Apple Alert- “Git yer Grannies!”

Granny Smith: Once every 10 years, we get a crop like this.
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Grab your Grannies whilst you can. They will SELL OUT in the U-pick orchard in less than 7 days.
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Beautiful sunset over the Pumpkin Shed.
Limited time picking for Grannies & JonaGold Apples.

Just a quick orchard update. Granny Smith apples rose to fame during Martha Stewart’s tenure as America’s home cooking guru. They are extremely tart, GREEN apples. Great for baking.
We have a very limited planting of them and a VERY limited chance to get a good crop of them, but this is one of those exceptional years.
Fortunately & unfortunately, they are SUPER POPULAR (unlike me in high school:-)! They will SELL OUT likely within 7 days of this email.
Everyone always asks me when Grannies are ready, so here’s your fair warning. Get here this weekend to get them or your Grannies will be GONE!!!

See you soon on the farm,

“All your favorites.”

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Early Fuji’s are here!
It’s apple season.
Feel those cool nights? That’s working to crisp our delicious, juicy apples for you.

2014 has brought LOADED apple trees. Just CLICK the picture to zoom in and see the harvest on this ONE tree!


We are picking:
Red Chief, Smoothee Gold, Jonnee, Empire, Early Fuji and Gala RIGHT NOW.
FYI – This is the LAST weekend for Gala!
Life on the Farm
By Farmer Hugh

“What’s your favorite movie?”. I get asked these big categorical questions about favorites all the time. “What’s your favorite – song, movie, book, car, apple, child, instrument,” you name it! I know people who can answer – definitively and immediately – on any of these topics, but I can’t.

Situational favorites. I have “situational” favorites. My favorites depend on my mood; on the situation. I can totally get into watching Transformers, The Outlaw Josie Wales, or The 100 Foot Journey, it just depends on the situation.

With apples I like the Smoothee, the Empire, but right now my favorite is the Early Fuji.

It doesn’t mean I don’t like the others, “I’m just, like, totally into Fuji right now, man.”

Are you definitive or situational about your apples?
How about your movies? Drop me an email, I’m curious.

In the mean time, you don’t have to “pick favorites” because ALL your favorites are in this weekend:

Smoothee – Sweet-Tart & Snappy
Red Chief – Sweet & classic
Empire – like champagne!
Jonnee – super tart
Early Fuji – sweet & crunchy
Gala – super sweet

No need to choose, just mix & match & enjoy!

See you soon on the farm,
Farmer Hugh


Maple Lawn Farms – Meet your farmers – The McPherson Family

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That’s Farmer Paul, Generation 4 of the McPhersons, with eldest daughter Gretchen, circa 1972.
Meet your farmers – The McPherson Family
A Little History About The Farm
Thanks for joining our farm family. Maple Lawn Farms has been growing food for the local community for over 160 years. The farm encompasses over 1,400 acres of Cherries, Blueberries, Apricots, Peaches, Plums, Apples, Raspberries, Blackberries and Pumpkins – ALL of which you can pick in season. We also farm field corn, soybeans and wheat in rotation as animal feed for neighboring farms.
A Little About the McPhersons
Currently 3 generations of McPhersons occupy and farm the land; Paul & Betsy, Hugh & Janine and their children Annie & Ian. It is a family affair in harvest season with “all hands on deck” to welcome guests to the orchards and fields. Hugh’s sisters, Gretchen & Sarah, ventured off the farm to California and New York City, but love returning for family holidays.
A Little About the Future
This farm is open to connecting our guests to agriculture. You can pick-your-own fruit from the farm. You may purchase a share of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. We want everything we grow on this farm to leave in the hands of the person who’s going to eat it.
That’s who we are and we’re grateful you’re interested in local food, local farms and Maple Lawn Farms in particular.
Thank you!
The McPhersons