WELCOME TO THE BC AMBROSIA APPLES NEWSLETTER – May 2020
May 2020 – Rolling With The Times
We checked with a few of our orchardists and asked what is happening at their farms this Spring. March was a time for cleaning up the orchard after pruning, and next they’ll be getting irrigation ready and spraying the trees. Unfortunately, fruit trees aren’t the carefree plants you might hope they’d be. Pests and diseases affect all fruit trees, and so some spraying is necessary.
The farmers try to avoid spraying when it could damage bees that are so important to pollination.
Ambrosia apple farmers are also preparing their farms for June, when all of the trees must be thinned by hand.
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COVID-19 has been on all of our minds a great deal. It has been declared a global pandemic and has far-reaching implications for individuals and businesses alike, including our Ambrosia apple farmers.
When we caught up with the farmers recently, we asked them how COVID-19 will impact their operations. Fortunately, for most of them, the pandemic hasn’t had too much of a drastic impact yet. Local businesses are banding together, but there have been shortages of needed orchard supplies and products.
The bigger issue will be in June when farm labourers will be arriving. A few of the farmers are reaching out for local help. We are all in this together!
Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). Find information about the virus, how to protect yourself, your family and your community, visit the BC Centre for Disease control website here: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Come Dine With Me… At Home: Ambrosia Apple Cookoff
A local group of friends – all foodies — love to cook together when they visit each other’s homes. In light of the recent pandemic, they cannot share a kitchen, so instead they share a Facebook group: Come Dine With Me… At Home! Over the last few months, they’ve shared a recipe every few weeks, prepared it on the same weekend, and then shared notes on taste, wine pairing ideas, and photos, on the Facebook group page.
For the latest challenge, they decided to change things up a bit. This time, instead of one recipe, they were going to create a three-course dinner. They were given a choice of what to make from the Ambrosiaapples.ca website. The instructions were that they could substitute anything they wanted on any of the recipes, but the apples had to be Ambrosias. Everyone was asked to choose one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert. Cocktails were optional.
The results were phenomenal, and their stories will be published in our blog. We’d love to hear about any experiences you’ve had with cooking with Ambrosia Apples. Please share on any of our social media pages!
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