GEARING UP FOR AN APPLE-FILLED SUMMER

We're back! Almost...

Hopefully you've missed the orchard just as much as the orchard has missed you.

It was a long, enjoyable offseason for all of us at the orchard. Except for that little glitch when we lost our peach crop to those nasty, cold temperatures at the beginning of the year. Ooops.. you hadn't heard yet? Well then maybe you should head on over to our Facebook page and like us so you can get your info a wee bit sooner. Or maybe I need to do a better job of maintaining the blog in the offseason? Let's compromise; you like us on Facebook, and I'll make a better effort to give this blog more attention between seasons. Deal? Deal. (Trust me, you'll thank me later for guiding you to our Facebook.)

But in the meantime, I'll fill you in on what you've missed so far...

So. Our peaches aren't going to be here this summer...

That doesn't mean you shouldn't be. Even though those bitter temperatures wiped out our peaches, we still have plenty of excitement planned for the 2014 season. 

I know you're all going to miss the summer staple of sinfully-sweet peach juice dripping down your chin. Believe me, so am I. But there are some pretty awesome apples that ripen in August that can easily be overlooked when there's a big 'ole spotlight on the peaches. "But apples are the fruit of fall and peaches are the summer fruit.." Blah, blah, blah. Yes, peaches are spectacular and we're all going to miss them dearly this summer. But give the summer apples a chance. Zestar and Tsugaru are two summer apples that top many customers' favorites list. Mollie's Delicious is a traditional flavor that is frequently requested, and Initial and Blondee are two newer varieties that are easy to fall in love with. Don't count the apples out just because they ripen in August; they can be just as refreshing, sticky and delightfully tasty as peaches. 

For those of you who just. can't. bear. the thought of walking into the market and not smelling peaches, rest assured. Marshall is working diligently to make connections with a couple of out-of-state orchards who may be able to supply us with peaches. We are also very grateful that all of our trees survived the brutal temperatures, so we still have another shot in 2015.

Fall festivities in the works...

In regards to whether or not there should be a special Branstool Orchards festival in the fall, our Facebook fans all seem to agree that it should happen. So, I guess that means we hafta, huh? Good! We're really excited about how enthusiastic everyone was about this idea, and we have already begun planning a fantastic event, just for you. Picture games, face painting, hayrides and more! There are still a lot of details to work out, but we're off to an exciting start. Feel free to e-mail us,  leave us a comment on Facebook, or tweet using #BranstoolFestival with any suggestions you may have that will help make the festival a blast for everyone. 

We threw even more social media into the mix...

Juuust in case you can't get enough of our tweets, blogs, e-newsletters and Facebook posts, you can now connect with us on Pinterest, too. Make sure you follow us on Pinterest to keep up with our favorite recipes, decor suggestions and fall festival possibilities. If you follow us, we'll follow you back and, who knows? Maybe one of your pins will inspire a great event at the festival or a new display in the market.

That's a wrap...

So, I believe you are all caught up now. Stay tuned for more updates, and again.. follow us on social media for the most frequent updates.

See you all soon!