This is what our orchard looked like when we purchased our 27 acres in 2003. We had to look past the recently logged tree stumps and heavy underbrush to see this land’s potential. Situated on a nice sunny slope, the rocky, loamy soil was a little low on nitrogen, but otherwise well suited for apple growing. The work for us was getting to it. With farm properties at $100,000 per acre, we had to rethink our expectations.