Thursday, 14 September 2017





oh isn't september delicious and gorgeous? 


this weekend we invite you to pick
macintosh, gingergold, royal gala, silken and honey gold apples. 
 this is the first weekend to harvest our cortland and honey crisp apples.
we still have bartlett pears and will start picking our bosc pears. 





we were in our pumpkin patch today and picked some adorable pastel pumpkins for you.







our sunflower field is still stunning! 
i do think of vincent van gogh often! 
i am running out of vases! 


honey crisp

kind of famous…they certainly are everything their name suggests! 
sweet and crisp…and so juicy too.
 they really are a lovely, thirst quenching apple to enjoy fresh! 



cortland

still my favourite…i love the perfect blend of sweet and tart with that wonderful 
intense apple flavour. these are the apples that resist browning…
perfect for cheese trays and a great addition to salads. 
also marvellous for baking, cortlands retain their shape. 



bosc pears 

their russet coloured skin is deceiving. these are 
juicy and sweet with a gorgeous buttery texture.  
they are originally from france. oh la la! 
we love them sliced with a nice strong cheese. 
you have to try our favourite stilton and a pear tarte…the recipe is on the website.
whole, halved, sliced or chopped, they can be used in any recipe
 that calls for pears and will keep their shape. 






i have a a lovely ginger pear cake recipe to share this week,
 kindly sent after an instagram request from a nice lady in australia.  
i did change it a titch. delightful with a cup of tea or coffee…
this may or may not have been breakfast this week!
the warmth of ginger paired with the subtle sweetness of pears is delightful.
 the cake calls for three kinds of ginger…ground, fresh, and candied. 
i used bartlett pears only because the bosc 
weren't available yet. next time i will try the bosc
i have a little kitchen weigh scale...
i have included equivalents in brackets for you if you don't.

ginger pear cake 

you will need:

3 pears peeled and cored. i use a melon baller to scoop out the core. 
150 g butter, softened (a generous 2/3 of a cup)
*300 g self-raising flour  (2 cups )
150 g brown sugar  (1 cup) 
1 teaspoon of ground ginger 
2 pieces of fresh ginger, each the size of a champagne cork, finely grated.
4 eggs
1/4 ish cup of candied ginger sliced into little pieces 
1 tablespoon of almonds or hazelnuts roughly chopped

*i didn't have self rising flour…
if you have flour, baking powder and salt in your pantry you can make your own:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
 double this recipe for the ginger pear cake


preheat your oven to 350˚
butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
beat the butter with the brown sugar.
add flour, ground ginger, and fresh grated ginger.
roughly chop 1 and 1/2  medium sized pears 
and fold into this mixture along with the beaten eggs. 
pour this into your prepared loaf tin.  
slice the remaining pears and poke them down into the cake. 
sprinkle the top with sugar and almonds or hazelnuts,
 and the sliced candied ginger pieces. 
bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes then remove from the
 pan and cool completely on a wire rack. 
put the kettle on... 





another fabulous weekend to look forward to…
warm september hugs,
laura









Friday, 8 September 2017



well that was a fast week!
did you give a teacher an apple? 


we have a fabulous selection perfect for you to pick this weekend…  
still available are macintosh, gravenstein, and gingergold apples, and bartlett pears. 
have a peek at the previous post for a description of these varieties. 

 it is the first weekend for our royal gala, honeygold and silken apples.


did you know we have a field of sunflowers this year? 
it will take your breath away…


royal gala


you will love everything about galas…especially their colour! 
the pinkest, girliest apple on the farm! 
a sweet, smaller apple, they are mild and juicy. 
they are a cross of a red delicious and a cox orange pippin. 
although best eaten fresh, you can use galas for sauce, baking and drying. 






honeygold 


oh what a beautiful sweet, juicy apple. 
similar to a golden delicious who happens to be a parent…these have a very subtle, mild flavour.
they are best eaten fresh, but you can use them for baking too.




silken

another gorgeous apple that is juicy and crisp 
with a hint of honey flavour. 
 introduced from the beautiful okanagan valley in british columbia,
 it is a cross of two favourites…sunrise and honeygold.
they are a lovely apple for baking as they hold their shape well. 
you will find the silken orchard down in our valley.





oh these early mornings on the farm with the rain and the fog … 









 we are so happy to be open once again. see you soon! 
hugs,
laura 


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

opening

welcome apple harvest season!
oh what a pleasure to bite into a fresh tree ripened apple again!


we are so excited to be opening on saturday september 2nd. 
we’ll be open for the entire labour day long weekend. 


our spring and summer brought plenty of rain…the apples loved it...especially our new baby orchards. 
the previous summer we installed an irrigation system, so of course this summer it wasn't needed!
like every year in farming there are challenges…a couple of varieties struggled this year,
but overall we have a terrific crop to share.


this weekend you can enjoy picking macintosh, ginger gold, and gravenstein apples and bartlett pears. 


macintosh 


the classic canadian apple!
 if you like them crisp and tart this is the weekend to pick them.
 macs sweeten and become more tender as the harvest progresses.
 the flesh is delicate and softens when baked…
if you love a softer pie these are for you!
macs remind me of being a kid and going back to school! 
isn't it remarkable how a flavour can take you instantly back to a time and place? 





gingergold 


oh these are such a fantastic apple! and gorgeous too!
i made mark’s birthday pie this year with gingergolds. 
crisp,  juicy and sweet with a mellow tartness...you will love them as a snack!
 they hold their shape well when cooked..hello tarts, cakes and pies. 
these resist browning when cut… marvelous for a cheese tray, fruit platter or salad. 





gravenstein


are you from nova scotia? you will recognize these! 
they are crisp with a lovely combination of sweet and tart and wonderfully aromatic. 
an exceptional cooking apple, gravensteins are a favourite for bakers.  
this is a variety to savour the day you pick them as they will only store for a week
 and are only available for a short time. 
live in the moment!






bartlett pears 


most of our pears are still green and firm…the perfect time to pick so that 
they will store well and be available to ripen as you need them. 
mellow, sweet and juicy when ripened, pears are so versatile. 
 bartletts are ideal for making pear sauce or pear butter. we love it swirled into yoghurt or oatmeal. 
pears are a brilliant addition to any coursepaired with strong cheeses, pureed in soups,
 sliced in salads, baked in a pie or cake,
poached, sauced, canned….oh the possibilities!







we are so looking forward to seeing you again and meeting our new guests.
 welcome back and welcome!
hope you are enjoying these last days of august.
hugs,
laura 


Saturday, 1 July 2017

150 candles


oh canada 

happy birthday!
we love you!





enjoy the long weekend!
big canadian hugs,
laura 


Saturday, 17 June 2017

nesting



“ in all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” aristotle 


oh how true! 
every day i can find and love a little something from mother nature on the farm.
spring is especially full of her gifts…

  and oh how i just love finding a nest… 


i do have a thing for birds’ nests. 
they really are such marvellous little works of art! 


  recently climbed a ladder to have a peek at a swallow's nest 
inside the drive in shed. i think there are 4 chicks.
there were a few concerned parent birds chirping 
and swooping close by trying to convince me to leave!
 it was quite a commotion! 
oh baby birds are the sweetest!



we had a duck lay her eggs up near the barn. 
they seemed well hidden and protected, 
but sadly we discovered them broken several days later.
we think the coyotes were responsible…or perhaps raccoons? 



for a couple of weeks the killdeer parents were doing their broken wing performance…
luring us away from this nest. it was so comical to watch! 
 it is actually quite brilliant.  
and isn't it remarkable how well the eggs blend into their environment? 



 a wild turkey chose this open area with very tall grass for her nursery






  this swallow family renovated last years’ nest!




a robin decided to build in our drive in shed too. 









so many nests and so many happy birds…
how lovely to wake up every day to birdsong!
i think aristotle would love our farm!

hope you can find a little gift of nature to marvel at this spring!
warm hugs,
laura 



Monday, 15 May 2017

moms are special



i hope you had a wonderful mother’s day.
i am so lucky to be a mom and also to be able to spend time with my mom. 


i do cherish our time together. 



still thinking about all the moms we love…
warm hugs,
laura