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This Sunday, December 21st is the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the day with the longest night. On the very next day we begin to see an increase in light, which is why many cultures celebrate the returning of the sun on the night of the solstice.
The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to relax, reflect, and be with family. Something about the cold and dark makes you want to be inside with your loved ones near. The time together can be spent reflecting on the blessings of life and remembering that the sun is returning more and more with each day.
Meet our orchardist and event coordinator at the farmstand on December 21st at 3pm for a guided Sunset Solstice Stroll thru the orchard- just in enough time to take in amazing sunset views and get back home to enjoy the longest night of the year with loved ones!
The sunsets here at Pietree are always beautiful and we are often lucky enough to see natural phenomenon such as sundogs from the top of our hill. Enjoy hot mulled cider and learn about orchard traditions and folklore associated with December such as Wassailing!
This is a FREE family event with limited space. Please call 207-647-4124 to reserve space or for more information. Dress warm with sturdy foot wear, bring a walking or hiking pole and don't forget the camera!
Do you have any special or meaningful traditions you share with your friends and family involving apples around the holidays? Decorations, treats, or favorite recipes?
November is a month to practice gratitude, to acknowledge and give thanks for the goodness in our lives. In our busy lives, it is easy to overlook little things and forget all that we have to be grateful for. This month, savor positive experiences and reflect on the blessings of life. You’ll be amazed with all you have to be grateful for whether it is a warm blanket, a satisfying meal, a beautiful view, or a house to call home.
We encourage you all practice gratitude this month. Leave a piece of paper on your dining table and each night at dinner, go around the table and have each family member write one thing they are grateful for. Make it a tradition and keep the pages in a scrapbook to reflect on in years to come! The things shared will bring a sense of joy and connection putting everyone in the right frame of mind for the gift-giving season!
There are so many ways to give thanks for the blessings in our lives! Take a nature walk, pay it forward, volunteer, or keep a gratitude journal. We encourage you all to practice gratitude and take time to reflect on the blessings in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin carving is a fun, family activity celebrated by many this time of year. It is a relatively inexpensive activity that can be completed in an evening. You can use a pumpkin carving kit complete with patterns and tools or design your own using a fine point marker and a few everyday kitchen utensils. Make sure you and your family are practicing safe carving- keep the scary on your jack-o-lantern face, not in how you carve.
Make your pumpkin carving easier and safer:
1. Before carving, check your pumpkin to make sure it sits easily. If not, wrap a towel base around the pumpkin so it no longer slides around.
2. Cut the top out, to give you a better grip when carving the face.
3. Scoop the seeds out with a pasta server (the dipper spoon with fingers) or the scraper-scoop in pumpkin carving kit. Set aside to make roasted pumpkin seeds.
4. Make carving marks before plunging in. Design your own with a fine point marker or use a pattern from a pumpkin carving kit. For best results draw a design with a marker on the pumpkin or fasten a pattern to the pumpkin using strong tape. Then using a sharp knife or carving tool, follow the design and make small, puncture marks directly on the design lines- no more than a 1/4 inch through the pumpkin flesh. Make the puncture marks close together so you can easily follow the marks to carve out your design. If using a pattern, remove the paper once all the lines have been stabbed through the paper.
5. Carve away from your body. Follow the puncture marks with a sharp knife or carving kit tool- slicing all the way through the pumpkin. The punctures make it easier to keep the knife steady and follow the lines of your design. Once you have carved the design through the pumpkin flesh, poke the designs out from the inside of the pumpkin.
6. Light it up and enjoy your creation! If candles aren't your thing you can get small, battery operated tea lights that offer the look of a burning candle with out the open flame.
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