At the Orchard

Fresh at the Farmstand August 20, 2015

We have a great selection of summer produce this week. Our first harvest of new potatoes- both French Fingerling and Red Gold- are available at the farmstand. Carrots, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, peas summer squash, cucumbers, and more are available fresh in farmstand.  You must try the Salt & Pepper Cucumber. This pale yellow cucumber is great fresh and pickled! Don't be fooled by the color- when they are mature they have a pale, yellow flesh with a crisp texture and good heirloom flavor. Use it in salads, cold dishes or as a garnish. 

Apple season is here! Many people don't start thinking about apples until the weather cools down and the leaves drop. We think that is unfortunate as so many early-season apples are delicious and worth trying. We started picking apples about 4 weeks ago. The Lodi was the first to harvest- a tart apple that is great in sauce, salads, or sandwiches! Soon after we harvested Jersey Macs, Vista Belles, Pristines, and William's Pride. All are now available in the farmstand. We offer sample baskets of each apple so you can decide which early-apple you like best. 

We are happy to offer potted herbs and flowers this season! We have a great selection available on the front porch all potted and ready for your home enjoyment. There is nothing like using fresh herbs, cut moments before, to add flavor to your meals. We have sage, thyme, parsley and more. We also have a great selection of perennials for your garden including daisies, yarrow, salvia, mums, lamb's ear and more! 

Summer in the Orchard

Farming at Pietree is special for so many reasons. The beauty here is definetly one of them. These shots were taken this week by Patrick McDonald, our Orchardist's Assistant. Take a peak at what he gets to do and see everyday! 

Here Patrick takes a break to enjoy the mountains in the background while harvesting NOP Vista Belle Apples. 

Here Patrick takes a break to enjoy the mountains in the background while harvesting NOP Vista Belle Apples. 

Here is our biggest crop of Vista Belle Apples from the NOP side. We grow according to National Organic Protocol on one side of the orchard. This the first year we have had a crop of NOP Vista Belles worth bragging over! YAY! Samples available in the farmstand this week! 

Here is our biggest crop of Vista Belle Apples from the NOP side. We grow according to National Organic Protocol on one side of the orchard. This the first year we have had a crop of NOP Vista Belles worth bragging over! YAY! Samples available in the farmstand this week! 

A dove nest was found in a Cortland Tree. We chose to work around it- avoiding the area and not putting applications on the tree that could harm the birds. The birds successfully hatched and moved along yesterday. 

A dove nest was found in a Cortland Tree. We chose to work around it- avoiding the area and not putting applications on the tree that could harm the birds. The birds successfully hatched and moved along yesterday. 

The mother dove taking care of the babies. 

The mother dove taking care of the babies. 

A beautiful end to the day. 

A beautiful end to the day.