Winter on the farm is
anything but quiet. The store is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM
5 PM until April when I resume a seven day schedule. The bald eagles
have returned to the area reservoirs with “Big Shuttle Meadow being the
I have seen mature eagles as well as a pair of immature birds feeding on
the ice. A good pair of binoculars will help you in your search.
The orchard is undergoing its annual pruning. We are also making plans
to add 410 new apple trees in April. This required the removal of some
of our older and weaker stock. Besides Macoun, Honeycrisp, Empire, and
Shizuka, we have some ancient heirlooms being added Cox’s Orange
Pippin and Esopus Spitzenburg. As more of these heirlooms become
available on our desired rootstock, we will order them.
Vegetable seeds are all ordered and most are now in stock awaiting
planting. Our selection has been expanded and a complete listing can be
found in our produce section. Pre-orders are always taken for vegetable
seedlings so keep this in mind so as not to be disappointed. The garlic
crop was planted in October and mulched over before Thanksgiving.
Christmas tree planting will begin in April with about 2,000 seedlings
being set. Most trees are four years old when planted and take another
7 to 10 years to reach market size. With all the recent news about
Phytophthora Root Rot in Frazer Firs, we are planting a large selection
of Turkish Fir and Meyer’s Spruce to stay ahead of future problems.
Maple syrup season will begin around February 14 if “Mother Nature"
cooperates. Last season was spectacular and we hope to have another
good crop. If you are at the store and the steam is rising from the
sugar shack, stop in for a visit.
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