One of the things I appreciate most about growing up and living in Maine is the changing of the seasons. There are so many wonderful, awe-inspiring transitions that mark each time of year. See your tree
progress and learn about the care it requires throughout the
year. Here at Hazel Hill Orchard we celebrate each season
with a special event, and you are invited to join us.
Apple Blossom Brunch
Spring is a time of regeneration and preparation for the
growing season ahead. Much happens in the orchard
before bright red apples grace the branches. If you have
not visited an apple orchard in the spring time, you
have not experienced the natural beauty, splendid
aroma and exquisite structure
of an apple blossom.
Bees are buzzing through the orchard doing nature's work.
But you and your kids will be enjoying a delicious waffle
brunch with 'very local' maple syrup. Here's a chance for
the kids to learn how your apples will "spring" to life
during this critical stage of development. Help us
celebrate a new year's awakening.
It's also a great time to Reserve-Your-Family-Tree.
Garden vegetables are growing and ripening in the radiant sunlight. Spinach graces salads weekly, beet greens steam
in the pot, and cucumbers will soon be pickles. The days
are longer and warm peaceful evenings invite sitting
out through the late afternoon
(with no black flies!).
But, work in the orchard never stops. Water sprouts (suckers) make the apple trees lush with new growth. We'll get out
there, do a little "summer pruning" and learn why this is critically important to prep the trees for the final push
to the fall harvest.
If you did not reserve your "family tree" during your blossom time visit then now's the time. Don't let the best one get
away. Materials will be available to design a family sign
marking your tree for the season.
Of course food is the real reason you will not want to miss
this event. Burgers and dogs ready for you and
the kids are sizzling on the grill.
'Harvest Your Own Tree'
My absolute favorite time of year! As a kid I worked every day after school loading trailers with bushel boxes for the next day's crews, and weekends 'helping' a line of aproned ladies (Gram Hazel was one) in the orchard leveling beautiful
golden delicious apples. Memories of riding with my grandfather Ray Leavitt, in the old Chevy truck hauling in apples from the field and making deliveries to local grocers.
I could go on and on, but the apples are ripe and you and
the kids have harvesting to do! Make an afternoon of it.
Bring a picnic lunch, we'll provide desserts to sample,
the recipes, and share the most gratifying job
a farmer has to do.
There'll be apples available if did not reserve a tree earlier in the season. Some trees may be open to pick and pay by
the pound, or there will be apples pre-picked for you
to take home and enjoy.
Brush Pile Bonfire & Sledding
Ahhh, the beauty of winter in Maine! We've all survived the
holidays, the days are actually getting longer again, the
air is crisp and snow blankets the orchard. So, what
is there to be done now? Well, bring your snowshoes
and sleds for the kids.
It's January, the trees are leafless and have gone dormant.
Time to get out in the orchard and learn the "Joys of
Winter Pruning!" Weren't we just pruning in the summer?
Not at all the same...much colder. A little pruning class
to round out your year of orcharding and shape that
tree for next season.
In addition to cutting, 'shoeing and sledding, let's build a bonfire, roast some dogs and make some wintertime
S'mores!! We're certainly not going to waste all that wood
and hard work! Warm your a hands and your tummys.
What's better than a roasted dog on a stick!