Fall in the northeast is simply spectacular. A deep blue sky comes with sunny, cool days; the leaves, especially
Since my husband is teaching a class on food this semester, a group of about twenty first-year students accompanied us and we were treated to a tour of the orchard. We learned that Bowman’s is one of the oldest working farms in Clifton Park. The land was purchased from William and
fruit he named for himself. The semi-tart McIntosh apples are now the most-harvested apple in New York State. An old cemetery of the Shepherd family is located in the orchard.
As for the Bowmans, the second generation is now running the farm which has more than sixty varieties of apples on ninety-eight acres. A new addition is the dwarf tree which takes up a smaller area and yet produces a larger yield than its bigger cousin. The small trees have to be wired up to posts to keep the fruit from bringing the tree down in the fall. Colonies of bees are brought in each spring to pollinate the trees. Our guide Donna told us that you can tell the number of times bees have come to the apple flower by the number of seedsMany preschoolers come to farms like this one each year. Bowman’s has other plants such as pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, as well as an array of farm animals. We noticed horses, goats, sheep, and pigs—which were as much of a treat for us as for the small children around.