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…
Looking for a autumn gift to give? We have gift certificates available. These can be given in any amount, and we will maintain a credit balance throughout the orchard season so the receiver can use it over for multiple visits over the season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Although there have been many reports of apple crop losses due to early spring weather patterns, Hope Orchards is fortunate to have a good apple crop this year. We are opening for pick-your-own or purchase at the stand this Friday September 7th.
While our last three seasons have been “bumper crop” years, our current crop is at least 80% as large as those years. The apples are good sized and we are very optimistic about this years crop.
For now, our Paula Reds are the biggest we’ve seen in Maine this year, our Ginger Golds have that familiar welcome-to-apple-season flavor, and we have lots of both of them – starting to pick this Friday.
We just planted 690 trees!! Join us in our farm share effort this season!
Shares (similar to a Community Supported Agriculture or CSA) are now available for the 2012 season. Participants who choose to make a cash commitment of $85 before June 20June 30!, can purchase one hundred dollars worth of apples, pears, or cider anytime throughout the fall season. The orchard business will benefit by having funds upfront to pay for our spring and summer orchard expenses.
We have found that customers have appreciated this option; while some folks have made large purchases one or two times over the course of the season, others have visited us on a weekly basis. Some purchased cider for the freezer as part or all of their share.
If you would like to purchase a share, please print our Farm Share Form and mail a hard copy of the bottom by June 20June 30 to us. When we open for the season, we will maintain a credit record that will be updated each time you visit.