PEACHES 2021: NO SECOND BATCH

2021.09.01

September 1, 2021

I am sorry to report that there will not be a second offering of peaches for 2021.

Often I make a second trip to the CT orchard for more peaches, and usually some Bartlett pears and maybe even apples: the pear and apple varieties mature earlier down there so we get a treat before our local fruits have ripened.

Unfortunately that plan will not work this year, so we will need to hold on resolutely until next year’s crop provides fresh delights.

Thank you very much for your support again this year — and a special thanks to those who joined us for the first time. Please remember the pleasures of this year’s peaches and consider telling friends about the possibiities for next year.

PEACHES 2021

2021.07.18

August 9, 2021

I used to have an orchard in CT and I have kept in touch with a number of farmers down there. When I moved to Harrison it was very hard to find high quality peaches from local orchards, so I started bringing a few boxes with me when I came up during peach season.

Folks here in Harrison liked the peaches so I have kept bringing them up every year, and in growing quantities.

And now we will have peaches this year :).

They will be available at the farm Friday August 13 from 10-5, and on Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15 from 9-5 or until sold out.

You may walk in during those times and purchase quantities from a single peach up to 10 lbs.

Thank you for your support — I look forward to seeing you soon.

OUR HOURS FOR PLANT SALES 2021

2021.05.30

OUR REGULAR HOURS FOR 2021:

WE ARE OPEN FOR PLANT SALES ON THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 12-5

FRIDAY 12-5

SUNDAY 10-4

IN ADDITION, WE WILL FOLLOW OUR USUAL PRACTICE AND ALSO BE OPEN ON MONDAY, MAY 31 — MEMORIAL DAY — FROM 10 to 4.

PEACHES 2020 – II

2020.08.29

AUGUST 29, 2020

Good News: there will be a 2020 PEACHES :  Part II 

Several aspects are still unclear but here is what I know now:

1. The peaches will be available “around September 10.” I fully expect box size and price to be same as our most recent offering:  24 lbs per box, and $43 delivered here.
2. I also plan to have additional peaches available in smaller quantities (PROBABLY up to 10 lbs) without pre-ordering.
3. We will be offering Bartlett pears at discounted prices, both by the box and in smaller quantities; these prices have not been set yet, but I will let you know at least three days before orders must be finalized. The discount prices reflect the fact that the orchard suffered a frost (yes, the same orchard that also survived the recent hurricane!) that damaged the pears when they were very young and tender. The skin shows frost rings, making the fruit less valuable financially —  but we benefit because the flesh is unaffected.

What I do not know yet:

1. The exact date.
2. Whether there may also be apple varieties available.

Please think whether you may wish to participate in any of these offerings, and give me, by email, a sense of which one(s) you would be likely to order in advance or to purchase in smaller quantities on a walk-in basis.

IF YOU DEFINITELY WISH TO ORDER PEACHES PLEASE DO SO BY EMAIL TO maplespringsfarm@yahoo.com.

And watch this space for further details about the other fruits.

I think it would be safe to discuss these tentative plans with other folks who might wish to participate, though I might have to operate on a first come-first served basis.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support.

Thank You

2020.08.21

for your support today (Friday, August 21) for our 2020 Peach Project!! Many old friends of the farm, and several folks who had never shopped with us, made today’s peach distribution wonderfully successful. In fact, I think we have never before, on a single day, sold so many peaches — both pre-ordered boxes to faithful customers and smaller quantities to walk-in customers.

Thank you, too, for your generous donations to our collection for the Harrison Food Pantry.

Thank you very much!!

The only downside to such a pleasurable day is this: we no longer have any peaches left to sell to walk-in customers on Saturday and Sunday!

The pre-ordered boxes are still here and ready to go home with those who contacted us ahead of time. Thank you, also, for your support — in many cases, over 8 or 10 years or more.

We’ll be here on Saturday and Sunday, 9-5, until all the boxes have been picked up.

Whichever group you’re in, or would like to be in, if you like the peaches and would like to ensure that you can get them next year, please consider “Following” this website. Doing so ensures that you will receive an email notice when we post a new message, and then you’ll know how our season is developing and what great products we’re currently offering.

Thanks again for your great support!

 

 

 

PEACHES ARE HERE

2020.08.20

2020.08.20

The peaches have arrived safely after a whirlwind round trip. We received all the boxes ordered and they look real good.

You may pick up the boxes you ordered, or buy smaller quantities (up to 10 lbs) if you did not pre-order.

We will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM, each of the next three days:

Friday, August 21

Saturday, August 22

Sunday, August 23

If the peaches for walk-in customers have all been sold, that will bring an end to that portion of the 2020 peach project. Therefore I encourage you to come as soon as you can fit it in your schedule. I will post that information here if it occurs.

Also available during these hours: 7 varieties of our own garlic. These are the same varieties we have grown for quite a few years, and offer a variety of flavors and intensities. I’m confident you can find some you’ll love! 

I will also offer you a chance to contribute to the Harrison Food Pantry, and a thank you gift for doing so.

 

 

 

2020 PEACHES CONFIRMED

2020.08.17

AUGUST 17, 2020

I have confirmed that we will be able to get peaches from our usual orchard again.

I plan for them to be here and available for pickup by those who pre-ordered, beginning Friday, August 21 from 9:00 – 5:00 and again on Saturday and Sunday during the same hours.

They will also be available during these same hours, while the peaches last, for sale to walk-in customers in quantities from a single peach up to a 10-lb bag.

Because the orchards suffered major crop damage in the recent hurricane, they have had to raise their prices to us by about 8%; therefore we will need to do the same. However, the peaches remain a very good value, especially considering the very high quality they have always represented.

Please check this site, or call the farm information line (207-583-4698), beginning Friday evening, to confirm that things have gone to plan.

Thanks for your support: I look forward to seeing you at the farm soon.

PEACHES 2020

2020.08.12

UPDATED AUGUST 12, 2020  — PLEASE NOTE CHANGES

WE ARE NO LONGER OPEN REGULARLY AT THE FARM FOR THE 2020 SEASON 
       
HOWEVER

IT NOW APPEARS THAT WE WILL HAVE CT PEACHES AGAIN THIS SUMMER

THE PEACHES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 AND 
WILL PROBABLY BE AVAILABLE FOR 3 OR 4 DAYS 
YOU MAY WALK IN AND PURCHASE UP TO TO 10 LBS
OR
YOU MAY ORDER A 24 LB BOX FOR APPROXIMATELY $41, PAYABLE ON PICKUP
PURCHASE OF A WHOLE BOX IS LIMITED BY TRUCK CAPACITY AND ORCHARD SUPPLY 

TO ORDER, PLEASE SEND EMAIL TO maplespringsfarm@yahoo.com

PLEASE WATCH THIS BLOG FOR CONFIRMATION OF THEIR ARRIVAL, OR ANY CHANGES 
IN THE SCHEDULE

2020 Plans III — The Nitty Gritty

2020.04.16

WE HAVE NOW BEGUN TO ATEND THE PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET. PLEASE SEE

WE ARE ALSO OPEN FOR SALES AT THE FARM UNDER THE FOLLOWING POLICIES.  

I. ENSURING OUR MUTUAL SAFETY AND YOUR SATISFACTION

  •  I Will Be Wearing A Face Shield Or Mask And Request You Do The Same
  •  Please Observe A Safe Distance of 6-8 Feet
  •  You Will Select Your Plants: Please Shop First With Your Eyes So You Only Handle The Ones You Take
  • Personal Service:I want to give you what you really want;  therefore variety lists for most popular plant types will be posted on our website one week before availability and listed on clipboards in the Sales area. Please do not handle the clipboards.
  • Pre-orders Are Not Possible At This TimeBut check our Available Now page to help with your planning. Please study plant lists to be prepared for our conversations. 
  • Please Bring Enough Boxes/Bags To Transport Your Choices.

 II. HOW WE WILL DO THINGS

  • At the Farm in Harrison: We will be open SUN 10-3; MON 12-4; Thurs 12-4.
  •  Plants Only Available Outdoors: Do Not Enter the Greenhouses
  •  I’ll be Available To Answer Questions 
  • You Will Place Your Chosen Plants In Your Containers
  • Payment Methods: Check, Credit/Debit Card, PAYPAL,  Cash.  (Please Pay Close Enough To Be Satisfied Because No Change Can Be Given).

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR SHOPPING AT OUR FARM AND FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

2020 Plans — Part II

2020.04.09

Our Crops this Season As It Appears No

  1. Already growing in our greenhouse are all the following types of plants, as well as smaller numbers of others:

Flowers: flowering geraniums, miniature petunias for hanging pots and window boxes, edible marigolds, edible nasturtiums, aromatic/culinary geraniums.

Herbs: Basil (7 types), Bay Laurel, chives. perennial scallions, lavender (2 types), mints (5 types), rosemary (2types), sage, French tarragon, Creeping Thyme (3 types);

Cole crops : Broccoli (4 varieties), cabbage (4 varieties), Kale (1 heirloom variety);

Cucumbers: multiple varieties including slicers, salad/pickling, white, and “seedless;”

Lettuce: 5 varieties/3 types of modern and heirloom lettuces;

Fruiting Vegetables:

Eggplant: Italian (2 types), miniature, Oriental (2 varieties)

Peppers: 15 varieties of sweet and 13 varieties of hot (varying heat)

Squash: multiple varieties of both summer and winter types

Tomatoes: about 60 varieties, including cherry, plum, slicers; each type includes both heirloom and flavorful modern varieties

2. We have made commitments to continue our long-standing relationships with three groups of customers:

  • We plan to attend the Portland Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays until about the third week in June — as long as neither weather nor public health concerns shorten the season.
  • If you also wish to patronize other local folks who help sustain a vibrant local economy, you will be able to find our plants at the list of local businesses in my preceding post or on the Our Partners page of this blog. Purchasing from these partners multiplies the effects of each dollar by recirculating it multiple times to other local businesses and households . Our wholesale customers will, of course, do their best to ensure safe, healthy and convenient access to our plants and those of other local suppliers.

3. In my next post I will sketch the ideas we are currently considering to make our crops easily and safely available to customers at the Portland Farmers Markets and at the farm.