Buffalo Ridge Orchard

Growing Quality Local Produce Responsibly

First day of official business

Smaller hoophouse over the carrots for the winter

Well, we’re no longer just operating under Zahradnik’s farm; Buffalo Ridge Orchard, LLC has officially opened for business, as of today (1 November 2012).  And what a day it was!  It all started off with a new roof for the farmhouse.  Then, not to be outdone by the Amish roofing crew, we decided that we’d get the large moveable hoophouse moved over the lettuce, spinach, kale, and leeks.  We thought that we had everything under control until just after we started the house in motion – then the skids slid in, causing the supporting tow bar to bend, and eventually crack.  So, after lunch we got a few more supports figured out, and eventually got everything covered by this evening.  Of course, the roofers were finished installing the new metal roof by about 2:00 (and it looks fabulous, by the way).  So now we have both hoophouses moved into their winter positions, the orchard all with new trunk protectors & cleaned up, deer fence strung around to deter those pesky critters, and a fancy new roof for the farmhouse to boot.  What a great way to start off!

Tomorrow, just to keep things rolling, we’ll be harvesting produce (lettuce, kale, spinach, collards, fresh herbs, a few more tomatoes, etc.) and getting ready for our first vendor spot in the newly established NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids.  We’re hoping that the new market really takes off and will be a real benefit for the community.  Make sure to stop out on Saturday mornings in November and December to see us sometime!

About buffaloridgeorchard

Buffalo Ridge Orchard grows vegetables, apples, and pears for local coops and farmer's markets. We have over 25 different types of new and classic apple varieties. In 2011 we installed our first moveable hoop house which allows us to grow greens and root vegetables in the winter and get an early start on tomatoes and extend the season for other vegetable crops.

2 comments on “First day of official business

  1. Kimberli
    January 17, 2013

    Are you still vending at the NewBo market? If so, what days. If not, when will you be back? Thanks!

    • buffaloridgeorchard
      January 17, 2013

      We are taking the month of January off from New Bo City Market. Produce grows very slow this time of year. By the end of February (once daylight increases enough to get the spinach and other greens growing) we will start bringing produce to the New Bo City Market on Saturday Mornings. Currently we are selling carrots and baby spinach through the Iowa Valley Food Coop and at the Mount Vernon Winter market. The next market in Mount Vernon is this Saturday, January 19th, from 11am to 1pm.

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