Talea’s Newsletter, November 17, 2016

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This will be our last official weekend for the 2016 Montgomery Place Orchards Harvest Season

We will be open Thursday, November 17–Sunday, November 20 9am -5pm.

Apple varieties still available:  Black Twig, Baldwin, Newtown Pippin, Pink Lady, Fuji and Suncrisp  Pears, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Cheese, Jam, Honey and our own just-pressed sweet apple cider…..

We MAY be open next Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday – depending on fruit/vegetable supply and weather. Please check our website for updates.

So our season comes to an end and what a challenging season this was.   Doug and I spent some time today reflecting over this past year and even though we lost all the peaches, apricots and plums and harvested only 50% of our usual apple crop, we are very thankful for a pretty good year.

I like to think we were resilient and we rose to the challenge.  We had to leave our comfort zone, fruit growing, and  concentrate on something different – vegetables.  First we planted tomatoes.  Now we have grown tomatoes for many years, but always as an “extra”.    This year they were the main show.  We left nothing to chance;  every plant was carefully staked, trickle irrigation was put under the plastic mulch (which was invaluable in this drought year), and we mowed in between the rows to keep the weeds down.

We learned so much and it was because we were faced with a new challenge.  Not everything worked – we tried to grow a lot of sugar snap peas, but every time they blossomed, it got really hot and the blossoms just shriveled and so… no peas.  But boy did we have green beans this year!  We messed up with the timing of our cucumber planting, but boy did we have peppers.

There were gains and losses, but that is life….
What I did learn this year is that I will always love Peaches more than tomatoes, but this year I was really thankful for tomatoes….

 

Remember when every available surface at our market was covered with tomatoes...??

Remember when every available surface at our market was covered with tomatoes…??

 

As we bring our season to a close, it seems so appropriate to be able to give Thanks.

We like to think of our farm market as small but mighty.

It always amazes me just how much produce goes through our little market.
For that we have all of you to thank, but also ALL the farmers who let us share their harvest with you.
We would like to list them – I feel now like I just received an Academy Award and I want to make sure to include everyone I want to thank and the list is long…..

THANK YOU…..

Hearty Roots Farm – Beets, Carrots, Onions, Turnips, Kale, Eggs
Mead Orchards – Blueberries, Winter Squash, Specialty Pumpkins
Fix Brothers Farm – Cherries, Pears, Peaches, Apples
Kesicke Farm – Sweet Corn, Doughnuts, Pumpkins
Frecon Orchards – Peaches
Saunderskill Farms – Sweet Corn, Pumpkins and starting our Tomato and other seedlings
Potts Farm – Plums
Greig Farm – Blueberries
Sky Farm – the BEST Salad Mix, Arugula, Asian Mix in the Northeast
Whistledown Farm – Onions, Leeks, potatoes,
Bard Farm – cranberries
Brittany Hollow Farms – potatoes, garlic
Meisner Farms – sweet corn
Flyaway Farm – onions, mushrooms, vegetables, tomatoes, Garlic
Starling Yard Farm – tomatoes
Sparrowbush Farm – Potatoes, Fennel, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger
Shoving Leopard Farm – Flowers, Garlic
Green Owl Garlic
Hudson Valley Garlic Growers
Good Flavor Farm Garlic
Spring Lake Farm – eggs
Darlin Doe Farm – eggs
Sawkill Farm – soap
Shaver-Hill Farm – Maple Syrup
Ray Tousey – Honey
Highland Farm – Venison
Wiltbank Farm – Mushrooms
Burkholder Farm – Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower
Rick the Mushroom Forager
Glenn Golovin – our CHEESE guy that supplies us with a stellar cheese selection
Camphill Village – Bread

Jons Bread

 

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We have so very much to be thankful for…..

And so now we look forward to next season.  Now, because cold weather did so much damage this past season, we thought we would take no chances and ask all of you to help us.   If you visit us at the farm market this weekend, ask us for a honey bear and then… On the coldest winter day, please make yourself a cup of tea and add some of our honey to it. Then say a little prayer that the weather will not be too cold to cause any damage to our fruit buds. If we all work together, who knows what can happen.   Wishing you all a safe and peaceful winter season.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

Doug and Talea

p.s…We will be open through December (on an Honor System – cash/check only) at the farm location, a.k.a. the “Honey Room”, for Holiday Baskets, jams and honey. We will update you with hours and directions with a quick email after the Thanksgiving holiday, or you can check our website, Facebook, or Instagram for the details.

 

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