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.