Avalon Acres
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Mark & Wendy Sheriff
St. Albans, Maine


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Presently there are 300+ trees in the orchard. Given the size of the orchard keeping it mowed is an almost daily task. Other tasks include pruning and spraying. When spraying we use Integrated Pest management. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

 

IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps include: Set Action Thresholds,Monitor and Identify Pests,Prevention and Control.

Available varieties of apples are as follows: Jersey Macs, Empire, Red Delicious, Macintosh, Cortland, Pippins, Red Astrachan, Ida Reds, Wealthy, Nod Heads and Northern Spy. Since starting out we have planted over 60 trees and future varieties include: Reinette, Foxwhelp, Golden Russet, Winesap, Maiden Blush, Macoun, Wolfriver, Yellow Transparents, Somerset of Maine, and Black Oxford. Tart Cherries, Methley Plumsblueberries, Reliance Peaches.  
                               
In addition to the apple trees we have Bartlett and Bosc Pear trees, Highbush Blueberries, Sour Cherries, and Raspberries. In the past year we have also planted trees for Tart Cherries, Methley Plums, and Reliance Peaches. The garden has been expanded to include an assortment of vegetables including tomatos, hot peppers, green peppers, zucchini, summer squash, green beans, wax beans, and egg plant. In season fruits and vegetables are available at the farm stand. We expect to have pumpkins, squash, and gourds later on in the season and we will have farm fresh eggs availablpeachese in the farm store. Our Farm Store is open Saturdays and Sundays 9 AM to 5 PM, and during the week by chance. If you see our Open flag flying stop on by!

If you can't make it to the farm, stop and by and visit us at one of the local Farmer's Markets. We can be found at the Dexter Farmer's Market next to the P&L Market in Dexter, at the Brewer Farmer's Market in Brewer, and in Houlton at the McDonalds parking lot during the month of October from 9 AM to 2 PM. We are open for Pick Your Own Apples on weekends only. Varieties available include Jersey Macs, MacIntosh, Cortlands, and Ida Reds. We charge 50 per pound of apples picked. Bring the whole family for bushels of fun!!!