The orchard stretches out as far as the eye can see behind the West Tisbury home of apple growers Debbie and Eric Magnuson. Photo by Susan Safford
Harvest time at Tiasquin
It may look like Johnny Appleseed made a lengthy stop in West Tisbury years ago, but actually it was Eric and Debbie Magnuson who some 30 years ago planted the thriving rows of apple trees that make up Tiasquin Orchard. Situated at the Magnusons' State Road home, the orchard produces bushels of Macoun, MacIntosh, and Liberty apples every autumn. In a good year, the bounty adds up to about 50 bushels, Eric said. Pears, a smaller Tiasquin crop, won a coveted "Best in Show" ribbon at this year's Agricultural Fair and Debbie's fruit display won a first prize for the orchard. Thanks to the weather and various other factors, the yield has been good.