Farm Facts

Farm Facts

How do I make my cut flowers last longer?

You are already way ahead by cutting your own flowers fresh from our garden. The blossoms do not have to sit in storage or be shipped long distances like most commercial flowers. However there are a few tips you should remember to keep your bouquet looking its best.

Always use a clean vase. It should be as clean as your drinking cups, because bacteria from a dirty vase can reduce the life of the flower blossom quickly.

Cut early in the flower’s bloom. We can help you select a stem that is at its best stage for long life, as it depends on the type of flower. Remember that a flower is a part of nature’s reproductive cycle. Once the plant reaches full bloom to attract pollinators, it quickly changes to focus on growing a seed and the blossom wilts. That is why we harvest our flowers as the buds are just beginning to open.

Give each stem a fresh cut. You need to make sure the stem’s cells are open to take up as much water & nutrients as possible.

Use a floral preservative. This mysterious powdered packet is really just a few basic ingredients. Make your own by adding to 24 oz. of water, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp. vinegar, and one aspirin tablet (not Tylenol/ibuprofen). The sugar provides the nutrients the flower usually gets from the roots. The vinegar makes the water more acidic and easier for the flower to absorb, and the aspirin acts as a bactericide.

For the freshest bouquet, come back to the Farm and pick more!

What is the difference between brown eggs and white eggs?
Just the color of the shell! It depends on the breed of chicken; most brown or red feathered ones lay brown eggs, and most white feathered chickens lay white eggs. But that is not always the case. There is even a special breed of chicken that lays blue eggs!

Although there has been a long standing myth that brown eggs are ”better”, there is no nutritional difference between a brown or white egg if the chickens are fed the same diet. The biggest factor on the quality of an egg is its freshness. A nice dark yellow yolk should sit plump on top of a thick firm egg white. The white should not be watery and runny when you crack the egg open.

Try our Farm Fresh Eggs and taste the difference!

Why aren’t you Organic?
Use of the word ”organic” on a label is now regulated by the government, and a farm must go through a certification process to promote its products as organically grown.

At the Appleberry Farm we consider ourselves ”temporary caretakers” of this land, and we always try to use growing methods that will sustain the natural balance of the environment. We hope to buildup a more vital ecosystem on our farm over each growing season by using compost and cover crops to improve the garden soil. It also involves using a program called Integrated Pest Management to monitor a variety of insects and diseases on our crops. We only spray if one pest or disease begins to take over and spread, otherwise we use many other ways to keep the balance. This is one reason we mow our orchard throughout the year. By keeping the grass cut short, it reduces the opportunity for pests to grow and hide. Also the pruning we do to the trees allows sunshine and the breeze to flow through the orchard which also helps reduce problems, and avoid spraying.
Does maple syrup really come out of a tree?
Sugar Maple trees are ”tapped” in the early Spring to collect the tree’s sap. A small hole is bored into the tree bark. When the maple tree’s roots begin to collect water and send it up to the branches and budding leaves, some of this clear watery fluid drips out of the hole and is collected in a special bucket. The farmer gathers these buckets from hundreds of sugar maple trees and brings the sap to his Sugarhouse. The sap is slowly heated to evaporate much of the water and it turns into delicious sugary maple syrup, yum!
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