Posts from the ‘The Farm’ category

Well the weather isn’t the greatest right now but we were still able to get the trees planted.

Apple, Pear and Peach Trees.  Pus Fig and Marion Berries.

Bag – O – Trees!

Tree Kits.

Goodies for the trees!

All 10 trees planted.

Trees all planted and ready to grow!

 

Ashmead's Kernel

I have placed my order for spring delivery on some wonderful heirloom trees. I can’t wait to get them in the ground and watch them grow. The company I have ordered them from, Trees of Antiquity, has been recommended by several organic sites that I visit and they have great reviews from their customers. Nothing but raves on the quality of the product and it’s delivered state. Very important when ordering from nurseries because it is not always a guarantee that what you see in the catalog represents the quality that is delivered.

These are my picks:

Ashmead’s Kernel

Ashmead's Kernel

This is an old English (1700s) russet apple. This apple has a champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom and an aromatic intense flavor.

 

Cortland

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Tart and tangy white crisp flesh and one of the best salad apples because it doesn’t brown easily. Has a sweet vinous flavor.

 

Cox’s Orange Pippin

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From 1830 England and highly esteemed as a dessert apple. Crisp, juicy, richly aromatic and almost spicy.

 

Golden Russet

Golden Russet

The champagne of old-time cider apples, also delicious for eating and drying. Crisp and highly flavored makes very sugary juice.

 

Lady

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From 1600 France and also known as “Christmas Apple” because it was used in Christmas decorations and stockings. Small, smooth, creamy yellow fruit that has a crisp, juicy flesh.

 

Newtown Pippin

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Originating from New York (1759) this was one of George Washington’s favorite. Firm, crisp, and sprightly aromatic with refreshing piney tartness.

 

Wickson Apple

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Perfect cider apple with spicy extraordinary sweetness and a pronounced acid tang.

 

Photos and descriptions are from the Trees of Antiquity website: www.treesofantiquity.com.

 

 

 

Snow of Feb. 26, 2013

On February 26, 2013 we had quite the snowfall blanket the farm. It was around a couple of feet at least. When you tried to walk in it you sank to your knees! Really awesome so I have added some photos with comments to share.

Snow of Feb. 26, 2013

This is our redbud tree just outside of the garage. As you can see the snow covers up to half of its trunk and the branches are beautiful and softly covered in white.

Snow gathered at back door

When opening the back door we saw this nice snow pile. Needless to say Tex, our rather heavy (uh…solid) orange farm cat, was not too thrilled about going out and quickly ran back to his favorite chair and kept a low profile all day.

Deck covered with snow

This is a view of the back deck. Can’t really make out what is all there under the snow. There is a bar-b-que somewhere under there!

Corner of deck steps

These are the steps leading to the deck and you can see they are pretty much swallowed up.

Back area view

The view from the back yard out across the field and the woods in the back. While taking this picture I could hear the trees in the woods crack loudly as the branches, heavy with snow, were breaking off and the sounds echoed in the woods. So cool but also eerie.

Fallen branch

Speaking of branches breaking off this is the old (and I mean OLD cedar tree) in the front yard that lost a rather good sized branch. It lost even more before all the snow was done.

No fire pit today

This is normally our gathering and fire pit area but certainly not right now. The marshmallows will have to wait!

Snow covered roof

A little snow on the rooftop! Thank goodness our roof is pretty tough.

Road towards the highway

The road out to the highway. Not going anywhere without a bulldozer.

Hay Barn

One of the old barns on the farm. Still standing unbelievably even with all that snow.

Gate and horse pen

The gate and horse shed. Can’t see the old horse? That’s because she isn’t stupid and is in the shed away from the snow. At least until feeding time. :-)

Leaf embedded in the snow

A pretty leaf frozen just below the surface of the snow. There were a lot of these scattered all over the place and were like little frozen fossils.

Feeding time

Birds gratefully eating much needed seed on the cleared off table on the deck. It’s hard to tell by the picture but there was a steady stream of birds busily scooting, scrapping and pecking seeds and goodies out of the snow.

Deer spying on me at pond

Somehow I made it through the deep snow out to one of the ponds so I could get some pictures. I had to rest after all that travel (I actually had to stop and rest many times on the trek down there) so I sat on a bench on the ponds bank. As I sat there I watched two deer make their way down to the frozen pond to nibble on any exposed grass. I lost track of them after they went into the wooded area but then noticed movement to the right of me. In the trees I saw this deer checking me out. Since I am no threat she was able to relax and enjoy her time at the pond and then sprint out towards the fields with her sisters.

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At Tres Petit all fruit grown on the trees or bushes are free from pesticides. We don’t care if the fruit isn’t pretty to look at. We only care if it has a wonderful flavor and makes a great tasting product. If there is ever a need to treat a plant for disease then it will always be an organic method that will be used. I personally do not eat or drink anything treated with pesticides or grown from genetically altered seeds. So why would I make anything that is not to my own standards? You can feel assured that nothing that is made at Tres Petit is hiding anything poisonous or harmful to any customer or to any of the wild life that roams the farm. These little birds eggs in the Robin’s nest we found in one of the Apple trees in the orchard will have only the healthiest of food sources available to them when they hatch. Naturally.

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We grow our own produce to make our wines and ciders. We do not spray them to make them pretty. If we have to treat the plants for disease or pests then it will always be organic. The fruit and berries just need to be healthy and taste good they don’t need to be blemish free.

Our farm has been in our family for several generations. We were lucky to have an Aunt who was a teacher and could take us to the farm each summer to enjoy all the fresh air and farm grown food. My grandparents were the best! But I guess we all say that.

We helped gather peas, green beans, gooseberries, strawberries and more from gardens and various bushes and trees. My grandmother was a great cook and taught us how to make jams, jellies and pies. What a life!

My grandfather prided himself on his watermelons and cantelope. We had watermelon breaks in the afternoon during the summer.

It was a great time during the summer and the best most vivid memories of my childhood.

The picture is one of our ponds on the farm. Catfish, Crappie and Perch. Nothing better.

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Our line of ciders called “Heirloom Harvest” will be made with heirloom varieties of apples, pears and peaches to start with and then “blossom” (excuse the pun) to include more varieties such as plum, fig, mulberry and more.

Our ciders are hand pressed and made exclusively from the juice of the fruit.

A lot of work but worth every bit of it.

 

What’s brewin’ right now:

Moon Glow Cider – A light sweet pear cider made from Moon Glow pears

Kicky Bitch Cider – A unique tomato cider with a touch of jalape