January

January in Pennsylvania can bring lots of cold weather and snow. On those days when we can't get outside to trim apple trees, you will find us in the house pouring over seed catalogs, planning what the summer garden will hold.  This is also the time of year when we can actually rest a bit, unless, of course, a snow storm blows through.  The tractor and snow plow are always sitting ready to go!

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February

While February can still be pretty cold and wintry in our part of the country, our hearts start to warm -- not only for our Valentines but also for the coming growing season. Toward the end of the month, one of the rooms in our home transitions into a mini greenhouse when Kevin prepares to sow tomato and pepper seeds.

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March

Those tiny seeds are sprouting and grow into seedlings that will become some of the plants for our gardens. As the seedlings get too big for their initial home, they are replanted into bigger trays and make their way to their new home in the greenhouse. What trees haven't been trimmed need to get done because spring planting is right around the corner and our lives become increasingly busier with each passing day. 

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April

Between Easter fun with the family and caring for the plants in the greenhouse, planting fields are being plowed and planting beds are laid as the soil starts to warm in the spring sunshine. The local weather station becomes a close companion as spring frosts threaten to cause havoc with the fruit trees.  Peach trees come to life as daytime temps. become warmer. Toward the end of this month, the market season opens and juggling time starts to get  little trickier!

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May

May ushers in a flurry of activity with everything from trimming of the peach trees, to filling all the planting beds that were laid a few weeks before. With those comes hooking up of irrigation lines to provide plant sustaining water with the turn of a valve.  Cool night-time temps still tease with a late spring frost, but once we're pretty sure the threat is past, it's time to plant Dahlias!  And, as May comes to a close, we eagerly await those sweet, tasty strawberries that seem to take so long to ripen!  

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June

Markets are full of color with strawberries, blueberries, and some of the earlier vegetables like asparagus, snap peas, green beans and spring onions.  Usually this month sees the planting of a second tomato crop. Dahlias are growing and need tied up to help the tender plants withstand winds that blow through with summer storms.  Between mowing, markets, picking and caring for the vegetables that are growing full force, and caring for the fruit trees - a job that never seems to end - time becomes a precious commodity.  

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July

Plump black raspberries make an appearance around the 4th of July; plants in the gardens burst forth their bounty, and the dahlias continue to show promise as early blooms are spotted by the end of the month. Early varieties of peaches make an appearance as do plums and apricots. Tomato plants are hanging full and as summer day temps start to sizzle, we start to see beautiful red, ripe fruit.

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August

Peach season is in full swing, with different varieties ripening each week. Tomatoes are ready to pick and potatoes are being dug.  Dahlias are drawing attention, both by those who visit our market stands and by those who find themselves on the road that passes our farm.  We're also watching as the apple trees' branches are burdened with the weight of their fruit.  Some of the earliest apples will be picked as this month draws to a close.  

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September

​Late peaches stretch into September and apple picking soon follows. Tomatoes are still producing and fall vegetables start to appear.  The cooler night temps in mid-to-late September do slow down dahlia production a bit; however, the colors of the flowers appear to intensify as temps drop which makes them all the more lovely. This is a great time of year to visit a farmers' market - the days are a little cooler and the variety of things available is very impressive.

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October

There's nothing like the sweet, juicy crunch of a fresh-picked apple. October gives us many chances to do just that - crunch apples!  Most of the month will see us picking apples. Until frost takes the life from them, we will be checking often for the last tomatoes of the season.  Dahlias will continue to bloom until the first frost.  The end of the month brings some of our seasonal markets to a close - always bitter- sweet because of the friendships made over the summer; however, we are ready for a little slower pace.  

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November

By the time November knocks on our door, most of the garden has been put to rest.  Most of the apples are stored for sale over the winter and the last of the turnips, potatoes, and winter squash have found their way into our cold cellar.  Last order of business is to dig out all those dahlia tubers that have worked so hard over the season to bring us joy.  While a very labor intensive job, we know that the tubers will not winter-over here in PA.  So, in order to insure a crop for next spring, we take the time needed now to lift the tubers that we want to keep.  When Thanksgiving beckons with its lavish feasting, we are ready to rest for a while and give thanks to The One who has blessed us so.

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December​

As the year draws to a close, we are finally able to take some time for ourselves and our families.  We are able to reflect on what worked this year and what didn't.  And most important of all, we are able to sit back and take a good look around and do you know what we see ?  We see how truly blessed we really are.  Our hearts are full of Christmas blessings and family time which serves to refresh us mind, body, and soul.  We treasure this time because . . . before you know it, the mail will be laden with seed catalogs again!

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