To me, the pollinator meadows, blueberry patch, apple trees and the farm fields used by Farmer Haydu comprise the orchard. The major management focus there has in recent years has been to improve the health and productivity of the blueberry patch. Hundreds of hours of labor by staff and volunteers have been spent pruning, fertilizing, and replanting new bushes to replace past losses.
This year’s crop reflects those efforts and has been bountiful, to say the least. The time is now to pick some berries; peak production is probably the second and third weeks in July with many varieties extending the season into August.
Ah, spring. Following the long winter when many leave for work before dawn and return after dark we begin to reconnect with the natural world around us. Get outside – please! There is so much to see and observe. New plants are emerging every day. Birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects are displaying, mating, nesting and having their young. It is a great time to visit our preserves and natural areas (provided you don’t mind the black flies). Be mindful, however, that we are visitors to the preserves, intruders if you will. Stay on the trails, keep dogs leashed and on the trails -- even if you are on an off-leash trail). Avoid trampling the sensitive wildflowers and please keep dogs away from the vernal pools and pick up and remove their waste.