Orchard Fresh Blog
May 15, 2012
Strawberry season is officially here! For a few weeks now my husband and I have been "sneaking" up to the patch with our boys just to snitch a few of the early berries. Do they ever taste good!
Our two-year-old delights in running up and down the rows and gobbling up anything with a hint of red and sometimes even the white ones. Our four-year-old has more refined tastes and picks the ripest ones. It's so much fun to watch them delight in these delicious berries.
March 27, 2012
Spring has sprung a bit early this year and many of our trees are already blooming! We're frantically preparing for our Easter festivities coming up on April 6th and 7th from 11am- 2pm. Our oldest son has even joined in on the fun of getting the Easter eggs ready! Our Easter egg hunt is a great time with plenty of activities for kids of all ages...
October 21, 2011
Since we just moved into a new apartment this month, I've been slacking on our food budget. Our fridge shelves look roomy and the potatoes, yogurt, and leftovers that do occupy the shelves are so decayed they look like science experiments gone awry. While I'm going through my fridge and tossing out unfortunate tubs of yogurt, I'm also thinking about how my husband and I will set up this new home, and what our food budget might be like. I've budgeted for food in the past, I've learned much from friends, and the future is looking frugal and scrumptious.
October 13, 2011
We asked our readers how they save money on their grocery bill, and here's what they said!
September 6, 2011
One cool morning last week I sat on my front porch sipping coffee smelling the tantalizing scents of cider donuts frying nearby. As I sat, I also noted that the flurry of activity that usually surrounds my home had picked up to a frantic hustle and bustle of organized chaos. I watched my father in law pull up the drive with a tractor just as another tractor pulled up to the barn with a wagon full of apples-- it suddenly occurred to me that our apple season has arrived once again!
September 1, 2011
This summer, we've hosted a series of great cooking & gardening classes on the first Wednesday of every month starting this June. If you've missed them so far, don't worry. There is one more session on September 7th, and I'm really excited for this event!
July 22, 2011
Theories about the best ways to grow gardens abound. Do you have to start seedlings indoors? Does it matter whether the moon is waxing or waning when you plant? Will watering plants during the heat of the day burn them? Will playing music, like Mort Garson's "Symphony for a Spider Plant," speed your plants' growth? What about talking to your plants? The sheer amount of theories, myths and conflicting information can make new gardeners dizzy.
June 7, 2011
Books and fruit make a great combination when they're a part of our orchard story time! There is no better way to get your kids excited about both books and fruit than to bring them to story time at the orchard. Miss Linda is going to be telling fruit-related stories every Wednesday until September. Miss Linda happens to be a part of the Weaver family through marriage and is also a local preschool teacher during the school year. Last Wednesday my three-year-old was begging to go out and see 'Aunt Linda' read stories.
June 2, 2011
Last year at this time, my husband and I had just moved back to Berks County from a far-off city. We returned just in time for strawberry season, and I realized that for the five years we lived in the city, I had not ever tasted fresh strawberries. Sure, I'd had rubbery strawberries from the supermarket that kind of simulated a strawberry taste, but not melt-in-your-mouth sweet orchard-fresh strawberries.
June 1, 2011
Now and then I've been inspired to take cooking classes. Sometimes, walking past a bustling kitchen store, I'd hear laughter rise on a night it hosted cooking classes, or I'd sample fresh homemade cheese crafted by a friend who attended culinary school, and I'd think of signing up for a class. My time and budget stars never aligned, though, and the closest I came to really educating myself about food was reading a Cook's Illustrated article about making sourdough bread, which I soon decided involved entirely too much commitment to a lump of dough, no matter how tasty that dough would be after daily care. Imagine how happy I was to discover that Weaver's Orchard was hosting absolutely free cooking and gardening classes this summer, the first Wednesday of every month from June-September!
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