Sweet Sounds of Xarika!

Sweet Sounds of Xarika!

We’re excited to have Xarika Suffredini gracing us with her acoustic super powers again this Fall! Xarika covers a wide range of songs from the 60’s to today while infusing her own spirit and energy into every word.

“I cover a diverse range of music from the 60s to today, with my own acoustic twist of course. My set list is always growing and evolving, and I’m always taking recommendations because I want to play what you want to hear, but most of my set list comes from listening to music in my parents car growing up. Some huge inspirations for me are Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Alanis Morsette, Shania Twain, Jewel, Tristin Prettyman, Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, and the Grateful Dead, -plus many many more.”

Whether it’s her twist on classic covers, her original songs or her paintings Xarika lives to put artistry into the world – we are always excited to have her here!

“I want to do the things I love and make it my job, my business, maybe even my career. I want to be singing, playing, creating music and art, putting good things into the universe.”

To book Xarika contact her at [email protected]

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We are a Glyphosate free orchard

We are a Glyphosate free orchard

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in roundup, the worlds most commonly used weed killer. It is a chemical that is intended to absorb into the leaves of a plant and travel all the way to its roots to kill it. Imagine what exposure to such a chemical could cause to your skin or digestive system. It has been linked to cancers, digestive disorders and autoimmune disorders. In spite of the challenges avoiding this effective herbicide creates for us we are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

We are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

Here are some resources that explain the dangers of Roundup:

Hazards of the World’s Most Common Herbicide
New scientific studies link Roundup (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, to a host of health risks, such as cancer, miscarriages and disruption of human sex hormones.

Roundup Weed Killer Kills More Than Weeds
Alarming new research on the health hazards of Roundup weed killer is shining a harsh light on a regulatory process that was meant to protect us.

Glyphosate Use
This chart shows that glyphosate use in the United States has been steadily increasing every year, for many years.

GMO Debate Continues as Studies of Herbicides Reveal Chronic Health Problems
Despite new studies proving glyphosate to be a harmful herbicide, the FDA has increased the limits allowed in fruits and vegetables — empowering Monsanto and refreshing the GMO debate.
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Roundup Is Toxic to Good Bacteria in Soil
Scientists are finding many negative impacts caused by the glyphosate used on Roundup-Ready GM crops.

The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health, but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GM Crops
A new Washington State University study shows that the emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds is strongly correlated with the upward swing in pesticide use.

The Crazy New Research on Roundup
A popular chemical sprayed onto lawns and food crops all across the country may cause a catastrophic situation in your gut.

source: https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/dangers-of-glyphosate-herbicide-zmgz13onzsto

Our Spray Policy

Our Spray Policy

While we are not an organic orchard we make every effort to minimize the use of pesticides. Our starting point is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This approach is developed by institutions like Cornell University and provides evidence based recommendations and strategies for managing, not necessarily eliminating, the multitude of micro-organisms, animals, plants and insects that can reduce fruit quality, fruit yield and that threaten the health of orchards and the financial sustainability of modern farms. While IPM is a widely used standard for ensuring the safe use of pesticides we routinely use far less pesticides than these standards would indicate.

Like life itself, orchards are a complicated, dynamic arrangement of natural forces that must be managed and harnessed to bring fruit to the world and we’ll keep doing our best to keep you, our employees and our trees safe in the process.

Thanks for supporting local agriculture

How rich are we?

How rich are we?

Having spent most of my life on the farm there are many recurring themes that come and go as the seasons. Among them is the perception of financial abundance that emerges every Fall as thousands of families come to visit the farm to pick apples, eat donuts and take in the energy of the harvest. Ever since I was a child I have encountered this perception from those that may not fully understand the immense undertaking it is, to get to, and through, each harvest. From the pruning in the Winter to the non stop mowing and spraying in the Spring and Summer, there is always work to do. Long after the apples are picked and the customers have moved on to the next seasons traditions we are busy every day working towards the next season. I often work 12 hours or more a day for months at a time – no PTO, no paid vacations, and still never get it all done. Beyond the arduous nature of farming there are all the normal challenges and expenses of running a small business – liability insurance, workers comp insurance, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, taxes, equipment repairs and maintenance, etc. The fact is, once the dust settles there’s not much money left over to backup that perception of financial abundance. However, the abundance we do have can not be measured in dollars and cents.

“the abundance we do have can not be measured in dollars and cents.”

The glaciers have blessed us with fertile soil and beautiful rolling hills. We are blessed with a tremendous ground water resource that transports nutrients to our trees. We are blessed with prevailing winds that help pollinate our orchards. We are blessed by trees that withstand the snow, ice, wind and rain with vigor and persistence. We are blessed with generations of families that make their pilgrimage to the farm each year. And we are blessed by the dedication and hard work of all the people it takes to make the farm fruitful.

Spartan

Spartan

Spartan

Available in the fall and early winter months; the Spartan apple was originally believed to be a cross between a McIntosh and Newton Pippin apple, however recent DNA testing has eliminated Newton as a possible parent.

What’s It Like?

  • Sweet-tart balance
  • Juicy
  • Crisp white flesh
  • All-purpose

Applications

The Spartan apple is an excellent cooking and dessert apple. Its firm flesh will hold its shape and maintain its sweet flavor when baked into pies, crisps and turnovers. Diced or grated Spartan apple will add sweetness and moisture to savory preparations such as fritters, cheese puffs and chutney. Its aromatic juice lends itself to cider, soups and jams. The flavor of the Spartan apple pairs well with blue cheese, parsnip, cranberries, pork, walnuts, onion, ginger, clove and rosemary.

Crispin

Crispin

Crispin

Bite into a Crispin for a great crunch and mouthful of sweet juice. The original name for this exceptional apple was Mutsu, reflecting its Japanese heritage. It was renamed Crispin in the late ‘60s and has been gaining fans ever since.

What’s it like?

  • Sweet, yet very refreshing
  • Very juicy
  • Extra crisp

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating, sauces, baking and freezing
  • Good for salads and pies

Special Hint

  • Try Crispins for roasting whole apples or thick slices. They’re a wonderful accompaniment for your favorite roast.
Paulared

Paulared

Paulared

Available in August into October; Paula Red apples were discovered around 1960 by grower Lewis Arends near a McIntosh block in his orchard in Michigan. He named the apple after his wife, Pauline. Paula Reds appeared on the market as a distinct cultivar in 1968.

What’s It Like?

  • Tart
  • Juicy
  • Crisp white flesh
  • Pleasantly aromatic
  • All-purpose

Applications

 Perfect for applesauce; tartness allows for less (or no) sugar to be added.

Jonagold

Jonagold

Jonagold

Available mid-fall through the winter; a cross of two important American varieties the Golden Delicious and Jonathan, the Jonagold apple has over seventy different strains, each which vary slightly in color, size and taste.

What’s It Like?

  • Sweet
  • Crisp, creamy yellow flesh
  • Juicy
  • Aromatic honey-like scent

Applications

A popular dessert apple the Jonagold can be used in a variety of sweet preparations. Bake into pies, tarts, muffins and cakes. Hollow and stuff or cook whole and baste to make baked apples. Jonagold apples are perfect for use in sauces, preserves and jam. Their sweet-tart flavor will complement savory applications as well. Use in chopped and green salad, serve sautéed slices alongside pork or root vegetables or pair with robust cheeses on a sandwich, pizza or cheese board.

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