Yankee Ingenuity

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Rent Mother Nature is gift program that connects consumers with American family farms, wherein farm fresh products are delivered directly to the gift recipient’s door at harvest time.  We have been doing it for 39 years with a variety of crops (see www.RentMotherNature.com). The other day a woman called us to place an order for a Rent Mother Nature maple tree lease. She had the seen the ad in last … Read More →

Valentine’s Day Cocoa Tree Gift

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Give someone you love the harvest from a cocoa tree. Hernando Cortes discovered the bitter drink (xocolatl) used by the Aztecs and sent the beans and recipes back to King Charles V. The Spanish refined the recipe adding sugar and heating the ingredients to improve the taste. By the end of the 18th century, Mexican chocolate had become an addiction among the Spanish elite and a cause of grave moral … Read More →

Coffee Bean Harvest

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We, at Rent Mother Nature, are proud to be working with a family-owned farm in the high mountains of Jinotega, Nicaragua that produces some of the finest coffee beans grown using the most sustainable methods. When one first sees a coffee tree, it is hard to understand how those bright red beans (called cherries) can morph into the brown beans that produce dark, rich coffee.  It does happen: The magic takes … Read More →

Maple Syrup Harvest

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2018 seems to be another year of extremes. We (Rent Mother Nature) had a day in January that was 30F below zero with wind chills taking it down to minus 50, followed by several days in a row well above freezing and melting most all the snow (not a good situation). Sap began to flow spasmodically starting January 20th. Despite that we expect decent maple syrup production results this season, … Read More →

Mineola Tangelos

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Mother Nature was good to us this season with ample rainfall and very little irrigation needed during last summer. The quality of the fruit appears to be outstanding. The Mineola Tangelo -AKA the honeybell- is known for its sweetness and shape–a cross between a Duncan Grapefruit and a Dancy Tangerine. In 1931, three gentlemen named W.T. Swingle, T. R. Robinson, and E.M. Savage of the U. S. Department of Agriculture … Read More →

Virtual Farmer’s Markets Pt. 2

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Farmer Jill grows a crop of spectacular naturally tree-ripened peaches down Georgia way, but Consumer Jack in North Dakota isn’t going to hop in his car and drive 1500 miles to buy them. She has a number of options to sell her peaches while they’re at the peak of perfection: the local farmer’s market or a charming roadside stand. She might invite customers, locals naturally, to come on over and … Read More →

Virtual Farmer’s Markets Pt. 1

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Today’s small family farmers and ranchers are Rent Mother Nature‘s pioneers on the front lines of the “green” revolution. They all share one thing: They understand the grace Mother Earth bestows upon us in the bounty of her fields, forests, and seas. Some of these new pioneers were born to farming, some have chosen this life to learn ancient crafts & skills, while some just like to get down in … Read More →

Wildflower Honey Hive Report

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The beekeepers at Rent Mother Nature had all kinds of weather this spring–cold, cool, hot, warm, some bursts of rain– but now that summer is here, it is mostly warm with some cool days. The bees seem to have taken it all in stride and are busy now pollinating, gathering nectar, and making honey. The little creatures have preferences in the blossoms they covet. The dandelion is one of their favorites. … Read More →

Pecan tree lease

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Rent Mother Nature’s pecan grower tells us that the outer hull of your pecans are drying and just now beginning to crack.  They will stay on the tree in that condition until the hull becomes completely dry.  Then, they begin to fall to the ground.  Of course, once they begin to fall, our growers along with the help of the huge machine that shakes the trees violently do their bit.  … Read More →

Peach Tree Lease Progress Report

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Rent Mother Nature’s peach growers told us that this year’s crop is looking great -Georgia’s sunny weather helps the ripening process along in fine style! As we repeat in so many reports, there is a good reason for tree-ripened produce to be prized. The longer a peach remains on the tree the more acid turns to sugar, making it a sweet peach! A peach will ripen faster on a tree in one … Read More →

Maple Syrup Harvest 2017

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The good news is that Rent Mother Nature has made, and will continue making, really delicious, pure maple syrup again this year. The unfortunate part of this year is that we started in January and that this is probably not an aberration—it may be the new normal. Sugar making for us over the last century started in March. The disturbing reality of climate change could threaten the entire industry which … Read More →