Friday, February 28, 2014

Plan ahead for your Summer Job!

We are already looking for summer help.  We will need field help as well as first year Interns who want to learn the ins and outs of growing and selling fruit. You must be at least 16 to help with the summer harvest. We plan to have 2 shifts: 7:00-11:30 and 12:30 -5:00. We start the season mid- May with Strawberry picking and Peach thinning.  Cherries, Raspberries, then Blackberries all need attention before the Peach Season begins. August is the most intense month on the farm as just about every crop becomes ready to harvest: Peaches, Blackberries and Apples as well as the Tomato crop grown in our High Tunnels.
There are also positions open for first year Interns interested in learning beyond the summer months.  This is a chance to see the full cycle of the farm through the seasons.  Instruction includes Pruning and helping prepare the next years' crops.

Applesauce Cake- Serve this when you're done shoveling snow!!!

Applesauce Cake

½ lb butter
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 cups of Manoff Market Gardens applesauce
3 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg and or allspice
½ tsp salt
1 ¾ tsp baking soda
1 cup of raisins
1 tsp vanilla
 3 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans or almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter

Oven 350

Melt butter and add to applesauce. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and soda together and add raisins. Combine with liquids.  Pour into 9x13 greased and floured pan.  Cut together topping ingredients and sprinkle onto batter. Bake 1 hour in oven.  Test to see if done, bake longer if necessary. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ready to farm? Internship Position.

First Year Internship Position
Do you know someone who thinks they want to be a farmer?  Wouldn't it be nice to get some real world experience?  Farming is a fascinating business.  You get to plan, produce, market and sell your ideas.  It's not just growing food anymore. We take great pride in the quality and selection we have at our operation. Management of the crops is important: winter/spring pruning,  blossom and fruit thinning, frost protection management, manipulation of fruiting wood, harvesting different varieties, summer pruning and preparing for winter.  In between, you get to sort, pack, eat and sell the fruit. ( We like the eating part!) We started our farm on vacant ground 30 years ago and we have successfully  achieved our goal of supplying our local community with quality fruit. 
We use an Integrated Pest Management system which combines sustainable , organic and conventional farming techniques to grow a quality fruit crop. We use row covers, high tunnels, high density plantings and drip irrigation on our operation.   
We are looking for a person(s) who specifically wants to learn about fruit production.  This job would be full time through December.  You must be able to work with others, work outside, lift 25# and have a positive attitude.   

You can email us ( or stop in at the farm.  Thanks. We look forward to meeting you!