Monday, October 26, 2009
We also thought it would be helpful to mention the approximate apple to cider ratio. On average, it takes about one bushel of apples to make 2 gallons of apple cider. This will help you determine about how many apples to bring, as well as how many containers to bring. The other information pertaining to apple pressing is correct.
Also, please don't bring apples that have been laying on the ground, as they accumulate dirt and bacteria. If you shake the tree and pick them up, that's okay. (As long as they don't land in deer poop!)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A wonderful time for bird-watching, one passer-through that is common in the fields near the barn at the moment is the White-Crowned Sparrow. These handsome, not-so-shy little birds are visiting Wagbo as a convenient rest-stop on their great journey from the tundra to as far south as central Mexico. Come out and see them while they’re still here! There’s no need for registration, trail fee or even a ‘heads-up’: our trails are always open to visitors.Red-Tailed Hawks and the occasional Northern Harrier have been visiting lately, hunting the fields and a Bobcat was recently spotted near the campground. Almost nightly, once the stars begin to awake, a chaotic symphony of Coyotes can be heard joyously celebrating something known only to them, and the mournful call of the Barred Owl can be heard to the south. As November rolls around we expect to see more Porcupines as they search for mates. This is the best and easiest time to see these normally inconspicuous animals and catch them in the act of their dramatic courtship displays! All in all, this is a great time to get out and visit the Wagbo Farm and there is always something interesting happening here beyond the programming. You just have to look for yourself…
Then stick around after dinner for the program. At 7:00 PM Ellen Addinton will present Making Peace in a Hostile World- A view of indigenous peoples search for peace in Columbia and Venezuela. Ellen, a resident of Ellsworth, MI and long time peace activist has travelled and worked extensively in a number of Central American countries. Much of her work has focused on the struggles of women in the Central American peace effort. Don't miss this amazing presentation!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Got Apples? Come to the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan on Sunday, November 1st, 1:00 to 4:00 PM to press them into delicious Cider! Bring your own apples to grind and press. Bring your own jugs to fill for a suggested donation of $5 per family. Community Apple Pressing has been a rural tradition for centuries. Keep this family-fun autumn pastime alive and well in Northern Michigan!
Wagbo will provide an apple grinder and press for all your cider needs! We hope to rent a large, electric grinder and manual press from a local orchard. If this doesn't work out, however, there will still be a manual grinder and press supplied. If you haven't tried apple cidering, come out and share the experience! You'll never have such delicious cider as your own fresh-pressed stuff.
The Wagbo Farm is located 3 miles south of East Jordan at 5745 N. M66. 1-4pm. Call 231-536-0333 for more details.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Another happy participant! How can you be sad with all the delicious wine, beer, mead, cider, and fermented foods to sample? Thanks so much to all the instructors for making this event possible! Also thanks to ISLAND, all our wonderful volunteers, and the following sponsor:with support from the following: Krios Consulting, Higher Grounds Coffee, Lubrecht and Cramer Ltd., Field and Forest Products, Pleasanton Bakery, Tandem Ciders, Right Brain Brewery, Leelanau Cultured Veggies, Black Star Farms, Frasure Farms, Sunra Farms, Shetler Dairy, Turtle Kitchen, Morel Mania, FUNGI Magazine and Mushroom the Journal.
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