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Summer at Chestnut Run Farm

Our Asian pear orchards contain mature, healthy trees. The deep roots of these trees bring nutrients up from the soil, resulting in the large, tasty fruit we use to make our flavorful wines. The orchards are beautiful in their deep green summer foliage. We maintain sod on the orchard floor between the rows to resist erosion and to enable us to work in the orchards even after heavy rains. This is all part of our environmentally-friendly approach to farming. We grow our apples on trellis in a system called espalier. Grown this way, the apple orchards look more like grape vineyards, which is fitting since all this fruit goes into our wine. The winery is the shorter barn of the two seen in the above photo, with the thermal solar collector on the roof. Practicing a green philosophy, we use solar heat in the winery and use solar panels on the roof of another of the farm's buildings to produce all of the electricity we use. The pear orchards can be seen beyond the winery, past the end of the rows of trellis.

Summer orchard
In the cool of the summer morning, orchards are a peaceful place to wander
Pear trees with ripening pears
Chestnut Run Farm Asian pears ripening in the summer heat
Asian pears on tree
Asian pears in Chestnut Run Farm's orchards nearing harvest
Asian pears on tree
Quality fruit is required to produce quality wine

Trellis System

We grow our apples on trellis in a system called espalier. Grown this way, the apple orchards look more like grape vineyards, which is fitting since all this fruit goes into our wine. The winery is the shorter barn of the two seen in the photo on the left below, with the thermal solar collector on the roof. Practicing a green philosophy, we use solar heat in the winery and use solar panels on the roof of another of the farm's buildings to produce all of the electricity we use. The pear orchards can be seen beyond the winery, past the end of the rows of trellis in the same photo.

Apples on trellis Apples on trellis

Summer Lambs

As the summer progresses, the lambs begin to mature. Here, they graze on their summer pasture toward the back of the farm. In the fall, they will fatten-up on the chestnuts produced by the trees in this pasture.

Summer lambs in pasture

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