Last Chance Cider! Sat & Sun at Four Hearts Farm, Waterboro

Last Chance! This weekend, November 7 & 8, from 11 am – 3 pm we will set up our Pop-up Cider Shop at Four Hearts Farm serving hot & cold cider with jugs to-go! Enjoy this year’s Snowflake Trail for local handmade goodies. A perfect way to shop small businesses for everyone on your gift list! And when you try the fudge at Four Hearts you’ll know why I love it there 😉

Meet us at 13 Bradburn Road in Waterboro!

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Day 2 of introducing area farmers who allow us to carry their products in our shop!
This family is amazing and Ali is one of the most amazing people I have met! So smart and kind and just a light to be around!

We currently carry their Quincannon Organic unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, of course) and an ACV Rose water facial toner that smells amazing.

Ali will be at the shop this weekend selling hot & cold apple cider by the cup along with jugs of cider to-go. The shop is open 10-5, she will be there 11-3 Saturday and Sunday!

Here is a little about this farm family right here in Waterboro:

Eden Acres Family Farm
Searching for a quality of life that would bring our family closer to nature, in the Fall of 2014 we sold our home in New Jersey and bought a small tow-behind camper. Bryan grew up in Maine and so we pointed our compass North in search of a new place to live. Of primary importance was a school for our two boys. We wanted an education that allowed them to be kids longer and place more importance on the quality of their learning, rather than test outcomes. We searched a great part of the State looking for that magic combination where we all felt a fit. While visiting a school, within the first few minutes, we were asked if we wanted to live on a 26 acre organic apple orchard with an old farmhouse… Something clicked and we knew we had to look at it! The orchard personified every reason we wanted to move to Maine. Armed with a passion for organic gardening and not much else, we took on the responsibility of caring for the 700+ apple trees. Our initial concern is the health and viability of the orchard. Moving forward, we look to diversify our offerings to include a variety of apple based products.

Get Real, Get Raw!

Get Real Get RawCider is not a by-product for us. 

It’s what we love! 

We stand by the superior flavor and health benefits of real, raw, unpasteurized cider so much so that we don’t compromise our standards just to sell more at the store. Raw cider is super hydrating and packed with naturally occurring enzymes and beneficial bacteria to promote a healthy gut flora.

PSA: You should be seeking out real, raw cider from your local organic farmer and freezing it for a winter stock to keep your family healthy.

What Goes into a Gallon of Cider?

  • Organic Certification,
  • Licensing and organic certification of the processing facility,
  • Pruning 700 apple trees in late winter,
  • Prunings are chipped and put back under the trees to help regenerate the soil,
  • Dormant sprays to fortify the trees before the spring,
  • Detection and remedy any insect damage in the spring and summer,
  • Foliar sprays that include nutritional benefits for the trees and soil in the summer,
  • Knowing when and where to harvest ripe varieties,
  • Cold storage to further sweeten the apples,
  • Conscious blending of varieties for a perfect balance of sweet and tart,
  • Pressing and clean up,
  • Bottling, labeling, and capping,
  • Cost of bottles, caps, and labels,
  • Refrigeration of cider, and
  • Plenty of record keeping.

15 pounds of apples go into every gallon of cider. 

All this for $1 per pound… And we love it! We hope you do too!

CidahFest @ Eden Acres

CidahFest 2018
CidahFest 2018

This year we are thankful for the abundant rain that helped to plump up our apples. However, the past 3 seasons of drought has taken its toll. The trees uptake nutrients through their roots in August/September for the following year. Without rain, the nutrients are unavailable. We have seen significant leaf loss and other signs of stress. But the show must go on, so we are celebrating our apples for what they are…. super healthy and amazingly flavorful with CidahFest!

Please join us from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018 as we welcome the musical talents of Jason Roman with some comfort food and drink (hot cider, of course!) Take home gallons of our craft raw cider will be available as well. Parking is limited, car pooling is recommended.

IMG_5269Also, you can find us at Frinklepod Farm (244 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel) on Saturday, October 13th from 10:30 – 2:00 with our Pop-Up Cider Shop for another opportunity to taste our cider and take some home.

***Unpasteurized raw cider can only be sold by the farmer. Due to FDA regulations, it is not available in stores.

WARNING: Once you taste the difference, it may ruin all other ciders.

 

Ecotherapy: Nature’s Remedy for Happiness

Ecotherapy

This season, we started keeping bees which has heightened our awareness of many things within the orchard, connecting the ecosystem from something as small as mycorrhizae in the soil to something as big as the equipment and inputs we use. Farmer B has been extra gentle in what he is spraying on the trees, careful not to use even organic pest control measures that have the potential to harm bees. Wildflowers are left to grow, supplying the bees with the pollen they need to feed their colony and ultimately produce honey that we will enjoy and sell when we have a large enough supply. Continuous blooms are allowed to go to seed to encourage more grasses, flowers, and different herbs to grow throughout the orchard. As a result, we are noticing more biodiversity within just two years.

As the summer solstice passes, when the sun is at its peak, it highlights a return to light. Light, love, and power are the energetic attributes for the summer solstice. It’s a time for barbecues and trips to the beach, generally a time to celebrate being outside and our connection to nature. For us, it’s a reminder that we need to enjoy our free time as much as possible before the apples start to drop; to pause and be conscious of the energy we are extending.

In this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Americans are said to spend 80 to 99 percent of their day indoors, disconnected from nature. In response, Japan has implemented “forest bathing” as part of its national health program since 1982, before there were even smartphones and other handheld technology to “unplug” from. And now the benefits of being in nature are beginning to become more recognized. Science is just catching on that our disconnect from nature is affecting our mood and mental health. It is shown that walks in nature decrease negative ruminating thoughts and elevate moods. Yup, there’s even a name for it… Ecotherapy, nature’s remedy for happiness!

In all the craziness around the Fourth of July, I needed to get back on track. Walking the orchard, taking in the beauty around me, and giving thanks for all of my blessings are ways I can slow down and pause.

What are some other ways you can pause and enjoy life more?

Springtime Update: Beneficial Nematodes

NematodesSpring brings rain and warmer temperatures. It also brings pests. So, it’s time to break out the organic measures for controlling tick populations and apple pests. One of our not-so-secret weapons that we use for the orchard is beneficial nematodes. Insects with a pupating or larval stage in the soil become susceptible to the insect-parasitic nematodes. The microscopic worm-like organisms seek out insects to host them as they mature and reproduce, killing the pests in the process. There are several species of nematodes that are parasitic to a variety of pests. We employ a triple threat to broaden the impact on pests such as curculio, apple sawfly, Japanese beetles, ants, and ticks. Timing is of importance when putting them down, however. Soil temperatures need to be above 45 degrees and should be wet since nematodes live in the water-filled pores within the soil. Drought conditions such as last year, could not sustain the nematodes. Thankfully, the abundance of snow this winter and recent rain has aided our efforts.

Bryan felt as though he was spraying magic pixie dust, so he added a brew of nitrogen and other nutrient fixing microbes to the nematode mixture for increasing soil fertility. It’s particularly interesting to note the 1960’s “discovery” of the effective microbes and philosophy of their founder, Dr. Teruo Higa. Dr. Higa’s research focused on combining microbial strains that were not believed to live together in the wild to see which ones could co-exist. All the microorganisms in the formula Dr. Higa created and used at Eden Acres Family Farm co-exist, co-prosper, exchange information, are sustainable, are safe, are efficient, are effective, and service each other. Dr. Higa believed that humans needed to learn from these microbes. We think so too!

What can we learn from beneficial microorganisms?

Symbiotic relationships are essential to our growing and changing world; a balance that can only be achieved by working together. What contributions are you currently making, or can offer to your community, to co-create a more prosperous culture?

One Love,

Ali

 

References:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/24726/soil-nematodes-in-organic-farming-systems

http://www.teraganix.com/Effective-Microorganisms-History-and-Availability-s/194.htm