“Horses to Horsepower”

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Farm safety in the 1920’s, my Grandmother and Aunt Lindy got to “ride the scoop” as they dug the barn foundation.

Last Chance for Cherries!

What a great cherry season, but with this rain it will be the final cherry picking weekend. Blueberries are VERY plentiful, picking is more like ‘milking’ the berry bushes and your box fills quickly, just like your freezer should!

Blueberries in the Patch, Nectarines & Ice Cream in the Farm Market

Orchard & Market Hours: Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

Winery Hours: Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

“Horses to Horsepower”

My Grandmother Mabel McPherson and her sister, Aunt Lindy, had a big hand in raising us. Any time my parents were off to a convention or late meeting, my two sisters and I would go over to Grandmother’s house to spend the night.

On one of these occasions, they told us the story of “riding the scoop”. The Slip Scoop or Fresno Scraper was the excavating tool of the day. Apparently, the girls were allowed to ride the scoop back empty, once the dirt had been dumped. The barn for which the foundation was being dug, still stands at the old Anderson Homestead to today.

Wow. ONE horsepower. One scoop the size fit for two little girls to ride in back in the 1920’s. Oh, how times have changed. By the time Grandmother and Aunt Lindy were taking care of me, we already had a tractor producing 150 horsepower, and now we top 208 horsepower in our John Deere 8130 that weighs in at 25,000lbs! (Our backhoe could have dug the barn foundation in less than a day.)

That’s not that long ago. Think about the changes you’ve seen in your lifetime. In the 1920’s 30% of America’s workforce was working in agriculture. In 2008, less than 2% of the population works in agriculture and the U.S. is still a net exporter of food; we feed ourselves and the world.

What does all that mean? In less than 100 years, we’ve moved as an agricultural industry from horses to horsepower, freed up 28% of the population to be productive elsewhere in the economy, AND feed ourselves, plus export our surplus food stuffs to the world.

Let’s face it, farmers are amazing!

As YOUR local farmer, we need you to participate in the next wave of agricultural innovation: Direct Marketing. Direct marketing means that you come to the farm to get the freshest, bestest fruit and cut out the middleman.

Interestingly, if we were focused solely on producing the maximum tonnage of fruit per acre, we would CLOSE OUR DOORS to the public and meticulously harvest each tree ourselves. (Ever seen apples on the ground during October? Sure, that’s because kids and families are in there experiencing the harvest – they just can’t possibly be as careful picking as we might be with our trained crew.)

NO PICK-YOUR-OWN on the FARM?! What fun would that be?!

Maple Lawn Farms likely seems really big when you visit, but in the grand scheme of agriculture, we are a small local farm. Small local farms need guests like you to enjoy the fruit we produce directly from the blueberry bushes and peach trees and cherry trees.

You see, back when Grandmother was “riding the scoop”, all agriculture was local. In the process of 100 years of change from horses to horsepower, the importance of local agriculture and local customers is the one thing that stayed the same.

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh

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Maple Lawn Farms – Life on the Farm

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Save the Date!

Pick-Your-Own Season is Coming with Blueberries June 25-26 & July 2-3 at Maple Lawn Farms!

Life on the Farm

Hey,

We sure have missed you! It seems so long between the last pumpkin leaves for home and the first fruits of spring, but the time is coming soon.

Cherries didn’t make it. Miraculously the farm’s fruit crops survived one of the most damaging late frost seasons in years. Blueberries, peaches, and apples are fine, but the cherries didn’t make it. I guess there just had to be one casualty, and this year, both sweet and sour cherries, were it.

But…

We are happy to announce our first-ever Blueberry Blitz Weekends! You are invited to TWO special, BIG pick-your-own weekends that will kick-off the rest of our fruit seasons.

Blueberry picking season this year will run Saturday June 25th thru July 26th, but we’ve got something special in store for the first two weekends.

The Great Blueberry Blitz includes Fruit & FUN for a $7 admission:

  • Train Rides for all ages in the blueberry patch ($7.00 VALUE!)
  • A FRESH Blueberry Sundae ($5.00 VALUE!)
  • 1lbs of PYO Blueberries FREE when you pick 5 or more pounds of blueberries! (3.75 VALUE!)

While you DO NOT need admission to pick-your-own berries, why not enjoy a family day of FUN?!

There’s more…

Miss Dee has been brainstorming new, blueberry treats to bake in the farm market. You’ll be able to get blueberry turnovers, blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, blueberry jam, blueberry syrup, even a new flavor of our world famous ringed treats – Blueberry Donuts!

And… July 2nd, we’re going ALL OUT with a FRESH Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the farm market!

  • Get breakfast on the farm made with our own blueberries.
  • Use real maple syrup infused with gobs of our own blueberries.
  • Get sausage, coffee, tea or juice and you are powered up and ready for a morning picking in the patch! (LIMITED SEATING, please pre-register!)

But… we need YOUR help to spread the word and organize your friends and families to get those berries off the bushes.

Please forward this message or share our post on Facebook to help us spread the word. It’s going to be a TON of FUN and we can’t wait to welcome you BACK to the farm!

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July 2nd 8AM – 10AM

Come enjoy delicious freshly made with fresh blueberries blueberry pancakes! (it’s quite the mouthful)

Purchase your tickets by June 24th, and as a bonus for YOU save $2/ticket when you purchase today!

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