Apricot blossoms, the first tree fruits to bloom at Davison Orchards, display the promise of a crop to come.
“The numerous and healthy buds are the first indication of the great harvest ahead,” says orchardist Tom Davison. “From honey crisp apples to peaches and pears, the upcoming bloom should be the best we have had in years.
“The mild winter has helped, but between bloom and harvest a lot can happen. Farming is a gambling game because we are at the mercy of the weather. We take one day at time.”
One thing is for certain, with the blossoms comes the re-opening of Davison Orchards in Vernon, with the farm opening on Tuesday.
The greenhouses are full with vegetables, flowers and herbs growing every day as the fields are prepared and the soil begins to warm. As long as the weather cooperates, soon new plants will be transplanted into the fields.
In less than a week the ovens will be on with the smell of Davison’s famous pies wafting through the market. The gift shop and Nana’s Pantry is stocked and overflowing with an array of new items.
“The farm kitchen has been busy all winter preparing many new preserves like Okanagan Summer Salsa and Apple Harvest Salsa,” says Tamra Davison. Auntie May’s Deep Dish Cafe opens too, with some new spring products to celebrate the season‚ like Strawberry Cream Muffins and Strawberry Rhubarb pie to name a few.”
The John Deere tractors are getting ready to roll, as orchard tours start up again for the weekends, featuring blossom tours the first two weekends in May. Come out and enjoy the fragrance of spring and celebrate the start of a new season. Davison Orchards will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting Tuesday.