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N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Raspberries and Cider and Garage Sales

We had a really great weekend. Fall was in the air and everyone was in the mood for apples. We did our first weekend of pick your won raspberries. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. (If you had any problems, please let us know.) And we got many compliments on the wonderful, big berries. We hear they're not so great many places this year, probably due to the recent dry weather. We have a drip line irrigation system in ours so the water is not a problem. We're still learning and your feedback is valuable to us to help us make adjustments.

The first batch of cider will be made Wednesday night and be available here on Thursday morning just in time for the Garage Sale. Hope to see many of you then

Not much picking got done yesterday with the rain, so we're hoping for a good day at it today. The raspberries have had a day of rest and should be looking good for picking today and tomorrow

Frank brought home some really beautiful mums from the Badgerland Produce Co-op Auction yesterday, so I used them to decorate the place...and our decorations are always for sale. (Everything's for sale except the help and the critters. And, yes, those 2 really cite little girls are part of the help.) I want to get some corn stalks cut before the weekend and I picked the first of the gourds, so the place is starting to get that wonderful fall look.

Our first tour group of the year was here yesterday. The Family Resource Center from Portage is always our first. It started to rain lightly 10 minutes before we were scheduled to begin, but we managed to get out to the orchard between showers and checked out our sorting line and cooler and talked about emus inside. Then we got another break between showers so we went outside and saw the emus and cows and some of the older kids actually took a run through the sunflowers field to see the giant sunflowers.

The sunflower field is intended to be a play place for the kids, so be sure to check it out when you're here. We planted in rows this year, and when some washed out in the heavy rains, we just left the spaces. It's kind of like the corn fields so many of us played in as kids.

Well, I think it's time to go picking. The dew is really heavy today, so we'll be avoiding the MacIntosh, at least for a while. They tend to get all kinds of little finger bruises if you pick them wet.


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