This weekend we celebrated Arbor Day with a simultaneous orchard planting in Michigan and Chicago on Saturday, April 28. We added 50 total trees to our orchard in Fennville and at Chicago Farm Lab.
We planted fruit- and nut-bearing trees in the Urban Orchard at Chicago Farm Lab, at Prosser Community Garden, 2148 N. Long Ave., to further locally grown produce and healthy eating for neighborhoods. The group then congregated at Park & Field, 3509 W. Fullerton, to celebrate a job well done with our new Rosé cider. The trees included butternut white walnut, May gold peach, sugar pear, yellow gold plum, and some heirloom apple varieties.
Simultaneously, we had another group planting trees in our Wild Orchard on our farm in Fennville to continue the restoration of heirloom apple varieties to the great apple-growing region of Western Michigan. Some of the trees included a few saplings that grew from pomace on our property (we call those "Volunteer Trees!") and cidermaker favorites Arkansas Black and Golden Grimes.
Our group then moved into the Tasting Room where we celebrated a job well done with our new Rosé cider and light snacks. It was also the official Spring Kick-Off at our Tasting Room and Bottle Shop, which are now open seven days a week from noon to 7pm.
Among our new improvements, you can enjoy:
- Increased indoor and outdoor seating
- Outdoor games (horseshoes, bags, bocce)
- On-site food menu (grilled cheese, olives, chips and fresh chèvre, cheese plates, pretzels and mustard, and more!)
We look forward to seeing you this spring and summer. Our next event is our inaugural First Thursdays Market on Thursday, May 3, from 6-8pm EDT.
Thanks to our volunteers!