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Laughing Apple farm grows a wide range of produce

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Laughing Apple Farm Juice Label

Apple Juice

Available: All year long

We press our apples (and some pears) into juice that is 100% pure. We grow a mixture of heritage apples (Gravenstein, Grimes Golden, Golden Russet, Baldwin, Wealthy, McIntosh, Cox Orange Pippin) and some new varieties too (Jonagold, Gala, Fuji). We press a mixture of apples so each pressing is different, depending on what is ripe. In 2006 we installed an ultra-violet pasteurizer in our pressing operation. This unit allows the juice to flow past a source of ultra violet light so that any pathogens are destroyed without altering the juice (it is not heated). (Here is a link for more information about the UV Pasteurizer)

Although we now UV pasteurize our juice, we still follow the approved Code of Practice for un-pasteurized juice set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. We are periodically inspected by the CFIA. The water that we use in pressing comes from a 400 ft. drilled well on our property and we have it tested every year before pressing season. We have a commercial stainless steel belt press and we sort and wash our apples before they are mashed and pressed. We have one filter stage after the juice is pressed, but we do not filter the finer pulp. We bottle the juice and then freeze it immediately. All our bottles are marked on the caps with the date of pressing. We find that the juice will keep for at least 2 weeks refrigerated.

We sell our juice at our farm stand, at the Saturday Farmer's Market on Salt Spring Island (Saturday Market in the Park), and at Salt Spring Natureworks. Juice is also available at the farm by calling us.


Laughing Apple Farm apple tree

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Fruits and Berries

We grow Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Grape Kiwis, Cherries (Rainier and Lapin), Japanese plums, and Pears. See our detailed monthly list of produce. From June through September and sometimes into October we harvest our fruit as it comes ripe. We sell all the fruit at our farm stand and the Saturday Salt Spring Farmer's market. Call us for more information.



Laughing Apple Farm Early japanese plums in bloom
Peaches from Laughing Apple Farm Fruit at the Laughing Apple Farm stall for sale at the Saturday market on Salt Spring
Nancy Lettuce salad greens available nearly all year round from Laughing Apple Farm

Juice - Fruit - Veg - Eggs - Honey - Hay - Wood


Veggies

Salad mix, arugula, onions, garlic, herbs, potatoes are usually available all year round. We grow seasonal vegetables from April through December for our farmstand, our CSA and the Saturday Farmer's Market on Salt Spring Island. Beginning in July we usually have garlic through the season - it is one of our big crops. For more information see our detailed monthly list of produce.

peppers from laughing apple farm
Onions in the garden
Tomatoes from Laughing Apple Farm Sweet Dumpling Squash grown at Laughing Apple Farm on Salt Spring Island

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Ruby the Laughing Apple Farm chicken
Ruby, one of our chickens


Eggs

We raise a small flock of chickens for eggs. They are organically fed, free range and have a large pasture to exercise and explore in. Our chickens are heritage breeds, so their eggs are a spectrum from light brown to dark brown. We keep our chickens healthy and happy because we love them! Their eggs available at our farm stand only.


Juice - Fruit - Veg - Eggs - Honey - Hay - Wood


Laughing Apple Farm Island Blossom Honey made on Salt Spring Island

Honey

We have been keeping bees for over 10 years. We try to follow best organic practices when possible, but at the minimum we use no medicines or miticides when honey supers are on the hive. We grow a large diversity of plants that provide a mixture of pollens and gives our honey a rich and distinct combination of flavours. We usually keep from three to five hives and sell the honey we can't use. A healthy hive should get around 100 pounds of honey, but we have not seen these quantities yet. Beekeeping is more difficult now with increased mite and weather stresses. We continue to learn and develop better practices by comparing our experiences with other people on the island.

We normally take honey off in August. We sell the honey in 500g glass jars at our farm stand and at the Saturday Market in the Park on Salt Spring Island.

Laughing Apple Farm bee polenating an apple tree
Our bees help to pollinate our apple trees

Perennial garden at Laughing Apple Farm helps bees make wonderful honey
We also have a large perennial garden so our honey is rich in different pollens


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local Salt Spring hay available for delivery on the island

Hay

We take orders for our hay starting in January. We usually cut, bale, and deliver our hay in early July. We try to sell all of our hay directly after baling. Call if you need small quantities, we may still have some left. We do not use herbicides or synthetic fertilizers on the fields. The hay is good for horses, goats, and sheep. Bales are 50-70 pounds.


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Firewood

Seasoned firewood (mostly alder and fir) is available in one cord loads throughout the year. We cut and split our firewood from trees that have been down and in logs for over a year. Call for availability and delivery.

firewood from Laughing Apple Farm
Firewood


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