It's March in Erie county and that means maple syrup season! At Burch Farms Country Market and Winery, we celebrate maple syrup season by having a pancake breakfast every weekend. We serve up all you can eat pancakes with sausage, our homemade applesauce, apple cider, grape juice, and coffee. It is a finger licking sweet time so come on out and join us!
On March 19th we will be having a Farm to Table dinner. The dinner will be prepared by Chef Scott from Kingdom Culinary Services and meat and produce provided by local farms including ours. Sarah Parker from Parable Farms will be speaking about their farming practices and the health benefits of eating non processed foods and I will be speaking about our farm history and practices. We are doing one per month for the next few month with myself and another guest speaker at each dinner. We're very excited to be working with other farmers on these events and showing our community the benefits of buying and eating local.
Also, March 26th will be our 11th annual Easter Egg hunt. We are busy filling eggs wirh candy and our goal is to have around 13000 eggs for the hunt. This event has become so big we suggest pre-registration by calling the farm at 814.725.0747. Everychild that is pre-registered will be entered in a drawing for a Special Easter Basket!
With all these exciting events in March we are farming the other 5 days of the week. The crops are all looking good at this point. Even peaches and cherries are looking good. Yes, we may finally have local peaches and cherries. Apples and grapes are also looking good. However, with the mild weather we have been having its setting the stage for an early spring. This will bring an increased chance of frost damsge to the crops. As a farmer I am optimistic thst with no ice on Lake Erie and the water temperature at 35 degrees that when spring gets here that the lake will continue warming up and will hopefully help protect the crops from frost damage.
We still hsve a lot of apples left. Mainly Idareds and Red Delicious and we still have a limited supply of Cortland and Crispin. With all the warm weather we have busy trimming the grapes and apples. Day after day we work and managing the trees and vines on our farm to produce the quality our consumers want and expect from us!
So enjoy March and come out to the Farm and enjoy one or all of our events this month! We'd love to see you and spend some time with you at Burch Farms!
It has been a very mild winter so far with the extremely warm temperatures. For now, the peaches, apples, and grapes are all doing just fine. The fruit buds have swelled a bit, but they are not turning green just yet. However, it may be one of our earliest springs ever. This will of course bring a greater risk of spring frost damage to this years crops. Only time will tell if we get by unscathed.
On the farm we are busy trimming the grapes and apples all month! We are also still packing apples 2 days out of the week. The McIntosh, Gala, and Empire have left us for the season but we still have a few Cortland, Yellow Declicious, and Crispin that are rounding out the month. They won't be lasting much longer, so I suggest coming out to pick up your eight quart as soon as you can. Still holding on strong are the Ida Reds and the Red Delicious. They are keeping great and are still very crunchy and have great flavor. We will have them at least until Easter.
It is a busy month at the Market. Valentines Day weekend is going to be full of exciting events. The bakery will be busy making chocolate covered strawberries and special sugar cookie treats. Chocolate and Wine Weekend with Lake Erie Wine Country is looking promising with expectations of 800 ticket holders coming throughout the weekend. Next Saturday (the 13th) our caterer, Kingdom Culinary Services, will be hosting our Sweetheart Dinner. We still have room for reservation but the space is filling quickly with 50 resverations already booked. Then the last weekend in Febuary we will begin the Pancake Breakfast in celebration of maple syrup season. We are still looking for non-profit groups to use the Pancake Breakfast for their fund raiser. Any groups intrested please call the market for details. (814 - 725 - 0747)
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who came to my suprise 50th birthday party. It was a fun way to join the over the hill club. My friends and family mean everything to me. Thanks for spending the time with me.
Its January in Erie County and life at Burch Farms has slowed down. All of the crops were harvested and we have begun planning for the up and coming year.
However, the farm continues to be a busy place! We are still packing apples 2 days a week. The McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala are beginning to get a little bit softer but the flavor is absolutely fantastic. They cook up wonderful and make the best apple sauce you've ever tasted. If you don't have time to make your own than just stop in at the market and get a jar of our homemade applesauce.
The other varieties of apples we still have are Empire, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Crispin, and Idared. All of them are still hard and crunchy with great flavor.
I have been asked numerous times in the past month why people can not find Burch's apples in Giant Eagle or Wegmans: Well, these stores do not want any more local apples. They have decided to buy all their pples through their warehouse and not carry local apples any longer. So if you want Burch's apples in your local grocery store you neeed to tell the manager or produce department that they need to carry apples from Burch Farms. The more people let them know the better our voices will be heard.
In the meantime Burch Farms Country Market is open 7 days a week, 7am - 6pm Monday thru Saturday and 8am - 5 pm on Sunday. All 9 varieties of apples are available daily. If you mention you saw this on our website the cashier will take $2 off your purchase of apples!
Out on the Farm we are prunning grapes and apples. We are also working at undecorating the trails from our horse drawn sleigh rides. The sleigh rides were so popular this year we had to hire a second team of horses to keep up with reservations. Thank you to ALL who celebrated Christmas with us!
We are looking forward to this weekend with our Blue-Eyed Husky Winter Weekend. Our Siberian huskies will be at the market for all to meet. There will also be numerous doggie treats made fresh from our bakery for your dog. The most important news is on Saturday and Sunday you can sample our Ice wine and 3 other varieties FREE! Also, remember Saturday and Sunday ONLY you can purchase our Blue-Eyed Husky Ice Wine for $20 per bottle with no limit to the number of bottles purchased. That's a savings of $10 per bottle!
Also on Sundays in January we have our Soup and Salad Buffet with a glass of Niagra Wine from 11am to 3 pm. Our featured soup this week is New England Clam Chowder, cost is $10 per person and includes soup, salad, fresh baked rolls and croutons, and don't forget your complimentary glass of Niagra with your lunch! Stop out enjoy our Winter weekend celebrations and grab a bite, sit down and visit awhile! We'd love it if you joined us!
Lastly, I want to mention we have begun putting the schedule together for our pancake breakfast in celebration of Maple Syrup Season. We are scheduling Non- Profit Groups to host each day of the breakfasts. The Non-Profits sell pre-sold tickets and help us serve the day of their scheduled breakfast. They serve and clean tables to earn money for their non-profit. It's a great and delicious way to fundraise! Please call the Market, go to our contact form on the website, or send us an email to get details on signing your group up. Dates go fast so get in touch soon!
Remember comments, suggestions, or questions are always appreciated here at Burch Farms.
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