Monthly Archives: March 2015

Spring is Here!

And we’re so glad. The fruit trees are busting with blooms, the berries are putting out leaves, the strawberries . . . well, if you read my last post you’ve probably figured out they’re coming along nicely!

If you are new and not familiar with us Hortons’ or the farm, one thing you should, you *need* to know is that we are committed to growing and producing everything we offer as naturally as possible. For us this means a greater investment of time and resources.

It also means we have to be innovative. One example is Papa Horton’s rhubarb. For those who’ve not heard it, there’s quite the story behind it. A native Oregonian by birth, that hearty can-do pioneer spirit kicked in when he was told you couldn’t grow one of his favorite fruits in our area. It took him a good ten years and a lot of failures to figure it out with our sandy soil, but grow it we do and it is magnificent!

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So we invite you to join in a healthier diet and a healthier lifestyle. Clean eating chemical free fruits and vegetables are a good place to start. And if you’re not convinced yet that conventionally grown “big farm” foods are a threat to health and well being, maybe the following will shed some light on the seriousness of the issue.

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Tasting Spring

I usually enjoy the winter months but I’ve not been able to say that this year. I don’t know if it’s been the record setting cold, the fact that I’ve not been able to quilt which I’ve cherished in past years, or just the fact that it has lasted so long, but this year I’m more than ready for it to be over.

And today, winter’s icy grip broke.

Because we picked strawberries.

The hubs decided it was time to take the row covers off the 2nd year plants he covered back in January before the first freeze. And what should we find that had survived all the freezing nights . . . but big juicy red ripe STRAWBERRIES.

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There weren’t a lot of them, and all we can figure is that they were wind pollinated on some of those days when the covers were moving like ocean waves. But berries they were. And berries we will enjoy on our buckwheat pancakes in the morning. With whipped cream.

And my heart is happy.

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