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Crisp Apples, Sweet Maple Syrup are on These Farm Tours

August 27, 2018

Crisp apples and tasty maple syrup are among the areas that will be featured at the first Sustainable Farm Tour Saturday in Antigo and Deerbrook.

Saturday’s event will feature six local operations devoted to providing potatoes, dairy, fruits, veggies, maple syrup, and meats. Among them are Tapped Maple Syrup and Grandview Orchard & Nursery Stock.

Tours will take place at 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at each farm. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start.

Tickets for the day are $5 per person and can be purchased at Sweet Thyme, Green Hen, and Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and at each of the farms the day of the event.

Sustainable agriculture, a hot topic right now, is farming in sustainable ways based on an understanding of ecosystem services. Simply put, it is an ecosystem approach to agriculture, avoiding practices that can cause long-term damages.
Tapped Maple Syrup, N6590 County Rd V, Deerbrook, makes all-natural maple syrup from sustainably managed forests at the base of the glacial moraine near Neva.

The operation dates back decades, to when the Solin family first settled the area in 1917. The business is owned by Abi and Jeremy Solin, with Jeremy’s father, Dave, managing most of the sugar bush.

In addition to traditional maple syrup, Tapped has branched into infused varieties such as cinnamon, ginger and cardamom, red pepper and even aging syrup in bourbon barrels.

The tour will include an opportunity to learn about the maple syrup making process, land management practices, see the newly installed solar power system, and, of course, samples.
Grandview Orchard, located at W8086 County Rd F., is managed as an ecosystem without the use of synthetic chemicals.

The orchard is over 100 years old, and was purchased in November 2015 by Lisa Rettinger, with a focus on producing healthy, flavorful fruit while also increasing the diversity of beneficial plants and animals, including pigs and chickens.
Synthetic inputs, which are detrimental to both human health and the environment, are 100 percent excluded from use.

The harvest is fast approaching, and Grandview also offers unpasteurized apple cider, nursery stock in the spring, other locally-produced foods and soon, apple pie.

Source: Antigo Daily Journal, August 24, 2018 edition.

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