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Baiting the electric fence with peanut butter on the aluminum foil.

Electric Fence then and now

Baiting the electric fence with peanut butter on the aluminum foil. When I retired in 2009 I checked the voltage on the electric fence surrounding both orchards. I found that [...]
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Frost damage on peach tree crop

2023 Challenging Weather Events

“A Farmer has to be an optimist, or they wouldn’t still be a Farmer” – Will Rogers You may have seen or experienced the challenging weather events that have been [...]
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New Town Farm Barn

Town Farm Barns

Hoagland Construction visited the barn site in 2015 and determined that the barns dated to the late 18th or early 19th century of English frame construction and both were bank [...]
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Insects and diseases poster showing different bugs that can be found in McDougal Apple Orchards

Bugs in the Orchard

Let’s talk Bugs in the Orchard We’ve always gotten questions about blemishes and marks on our apples, and after last year’s less-than-perfect crop, we got even more. Apples can be [...]
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Covid Sucks cornmaze at McDougal Orchards for 2020

Covid-19 in 2020

Well, besides the pandemic our season ended early. The earliest it ever ended. We closed the orchards for picking at the end of September. A light crop, heavy June drop, [...]
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Apples, perfect for making Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Any apple can be used for a pie. We like McIntosh. Others swear by Cortland. Northern Spy makes one of the best pies. How to make a pie crust and [...]
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Great Aunt Polly's Rhubarb pie

Rhubarb Custard Pie

This recipe came from Ellen’s Great Aunt Polly. When we posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook we received some comments from relatives. “Rhubarb always reminds me of Aunt Polly. [...]
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