Winter Time

The orchard in the snow

The orchard in the snow

Last week we finally turned the water off in the barn, the last step in shutting it down for the Fall 2013 season. The winter is a time for us to wind down, to finally take a seat on the couch in the middle of the day and relax without guilt. However, it’s not entirely knitting socks or bringing the dogs for walks around the orchard. The winter is significantly less busy but still full of farm responsibilities like pruning the thousands of fruit trees, cleaning the remnants of last season, preparing jams for next year, and ordering seeds for the upcoming season.

We look forward to seeing you come farmers market season in June, and be well until then.

Thanksgiving Pies


Ok it is time to order those Thanksgiving pies.  Here is what we have got going this year.

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You must order by Monday November 25.  Pick up is at the farm Wednesday November 27 between 12:00 and 6:00.  Please order by email or phone (320)236-7685. or at the farm.  Leave what pie you want and if it is baked or frozen, your name and an email or phone #




Pie tasting

It’s pie day Sunday Nov. 3. We will have 7 different apple pies for you to taste and vote for your favorite. We chose our favorites
-All Haralson
-All Haralgold (one of our apples)
-All Intensity ( one of our apples)
-Fairhaven Farm Blend (Haralson,Autumn Blush, Sweet 16 and Cortland)
-New England Blend ( Macintosh and Cortland)
-European Blend (Tumanga, Lubsk Queen and Sampion)

You may taste any 3 for $2 or all 7 for $3. Tasting will be held 1-4 on Sunday while supply lasts.  Free coffee to wash it down.

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The Ultimate Fall Day

The sun is going to shine and it is going to great day for picking apples, or grapes, or raspberries, or pumpkins. What the heck pick them all, and you can at Fairhaven Farm! It’s peak time for an apple orcahrd, almost all the fruit is available. So take a drive to see the fall colors and end at the orchard. Today we will have all the baked goodies in the shop along with interesting jams and jellies. You can walk through the maze or take a leisurely horse drawn wagon ride. Its going to be the ultimate fall day.

The sun is going to shine and it’s going to be a great day for picking apples or grapes or raspberries or pumpkins.  What the heck pick them all and you can at Fairhaven Farm.  It’s peak time for an apple orchard, almost all the fruit is available.  So take a drive to see the Fall colors and end at the orchard.  Today we will have all the baked goodies in the shop along with lots of interesting jams and jellies.  You can walk through the maze or take a leisurely horse-drawn wagon ride.  It’s going to be the ultimate fall day.IMG_4043 IMG_4952 IMG_4539 IMG_4537


Intensity, a new Fairhaven Farm apple developed by Dave Macgregor, has the crispness of Honeycrisp with the tart-sweet zing of Haralson. IMG_0424 Intensity is currently only available at Fairhaven Farm, and you won’t want to miss out on it. Other apples we now have include Honeycrisp, Haralson, Kinderkrisp, Autumn Blush, Ginger Gold, Chestnut crab, Jonamac, and Sweet 16.  You may also pick your own grapes, raspberries, apples and pumpkins.  Our Peter Pan corn maze is open to run around in,  and  horse drawn wagon rides will be available for the less energized, weather permitting.


It’s all happening guys:

Apple season is truly here.


Seasonal Farm Blog

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Wondering what to do with what’s in season? Caroline Finke, the daughter of Doug and Talea at Montgomery Place Orchards (mentioned in previous post) is the creator of the very accurately named blog The Farmers Daughter. It’s filled with recipes like Goat Meatballs and Zucchini Feta Pancakes. It’s also just a great reflection of the romantic joys of farm life, and personally helps me remember that they do indeed exist, even in light of crop failure or hail damage.

A Parallel World

For those of you who do not know, I have been living in a near parallel life in New York’s Hudson Valley. I still live a bike ride away from Annandale, and a 20 minute car ride from Kingston. Tractors on the road still prevent me from getting to school on time, and every once in a while I even see a corn field. But the aspect of life in the Hudson Valley that mirrors home most for me is working at a farm stand beloved by the surrounding community. This is my second season working for Doug and Talea Taylor at the Montgomery Place Orchards farm stand in Red Hook, NY, a wayside stand off a county road selling Imageeverything from bok choy, peaches, local cheese and emu eggs. The farm itself is located on the historic property of the Montgomery Place mansion with a view overlooking the Hudson river. Everyone from self-defined red necks to world class fashion photographers stop at the farm stand, introducing me to the full spectrum of Hudson Valley life. I spend most of my time there sorting through fruit and eating my weight in apples. I encourage you all to browse through their website see what’s possible in the world of farm markets. Montgomery Place Orchards and Fairhaven Farm are very different establishments, in two very different cultural-geographic locations, but each can influence and build off one another.