Question about growing apples for market?
I would like to do things differently this year. I inherited 10 old golden delicious apple trees when I purchased our homeplace. Each year we have lots of apples, needless to say and aside from eating, juicing and giving away as many as we can, most go to waste.
I don't imagine these are great apples for market sales as they don't seem to have a long shelf life (although I do not know how this is judged either.) So I am guessing the best end product for our apples will be juice. (By the way, they are very tasty, sweet apples.)
I wonder if there is anyone out there who could explain how they harvest their apples. I don't want to purchase more tree ladders and all the equipment necessary to harvest all the apples. I can see getting the help harvesting them all, but am set back at the thought of buying the equipment.
Are there companies that come and do this for a share of the apples? Also what about getting my apples pressed for juice? Are there companies that do this as well?
Thanks in advance for any advice, Kate