Fall at our farm…it’s a bit like a marathon race. I am no athlete, I’ve never participated in a running event in my life, but I do know it takes training, perseverance, a strategic plan, self discipline and most of all, the will to do it. You need to want to succeed enough to push your body and take on the self discipline, focus and training to do it!
Harvest, this year, definitely feels like a marathon race. We have been blessed with the largest apple crop ever and harvesting seems to go on and on. Do we have enough apple bins? Will they all fit in our cooler? Where will all the help come from to get the job done? Our farmers, field and packing teams have been working very long days to meet the challenge. We don’t really reach the finish line until our apples are all harvested, and the storages are empty, because either the apples have been sold or made into pies, preserves or fresh-pressed apple juice. The finish line is still out of sight, right now we are concentrating on one day at a time.
We all love fall, and as challenging as it is, we don’t want to wish it away. Fall is definitely my favourite season. I love the colours, the amazing selection of apples and squash, the smell of fresh apples as you walk in the cooler or baked apples as you walk by the bakery. I love to walk through the orchard and see the trees laden with fruit and then bare, the transition of the leaves from green to auburn and every shade between. Cooler nights and shorter days are also a blessing, Rachel commented that Lance can’t work as late because it’s dark! It’s a marathon for everyone, even the young moms at home with little ones.
We are getting our second wind and looking forward to celebrating the harvest together as a family with our turkey dinner this weekend. We do it early because frankly, Thanksgiving weekend is crazy at the farm and we are too tired to cook! Celebrating Thanksgiving is not really about turkey dinners or fall leaves or a certain day in the month. It’s about having a grateful heart and taking time to appreciate all you have and sharing it with others – that can happen anytime!
I wanted to share with you a favourite fall recipe in our home using apples, squash and cider sausage. We will of course be enjoying pie for dessert which is a good reminder to order your Thanksgiving pies from our bakery. The pumpkin patch also opens this weekend with “Pick-of-the-Patch” pumpkin rides Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rides will continue every weekend through October as well as Thanksgiving Monday, Oct 14th.
I can’t let this season of thanks go without thanking you, our faithful customers, for supporting our family farm and above all, my God, the Giver and Creator of all good gifts. I need to also take some time to thank our farmers for running the marathon and harvesting our amazing apple crop.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
For the Family
Watch our latest family recipe video with Tamra Davison as she makes a Harvest Casserole.
Harvest Casserole Recipe
Family Pumpkin Festival, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in October. Take a ride out to the Pumpkin Patch and pick your favourite pumpkin right from the field. Visit the farm animals, run and play in the Crazy Cow Kids Corral, enjoy the fall displays, relax with a Pumpkin Steamer or Spiced Apple Cider, taste pumpkin cake, muffin or pie, listen to the music from the Pumpkin Butter Band. This weekend the Pumpkin Princess will be at the farm on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm, and we welcome Kiki the Autum Fairy and Carmen Felt for kids entertainment and hands-on activities. Cost: U-Pick Pumpkin (any size) and tractor train ride to the pumpkin patch is $9/per person (any age), or a ride only to the pumpkin patch is $6/adults, $4/children.
Family Photos in the Pumpkin Patch at Davison Orchards, Sunday, October 6th, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Take a ride out to the pumpkin patch and receive a FREE family photo on this day only! Create great memories with family at the farm and remember the experience with a beautiful photo by S. Rowat Photography.