Saturday, 30 August 2014

an apple a day!

release the doves… we are open!

after a busy spring and summer of work, we are so excited to invite you into the orchard...
oh what a delight to enjoy a fresh apple again!

  perfect for picking at the moment...  
ginger gold and macintosh apples 
ginger golds are a lovely sweet, crisp apple. 
they are wonderful in salads as they resist browning and are great for baking too.
macintosh are such a canadian classic! juicy, crisp and tart...excellent for pies (mark’s favourite) and apple sauce.
teachers love them both!

we are using ginger golds for our pies ...
did you know you can make an apple pie with us? 
we have every thing you need... and we'll show you howyou can even lick the spoon! 
we will tuck it in our oven while you enjoy the orchard,
 or you can take it home to bake in your kitchen. your home will smell sumptuous!

next week we expect to start picking our bartlett pears. 
we have a very small crop of pears this year.
i have a brilliant recipe for pears to share next time.  

we look forward to seeing you! 
warm farm hugs,

                                               carl laidlaw orchards 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

kids these days!

 again this summer we have had a terrific ensemble of bright, 
enthusiastic farm help.

  some kids returned after spending previous summers and falls with us.
 some were new to the farm…brought in by their seasoned farm friends, our kids,
 or parents that love the farm! some kids managed to work for us while also working elsewhere. 
for a few, this was their very first job. 

       it is remarkable that they arrived at 8:00 every morning with a smile!    

    they have been pruning the apple trees and thinning apples all summer.
 their farmer tans are awesome! 

 this cool weather has been marvellous for working in the orchard. 

pruning can be a titch tedious…lucas has a big boom box that he kindly shared.
pruning to music…life is good!

  despite a light crop after that crazy winter, the orchard looks amazing!
we are always sad to see the university kids leave…
  but, we do have a wonderful staff to help us when we open…august 30th! 
we look forward to the harvest after a busy summer!

kids these days! so terrific! what would we do without them?

farm hugs,

                                               carl laidlaw orchards