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Dear autumn, we love you

It is mid-October, and the season is starting to come to a close on the farm. We're soaking up the gorgeous fall colors, building another high tunnel, planting garlic, and getting everything squared away for the long winter to come. We only have a few varieties of apples left to pick for the year (Goldrush, Golden Russet, Enterprise, Winecrisp, Black Oxford, and a few others here and there) along with Olympic Asian pears.  We have a great variety of delicious apples ripe now in our fruit stand and at the Ithaca Farmers Market, including: Northern Spy- (arguably the best pie apple, just ask your grandma! Also great for eating, with a crisp texture, good flavor, and the perfect amount of tartness)...

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It's berry season!

It's berry season on the farm. Black raspberries (black caps) and blueberries are bountiful!  This year, our black raspberries are all ripening very quickly, so we expect their season will be shorter than usual. Enjoy them while they last!  One of our favorite things to do with a surplus of summer berries is to freeze them. It's quick, easy, and we have berries all winter long for desserts, oatmeal, or smoothies. Just dump them lovingly into gallon freezer bags (2 or 3 pints max per bag so they freeze quickly), make sure they are evenly distributed in the bags, and place on a flat shelf of a chest freezer. Once the berries are frozen, you can stack them up or box them...

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May Flowers

The apples are beginning to bloom, and a few early-blooming varieties are in full bloom as of May 12. The forest trees are leafing out, and the farm is waking up! After many long days, we finally have finished planting 3 acres of blueberries. Our vision is to have a u-pick in 7 years or so! Asian Pear Blossoms about to open up, early May 2019 Although the winter was hard on our peach trees, we still have some peaches blooming this spring. Fruiting wall of apple blossoms, May 2019.  

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