Tag Archives: orchard

Go to bed with these pictures in your mind….

Started picking peaches this morning. We’ll have a few to sell. Some to make peach jam out of…. And I think I’ll make another batch of peach/ blueberry/ apple wine. Just by dumb luck the batch I made last year … Continue reading

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Current Events (locally)

One of my honey bee mentors  reached out to me last week with an offer. He said he had an extra nuc (new colony of bees) that he would be willing to trade  for some apples come fall. (We have … Continue reading

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You and I and 99 red balloons

The wind was coming out of the Northeast when we released the  balloons.  Within 30 seconds, 80 of them were tangled  up in a pine tree, and that is as far as they went.   The rest of them got … Continue reading

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Hammer Mill

Two weeks ago, when I was going to work, a small wood chipper/ hammer mill caught my eye.  It was sitting in a row with some other used lawn equipment.  I decided to stop on the way home, just to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Labor Day Weekend like this….

Labor Day weekend 2019. We celebrated by picking  just over 1000 pounds of Cortland and Honeycrisp apples and  100 pounds of honey  from our apiary. I have a couple of more ton of apples to pick in the next few … Continue reading

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Rebranding our B and B

We have decided to re-open and (rebrand) our B and B on a seasonal basis….( May 15th through the end of October). We originally opened in 2006.   Closed in 2014.  90% of our guests came to us, not so much … Continue reading

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The Hum of Ten Thousand Wings

Living here on this 140 year old farmstead  never gets old…. I was out in the garden/orchard just now soaking it all in. The temps this morning are in the mid 60’s,  there is a light breeze.  Great way to … Continue reading

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Drama in the hive

When I got home from work yesterday, I noticed honeybees swarming the 5 gallon bucket of water I have set outside  the chicken coop.  Sun was shining, no wind, temperature in the 60’s, perfect conditions for the bees to be … Continue reading

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Trying to BEE Careful. Bee Hive update 9/2/2018

I am right in the middle of putting the apiguard mite treatment in the bee hive.  (ie. 5 minutes ago) I was standing there in my bee keepers suit.  Had the top off the hive, was filling the tray feeder … Continue reading

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Snapshot

Already there is the hint of Fall in the air. The Ginger-golds (my personal favorite) are picked and in the cooler.  The Cortland’s will be ready to pick this week. Already the earliest ones have started to drop.  The Japanese … Continue reading

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