Blueberry Picking

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Summer is one of my favorite times at the farm because I love blueberries. And what’s wonderful about blueberries is that they last for 6 weeks! It’s not a super short season like black raspberries – 2 weeks at most for them. So what’s the story behind our blueberry patch? The patch we have now is big and lush and doing well … but it wasn’t always that way… [click to continue…]

Mmm! Good!

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Apple pie might be called the National Dessert — you’ve heard the old saying that “it’s as American as apple pie and motherhood”. However you make it (but especially with Paulus Orchard apples), it’s old-fashioned wholesome goodness. 

With the update of our website this season, we’re developing an online recipe collection. Included are family favorites as well as recipes collected from other resources. You’ll find recipes using apples, blueberries and blackberries, peaches, and some of the fresh produce items that we sell here at the farm.

There’s a handy button allowing you to print the recipes, too! Enjoy!

A berry sunny day!

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We had a lovely day of sunshine this week, and I found it too hard to remain indoors with the interminable paperwork. So — I escaped to the fields for a little strawberry planting! The guys were nice enough to let me help. Andrew and I were planting. (Dan let me have his job for a little while.)

Robert had the hard job of driving slowly and going in a straight line. You can see how tough it was on him. (Winkie! Winkie!) After I left, Dan took his job back and the guys kept planting. They did a lot more than me … 6,000 plants are now in the ground.

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Organic or not?

From time to time we are asked about organic farming so I have tried to address the questions below.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have that I may not have addressed.  We’re more than happy to talk with you about our farming practices.

Here is a general outline for what is written below:

  1. What is Organic Farming
  2. Why aren’t you organic?
  3. Is natural better than synthetic?
  4. A little more about sprays
  5. Integrated Pest Management
  6. Some excellent articles I encourage you to read

When consumers are asked why they purchase organic food, the majority of them say their top reason is to avoid pesticides (Wilcox).   Unfortunately, there is a misconception about organic farming.  Organic farms use USDA approved pesticides and fungicides.  Many organic sprays are non-synthetic sprays (found naturally), but not all of them.  There are some synthetic sprays allowed (such as streptomycin which is currently approved for organic farming against fire blight, a plant disease). Certainly the majority of the sprays are non-synthetic and I believe the goal is to have all non-synthetic sprays.  But the point that I am trying to make is organic farming does not mean no sprays. [click to continue…]