Monday, March 9, 2015

Need laying chickens?  We have them!  Red Sex Links (Golden Comets), Silver Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons and White Leghorns, all between 15 and 19 weeks old!  Call or email for more information or to reserve, or to arrange a pickup.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Want to plant an orchard next spring?  Want to add good winter hardy trees and blueberry bushes to your garden, yard or hobby farm?

We sell professional nursery grade dormant trees and shrubs, the kind we ourselves plant in our own fields.

 Our apples and peaches are bare-root trees.  Bare root eliminates transplant shock and pot-bound problems.  Trees will be ready for you at planting time in May 2015, for pickup by appointment at Plowshares Farm.  One low price: no extra handling or shipping fees!  50% deposit holds your tree order.

We guarantee only that our trees are alive and ready to plant at the time of sale.  Since we cannot control conditions at your place, the buyer is responsible from the point of purchase on.  We do provide planting instructions and training and care suggestions to our customers.  Maine Cooperative Extension offers wonderful technical support for gardeners, and we encourage you to discover their helpful, taxpayer funded resources and your local county Extension office.

Our apples are cold hardy for the north, disease resistant for easier care and are professionally grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks for early bearing and manageable tree size.  With proper care, your apple trees can live many years.

Our peach trees are relatively cold hardy.  No peach is truly 'hardy' for Maine, but ours are hardier than most.  Even so, while many people grow peaches successfully in Maine, peach trees should not be considered a long term planting.

Our blueberry bushes are in one gallon pots, ready for you to plant immediately or hold for weeks or months until you are ready to plant.

We select the right cold hardy, disease resistant trees and bushes for success in our Maine climate.

To order your tree, mail, call or email us with a list of the trees you want along with your deposit made out to Plowshares.  Or drop by the farm during farm store hours to place your order.


Our apples for 2015, in order of ripening:

Pristine







Ripens early (August).  Beautiful, crisp, very juicy, tart and easy to grow.

Our Pristine apple trees can grow to medium size, and they require staking for proper support.  With proper care and easy training and pruning, your Pristine can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Pristine needs another tree to provide a pollinator.  Honeycrisp, Sweet 16, Novaspy, Goldrush and Enterprise will pollinate Pristine.



Honeycrisp

Explosively crisp and sweet, this mid September-ripening apple is also resistant to apple scabOur Honeycrisp trees can begin to fruit in the third year.  Producer of large sized apples that top the charts for fresh eating in its season.    Honeycrisp apples store well too.
Our Honeycrisp trees can grow to medium size, and they require staking for proper support.  With proper care and easy training and pruning, your Honeycrisp can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Honeycrisp needs another tree to provide a pollinator.  Pristine, Sweet 16, Novaspy, Goldrush and Enterprise will pollinate Honeycrisp.

Sweet 16

Yellow-cream colored somewhat crisp flesh with rich flavor including hints of cherry and vanilla, Sweet 16 is a very good cold hardy apple for the north.  Ripening mid September, Sweet 16 is also resistant to apple scabOur Sweet 16 trees can begin to fruit in the second or third year.  Sweet 16 produce large apples for fresh eating within a month of harvest.
Our Sweet 16 trees require permanent staking.  With proper and easy training and pruning your Sweet 16 tree can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Sweet 16 needs another tree to provide a pollinator.  Pristine, Honeycrisp, Novaspy, Goldrush and Enterprise will all pollinate Sweet 16.


Enterprise

We love Amish sour cream apple pie made with Enterprise.  The apple pieces hold their shape and flavor when baked, and don't get lost in the sugar.  Enterprise also makes a great baked apple.  Enterprise ripens early-mid October.  Cream-colored flesh, crisp, tart, complex taste in a disease resistant, earlier-bearing tree.  Enterprise is a wonderful and handsome apple, good for fresh eating, pies, drying and baking.  Thick skin allows for storage through the winter.  Plentiful producer of large sized apples, stunning burgundy skin with stunning tiny yellow dots.  Bears heavily.  Scab resistant!  Vigorous tree on a dwarf rootstock for easy care.  One of the easiest easy apples to grow, and top flavor for baking.  Our Enterprise trees can begin to fruit in the third year!
Our Enterprise tree requires a permanent stake and with proper and easy training and pruning it can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Enterprise needs another tree to provide a pollinator.   Pristine, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp, Goldrush and Novaspy will pollinate Enterprise.





Novaspy

Novaspy is a fantastic new variety from the apple breeders in Nova Scotia.  Novaspy retains some of Northern Spy's famed flavor, and combines that with earlier ripening and scab resistance.  Novaspy is a late October apple, good for fresh eating, pies, baking, sauce and cider.  Excellent complex, sweet-tart flavor.  Medium-large sized apple, bears heavily.  Vigorous tree on a dwarf rootstock for easy care.  Our Novaspy trees can begin to fruit in the second or third year! 
Our Novaspy tree requires a permanent stake and with proper and easy training and pruning it can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Novaspy needs another tree to provide a pollinator.   Pristine, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp, Goldrush and Enterprise will pollinate Novaspy.

Goldrush

Goldrush is the apple of choice for finishing the season.  Goldrush ripens early-mid November in southern Maine.  It is immune to apple scab, and it loves to bear fruit. Goldrush requires aggressive hand thinning, and the apples tend to range from medium to small, but the eating and storage qualities are truly exceptional.  Crisp juicy Golden Delicious flavor but much more sweet and tart at the same time!  A mild-mannered, easy-growing tree on a dwarf rootstock.  Our Goldrush trees can begin to fruit in the second or third year! 
Our Goldrush trees require a permanent stake, and with proper and easy training and pruning can be maintained at a reasonable height.  We provide instructions.  $28 each.
Goldrush needs another tree to provide a pollinator.   Pristine, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp, Novaspy and Enterprise will pollinate Goldrush.



Contender Peach

 Relatively cold hardy for the north!  At least, as far as peaches go- Contender is rated for zone 4-8.  The buds are considered more resistant to cold injury than many other varieties.  Beautifully blushed large round fruit, yellow freestone inside.  Sweet and juicy.  Ripens August.  Peaches like well draining slopes with full sun.  No staking required.  We provide instructions for planting and care.  Contender can begin to bear in three years depending on how you train it.  $24 each.

 High Bush Blueberries
We offer hardy varieties (in order of ripening): Duke, Patriot (developed in Maine!), Toro and Bonus.  Large to giant blueberries in July and August.  These varieties will cross pollinate one another.  For best results, plant at least two varieties near each other.  $14 each.






Friday, December 5, 2014

New winter hours

Starting next week, we are going to have new hours. We will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-6pm and on Sunday from 12-5pm.

The store is packed with wonderful treats and gift ideas. Here are a few of them:

NEW ITEM!! Locally handmade clutch purses from chip bags and candy wrappers




All natural face cream





Jams and peanut butters





Pickles


BBQ sauces and hot sauces




All natural bees wax lip balm


Excellent macaroons!


Four Winds Farm soaps, sachets and dryer balls





Fine olives, olive oil and dressings from Lakonia



Honey and honeycomb



Christian Ridge Pottery - apple and potato bakers







We have much more available and we look forward to seeing you!
Amy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving and farm member cards

We are very grateful for all of you who have supported us over the years and continue to do so, as well as all the new people who have found us. Thank you for sticking with us as we grow and hopefully serve you better!

We are open every day Thanksgiving week:
   Thursday through Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

FARM CARD MEMBERS - PLEASE READ!!
For a variety of factors, we have decided to discontinue the farm membership card program. We will no longer be signing up new members.
    ~ Current members - You may add any amount you want onto you current card by the end of the year as long as you use it by March 31st. After March 31st, 2015, we will no longer be accepting farm cards as payment and everyone will need to use cash or credit/debit card.

If you have any questions, please call (239-0442) or ask when you are here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Amy

Friday, October 31, 2014

Apples, Thanksgiving pies and store update

We have a new freezer! The freezer is stocked with meat from Maine Family Farms and other local farms, cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards and pies from Valley View Orchard Pies.



Stay tuned for more equipment coming that should make your experience at the store much more pleasant! We are very grateful that the Lord made this grant possible and awarded to us!

We still have apples for picking. Goldrush is our last apple of the season. It is a very long storing apple that can be used for either baking or fresh eating. During apple picking season, we'll be open 7 days a week. Check out Facebook or this site for the hours. A quick run down: Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00pm; Friday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.



We are freshly stocked with goat's milk products - cheeses, milk and yogurt - and pies. We will be getting more Bert's Awesome Stuff (pickles) -hopefully Saturday - which has been very popular.





THANKSGIVING PIES: If you would like a pie for Thanksgiving, please let us know by Tuesday 11/18. You may call or stop in. The pies will be delivered early Thanksgiving week and they can be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. If it's easier for you to get your pie Thanksgiving day, we will be open in the morning.

Some of the most popular flavors of pie are raspberry-rhubarb (my new personal favorite!!), Bumbleberry (a mix of strawberry, blueberry, rhubarb, apples and raspberries with a crumb topping), apple crisp, pumpkin and blueberry, but they also have pecan, apple-blueberry, apple-raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, Key-Lime and chocolate French Silk.

Raspberry Rhubarb $12.99

Blueberry $12.99

Key Lime $17.99

Pecan $15.99

 Strawberry Rhubarb $12.99

chocolate French Silk $17.99

See you soon!
Amy

Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple picking and special event!

Another special event is happening this coming Saturday - we will have cranberries and cider (both apple cider and apple-cranberry cider) from Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Maine! We'll have free samples of the ciders and both cider and cranberries will be 10% off on Saturday only.








People have really been enjoying the cider, and some have become hooked on the carbonated cider - a delicious twist on a fall favorite! Check it our when you're here!

Apple picking will also begin again on Saturday with Goldrush. This is a delicious apple that can be used for fresh eating or baking and will store a long time.


The store will be open and we will have the usual stock of goodies - cheeses, olives and olive oil, pies, whoopie pies, jams, peanut butters, pickles and much more! We'll look forward to seeing you this weekend! We are open 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.

Amy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Apple pause

Due to heavy picking - thank you to everyone who came and picked!! - we are picked out of apples for a short time. We'll have more ready around the 3rd week of October. We'll post when they are ready again.

We'll end the season with Crimson Topaz and Goldrush, which is below:

 Goldrush



We still have tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, gourds and harvested raspberries (no U-Pick) along with many other treats in the store. Please stop in and see all we have!

Amy