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Discussion: Apple Orchards going?

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2021-03-13

Mar 13, 2021 9:28 PM # 
Nooo! One of our previous must visits was Henrys of Harcourt. Should I take my remaining stock form display and put it down? (wine terminology, not vetinarian)
Mar 13, 2021 9:49 PM # 
That DNF rate is reminiscent of pretty much every MTBO event we run on our Banyowla map in WA, which is right on the side of the scarp.

I'd also have to wonder how many tenants they'd get at $1500 a night and what sort of luxuries get put on for you. Some of the houses in Orange were going on airbnb for upwards of $5000 for the week (we unsurprisingly didn't look further into those).
Mar 14, 2021 7:34 AM # 
The DNF rate may have had something to do with the pouring rain, slippery rock faces, logs and bark, and the fog coming in.
The NOL people had pretty much fine weather whereas the ordinary mortals, who started later, were caught out. I could barely read the map through wet, fogged-up glasses - let alone see the ground.
Mar 14, 2021 8:24 AM # 
Sounds awesome.
Mar 14, 2021 9:52 AM # 
Henrys of Harcourt still seems to be alive and well. According to Neil, most of the orchards are too small for the supermarket chains to be interested in and it's harder to make a living selling through other channels; I'd imagine the ones most likely to survive are those who can also make some sort of tourism offering.

I noticed when I was booking last year (I carried last year's booking over to this year) that some of the AirBNBs in Orange were, shall we say, very ambitiously priced. Sounds like it hasn't changed. $5-10K for a week for a house is not particularly unusual in a beach area in January - my cousin and his family (who live just down the road from my parents) go away themselves at that time and make bucketloads from renting their house out - but that's rather different to Orange in April.

Once had a meeting in Canada in a place which was $1000 a night in summer but in November (when we were there) it was one-fifth of that. It was nice, but I'd assess its value at being much closer to the November prices than the July ones.
Mar 14, 2021 10:14 AM # 
I didn't manage to rebook our airbnb place from last year so we'll be tenting it this time around - seven days in Orange then another three in Parkes for the NSW champs (where with present entry numbers I'm going to make the M21A podium on both days).
Mar 15, 2021 7:36 AM # 
Re apple orchards - Montague is large and so can survive, despite planting with a poor rootstock choice in some of their blocks. [The orchard on the left taking the road to the top of Mt Alexander]. For the smaller ones, cider is one of the strategies to survive. O'Henry is still there, as is Bress, although they have sadly left cider and gone full on wine. They thought it was a much more reliable business. Pity as the Bress ciders were French style and very very excellent. I helped them get rid of their remaining top shelf product by buying a couple of bottles a couple of years ago. Its another world to supermarket cider (and another price point). Then there is Harcourt cider which doesn't bother growing their own apples. My hope is that they can but a better cider apple from the now unused cider varieties at Bress. The other strategy was the roadside stall, which fell on its face when the freeway bypassed town.
Mar 15, 2021 7:38 AM # 
Sounds like you have incider knowledge.
Mar 15, 2021 8:00 AM # 
My carton of cider is slowly being depleted - want to drink it but also want to keep some for a special occasion - I know it's not THAT brilliant but I am very sentimental.Thanks Blair and Invis for the update.
Mar 15, 2021 10:07 AM # 
tt, make sure it doesn't explode in the pantry like the cans of chocolate stout which G was saving - we're still cleaning beer off the ceiling!
Mar 16, 2021 12:15 AM # 
Ah thanks for the tip - would be a disaster in the Dining Room, even if I am going to have it painted some time this year.

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