Apricot Lane Farms

Last week the Enegren Brewing Crew was invited to visit a local biodynamic farm – Apricot Lane.
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John and Molly Chester, the managers and owners, had come into the brewery the week before to try the beers and after learning that they ran this soon-to-be certified organic farm, I threatened to withhold serving them any more beer unless given the option to go see the place. They readily agreed.
amJohn and Todd, his beautiful blue-eyed pup, greeted us at the barn.
AM1We immediately occupied ourselves with petting the guardians of the sheep – Basil and Sage. They spend days and nights protecting the sheep and goats from devilish, hungry coyotes.
AM2These Great Pyrenees were ridiculously filthy and affectionate. Those two things combined made for some dirty jeans when they jumped on you. Well worth it.
AM3We were introduced to the sheep next. This is Special. Special is…well, special. He was born with an unknown neurological disorder and has difficulties standing and walking, but has managed to overcome the odds so far and survive.AM4Brie took an immediate liking to the little guy.
AM5The goats were roaming around in the same pasture.
AM6“Hey. Hey, whatcha got there?”
AM7“Can I…can I see it?”
AM8“Can I…can I eat it?”
AM9We left Special asleep in the sun and trekked over to the barn.
AM10Inside the big barn we came across these giants. Highland cattle – the baby in the background is being weaned from her mama, so she lives with her aunt for the time being.
AM11Next up were the chicks. The cute phase above…
bbThe not as cute teenage phase…
AM12And the grown-up phase. These lucky chickens have a HUGE green pasture they roam about as well as a handmade coop they can seek shelter in. This farm has about ten to fifteen volunteers, known as WWOOFers, who live on the farm for three months at a time and are given room and board in exchange for working and learning about organic lifestyles. Interested? Check out WWOOF for more information. I’m quite tempted to go for it myself…
AM13Johnny and Frankie are the two draft horses of the farm. They’ll be pulling the carriage about the farm once Apricot Lane begins giving tours. I’m just gonna put this out there now, but if there need to be any trial runs, I’m willing to help out and ride along…
AM14How photogenic is he?
AM16We rode up the hill on the back of the farm’s electric carts and took in the beautiful view.
AM17Mama Highland and her hubs. Apparently she’s not very friendly to begin with, but now that her baby has been separated from her while she weans, she’s really pissed off. We kept our distance. Those horns don’t look like much fun to deal with.
AM18The edge of the farm has yet another amazing view. The EBC crew was completely bowled over by how beautiful this place is.
AM19Todd, gazing out over the horizon, keeping an eye out for coyotes.
AM20We hopped back on the shuttle and were taken on a tour of the rest of the farm. 130 acres of fruit trees – apricots, apples, cherries, pluots, apriums, avocados and dozens of other varieties.
Screen shot 2012-12-16 at 3.49.36 PM(Picture taken from Apricot Lane Farm’s Facebook)
John and Molly (and Mallory), thank you so much for showing us your beautiful farm, AND for the most delicious eggs I’ve ever tasted. I can’t wait to go back and visit again – soon!

Check out Molly’s blog Organic Spark for amazing photography, recipes and details on how to live an organic lifestyle.


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3 Responses to Apricot Lane Farms

  1. Marti Nipper

    My Grandparents were Farmers and as a little girl I ran
    freely around the farms playing from dusk to dawn. It
    Awesome! Children of today have no idea what they have
    I would like to know when the tours are going to start and
    also if and when your going to have open air market to be
    to purchase the fruits if your have at. What you have done is
    amazing. I want to share it with family and my grandson.
    Thank you

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