Joan Donaldson http://wmuk.org en Pressing fresh apple cider on a fall afternoon http://wmuk.org/post/pressing-fresh-apple-cider-fall-afternoon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The grinder whirs as it slashes apples into </span>pomace<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the chopped apples fall into a nylon mesh bag that lines the barrel of our small cider press. I drop more fruit into the hopper and already, juice puddles on the wooden platform that holds the barrel.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Joan Donaldson 9568 at http://wmuk.org Pressing fresh apple cider on a fall afternoon Peaches: A long-term commitment http://wmuk.org/post/peaches-long-term-commitment <p>Silver barked peach trees crown many of the lakeshore’s hills. In the spring, their blossoms create a gossamer pink cloud while in the summer, their leaves droop like mustaches, hiding the ripening peaches. During the late nineteenth century, peach orchards generated thousands of dollars for Michigan farmers who sent their harvests to Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 01:25:20 +0000 Joan Donaldson 5051 at http://wmuk.org Peaches: A long-term commitment Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months http://wmuk.org/post/cutting-wood-lumber-winter-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The month of January frees most farmers from field work, and if the snow is deep enough, even my husband, John and I stop pruning our blueberry bushes. Some farmers plow snow for extra cash, but traditionally, others head to their woods for a winter paycheck.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:58 +0000 Joan Donaldson 2455 at http://wmuk.org Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months