Farm Friends

Weekend Activities on the ESVA – April 27

Things are just getting started at Pickett’s Harbor Farms this season…. Sure it’s a little slow as the only crop in season right now is asparagus. We are so happy that many of you are willing to stop by the farm just to pick up this delectable veggie while waiting for our other crops to come in (did we mention strawberries will be here soon?).

For those of you who are looking for something to do this weekend AND who would enjoy asparagus or sweet potatoes, why not hop on the ESVA House and Garden Tour? Visit our friends at the neighboring Pickett’s Harbor Beach House and on your way out of Pickett’s Harbor Drive, pick up your asparagus or sweet potatoes for dinner.

As you continue on the tour “up the Shore,” stop into see our friends at Brown Dog Ice Cream in Cape Charles. They will be opening their 2013 season and you may be certain our fresh fruits will soon appear in some of their sweet frozen treats as summer approaches! Also in Cape Charles is the Historic Palace Theatre and the adjacent Stage Door Gallery – a great place to view the works of local artists.

See you soon on the Farm!

Farm Friends

A restaurant focused on sweet potatoes?! That’s ‘Hayma-zing’

HB1 Pickett’s Harbor Farms loves providing fresh produce to our neighbors on the Shore. Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to supply local eateries and neighboring Hampton Roads establishments with our yummy produce!
The Handsome Biscuit in Norfolk, VA is just one of these places. The Handsome Biscuit is BIG on sweet potatoes. To find out just how big, check out our friend Lorraine Eaton’s latest blog: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/04/handsome-biscuit-pilot-investigation

Pickett’s Harbor Farms is proud to be a supplier of sweet potatoes to the Handsome Biscuit. If you can’t make it to the Eastern Shore, stop in and see Dave and the gang. They will help you get your sweet potatoes fix!

HB2

Farming Practices

Bees are essential to the farm

Bees are essential to the farm

According to the VDACS website:

“The Indispensable Honey Bee

Since their introduction in the early 1600’s honey bees have been an essential part of agriculture in North America. Production of honey is the most widely viewed benefit of honey bees. However, their value as pollinators far exceeds honey production. In 2000 pollination by honey bees added over $14 billion to United States agriculture economic value through improved product quality and increase crop harvest. The 2002 added value to the Virginia apple industry resulting from honey bee pollination was estimated as $23 million. Besides apples there are numerous fruit, vegetable, and nut crops that depend on honey bees and other insect pollinators to insure proper pollination and abundant harvest.”

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/apiary.shtml

This little fella is assisting with Pickett’s Harbor Farms’ peach crop. Photo by Ginnie Parker of Pickett’s Harbor Farms.