Rose & The Wayfaring Strangers will be playing at Hope Orchards, in beautiful downtown Hope, Me. from 12:noon to 2:00 pm this Sunday Oct. 9th! (weather permitting!) The group features Kim Moran from Lincolnville, Maine, (vocals, mandolin, flute ); Scott Harrison, Lincolnville, Me. (guitar, vocals) Wade Graham,Lincolnville, Me. (Bass); Lise Becu, Martinsville, Maine, (fiddle) and Rosey Gerry, from Lincolnville, (vocals, banjo, guitar, and autoharp). And special guest appearance by Dick Willman on peddle steel. They have performed up and down the midcoast area, and enjoy seeing people sing along and smile throughout their performances! Doesn’t matter if you have rhythm or not, their enthusiasm and mix of music are sure to have you toetapping and singing along.
Sooooooo many apples! Brien decided to press today- this is the earliest that I can remember him making cider. Thanks to Jody, Gene, Gwen, Finn, and Sharon, they made it happen. The cider is nice- light and not too sweet- mostly Ginger Gold and Paula Red in the mix. We should have plenty this weekend.
Hey! We survived, even with the rain today. So glad to see so many friends and acquaintances, all as excited as we are to have fresh apples to pick and eat. We are pleased to report that there are some Ginger Gold left for this coming week. Shhh, there are rumors of Honey Crisp at the stand too! There is vinegar in the barn ready to be bottled, so we hope to have that available too.
We have a great crew this year. We started on the right foot by meeting on Saturday morning for coffee and blueberry (what? not apple???) muffins. Then we managed to take the dreaded group photo. We did alright, don’t you think??
We will be here Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 16-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are feeling a little behind, not quite as prepared as some years, but the apples are coming in a little bit ahead of time, ripe and ready. So here we go….
We will have Pick Your Own Paula Reds and Ginger Golds. Both will be at the stand too, as well as Zestars! The Zestar is a cousin to Honey Crisp, and Brien says it is the best early apple going. I am still not convinced, as I think the Ginger Gold beats all. Come by to compare for yourself.
We have a small crop of Clapp’s Favorites pears, ripe and ready.
Oh, and Pick Your Own raspberries- great for the freezer. Nick Smith of Bull Run Farm fame (Cushing) is delivering a truck load of winter squash, pumpkins, and gourds on Friday morning.
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PICK YOUR OWN CARROTS???? Yep. The kids had a blast discovering what was under those big green grassy tops! It was a bit of a consolation prize this morning, as we had no more apples to pick, but plenty of big, orange, pungent carrots. With a good blast from the hose, the carrots were rinsed of excess soil. They made beautiful carrot “bouquets” to take home, or an immediate snack of the Bugs Bunny type. There will be more available next weekend, so come on by. Emily is dreaming up a carrot/apple/ginger bisque…
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October 5th – October 8th
There’s a LOT going on this weekend!
Friday – School’s Out For Cider! – Local schools are out for the day. Come to pick some apples, see the cider press in action, and enjoy a sample of fresh pressed cider.
Sunday ~ Fruit & Fibers – Local fiber producers and fiber artists will gather to show and sell. Hope Spinnery, Black Sheep Woolens, Sparky’s Honey, Percyve Designs, Dye Mama Woolworks, Apo Chromata and Blueberry Farm Alpacas will join us for the day.
Monday – Open for Columbus Day – 9:00am to 5:00pm.
AT THE STAND:
– Spartan, Macoun and Empire Apples & Flemish Beauty Pears
– Buttercup & Acorn Squash and Pumpkins
– Cider pressing on Friday – A BIG SQUEEZE this week!
– Friday thru Monday ~ 9am – 5pm
SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!