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Posted 1/5/2011 9:18am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Happy New Year!

Guess what Jacob found this morning?  A calf!  It was still quite wet from being born and the mother had not yet cleaned, meaning the afterbirth had not passed.  We checked on the calf a few times already this morning but have not ventured too close to the cow and calf.  I am hoping to get some pictures later today, so keep an eye out for them! 

We think it is a bull calf, however we are not 100% sure.  Momma is quite protective.  Nutmeg (the calf from late September) is quite excited to have a playmate.  She was trying to jump around and play with the newborn but Momma was not pleased with this.  Momma put her head down and broadsided Nutmeg.  I guess Nutmeg will just have to wait awhile to play.

Sara

Posted 12/6/2010 2:23pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Heifer Calf

(The heifer calves love rubbing their heads and playing in the dry hay!  It's fun to watch them jump around.)

What do you do after apple season?  I've heard this question several times this fall. 

Since apple season, we've been pretty busy.  We applied beneficial microbes to the soil.  This will help to decompose the leaves and any remaining apples in the orchard so we don't have disease in the orchard next year.  We have been taking care of our cattle and working to build more fence for them.  We are feeding stored feed now.  Since there's no more green grass, we are feeding our animals hay and baleage (fermented grass) that we harvested from our fields during the late spring, summer and early fall.  Dad, Mom, and I attended the Weston A. Price Foundation conference, Wise Traditions, in King of Prussia.  If you attended the conference and ate any apples, you were eating our apples!  That was neat.  We've also been busy reflecting on the year and beginning to plan for next year.  Before long, we will be pruning our trees.  This will take us awhile, pruning 20+ acres of trees takes a very long time and is quite a chilly job.  Last year I was seeing trees when I closed my eyes at night!  Another job during the winter months is to work on our equipment.  We change oil, fix broken equipment, and work on projects for next year. 

Even though apple season is over, we are still busy.  I am looking forward to Christmas! 

Sara

Posted 11/23/2010 12:09pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

We got cider pressed for the last time.  It's fresh until December 2nd.  Let us know if you would like some cider. 

 

Posted 11/10/2010 6:18am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

We are going to be at the farmer's market one more time this year.  Today from 3 pm to 7 pm we will be at the farmer's market in Carlisle. 

For the month of November, the farmer's market moves from it's usual spot to an indoor location in what is called the Depot.  It's a building on Dickinson College's campus and is on the corner of West High Street and Cherry Street in Carlisle.  It's less than a mile from the usual farmer's market location.  The farmer's market website states that there is free parking directly behind the Depot off of Cherry Street.   We've also heard that the Depot shares a parking lot with Dickinson's Kline Fitness Center.

We will have our cider.  In addition we will York, Ida Red, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious apples.  See you there!

 

Sara

Posted 11/6/2010 9:50am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

deer damage     deer damage

There is a very good reason why I do not like deer.  If you look at the pictures above, you will see two of the baby peach trees that we planted to produce peaches for you.  The one on the left has been broken off, and the majority of the bark from the tree on the right has been rubbed off by a buck.

Broken off trees obviously do not produce peaches.  Trees which have their bark rubbed off are extremely susceptible to what is called canker.  It is a fungus which likely will attack this vulnerable tree and will kill it. 

In addition, the deer love to eat flower buds.  These flower buds are what make apples and peachs for you to eat!  The deer are especially stunting the Honeycrisp trees that we planted by eating the buds during the winter and by eating the tender leaves in the spring and early summer.  The trees need their new growth to photsynthesize and grow.

This is why I do not like deer.

 

Sara

Posted 11/5/2010 1:01pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

We are going to be at the Carlisle farmer's market one more time this year, on Wednesday, November 10th!  The market is from 3pm to 7pm.  We'll be bringing York apples and cider. 

For the month of November, the farmer's market moves from it's usual spot to an indoor location in what is called the Depot.  It's a building on Dickinson College's campus and is on the corner of West High Street and Cherry Street in Carlisle.  It's less than a mile from the usual farmer's market location.  The farmer's market website states that there is free parking directly behind the Depot off of Cherry Street.   We've also heard that the Depot shares a parking lot with Dickinson's Kline Fitness Center.

We hope to see you there!

Also, if you would like any York #1 or York #2 apples, please let us know soon as we are expecting to be sold out by the beginning of next week.  We are saving a few bushels of York #1's to bring to the farmer's market.

 

Sara

Posted 11/2/2010 12:37pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

We are finished picking apples for this year.

We are just about sold out of York #1 and #2 apples.  If you would like any Yorks, please let us know soon!  This will be the end of our apples until September 2011.

We are getting more cider pressed this week, on Thursday morning.  If you would like any cider, please let us know as we will not be pressing much more than what we have orders for.  We will be getting cider pressed once more this year, around Thanksgiving.

We are planning to attend the farmer's market in Carlisle an extra time.  We'll let you know when we are going to be there. 

We hope you have been enjoying our local, organic apples as well as our cider.  Thank you for supporting our family farm.

 

Bill, Mary Ann, Sara, Jacob & Katrina

Posted 10/22/2010 11:52am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

York Apples

 

Doesn't this picture just make your mouth water?!  This is a picture of our York apples hanging on the tree.  We are sold out of everything except for our York #1 and #2 apples.  We are currently sold out of our apple cider, however we plan to get more pressed.

Apple season is almost over.  Let us know if you would like some of our Yorks.  They are a great winter keeper and are quite tasty! 

 

Sara

Posted 10/11/2010 7:03am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Braeburn         York

Braeburn                                              York

 

We are in the process of picking our York and Braeburn apples.  I went out to take some pictures this morning and just had to sample one of the Braeburn.  They are quite tasty!

The York apple is our best winter keeping apple.  They are very firm and keep very well.  They can be eaten fresh or used in cooking. 

We don't have many Braeburn, so if you'd like some, let us know soon!


Sara

Posted 10/6/2010 6:07am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

We'll be in Carlisle at the Farmers on the Square farmer's market today from 3 pm to 7 pm.  The market is rain or shine, so we'll be there even if the weather doesn't cooperate. 

After today, we'll only be in Carlisle one more week, Wednesday, October 20th.

Hope to see you there!

 

Sara

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