Transition to Fall — An orchard perspective

Aug 29 by in Orchards & Apples tagged with no comments

applesWe are now finding ourselves transitioning from summer fun to the start of school.  No doubt an important and exciting time of the year!  As you settle in to the nuances of school and activities, always remember the fun you can have at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.

The transition to fall weather and activities is the best time of the year to experience our special place.  Whether you are in the market for fresh, orchard-picked apples, caramel apples, apple pie, or one of the many selections of wines and complementary foods to pick from, you and your family will fall in love with the many experiences to be had at the “Home of Arbor Day.”

Lciderast year, the summer of 2012 brought a devastating drought to our location.  Although we harvested a fair amount of fruit, it left the trees stressed.  The spring of 2013 brought much needed rain in record amounts, and, I might add, that spring didn’t settle in until parts of June.  The elongated winter definitely caused problems with our bloom time.  Because of these events, our crops were delayed this spring.  We have settled in to a good apple crop, but it is going to be delayed due to the late spring.  We are finding out what it means to be “delayed” when our peach crop this year is still producing fruit in mid-August!

Nevertheless, Mother Nature continues to keep us humble.  We are thankful for fruit that will be harvested and we are thankful to all of the guests who continue to experience Arbor Day Farm in the fall.  There is no other place like it.  Come experience it for yourselves and I look forward to seeing you here.

How It’s Made: Apple Cider at Arbor Day Farm

Aug 30 by in Apples, Food & Drink, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Arbor Day Farm apple cider

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “How It’s Made” on the Science Channel, you’ll appreciate this brief look at how Arbor Day Farm’s apple cider press works.

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Summertime Orchard: Behind the Scenes

Jul 11 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

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It’s summertime at the orchards here at Arbor Day Farm, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very hot, very dry spell here in Nebraska City. We doing a lot of the same things that you’re probably doing in your backyard gardens: watering when we can, pulling weeds, helping our plants and trees mitigate the stresses of the season. As is typical in hot and dry years, the apples will likely be smaller in size and will mature faster this fall, resulting in an earlier apple harvest.

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Winter Maintenance in the Apple Orchard

Jan 27 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples, Trees tagged , , , , , , , with 4 comments

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Apple orchards are popular places at two distinct times of the year – during the spring bloom, when branches are covered in pink and white flowers, and in the fall, when crisp, juicy apples are ready for harvest. Most people don’t realize it, but wintertime in an orchard is important, too. Attention to detail in the off-season makes both the bloom and the harvest better.

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Caramel Apples at Arbor Day Farm

Oct 13 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , with no comments

Caramel apples are one of the fall season’s finest treats! Here at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, we hand-dip more than 16,000 caramel apples for our guests and visitors during the busy fall season. This short video shows you step by step how we make them.

But the question remains… nuts or no nuts?

Apple Harvest at Arbor Day Farm: A Preview

Aug 31 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples, Trees tagged , , , with 6 comments

Here in the orchards at Arbor Day Farm, September signals the true start of the apple picking season. A few early varieties (like Paulared) were ready by late summer, but September is when a majority of apples really turn the corner from almost ready to primetime for picking.

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Bring Your Kids to Work Day — Arbor Day Farm Edition

Aug 18 by in Arbor Day, General, Nature, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

Paige talks about her experience at "Bring Your Kids to Work" Day at Arbor Day FarmYesterday was our very first Bring Your Kids to Work Day here at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm. Twenty-four wide-eyed youngsters came to work with their parent and got an up-close and personal look at a day in the work life of mom or dad.

It rained on us a bit, but that didn’t put a damper on the fun. And let’s face it — Arbor Day Farm is the complete opposite of most people’s work environment, with all that green space and fresh air, and all those trees…

We put together this short video highlighting Bring Your Kids to Work Day 2010; kids say it best, don’t they? Enjoy.

Watch the Video — “Bring Your Kids to Work” Day, Arbor Day Farm Edition

Orchards Report: The Apple Tree Bloom is Near

Apr 08 by in General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , with 4 comments

It’s the million-dollar question that comes around every spring in the apple orchard: “When will the apple trees be in bloom?”

A few people in the orchards industry call this event “prom for apple trees” because every branch is all dressed up with flowers, creating quite a spectacle.

My best estimate for seeing pink and white blooms on trees at Arbor Day Farm this year is right around April 17-21, 2010.

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