Heritage farms were not just about cash cropping and making a profit. They were about making and sustaining life. Beyond paying the bills they were islands of self sufficiency that provided food for families and the community. Part of this was always fruit trees. Every farm used to have them. We are lucky here at Stonegrove Farm to have some real ancient beauties and their offspring to enjoy. A few of our apple and pear tree are over 100 yrs in age, and we feel blessed and thankful to the elders who planted them so many years ago.
We have been slowly working to rejuvenate and restore these old trees where we can. We have also opened up and started working some of the wild offspring that have established themselves in the old orchards. Happy to report that there are some tasty varieties.
We have a number of trees close to 40 that are making good fruit.
Apples, Pear, Mulberry and Peach are all to be found. Heritage varieties like yellow transparent, snows, Tommy sweet, Wolf river and more.
We make cider, mead and all sorts of preserves with this bounty. Of course we eat some fresh off the trees, but importantly this harvest is shared with our livestock and the animals we use for food finish on all these amazing fruits.