We are starting off the year with new love for life in the orchard. It has given us a wonderful environment during the 2020 winter. Sheryl has made many new pieces of artwork for our small gallery at the orchard.
The preserved fruits have been a constant part of our dinner menus during the winter. Our favorite is icy, semi frozen fruit sitting atop a hill of fresh greens. We collect sherry and balsamic vinegars for the vinaigrettes.
Pruning is underway. The winter has been extremely mild. Stay optimistic, a fabulous season will unfold. We look forward to seeing our many visitors during this summer 2021. Happy New Days to all.
The Pandemic Season, never to be forgotten. We have been sheltered in since February 16. Blessings to all. We expect a beautiful crop of fruit this year. Even the apricots may produce. Cherries are shedding their blossoms and the peach crop looks beautiful.
It is our goal to be able to bring safe fruit to everyone this season. We will keep you informed about how we plan to harvest. For now, May 12, we will get our shipping orders organized and nurture our plants and trees.
If you would like shipped cherries this year, approximately mid July, 2020…. follow our simple directions.
We are keeping the fires burning while our trees remain dormant. Fences are watched, repairs are made after our significant winds this winter season. Sometimes a small ermine shows its face or a raccoon checks out the compost. Our Tibetan Terriers keep the orchard free of intruding coyotes or bigger, wildlife cats. The bears are sleeping. Our orchard birds are fed and the dogs get long walks. The kitchen is busy, big winter meals are cozy and relaxing. It is our time for artwork and the finishing on our house. We host friends and visitors for dinners. Our temperatures have been high. Generally, they have hovered around 34 degrees F. Last night, Feb.1, 2020, at midnight, our temperature was 47 degrees F.
These are salad bags from my freezer.
During high summer season, I prepare these bags with, just picked fruit. We love salads in winter. Greens are piled high and this semi thawed, icy fruit is perfect with a nice sherry or lemon vinaigrette.
We must confess. For the first time, (after thirteen years of farming the Orchard), we have traveled for fun, this winter 2019-2020. Our Tibetan Terrier, Ali Baba, shows in AKC dog shows. He is handled by our friend, David Murray. We visited Ali in October, December, and January We visited Arizona, Florida, and California. We enjoy his AKC, dog, Tibetan Terrier campaign. Our passion for Tibetan Terriers created a cause for us to getaway. We prepare, now, for Westminster in New York City. We were very fortunate, last year Ali won his breed at Westminster. He has brought us Joy. Here are a few photos of our very unusual winter trips. First Time Ever! We had to learn how to use a suitcase again.
We look forward to communicating with everyone when our crops and trees begin their spring manifestations. Expecting a great 2020 season!
Our cherries are beautiful and ripening. The Orchard always feels very fresh and alive at this point in our season. The trees are weeded and fed with excellent kelp. The lawns are moist, mowed, and trimmed. Terrific conditions for the best cherries. We expect the cherries to grow and darken in redness over the next two weeks. Our harvest may fall around July 17, 2018. Let us know if you want boxes shipped. (.. email, firstname.lastname@example.org…) Otherwise, we hope you will plan a visit to pick cherries. Here’s to a beautiful and happy new season. Getsome!
We are harvesting our Concord Grapes. It has been our longest Spring, Summer, Fall, season, yet.
We are still without frost. Last night, we walked the gardens. Green Peas, Swiss Chard and Dried Beans were harvested. We came inside and made a nice quiche with the Chard and Prosciutto. Since the crust was prepared, I made a tart cherry pie.
Over the next weeks, we will recap some of our summer highlights. We would like to thank all of our customers who came for fruit during this long, eight month season. The garlic is planted, the trees are fed. Now, we will turn our attention to the Orchard House Building project.
Next year, our new Orchard House will be open for cooking classes and events.
If you are interested in making jelly with Concord Grapes, call us for grapes at 406-871-5499. Thank you for sharing the fruits of our labor with us over this past season of fruit.
The weather is getting warmer and beginning this weekend, we are celebrating our great fall crops. Call us and come down, 406-871-5499. We have the best cooking apple. During the week, I will post some of my favorite apple recipes. We have enjoyed our apples during our last several days. The pears are out of this world this year. The Italian plums are just about ready. Concord grapes are ripening. The beauty of the Orchard is an incredible sight and walking in the trees is very uplifting. We are making baskets of apples and applesauce. Come join us over the weekend or any day next week. Happy fall to all. It is a fine time to think of making great applesauce for the year. We can help you learn if you haven’t made applesauce before.
We have several varieties of great eating apples and our Ruby Mac cannot be beat for cooking. This is the truth.
A special season for our premium apples, plums, pears.
Our harvest is scheduled! I am making raspberry cakes in the kitchen. We will begin on Friday, July 15, 2016. Everyone is ready and the spare tire for the trailer is new. Dan has oiled up the ties and the bins will be picked up at Glacier Fresh Cherries in the morning. They are the fine people who pack our cherries and send them to market. Our tart cherries are ready, too. This means we now have u pick for raspberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, and apricots will be ready next week. Wish us well, the hours will be long, but we are ready to work! Thank you!
Harvest Schedule Plans
Plans can change if it rains. As of today, Wednesday, we plan to begin harvest at Daylight on July 15, Friday. We will work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We will ship boxes on Monday, U S Postal Service. They are guaranteed to arrive Tue, Wed, but some areas: Thursday.
Our weather has changed and we have had some mild, drizzle rains. Cherries love the cooler weather. They have relaxed and have begun to put on size again. This means, instead of building sugar and preparing for harvest, they have slowed down. We are fine with this and have blow dried the orchard four times with a helicopter. Our best guess, on this day, is July 15 for our upcoming harvest.
To all of you who are waiting for cherries, watch this page. We believe we have close to a week until the cherries have a Brix number that will indicate growth, sweetness, and color. …..We will harvest when they are at their prime.
Now, regarding raspberries:
We are absolutely loaded with wonderful raspberries. We are having u pick people at 4pm each day. If you would like to pick raspberries, please call us at 406-871-5499. We would love to see our raspberries in your refrigerator, too!
I have made jam and it is wonderful this year.
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