Putting the orchard to bed is hard but satisfying work. In some ways raking the apples out from under the trees feels much more physically strenuous than picking the fruit. The job is messy with apples being crushed under foot and the sent of fermenting fruit in the nostrils. As a crew we slowly make our way up and down each row. Some varieties leave little work to be done, with only an apple here or there to be found, others have yellow and red carpets under them. This is a part of the harvest season I have never been a part of before, but I am greatful to learn what goes into preparing the orchard for winter. It is a good reminder that the work does not end when the apples are off the trees.