Growing here at Pietree is a chance to give thanks everyday for the farmers past and present. We cultivate many heritage crops- from the heirloom varieties of apples to ancient crops of the Americas like potatoes, yacon (Peruvian ground apple), popcorn, squash, pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, and chilies.
We also benefit from the continued efforts of other farmers, folks who are selecting for disease resistance and intense flavor in apples and other crops. By planting these disease resistant crops we can better ensure fruit making it to the market looking and tasting great, with fewer inputs.
We regularly participate in experimental plantings, like the peaches six years ago. When we planted peaches, we had no idea if a viable crop of any variety besides Reliance could be grown in our area. Six years with many extreme winter conditions (extreme dry cold and extremely warm and short in there) we have found that most of these new-to-this-area peach varieties are worth planting here.
By planting a mix of heritage and new varieties, we are seeking a way forward on our planet challenged by climate change and the increasing disease and pest pressures and vagaries of weather that climate change produces.
This November, we hope you will also give thanks for both cultivated inheritance of splendid produce and for the continuing work experimentation going on to help us keep adapting and offering delicious and healthy food.