News from the farm & November hours

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Now many of you may be thinking that this is our “End of Season” Newsletter, but you would be wrong.

It is true, we will be shortening our hours:

 

BEGINNING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
(when daylight savings time ends)
our hours will be:
 

OPEN
WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY
     9am – 5pm

CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS
 

EXCEPT…

In preparation for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Week Holiday Hours:

OPEN

Monday 11/19
Tuesday 11/20
Wednesday 11/21
9am - 5pm

And then to rest...

Closed Thanksgiving Day 
and Friday, 11/24


We will re-open on Saturday, 11/25 with our regular 9am - 5pm hours. We *hope* to be open until Sunday, December 2, but that is totally dependent on apple supply and weather. We will keep you updated!
 

As I write this letter, Doug is with our H2A guest workers as they load on a bus to head back home to Jamaica.  One farmer told me this spring that it is one of the happiest days of the year when their seasonal H2A workers arrive but it is also one of the happiest days of the year when the seasonal workers go home.  I find that to be so true.  Our workers arrive in early May and by then there is so much work to do and we just feel so overwhelmed.  Our four workers arrive and BAM!!  So much more work gets done!  But then,  that intense pace of work continues all season.  We are all exhausted and so happy that it is time for them to go home.

 

They finished picking apples yesterday and went home today.  The cold storage has a good supply of apples for us to sell…  we can slow down a bit…  We still have fields to clean, all the trees have to be pruned, all the raspberries trained…  but that ‘urgency’ has subsided a little.

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This is what hands look like after tying up tomatoes all day.

We have four men who harvest every piece of fruit and vegetable that we grow.  

Our leader is Linford – He will turn 75 in December and has been coming to ‘help’ us for almost 20 years.  I say ‘help’ us, because he does so much more than that.  He is one of the bossiest people I have ever known and we are so lucky to have him here with us.  This man has inspired and motivated Doug and I so much – his GREATEST joy is to start a seed and then to care for it.  He does everything with such reverence. When we get things delivered to the farm stand, there is always a little extra – a bouquet of zucchini flowers in the tray of zucchini, or grapes harvested with their leaves.  With him, we are reminded that if we take care of the plants, they will take care of us. I am happy to know that soon he will be home in Jamaica working his own farm and planting and caring for his tomatoes, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes.  
 

And next spring, we will be very happy to see him arrive again.

If you would like to read more about the H2A Program, click here to learn more.

 

Linford riding up with a trailer full of Braeburn apples (or as he calls them – Bourbon).

Back to the Farm Stand:

This Weekend is our:

14th ANNUAL APPLE PIE CONTEST

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OUR JUDGES THIS YEAR….

REDHEADS

AFTER JUDGING, ALL PIES ARE DEEMED PROPERTY OF MONTGOMERY PLACE ORCHARDS AND WILL BE EATEN BY ANYONE AT THE FARM STAND.

 

We still have a GREAT selection of apples:

This weekend:

ANTIQUE

Golden Russet

Jonathan

(and single variety Jonathan apple cider and Jonathan apple sauce)

Esopus Spitzenberg

Little Rosybloom

Northern Spy

Winesap

Rhode Island Greening

Baldwin

Black Twig

Api Etoile

 

MODERN

Suncrisp

Crimson Crisp

Crimson Gold

Elstar

Pink Lady

Evercrisp

Granny Smith

 

TRADTIONAL

McIntosh

Cortland

Empire

Jonagold

Golden Delicious

Idared

Braeburn

Cameo

Fuji

 
You may have noticed a newcomer to our Antique Apple list above: the Api Etoile Apple- also known as the "star apple", for its angular shape. This one is a palm-sized gem with snappy,  yellow-hued skin and occasional bright blushes of shiny pink. The firm flesh is VERY tart, citrusy, complex...very different. Please ask us for a taste the next time you visit! It's one of our end-of-season favorites.

And we will also have lots of Cider Donuts and our own pressed Apple Cider...

So, we may be ‘slowing down’ a bit… but we are not at the seasons end just yet.

Hope to see you soon – we have fresh apple and apple cider samples every weekend.  It is so much fun to watch people’s reactions to different tasting apples – how tart a Baldwin tastes,

or how dry Golden Russet is.  

And remember, if you time it right – you can also sample a lot of apple pie this Saturday.

 

As always…. Thank you for sharing our harvest with us.
 

Doug and Talea

November Market Hours
OPEN
Wednesday - Sunday
9am - 5pm

*Closed Monday and Tuesday*

Questions? Give us a ring at the market: 845-758-5476
 

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