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Posted 6/2/2011 1:14pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

mowing forage

We are going in a million different directions today!  One direction is mowing down our forage (mixed plants such as orchardgrass, brome grass, alfalfa, and clover) to make it into baleage for our cattle to eat throughout the winter since we do not feed grain.  A second direction is thinning apples and peaches.  Moving the cattle to new grass and watering them is a third direction.  When we were moving the cattle this morning we noticed that two cows are showing signs of calving soon!  Assuming everything goes well, keep your eye out for new calf pictures!

The Oylers

Posted 5/28/2011 8:25am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

golden supreme         ida red

The picture in the upper left is a young Golden Supreme apple and the upper right is an Ida Red.  The apples are growing!

We wanted to remind you that you need to sign-up for your Apple Share through Spiral Path by June 1st to receive the early bird discount. You can find the details at http://www.spiralpathfarm.com/index.php?pID=17

We are excited about all of you who have joined so far and we look forward to bringing our certified organic apples to you this fall!

Happy Memorial Day!

 

The Oyler Family

Posted 5/18/2011 3:40pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

Take a minute to check out the article titled The Age of Toxic Anxiety.  It is quite interesting!

Posted 5/17/2011 12:16pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

peep     marathon

It's May 17th already and we are keeping busy.  We've been watching a robin's nest on top of one of the fence posts along Pleasant Valley Road.  As you can see, spring sure isn't silent!  Can you see the second peep beginning to hatch in the background?

May 1st was the inaugural running of the Gettysburg North-South Marathon.  It was a Boston Marathon qualifying marathon.  They ran right by our farm!  There were hundreds of runners who traveled a 26.2 mile course.  We allowed family and friends to park on our farm to cheer on the runners.  Can you believe they ran on our back country road?

We have been busy moving cattle, making baleage, and thinning peaches and apples by hand.

Posted 5/7/2011 11:18am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

mother

From all the mothers on our farm....Happy Mother's Day!!

 

patrick     lily and nacho

On the left is Patrick.  He was born the day after St. Patrick's Day.  We posted a picture of him and his momma, but never told you his name!  On the right are Lily and Nacho.  They are very much buddies as you can see; I think it has to do with only being born 2 days apart.  We are expecting more calves in about a month. 

Sara & Family

Posted 5/6/2011 1:53pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

apple blossom

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Adams County's 56th Annual Apple Blossom Festival is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.  The address of the fairgrounds is 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville, PA  17307.  Admission is $5 per person and kids 12 and under are free.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.uasd.k12.pa.us/upperadams/Fruitgrowers/festival.htm.

 

 

Posted 5/2/2011 4:14pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

fots

We have some good news!  We have been accepted as vendors at the Farmers on the Square farmer's market in Carlisle again for this fall!

Look for us there beginning September 14th.  We will be there every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

The Oylers

Posted 4/21/2011 3:54pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

peach blossoms     ida red blossom      The peaches are in bloom (upper left)!  The Ida Red apples are beginning to bloom (upper right).  The apple blossoms smell heavenly!

One thing we do not love is excessive rain.  In the past 8 days, we have received 5.7 inches of rain.  Can you believe that?  The forecast is showing a chance of rain for 7 days out of the next 9.  We are hoping that the rain slows down and holds off until the middle of the summer. 


Happy Easter!

 

The Oyler Family

Posted 4/14/2011 8:38am by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

ladybug

Above:  This is what we LOVE to see!  Ladybugs hard at work searching for aphids to eat.

Below:  On the left is an Ida Red cluster and on the right is a York bud just emerging.  Did you know that the different varieties do not blossom right at the same time?  Also, did you know that just because an apple may blossom first, it does not mean that it will be the first to ripen in the fall?

ida red     york

Sara

Posted 4/7/2011 12:00pm by Bill Oyler, Mary Ann Oyler, Sara Baldwin, Jacob Oyler, Katrina Oyler.

I promised some exciting news in last week's blog...well here it is!

We are SUPER excited to be teaming up with Spiral Path Farm to offer a "Local Organic Apple Share."  As of today, if you are signed up to be a member of their CSA this year, you can sign up to be a part of the apple CSA and receive a 1/2 peck of our apples every other week for a total of 6 deliveries. The number of apples may vary depending on the size, however it is about 12 apples.  You are free to sign up for multiple shares if you would like more apples.

You will receive our Golden Supreme, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Ida Red, and Fuji apples throughout the fall.  The varieties you receive will vary since some ripen at the beginning of the fall and others ripen later. 

The really neat aspect of this great opportunity is that our apples will be delivered to your normal pick-up site.  If you join the apple CSA for a "Local Organic Apple Share" by June 1st you will receive an early bird discount. 

Spiral Path Farm is a certified organic farm in Perry County, PA which is owned by Mike & Terra Brownback.  They have a large CSA and they produce vegetables, strawberries, and melons.  If you haven't heard of them and are looking for some tasty, quality, local, organic produce, you should consider becoming a member of their CSA!

To sign up for a "Local Organic Apple Share" go to http://www.spiralpathfarm.com/index.php?pID=17 and click "Join Our CSA" on the left side of the page.  You will choose a pick-up site, what Spiral Path share you are getting, and then you will have the option to choose a "Local Organic Apple Share."

As I said before, we are excited about teaming up with Spiral Path Farm.  We are also excited to make our local, certified organic apples more accessible to you!

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