Hurd Orchards

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2021 Thematic Luncheons
Summer Season - July and August

Our luncheons, brimming with radiant flowers and reflections and flavors, have blossomed anew. 
So that we can grow and evolve we will be sharing our programming in seasons -
Spring Season - May and June
Summer Season - July and August (see below!)
Fall Season - September and October
Holiday Season - November and December

All luncheons will be by pre-paid reservation. 
As our participant numbers will be smaller in 2021
it will be important to make reservations
as soon as you are able.

Harvest and gardening help needed!
Please call our market at 585-638-8838

2021 July Programs

Our July and August programs are full at this time,
but a visit to our market makes a delightful day trip.

We look forward to sharing our fall programming shortly.
Check back on this page, or sign up for our emails to be the first to know
about the flavors and colors of fall.

  Cherries Jubilee Luncheon
Wednesday, July 14th - 12:00 p.m.
Fat Black Tartarian cherries. Elegant Emperor Francis - huge cream and pink cheeked cherries
- spectacular crimson red Cavalier and lemon yellow ‘golds’
will be featured as garnishes on salads as luscious appetizers and perhaps dipped in chocolate.
And nothing is more American than Montmorency cherry pie.
Come satisfy your cherry craving.
The health benefits are fantastic, and the flavor is unforgettable. 

Royal Raspberry Luncheon

Thursday July 15th - 12:00 p.m.
Today we will feature the exquisite flavors and bright colors of
raspberries. Just imagine raspberry chicken - raspberry maple vinaigrette
on sparkling garden salad - amazing raspberry jam - and perhaps raspberry Pavlova.
You will long remember these wonderful tastes, and the elegance of the occasion. 

 Black Raspberry Elegance Luncheon
Friday, July 16th - 12:00 p.m.
Marching along towards the canal are dozens of rows
of tall wooden posts laced together with silver wire supporting strong, healthy canes.
These are our prized black raspberry bushes - old fashioned Bristols, Jewels and the new Mac Blacks.
We have learned the secrets of ideal growing resulting in big black raspberries.
From white blossoms opening like stars in May to shiny fat berries in July
we tend the soil with food and water and espalier the fronds to trellis and
prune and shape to encourage sunlight on every node
- and by mid July the breathtaking vista becomes tantalizing tasting opportunity.
We pick in half pints and pack in trays and load our berries in our vans for delivery far and wide.
Can you imagine the aroma in our jam kitchen - and the wonderful moment when
we flock around our jam maker who holds a dozen silver spoons
and a tasting jar of the food for the gods?
Translate that treat to your homes for the holiday feasts.
Extraordinary and soul satisfying.

Midsummer Night’s Tasting
Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th  7:00 p.m.

  Blueberries Up Blueberries Down!
....delicious blueberries all around!

Wednesday & Thursday, July 28th & 29th - 12:00 p.m.
Blueberry soup or blueberry catsup,
Blueberry muffins and blueberry pie,
Blueberry bouquets and blueberry baskets,
Blueberry jam under blueberry sky!

  Festivals and Fairs in the Country Luncheon
Friday, July 30th - 12:00 p.m.
There is something magical about the perfect summer evening at the County Fair.
Farm festivals evoke a special spirit of life in America.
Come explore the show - blue ribbon fruits and flowers
as well as handmade breads and prize winning preserves.
Find yourself in awe as you judge a four layer fudge cake
with creamed cheese icing, or a rich fruit crisp served with whipped cream.
Let us surprise you with our gourmet take on playful dishes from easy going times.

2021 August Programs

 Summer Pie Luncheon
Wednesday, August 4th - 12:00 p.m.
A slice of pie made with our Yellow Transparent apples
is unlike any other apple pie of the entire year.
Yellow Transparents ripen on August 1st.
Their fragrance in the orchard is like perfume; their flavor is like
the sun - mellow and sharp at the same time, warm and smooth at once.
This is my favorite pie of all.
In mid summer we also make black raspberry pies, or fresh blueberry pies
- all capture for us visions of back porches in the summer twilight,
crickets and katydids chirping in the eve, apples peeled at the kitchen table,
berry stained fingers and soft voices by lamplight enjoying
the restful feeling of the day’s work done.
Enjoy our farm table.

 Lunch from a Colonial Pantry and Garden
Thursday, August 5th - 12:00 p.m.
We love an old fashioned pantry.  On our farm we treasure long-forgotten ways
of cooking and the culinary secrets that once enlivened fresh-from-the earth, handmade meals.
In a colonial garden all the flavors were raised
- each of the herbs and vegetables and fruits were planted in the garden and
snipped and stirred into wonderful lunches and suppers and feasts. 
Our working kitchen gardens and our rows of carefully preserved fruits
are the living legacy of our early settler’s past. 
These colonial traditions are still proudly and deliciously carried on at Hurd Orchards.

Butterfly Week

Butterfly Garden Luncheon

Wednesday, August 11th - 12:00 p.m.
Our exquisite zinnia garden, with dazzling splashes of brilliant color,
hovers and shimmers all the late summer with visiting butterflies.
It is magic. Our carefree luncheon will interpret
this fairytale moment in color and taste... butterfly cookies included!
Butterflies are a gorgeous glimpse at how we share natural world.
At the close of this luncheon please join us decorating swallowtail cookies!

  Monarch Fiesta Luncheon
Thursday, August 12th - 12:00 p.m.
Beautiful butterflies everywhere!
All summer long we have been raising Monarch butterflies
ready to release for their long flight to their winter home high in the mountains of Mexico.
Symbolic of the summer’s end, and as well of our farm’s partnership with our Mexican friends,
this luncheon will feature a delicious cross- cultural menu.
Taste the tortillas and American apple pie and watch as we release our butterflies.

  Blackberries for Amelia Luncheon
Wednesday, August 18th - 12:00 p.m.
On Friday June 1st, 2012, in a year barren of tender fruits due to spring frost,
my friend Susannah forwarded me a poem from
The Writer’s Almanac titled ‘Blackberries for Amelia’.
As I reread the lovely poem in mid-winter I found within
it and about it so many mentions of my world.
Of course we grow an acreage of blackberries on our farm, ripe every (favorable) year in late August,
and indeed my wonderful, wonderful daughter is Amelia.
But the aged man who wrote this poem seems now to be a professor at my college.
And his elegant words speak of what I know:
- a place where blackberries bloom in spring and, months later - and after many leaps of faith
- yield a harvest of inky black berries only made sweet when
the ageless, timeless and trying work of gathering - is shared. How did he know?
Enjoy our  blackberry luncheon filled with the spirit and delicious delight
of the hedgerow and the warmth of the protective hoop house.

  The Brilliant Garden - Garden Party
Thursday, August 19th -12:00 p.m.
Zinnias’ bright hues splash across the garden bringing happiness to all who will notice. 
Hummingbirds dart between the reds and pinks and yellows of dahlias and sunflowers.
Golden peaches glow, early apples and late summer berries sparkle
with the stunningly brilliant colors of summertime. 
Enjoy our festive menu drawn from the fresh, vibrant palette of the land.

The Jewels of the Orchard Luncheon

Friday, August 20th - 12:00 p.m.
...And there were peaches - round fat peaches and flat sweet peaches.
And blackberries. And the first of the luscious elderberries.
We raise our voices in grateful song and deep
and genuine appreciation for the gifts of our earth.
Each sweet fruit is a treasured, sparkling and delicious jewel,
the fulfilled promise of springtime bloom and a simple missionary
of goodness in our world.
Let us share with you the surprises gathered
along the orchard lane - candy- sweet donut peaches - a golden raspberry or two,
an ebony - toned blackberry.
Nature’s gourmet. 

 Sunflower Luncheon
Wednesday, August 25th - 12:00 p.m.
Big splashes of yellows, oranges, golds and burnished chocolate
make a striking backdrop for the delectable tastes of August.
Our glowing harvests, from garden and orchard
will make this luncheon a delight.

 Flavors from a French Farm,
Le DeJeuner Champetre Luncheon  

Thursday, August 26th -  12:00 p.m.
Sarah helped us one wonderful summer. And then she moved to France.
She and Guillaume, and their three bouncy haired girls and baby boy live
on his family’s heirloom property across the ocean, far far away, but a part of our thought and spirit.
In French ‘dejeuner’ is lunch and ‘champetre’ is the countryside.
Sarah’s authentic French country recipes inspire this international partnership luncheon.
In her limestone kitchen along the river in the heart of France,
Sarah will be serving her family the same fare on the same day.

 End of Summer Luncheon
Friday, August 27th - 12:00 p.m.
One last bowl of summer berries.
One last day of summer’s enveloping warmth and ease.
Gently fold yourself into the sunset of summer’s luxuries
- sunshine and peaches - tomatoes and basil - green leaves,
blue sky and the garden’s bounty.
This is a seasonal moment of rare gifts.

Call our Market at 585-638-8838
to reserve your place!

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Safety on the Farm
We want to reassure you that we will continue taking every cautionary measure to assure
the health and safety of our guests and staff during 2021. 
It is our hope that you will relax to enjoy the serenity and wholesomeness of our farm.

Our safety protocols include:
Masking - Our staff will remain masked, and we will continue to
require guests to mask except when seated for a meal.
Seating - Limiting the seating in our barn, ensuring at least 6 feet between all parties.
Sanitation - We continue additional sanitation of all spaces and surfaces.
Fresh air - The wonderful fact is that we are an open air market,
as is our grand old barn with fresh breezes blowing through our wide doorways. 
Pick your own provides the safety of the fresh air and sunlight in our fields and orchards.
Reservations - Luncheons, programs and pick your own will continue to be by reservation.
Handwashing and Sanitizing - Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our market,
and hand wash stations will be located at each pick your own site.

Regular Summer Hours:
Wed. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We would like to extend the most heartfelt thank you to all of our caring,
supportive, enthusiastic guests for your extraordinary efforts to sustain our farm.
Our Hurd Orchards community is remarkable - and you make all the difference!
We look forward with hope to the season upcoming.

Amy, Sue and Amelia