Let Us Take the Hard Work Out of Enjoying Farm Freshness
There's nothing like biting into a farm fresh fruit or vegetable. But anyone who has gardened knows it takes hard work, patience, tender care, a little bit of luck and having a green thumb doesn't hurt.
Maybe you don't quite have a green thumb, or maybe you do but you don't have the time or desire to put in the work. Don't worry — we have you covered. Lakeland Orchard and Cidery has a big enough green thumb to go around, and we're putting our many green thumbs to work to offer our customers an even bigger and better selection of the literal fruits of our labor.
This season our guests will find that we've introduced many new vegetables, along with a few new fruits and flowers, that will all be fresh for the picking. This year we will introduce potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, green beans, yellow wax beans, purple beans, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and a variety of winter squashes including spaghetti squash, delicata squash, butternut squash and acorn squash. All of these will be available for guests to pick-their-own.
This will be a new experience for us here at Lakeland and our guests. We also plan to feature some of our new veggies in our food offerings this season. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a “picking bag” of various sizes at admissions. They then will be able to pick anything we have to offer as long as it fits in the bag. Pick-your-own selections and quantities will depend on timing and may be limited. We all know Mother Nature often has her own timetable after all. We suggest checking our website, social media channels and signing up for our newsletters to stay up-to-date on what we have available at any given time.
Careful thought was given to these new selections, and we think guests will truly appreciate the variety. The first criteria we used to select these new plants was our climate. Using raised beds on black plastic opened up additional choices for us, such as watermelon and cantaloupe. This method also helps with weed control.
Secondly, we kept you, our guests, in mind asking ourselves what you might find most interesting. For example, potatoes are grown completely underground with a green plant above the surface to provide nutrients and energy for the potatoes. We felt our guests would like to see and learn first-hand how their produce is grown.
Last but certainly not least, we wanted to provide our guests with a fresh and local experience. Guests can see exactly where their produce was grown, and even pick it right off the plants for themselves. Visitors can pick at peak ripeness and when the item is most flavorful. You can't get that in a standard grocery store. Depending on produce and time of year, certain grocery store produce can travel from thousands of miles away over a period of weeks. Lakeland Orchard and Cidery produce is grown right here, pretty much before your eyes.
We're confident that if you visit us once, you will want to come again to experience all of this wonderful new produce. We are pleased to announce guests can get their hands on our fresh produce and visit the orchard earlier than ever. Mark down August 1st as our opening day to get your own hands on our produce.
Come visit and enjoy the freshness and deliciousness picked by your own hands but without all the work.