Yep, it's Been a While

A friend of mine said I had better get something on the Blog or people will think it's a dead item on the website. I agree!  While I have many thoughts of entries throughout the year, I have been lax in keeping you "in-the-know."  So, let's change that. Here's an update of what's going on at the farm.

It was a long, cold winter for sure!  When Spring came around, we were concerned that the orchard trees and some of the perennial herbs would not return.  Lo and behold, it looks like the fruit is coming on just fine.  The tart cherry tree is loaded with cherries, so I can't wait to release the Tart Cherry chocolate; one of my personal favorites!

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As of today, the Chocolate Mint Basil is making it's debut this weekend at the Westside Community Farmer's Market.  The apples and pear trees look great with one new Bartlett pear tree coming on line with fruit after 3 years of waiting.  New plantings include more cherry trees, currants, rhubarb, gooseberries, honey berries and raspberries. We plan to expand our strawberry patch and are keeping the current fruit to ourselves. I feel a fresh strawberry sorbet coming on!

Last year, I had one lonely quince show up. This year the little quince tree is loaded. The perfume of this fruit is amazing!  I wish I could bottle it and put in under my pillow! Will it show up in a chocolate this year?  Not sure. Fall brings so many flavor options that I have to choose carefully what will be released.

The first year for a good Quince crop.

The first year for a good Quince crop.

The Bees

Up until April, there were 12 bee hives on the farm.  The gentleman who owned the hives and cared for them took them away.  They did not do well over the Winter, and with the cool Spring, continued to die.  Since he lives 40 minutes away, he thought it best to cut back to the hives that were closer.  I don't blame him. Every farmer must make business decisions. Not to worry, I still have some five gallon pails full of last years honey. 

The good news is, we bought what is called a Top Bar Hive. This is one which is shaped more to a bee's liking as far as building comb, which is a "U" shape. We picked up the first one in May, got some Italian bees and are happy to report they are loving their new home!

The new Italian bees busy making new comb

The new Italian bees busy making new comb

Angela checks the bees. Happy bees!

Angela checks the bees. Happy bees!

There you go. A quick update. I promise to do better with new entries in the blog.  As always, if you have questions, drop a note through the Contact page.  Love your feedback!