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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Rent Mother Nature 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 … Read More →

Virtual Farmer’s Markets Pt. 1

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Rent Mother Nature. Today’s small family farmers and ranchers are our 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 … Read More →

Wildflower Honey Hive Report

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Rent Mother Nature We had a bit of 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 … Read More →

Pecan tree lease

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Pecan Mid-Season Progress Report Rent Mother Nature 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.  The … Read More →

Peach Tree Lease Progress Report

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Rent Mother Nature Our growers have said that the peach 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 … Read More →

Maple Syrup Harvest

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Rent Mother Nature The good news is that we have made, and are making, really nice, 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 →