­ments, will kick off their sea­son at home in the Pat Burns Arena this week­end. Play­ing Rothe­say Nether­wood School, from New Brunswick, the first game be­gins on Satur­day at 6:30 pm, and the sec­ond is on Sun­day at 1:30 pm.

The team looks strong again this year, so strong in fact that five of the play­ers will miss these first two games af­ter be­ing in­vited to the Que­bec U18 team. Those play­ers are Ta­mara Thierus, Ari­ane Julien, Au­drey-Anne Veil­lette, Ros­alie De­mers and Alexis Guay. Alexis, a grade ten stu­dent from Ma­gog, has re­cently com­mit­ted to play for Bos­ton Col­lege for the 20192020 sea­son. “The girls had a fan­tas­tic year last sea­son and we have some new

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