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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Ashley, the Farm’s “Manager”

Ashley, the Farm’s “Manager”

We joke around that Ashley is our farm’s “commander.” Kidding aside, she’s the real deal—hard working, witty, and service-oriented.

Ask her what she does at the farm, and she’ll say, “Anything and everything.”

A managerial title would suit her, but she’s not inclined to behold any ego-driven title. We all know, however, the Apple Farm’s success depends upon her.

She busily hires seasonal help in early August. She makes sure that thorough to-do lists are completed. She reminds us of what curb-side pick-up orders are ready. She ensures shelves are stocked and accurately priced. She serves up fine cups of espressos and lattes, no matter the time of day, teaching everyone else along the way.

And that’s not all.

She’s a “boss” on the forklift, hoisting 1500-pound apple bins onto our sorting and pressing lines. On Sundays, she ensures all things are set for cider pressing, including our high-tech, cold pasteurization UV machine.

After long days, she power washes our press and conveyer belts to ensure everything is safely sanitized. Yes, it’s a “dirty job,” but she does not shy away from messes. She’s in the trenches with the rest of us, like any commander ought to be. What must be done, she gets done. And she’ll remind us, “We signed up for this, so let’s get to it!”

Ashley is a strong, reflective leader—heart and soul. She is fiercely loyal to the farm’s mission of providing quality produce, as well as our orchards where people find solace and appreciation of nature.

When you stop in and happen to meet her, you will be greeted by someone Victor, NY and agriculturalists are proud of!

Bejan – The Logician

We have determined that Bejan is the logician of the Victor Apple Farm.  He prefers logician over the farm’s owner.  He values being a steward of the orchards, rather than their holder.  Adaptive and creative, Bejan figures things out, weaving pragmatism into prosperous vision.

Although he grew up on the farm, he remembers never feeling “adequate or skilled enough to run it.”  

So much has changed!

Prior to taking over the farm in 2014, Bejan studied architecture, worked in real estate and construction, and managed his own rental properties.  He even earned a degree in respiratory therapy and worked at Rochester General Hospital for two years prior to finding his way back to the farm.  Each varied endeavor increased his confidence as he completed online agricultural courses through Cornell University and made plans to take over the enterprise he once felt too inadequate operate .  

Central to Bejan’s quiet, humble manner are rare eclectic values, dreams, and persistence—which are the Apple Farm’s ability to thrive, despite catastrophe.  If you haven’t read about the Apple Farm’s 2016 fire, please read about it here:  Our Rebuilding Story.

His stewardship of the orchards breathes life into each season behind the scenes.  The abundance of apple picking, between late August through early November, is the gift of everything he persevered during the cold season. 

Throughout the “off-season,” tractors were repaired, trailers welded, woodchippers sharpened, motors replaced, and farm beams hoisted. At every restoration, Bejan is on standby, ready to get things up and running again.

But it’s not just about metal mechanics; he also builds authentic relationships with other apple farmers, a local hard cidery, large-scale land developers, and strong shouldered pruners and pickers.  

All the while fostering supportive, loyal employees who devote their worktime to the Apple Farm’s vocation. 

Though random deep-level repairs might drive others to give up, there is Bejan:  in good humor and a gentle smile—with a funny clip from YouTube that puts growth into perspective, modeling for the rest of us: to go with the flow, just as Nature does.  

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.

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