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Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring has Sprung and News Notes

It's time to mow, spread lime and till.  The orchards really do look great right now and the truffles should be loving the addition of 8 tons of lime added last week.  We took pH readings all over the field just before lime was added.  It's a little low -- averaged 7 instead of the 7.5+ that we had hoped to find.  Not too sure how we let that happen.  It's not like we haven't been adding hydrated lime every year.  However, the pH meter doesn't lie  -- so we're liming it up!
Aah...The orchard in spring...

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will add 1500 pounds or so of hydrated lime and mulch with straw around each tree to help hold the moisture.  Beyond that, we'll be mowing, pruning little shoots by the thousands and watering as needed.  Of course, Rick won't be doing much for a few weeks until his partial knee replacement surgery heals up.  Talk about timing............. :-))

I really enjoyed cooking with Sherry Pedersen-Thrasher and Michael Davis at Whole Foods North Raleigh last week-end. They made delicious Potato Leek Soup and Shrimp and Bay Scallops with angel hair pasta using our truffle butter and truffle salt.  Those folks really know how to cook!  I served up incredible hors d'oeuvres with our truffle honey, fruit and Parmesan cheese and crackers from the specialty shop. Folks also sampled our "in process version" of the truffled white chocolate which will be our next product offering.  Believe me, whether you like white chocolate or not, this stuff will make you swoon!  Wait until you taste it!!! Watch and enjoy Sherry's video. 
Recipes for the dishes they made can be found at our website where you can now place retail orders for our current products. Truffled White Chocolate should appear there by June 1st, just in time for Australian Truffle Season.  If you want wholesale prices, fill out our contact form on our website including your company info.

Beginning May 12, I will be participating in a new local farmers market,  Cobblestone at Old Salem on Saturday mornings from 9-12. Come taste with us if you're in the neighborhood.  It will be a producer only market organized by my friends at Beta Verde along with Old Salem and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Please visit us there!

In the meantime, Think Truffles!!


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