The Season For Reflection
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Progress On The Farm!
SUmmer is here and it is hot!
Summer is in full gear and for us here at Athol Orchards it means we are on our mad dash to get all of the seasonal tasks done so that in the Autumn we can reap the rewards of the harvest.
Late Winter and early Spring gave us very little precipitation this year both in the form of snow pack and rain. It is the first season in five years that we had to turn on the orchard irrigation in March! We are looking ahead to a very long, very hot and very dry Summer season. Pray for us as we enter into fire season - The farm is situated in the forests of North Idaho and much of the land is heavily timbered.
One of the biggest focuses for us this Summer is to mill enough wood on our new Woodland Mills sawmill that we can get our permanent farm stand erected in time for Autumn. It is a dream we've talked about every Fall season and this year we hope to finally make it a reality. An orchard isn't an orchard without a proper and well-appointed roadside apple stand!
We've added to our Registered Nigerian Goat herd this season with four adorable doelings and we decided to keep a very special little buckling who we've named Mighty Ox ( for Black Oxford...all of our goats are named after old apples!)
His birth day was very stressful as he almost didn't make it. He laid lifeless with little energy for several hours until Erreck was finally able to get him steady up on his feet, and survival kicked in. He's the smallest goat we've ever welcomed to Athol Orchards and he will be a valued member of the extended family.
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We have begun milling North Idaho timber in anticipation
of starting the build on our farm-stand this Spring!
With the completion of our farm kitchen last Fall, we've been excitedly planning forward for how to bring our Orchard and our Farm-Crafted Goods into the homes of our loyal customers and friends. The "other boss", aka my husband, has been hard at work designing a simple yet quaint farm stand space here in the woods of North Idaho that we can utilize throughout the year, highlighting fresh grown and value-added goods as the seasons change.
Imagine driving into the woods to pick up a TRULY farm-fresh apple or pumpkin pie - apples and pumpkins grown on site, a little kiss of our very own Bunco Raw Honey to sweeten the filling, farm-fresh eggs and local heavy cream washed over the top to produce that perfectly golden flaky crust? That's just one little crumb of what you can look forward to when this farm stand takes shape. Follow us on our social media to stay updated on future farm stand dates! We hope to have a few pop-up farm stands as we approach the Holidays!