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Making an Arrangement with Greens

By | Christmas

If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of our seminars or workshops on Christmas arrangements, we thought we would show you right here on our website! This will be a brief overview of how to put together an outdoor arrangement using fresh cut greens!

It can be overwhelming to choose your greens for arrangements – but we can help! You will soon find out that this DIY project will be so much fun! This is a simple arrangement using only 4 types of greens and some accessories! We used pine, Ontario cedar, boxwood and BC cedar, as well as some artificial berries and pinecones!

First, start with your container. You can make your arrangement right in your flowerpot, or you can create an insert, like we did here. Make sure you have some nice, moist soil!

The green we started with was pine. This makes a great base for your arrangement. The pine sets the overall height and width of the arrangement, and gives a great starting point to build on.

Next we added the Ontario cedar. We cut these pieces and added them throughout the arrangement. This gives great dimension and colour contrast against the pine.

After this, we added the boxwood. You don’t need a lot, just enough to fill in gaps and spaces within the arrangement, and its dark glossy leaves add so much interest!

Finally, we integrated the BC cedar. This green is so light and feathery, and will wisp through your arrangement beautifully! You really cannot skip using BC cedar! We put a few pieces throughout, and we focused it as a skirt around the arrangement. You’ll notice it also makes a great disguise to cover the pot that was inserted into this old tree stump!

Once you are happy with your greenery, you can add the final touches! In this arrangement we added these giant frosted pinecones and some weatherproof berries. You can go all out with this and add birch poles, curly willow, dogwood, hydrangea branches, Christmas ornaments, and more!

Creating these arrangements can be intimidating to start – however once you begin, you will see how fun they are to make and how nicely they come together.

We hope you are inspired to get some fresh cut greens and start creating!

Want our help?

If you need some guidance, stop by and we can help you!  Or, if you want to attend one of our workshops to create some Christmas decor, you can click here to register for our Sleigh Workshop!

Make Your Own Applesauce

By | Apple

Since so many of our customers ask, we thought we’d share with you how to make your own applesauce. It is so easy, and once you start making it yourself, you won’t go back to buying it ever again!  Our applesauce only has one ingredient in it – apples!  The nice thing about making your own applesauce is that each batch can have so much flavour variation; depending on which varieties you choose. The Marlin family secret tip: mix at least 2 apple varieties! Throughout the fall months as different apple varieties become available, you can experiment to find your favourite combination.  Did you know that we grow over 30 varieties of apples?  That’s a lot of applesauce flavours!

This batch of applesauce was made with our favourite combo – McIntosh and Cortland.  McIntosh apples have a wonderful tart flavour that cooks down to the perfect soft texture, while Cortland apples add a touch of sweetness and hold their shape when cooked.

Let’s get into the fun stuff now!

First start by peeling your apples (we use 8-10 medium sized apples for one batch of applesauce).  You can use a regular plain ol’ knife like we use, or you can use an apple peeler. Whatever gets the job done for you!

Next, chop up the apples and discard the core.  You can cut into big pieces or little pieces, depending on how chunky you’d like your applesauce.

Once your apples are chopped, toss them into a saucepan and add a bit of water – just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. If you add too much water, it can make your applesauce very runny. It’s better to add just a little bit now, and add more as needed.

Next, cover the saucepan and put it on the stove over medium-high heat. Keep an eye on it! Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium-low.  Let it cook and bubble, and you will start to see the apples softening up and breaking down. Make sure to stir it a few times while it’s cooking! It should take about 15 minutes –  but you can cook it less for a chunkier sauce, or cook it longer for a smoother sauce.

And that’s it! You’re done! We love the taste of just the apples – especially when mixing different varieties. However if you like a little cinnamon and sugar added to your applesauce, you can add it while the apples are cooking.

Once the applesauce is finished, store it in a glass container in the fridge, and eat it up within a few days. It makes the perfect snack, topping, condiment, side dish, baby food or baking ingredient! It is so versatile!

We hope you enjoy and are inspired to take some fresh, local apples and make your own applesauce!  Need help choosing your varieties?  We can help you pick the right flavour and texture combination for your applesauce!



By | Apple, Garden Centre

Welcome to our new website!

We’ve been working hard over the past few months to update our site to make it a space where you can get up-to-date info, see what we are up to, learn about all things garden and to experience life on the farm! Feel free to look around…learn about our history and read through our timeline in the About section, see what apple varieties we grow in our orchard in our Grow section, and browse our Calendar of Events where you can sign up for workshops. Another feature of our new site is that you now have the ability to shop! Our gift cards have always been a favourite gift idea and can now be purchased on our website.

Take some time to read through and enjoy our new space! We always love chatting, laughing and interacting with our customers, so we hope our website can be an extension of that!

Thanks for stopping by!