Saving The Orchard
When Elia and Greg Pierce bought land on 390 Erickson Road to build a new home, they found out they had a fairly unusual back yard.
The Pierces discovered their yard was part of a 40-acre tract of apple trees that hadn't been cared for since owner Ed O'Neil, the largest apple distributor in New England, had converted the land for development.
O'Neil hadn't pruned or sprayed the apples in two years. The couple noticed the decaying trees were sprawling wildly and the apples they produced were soft and scabbed.
They bought the house and the 100 apple trees that neighbor it, deciding to save a part of the town's history and pick up a new hobby. Their trees, along with the 135 belonging to their neighbors, will be part of a business called "Ashby Apples," and should be ripe for the picking in early September.(full story)