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A few beauties picked last month

 

Replica of original apple crate label

Replica of original apple crate label

Before NBI was a beach cottage resort, the family business was fruit:  Gibson Brothers Apples, circa 1915.

 

 

Around the turn of the century (before the Okanagan Valley was developed) the prolific orchards on Orcas were among the best fruit-producing areas in the US. All along our upper road you can see the old apple trees in what is now the cow pasture.

Apple Tree flowering in the spring

Apple tree flowering in the spring

 

 

green apple in tree

An old tree still bearing good apples

There are many vintage varieties represented: Gravensteins, Kings, Greenings, 20-ounce, Banana Apple…