Couple finds success with apples on the soggy side of Cascades

Pruning, picking and packing nearly 32 acres of apples makes for long days and hard work for John and Dorie Belisle, a former Florida couple who decided to turn a chunk of fertile valley soil into an orchard near Bellingham 20 years ago. “Two months, it’s over,” says John Belisle as he gives a tour of perfectly aligned rows of trees laden with 21 varieties of apples – many of them grafted into unique blends and flavors.