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Lost Valley Organic Orchard

Lost Valley Organic Orchard An organic orchard with over 100 kinds of apples near Chewelah, Washington An organic orchard with over 100 apple varieties near Chewelah, WA

Operating as usual

10/19/2020

Looks like serious cold weather coming by the weekend, so all existing $30/box and new apple box orders thru Thursday are cut to $25 a box.
Includes Cortland, Grimes.

10/18/2020

Approximately 35 lb boxes of apples for sale, $30.

Your choice of either Sweet 16, Liberty, Famuese (Snow), Wolf River, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Zestar, Mollies, or Bartlett Pears.

Email [email protected]

10/15/2020

Several years back, I collected scion from different sources of Orleans Reinette and King of the Pippins to clear up a dispute, at least in my mind, of several authors. Essentially, some have claimed the two apples are the same.

Many of those trees, growing side by side, fruited this year, and they are definitely 2 different apples. I really like them both, with the King having more "citrus" overtones. But both are great, need to find enough room for all of the trees in the orchard.

One of the favorites for earlier this fall was the diminutive Lamb Abbey. Wow. Sorry, no photos.

SHEEP!Lambs, ewes, rams, wethers, Black Soay, Miniature red Soay,  and Dorpers for sale.Adult miniature Red Soays ewes l...
09/02/2020

SHEEP!
Lambs, ewes, rams, wethers, Black Soay, Miniature red Soay, and Dorpers for sale.
Adult miniature Red Soays ewes less than 25 lbs.
Contact about reserving your next spring's butcher lamb---2020 Dorper and Dorper cross lambs winter raised here on grass hay and apples. Butchered to your specs. Limited numbers.

Leave the feedlot finished lambs at the grocers.

Email [email protected].

FreezeThe cold spell last week, with 3 consecutive nights in the upper teens, was brutal. It ended the season for 2019. ...
10/16/2019

Freeze

The cold spell last week, with 3 consecutive nights in the upper teens, was brutal. It ended the season for 2019. Varieties lost included Pinova, White Winter Pearmain, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Smokehouse, Westfield Seek No Further, Snosweet, Gala, Splendor, many others.

Ashmead's KernalThe winner of countless taste tests in both the UK and US, this heirloom comes from the 1700's in Glouce...
10/12/2019

Ashmead's Kernal

The winner of countless taste tests in both the UK and US, this heirloom comes from the 1700's in Gloucester, England. Extremely tart, with "gum searing acidity" at picking, it develops a wonderful honeyed sweetness, in addition to its citrus aromatics--orange, guava, even mango. Cider maker Steve Farnum describes it as "a delicious trip to that fine line between pleasure and pain."

Liberty The juicy, sweet and tart almost purple apple.I'll be at Fairwood Farmers market Tuesday afternoon with Liberty,...
10/07/2019

Liberty

The juicy, sweet and tart almost purple apple.

I'll be at Fairwood Farmers market Tuesday afternoon with Liberty, Honey Crisp, Redfield, Famuese, the pear-like Hudson's Golden Gem, others.

Email before noon tomorrow for 30 lb boxes of Famuese (juice) or 20 Ounce (sauce) for $1/lb.

Ellison's OrangeContinuing the British invasion, Ellison's Orange is Cox Orange Pippin cross from the early 1900's.  The...
10/01/2019

Ellison's Orange

Continuing the British invasion, Ellison's Orange is Cox Orange Pippin cross from the early 1900's. The complexity and range of flavors is almost as good as the Cox itself. It can be quite tart at picking, a big plus for some, and is somewhat juicier than the parent.

I'll be at the Fairwood Farmers Market Tuesday, Oct 1 with quite a few apple varieties that are new for this season. The recent cold snap is pushing the apples along, and heightening flavor.

Cox Orange PippinOne of the finest English apples, Cox Orange pippin is an English seedling (pippin) heirloom, and very ...
10/01/2019

Cox Orange Pippin

One of the finest English apples, Cox Orange pippin is an English seedling (pippin) heirloom, and very tasty. It is chewy, with orange and tropical overtones. It's difficult to grow, but the cool summer this year has, perhaps, allowed one of Lost Valley's best Orange Pippin crops.

I'll be at the Fairwood Market tomorrow, Tuesday. I hope to see you there.

Red  Naped Sap SuckerVisitor likes the apple trees too.
10/01/2019

Red Naped Sap Sucker

Visitor likes the apple trees too.

Bramley's SeedlingBramleys is a heirloom apple from England, and often called England's favorite apple.  Fresh picked, i...
09/23/2019

Bramley's Seedling

Bramleys is a heirloom apple from England, and often called England's favorite apple. Fresh picked, it is a tart apple, but it will mellow with storage. It is also an esteemed and favorite cooking apple of England, making one the creamiest sauces, a puree. Fro the English, this puree is the definition of a cooking apple

I will be at the Fairwood Farmers market tomorrow, with Bramleys, Sweet 16, Mollie's, Zestar, Macoun, Summerland Mac and Bartlet Pears among others.

Mollie's DeliciousPerhaps my favorite apple, especially at this time of the year.  It was developed at Rutger's, the sta...
09/22/2019

Mollie's Delicious

Perhaps my favorite apple, especially at this time of the year. It was developed at Rutger's, the state university of New Jersey, in the most bittersweet of tales in the orchard. Mollie's is a crisp, juicy and delicately sweet, not overpowering, fruit.

It is for sale now at Super 1 Foods, Colville, WA.

MacounMany think that Macoun is the best of the many MacIntosh derived apples.  Released by Cornell around 1920, this sw...
09/20/2019

Macoun

Many think that Macoun is the best of the many MacIntosh derived apples. Released by Cornell around 1920, this sweeter tasting apple is from a cross of MacIntosh and Jersey Black.

Macoun is also for sale this week at Super 1 Foods, along with Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Summerland MacIntosh, and Bartlett Pears.

InitialInitial is a great tasting modern apple,  There is alot lot of Gala in its parentage, so fans of Gala will find a...
09/20/2019

Initial

Initial is a great tasting modern apple, There is alot lot of Gala in its parentage, so fans of Gala will find alot to like. I think Initial is crisper, denser than its popular parent, and just as sweet.

The apple is for sale with a new round of Lost Valley apples at Super 1 Foods in Colville.

Early harvest apples are here-like the pictured Zestar. Zestar. like Honey Crisp, is a juicy new introduction from the U...
08/25/2019

Early harvest apples are here-like the pictured Zestar. Zestar. like Honey Crisp, is a juicy new introduction from the Univ of Minnesota. Zestar, Goodland, Beacon, Sops of Wine, and Duchess of Oldenburg are now for sale at the Super 1 Foodstore in Colville.

Also, I will be at the Fairwood Farmers market Tuesday afternoon/evening with all of the above apples.

Prairie SpyA rather unknown aspect of the Prairie Spy is its keeping ability.  These Spies are shown just after pear fru...
05/17/2019

Prairie Spy

A rather unknown aspect of the Prairie Spy is its keeping ability. These Spies are shown just after pear fruit set this spring-quite a long while to keep after the fall picking. Yet this characteristic is not often mentioned, esp among other excellent keeping apples. It 's still fairly crsip, with a soft sweetness, almost like the Chenago Strawberry at harvest.

Pound Sweet in late MarchQuite a surprise is the keeping quality of the Pound (Pumpkin) Sweet.  Named long before the da...
03/29/2019

Pound Sweet in late March

Quite a surprise is the keeping quality of the Pound (Pumpkin) Sweet. Named long before the days of modern sweeteners, its is actually mild in comparison. Perhaps the biggest surprise is its apple sauce. Peel and core apples. Cook 10-12 minutes in a covered sauce pan with a 1/4 inch of water on the bottom. Watch for scalding and lightly hand mash with a potato masher. Makes a pleasantly sweet, crunchy sauce excellent for freezing.

2 yr old grafted apples treesSome excess 2 yr apple trees originally grafted for the orchard are for sale.  These are br...
03/24/2019

2 yr old grafted apples trees

Some excess 2 yr apple trees originally grafted for the orchard are for sale. These are branched trees, 4-6+ foot tall, not the like the 1 yr mail order whips mostly for sale. Shovel in foreground and the 9 month Australian Shepherd puppy are for scale. Varieties include Esopus Spiztenburg, Wagner, Claygate Pearmain, Freyburg, Malinda, and MacIntosh grafted from a 100+ yr old tree. The trees are mostly on M-111 rootstock, a strong semidwarf root, and are $45 each. Email [email protected] if interested.

Red miniature Soay eweThe reddish Soays are the smallest at lost Valley. There should yet be several lambs available, pl...
03/16/2019

Red miniature Soay ewe

The reddish Soays are the smallest at lost Valley. There should yet be several lambs available, please contact me at [email protected] to hold one.

Lambing for all our sheep should start beginning of April. Breeeding was held off last fall so that lambing might coincide with fresh green grass. "Ain't gonna happen" this year.

All black Soay ewe sheepSoay sheep are typically mouflon, or brownish, colored.  Lost Valley also has all black Soays.  ...
03/15/2019

All black Soay ewe sheep

Soay sheep are typically mouflon, or brownish, colored. Lost Valley also has all black Soays. The lighter wool on their back is sun bleached from last year, and after shedding this spring, the new wool will be all black. Email [email protected] to reserve lambs.

Dorper eweDorper and Dorper cross ewes should be lambing very soon.  Please email dchayman@soaysheep to reserve.
03/14/2019

Dorper ewe

Dorper and Dorper cross ewes should be lambing very soon. Please email [email protected] to reserve.

More snow.The latest 6-8+ inch storm is moving on east, but at least this time it is not forecast to be followed by sing...
03/13/2019

More snow.
The latest 6-8+ inch storm is moving on east, but at least this time it is not forecast to be followed by single digit or less temps.
With 18 to 20 inches of ice, packed snow, and snow in the pastures and orchard, it will be quite a long while before there's any grazing. Irregardless, lambing will start shortly. Email [email protected] for Soays and Dorper/Dorper cross lambs.

2019 SoaysThese primitive sheep are miniature, ewes are perhaps 50 lbs, with a shoulder height around 18 inches.  The wh...
02/14/2019

2019 Soays

These primitive sheep are miniature, ewes are perhaps 50 lbs, with a shoulder height around 18 inches. The whitish, horizontal gate bar in the back of the picture is 24 inches off the ground.

Please contact me for spring lambs or more information. Both light tan colored and completely black lambs should be available.

New Group of apples at Super 1Liberty, GoldRush, Honey Crisp, Belle de Boskoops and Keepsake apples from Lost Valley Orc...
01/30/2019

New Group of apples at Super 1

Liberty, GoldRush, Honey Crisp, Belle de Boskoops and Keepsake apples from Lost Valley Orchard are for now sale at Super 1 in Colville WA. Stop by for the most recent delivery of apples and thanks for your patronage.

Winter and a little snowfall earlier this month, with rare sunshine..Unfortunately, lions were back. They or it killed a...
01/26/2019

Winter and a little snowfall earlier this month, with rare sunshine..

Unfortunately, lions were back. They or it killed a donkey across the road at a neighbor's yesterday, hauling the carcass quite a ways before abandoning it. Be careful and observant.

KeepersTwo other nice keepers coming out of storage.  The Belle de Boskoops is shown on the bottom, Prairie Spy on the t...
01/18/2019

Keepers

Two other nice keepers coming out of storage. The Belle de Boskoops is shown on the bottom, Prairie Spy on the top of the picture.

The Belle de's are not so tart as last October, now much sweeter and with tropical overtones. The Prairie Spy is juicy, mildly aromatic, pleasantly sweet--not near as intense as the Belle de Boskoop.

GoldRushFrom Purdue University (Indiana), 1972.  A cross of one of their unreleased apples (Co-op 17) and Golden Delicio...
12/31/2018

GoldRush

From Purdue University (Indiana), 1972. A cross of one of their unreleased apples (Co-op 17) and Golden Delicious. One of the best keepers, bar none to date I think. I usually don't it take it from cold storage until February, it will last well past April. Still crisp and sweet. WSU's new apple, WA 38, is said to keep even better, but we'll see how they do without controlled atmosphere. These GoldRush, other keepers, should be at Super 1 later this winter.

Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all! I hope to be back next fall.

Karmijn de SonnavilleFrom the Netherlands, originally planted in 1949.  There seems to be some dispute to the parentage....
12/31/2018

Karmijn de Sonnaville

From the Netherlands, originally planted in 1949. There seems to be some dispute to the parentage. All authors list Cox Orange Pippin, but then may record a pippin, Belle de Boskoop, or Jonathan as the other parent. The most likely parentage is Cox x Jonathan.

Karmijn is a difficult to grow apple, like the Cox Orange Pippin parent, and is susceptible to many diseases. Much of the fruit may also russet extensively, and hence is rarely seen for sale. Extremely tart at harvest, off the acid meter to me, but will mellow in storage, albeit with some desiccation. Very rich and sharp. I like it now cut into wedges on a plate with sharp cheddar and nearly over ripe pear slices. Real nice.

KeepsakeThis apple is from the University of Minnesota.  Although it was bred from a cross of Malinda and Northern Spy i...
12/30/2018

Keepsake

This apple is from the University of Minnesota. Although it was bred from a cross of Malinda and Northern Spy in 1936, it was not released to the public until 1979.

As the name suggests, the apple is good keeper under just refrigerated storage conditions. No controlled atmosphere required. After picking in late October, Lost Valley's Keepsakes are just hitting their peak flavor. Very juicy and sweet, and slightly aromatic.

Newtown PippinNo snow in this picture like it is in the orchard now.  These apples were photographed back in November.  ...
12/27/2018

Newtown Pippin

No snow in this picture like it is in the orchard now. These apples were photographed back in November. Newtown Pippins are a very late ripener at Lost Valley.

Originating around 1700 as a chance seedling on New York's Long Island, Thomas Jefferson recorded planting over 170 Newtown Pippin trees at Monticello. They probably came to Jefferson via a circuitous route, involving General Braddock and George Washington when they both fought for the British against the French. Braddock was killed, his forces decimated, as he attempted to storm Fort Duquesne. A young officer, Washington, gathered the remaining approx 30 troops in his Virginia militia and retreated to winter quarters. Among them was the physician, Dr Thomas Walker, who filled his saddle bags with Newtown cuttings. Dr Walker then planted them on his Castle Hill estate, a few miles from Jefferson's Monticello. Some years later they would be grafted and planted by Jefferson at his estate. The Newtown Pippin apple is credited with paying off Jefferson's Monticello bills as the apples were sold and shipped to England.

Newtown Pippin remained in the top 10 of commercial US apples until the 1980's. They were grown extensively thru Oregon and California, but fell out of favor as Granny Smith imports increased. Probably, the Newtowns were then picked early, tasteless, in their fight for market share for a green, tart, summer apple. Let it ripen, and it is a wonderful fruit that keeps months long.

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Thanks to the generosity of Lost Valley Organic Orchard, we're going to be turning bushels of these Harold Red into tasty, tasty cider today using an old-fahsioned hand-cranked press.

Come down for our September 29: Season Finale! and all other great activities in store — like a free cooking demo with celebrity chef Ricky Webster.

Lost Valley will have tons of heirloom and niche apple varieties for you to sample and purchase. They also do bulk deals if you're looking to do some canning before winter!

Lost Valley Organic Orchard is bringing Pixie Crunch — "the perfect lunch box apple" — to today's market. We know where a lot of kids are going to be spending the KERNEL Cash they earn at our free kids' activity! If you've got little ones, ask at the market booth for more info.
Quick update: At least two of our growers—Lost Valley Organic Orchard and Song Sparrow Farms—are persevering and will still be setting up at the market site today.

Lost Valley will have Zestar! apples by the pound and by the box as well as new varieties like Chenago Strawberry and Mollie's Delicious.

Update #2: The Father's Table will be setting up as well with freshly picked produce.
We've got Lost Valley Organic Orchard joining us this week for Craftwalk 2017! This orchard has several centuries-old organic heirloom apple varieties like Goodland, Duchess of Oldenburg, Beacon and Sops of Wine. He also has modern varieties like Zestar! (the ! is part of the name).

Duane of Lost Valley is wondering if anyone would like to buy 23-lb. boxes of Goodland or Duchess of Oldenburg (pictured) for $30. These are great drying and sauce apples. If you're interested, please get in touch with him or leave a comment below so he can get a fix on how many boxes to bring.
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