…and now for something completely different…
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
on the lake side.
The constant swish-swish of skis
On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
On a day long drive.
My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
Nothing of it.
Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.
Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
of marshmallow snow
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
~ Seasonal Sweetness ~
on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield, Maine
27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield ME 04967,
ph (207) 487-5056
Gardeners to the public since 1995.
Click on photos to enlarge.
Items marked with a * are also available from us as rooted cuttings in May and June.
Also see our Fresh Herbs page, Fresh Vegetables and
our Perennials page.
Apples, early September to mid November. From the small sweet Chestnut crabapple in early September
to the Liberty, Baldwin and Northern Spy in late October, with several unknown, but good-eating
varieties thrown in. We also dry many of our apples.
Blackberries Coming Soon! We planted a dozen blackberry plants in the spring of 2007, and expect to have
blackberries for market within three years.
Grapes*, Mid September to mid October. Planted in the spring of 2004, the vines began bearing in
2006, and really came into abundance in 2007. The season begins with Fredonia (small dark purple grapes in tight
first, followed by Kay Gray (looser bunches of larger green grapes), and finally Concord (loose bunches of
large purple grapes). All varieties are seeded.
Pears, Late September to mid November. We have one tree each of Bartlett (late Sept.) and Bosc (mid
October), and bring in a few bushels of each in a good year. Bartletts are on the left, Bosc on the right.
We also dry many of our pears.
Raspberries*, mid July to early September. We grow regular raspberries and everbearing raspberries. Taylor variety, which
matures in July, produces for a few weeks. The everbearing August Red begins bearing in early Agust and
continues for about a month. Raspberries are a minor crop for us and we are still trying to find the time to
get them picked regularly.
Rhubarb*, mid May to mid June. The pie plant, rhubarb also makes a wonderful sauce for ice cream or as a
subsitute for the tartness of cranberries in a muffin recipe. Ask for our rhubarb recipe brochure. We have been expanding
our plot by planting seeds from our current plot.