Spring Things….

After a bit longer than anticipated spring, it appears that it has arrived in our beautiful region. Truly anticipated, as the grey skies turn to sunshine, and the trees come out of dormancy, bringing blossoms and fruit set. This upcoming week, we will be planting the large array of Backyard Farm produce, which inevitably will find its’ way onto future menus for our clients. Very exciting times, and much anticipated after a bit longer of a winter hiatus than usual for our growing family and business-and for good reason! On March 18th, Mikkel, Ainsley and I welcomed a beautiful, healthy(and organic) baby girl. Our new little addition has already added to our inspired approach in growing more food, living our farm to table lifestyle, while striving for balance in life, business and building a bright, sustainable future for our family. In making priority of family time this year, we have decided to be closed for orchard work and family time Mondays and Tuesdays, with the ability to make exceptions when possible dependent on our ability to book a “day in lieu”. Following our pursuit of a more self sufficient means of life and business, we built another 5 large raised beds. In addition, I repurposed an old tent trailer, and built a “Chickshaw”. This will be found moving about the orchard all summer long, so our Rare Heritage breed laying chickens can contribute to a natural means of pest control, fertilizing and eating the culls that are inevitable when you pick tree ripened fruit. To be honest, their entertainment value is a large part of locating them closer to...