The wood burning stove is hard at work, and we’re taking a lot of time these days to sit nearby and watch the fire flicker. The dogs are already restless in the house, staring longingly at the front door, or at our distracted faces hoping to get a good belly rub in before the day’s third nap. In fact, we’re all feeling a little cooped up, but excess energy can be bottled up and saved for the beginning of next season right? That what they mean by farm preserves? Maybe that’s a bit of wishful thinking, but something has to get a Minnesotan through the winter. Well, until the outdoors thaw we’ll continue reading fiction by the fire, pruning apple trees, spending too much time watching Tai Chi youtube videos, and making jam in the barn kitchen. Believe it or not Marsha is actually taking a vacation to Ecuador in February!
Thank you for another wonderful season, and we look forward to sharing the next one with you.
Lou’s new dog kennel
Dave’s heirloom corn kernals.
Seed orders coming soon
Three fruit marmalade
Making apple juice
Walking through our back swamp.
Marsha filling jars with marmalade.
This weekend on Sunday Oct. 26, 1-4 Fairhaven Farm will feature it’s 2nd annual pie tasting. We will again make pies from seven different apples or blends of apples and invite you to taste and vote for your favorite. On of this years contestants will be made with Swiss Gourmet apples from New York state, sent to us by our doughtier Marnie.
This weekend the Maze will be open and forecasted nice weather should enable another weekend of horse-drawn wagon rides in the afternoon. Pumpkin sales have been very strong leaving only a small and probably short lived selection. We still have a good selection of Zestar!, Honeycrisp, Haralson, Cortland, and Autumn Blush apples in the shop. We plan to be open through Thnaksgiving.
Wow! what a nice fall. This wonderful autumn weather is perfect for going to the orchard. We still have lots of Haralson apples for you to pick and Honeycrisp to buy in the shop. The horses are waiting to take you on a wagon ride and there is still time to wander though the “Charlotte’s Web” maze.
Next Sunday Oct. 26 we will be having our 2nd annual pie tasting. You can help answer the question as to the best apple or apples for a pie. Any suggestions?
It’s no secret that Honeycrisp is a fantastic apple. What may surprise consumers is that this variety is almost as notorious, amongst apple growers, as a difficult finicky apple to grow. One of its shortcomings is unusual susceptibility to tree trunk rot. As one of the first orchards to jump on the Honeycrisp bandwagon, Fairhaven Farm was also one of the first orchards to suffer extensive tree loss in its original plantings. This has led to new Honeycrisp plantings using some of the newest tree training systems and concepts. Shown here is the first crop of Honeycrisp on triple trunked trees trained to the Tall Spindle training system. A walk through the orchard at Fairhaven Farm reveals an intriguing array of different compact new plantings as we seek to find the ideal way to grow apples on our particular site.
Cool but sunny weekend should be perfect for a trip the the orchard. This weekend you can pick your own Haralson apples and the perfect pumpkin. The horses will be ready to take on a wagon ride both afternoons and the maze is always good for a wander.
This weekend at the farm you can pick your own Haralson apples, find the perfect pumpkin in our field or go for a horse-drawn wagon ride. Is there a better way to enjoy fall? We also have a few raspberries yet to pick and the Charlotte’s Web Maze is open.
Our barn shop has all your favorite apples, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp, Kinderkrisp, Intensity, Haralson, Autumn Blush, Chestnut Crab and Cortland. There are lots of pies and crisp, along with a with assortment of jam.
Intensity is one of several new apples that have been developed at Fairhaven Farm by co owner David Macgregor. New apple varieties are created by planting the seeds of existing varieties. In general, very few of these seedling trees will have worthwhile apples but the Honeycrisp variety has proven unusually capable of gifting its progeny with some of its own outstanding characteristics. Intensity has a good deal of Honeycrisp’s explosive texture and clean applly flavor but combined with a sprightly amount of acidity. Or, the crispness of Honeycrisp and the tartness of Haralson. Intensity ripens slightly ahead of Honeycrisp and stores in good condition well into winter with the acidity gradually mellowing. Last year was the first year we had a good crop of Intensity and it was a big hit with customers preferring apples with a little zing. This year the crop is down and we will sell out sooner than we would like so grab them while you can!
This week we’re featuring several great activities for the family. Horse drawn wagon rides will take place in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Harvest season is here and you and your loved ones can participate! Haralson apples, great big pumpkins, and ripe raspberries are all available for pick-your-own. The Charlotte’s Web corn maze is also a great activity for the family. Finally, winter squash has arrived. Come join us this weekend for family fun and good food!
The season is almost in full gear now. The Maze is now open with Charlotte’s Web as this year’s theme, and lots of pumpkins and gourds are around the barn with even more beautiful ones available for you out in the field. How do we know fall is really here? Well, even the squash has been harvested and available for purchase!
With the cool air coming through varieties of apples are ripening fast. Although it’s still a little early, we will have some of the much anticipated Honeycrisp apples available, however they are a little tart yet so we haven’t pick many. We recommend passing the time with our very own Intensity apple which is ripe and looking very pretty this year. Other apple varieties available include Kinderkrisp, Zestar!, Chestnut Crab and Autumn Blush.
We will have a limited amount of pick your own this weekend in the Zestar! apples. There are also still raspberries for picking and of course pumpkins. There is not picking grapes this year because the crop was badly hurt by the past winter.
Lou making friends with the chickens
The first frost has fallen and apple season is finally here. To start off the season at the farm we are now picking Zestar!, Kinderkrisp, Chestnut Crab, and Autumn Blush. For Pick-Your-Own we have raspberries and pumpkins and available for you and your families.
I’ve spent hours making apple pies, and on weekends we’ll even bake them for you. This year we’ve added some new varieties of jams this year, two of our favorites are Peach Melon and Peach Cardamom.
This years maze, Charlote’s Web, will be open the weekend of Sept 20. We’ll be open for Pick-Your-Own apples on Sept 29th starting with Haralson.
credit: Helen Rosner
We are now open for the 2014 Apple season. We have Zestar! and Summercrisp Pear available now and will have Knderkrisp by Sept.6. Check out our large assortment of jam including new this year Black Currant, Peach Cardamom and Peach Melon. We open every day from 10-6
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.
walking in Stanley Eddy Memorial Park
Petting Lou and Ivy
The orchard in the snow
A remaining bird nest
Lou on our walk in back swamp
A frozen apple