A website dedicated to documenting the rebirth of a family farm in Nova Scotia.
As a child, Darrell Roddick spent time working and playing with his paternal Grandparents James Sr. (Jimmy) and Viola (Vi) Roddick on their farm. At the time, he didn't always appreciate the land and the possibilities the land offered, but he loved being in that space: the trees, the fields, the quiet, all with the brook running by.
Now, Darrell and his wife Vonda are bringing the farm back to life. We hope!
We have planted apples, pears, plums and even a pair of hopeful peach trees!
The trees continue to age. To date, of the fruit trees, we have just lost two to nature and we have had our first harvest! Vonda and I each ate one apple of a liberty apple tree, (probably a week too early as it turns out) and we had enough crab apples for a 6 jar batch of crab apple jelly.
In 2019, we had 13 products packed into mason jars. Some were experimental recipe testing batches and some were full commercial runs. Each batch was made by hand in our jamming kitchen and finished with a water bath to ensure proper safe preservation. We have had very positive reviews for our products and we hope to expand these lines in 2020.
What does "in season" mean? in 2019, that meant the summer and after the wet spring it was a short summer at that. In 2020, with the addition of season extending covered raised beds and the greenhouse in full swing, and a root cellar and cold room for storage and aging, we will be nearly year round.
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