So, What’s Happening in the Orchard?


April showers bring May flowers and that is exactly what happened here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.  It has been kind of a crazy year weather-wise, but we are having a more normal year than many recently.  So often we have had to worry about early bloom and the frost damaging those early flowers.  Not this year – bloom has held off until well into May and we are seeing a very nice fruit set.  Things are shaping up to be another great apple year here at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.

What is the first fruit ready for harvest at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard?  If you answered strawberries, you are correct!  Our strawberry patch is looking fabulous.  Tons of flowers, which means plenty of strawberries, will be available for picking sometime in early June.  It is hard to say exactly when the first berries will be ready, so follow us on Facebookand you’ll be the first to know.  While we are talking about strawberries, did you know that the strawberry is the only fruit that has the seed located on the outside of the fruit and the average strawberry has 200 seeds on it.

To celebrate strawberry season, we will once again be hosting our Strawberry Festival and this year it will be on June 9th. We will have lots of fun activities, as well as hayrack rides, out to the berry patch and through the orchard.  So, come on out and join us for a deliciously fun day!

Some of the most frequently asked questions here at the orchard are questions about bees and pollinators.  A pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma).  The movement of pollen must occur for the plant to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds and young plants.  The honey bee is probably the most famous and readily recognized pollinator here at the orchard as well as being the only pollinator that produces honey.  If there is any insect that is close to being domesticated, it is the honey bee.

Beekeeping is a very popular hobby for many and because of the interest in bees, we are offering a workshop focusing on bees. This time of year, bee swarms are common and we receive many questions about how you capture those swarms, as it is an inexpensive way for a beekeeper to obtain bees.  This workshop will cover swarm collection, retrieving bee colonies from unwanted locations and then how to introduce those bees into your hives.  We will also include a session on hive location and plants that bees are attracted to as well as a question and answer session about anything bee related.

Swarm Recovery and Bee Plants

When:  June 9, 2018

                                 Where:  Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard

                                                          Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

          Cost: $45.00

    Break will be provided

For more information, email info@kimmelorchard.orgor call Vaughn Hammond at 402-499-6058 or 402-256-5032.


So, once again I would also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone out to visit Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.  We strive to make it a new experience each time you visit us.  We guarantee that there is always something new to learn or see at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.

Vaughn Hammond – Orchard Operations and Education Team Leader


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