Lobster Newsletter

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The Romans called it locusta. The Anglo-Saxons knew it as lopystre. Botanists pitched in with Homarus Americanius. The fisher folk of Maine will brook no argument: It’s LOB-stuh, and that’s that.   What boasts five pairs of compound eyes on sturdy little stalks? What crawls about on five sets of legs, one of which has modified […]

Oyster Newsletter

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What comes to mind when you think about “Oysters”? Delicate pearls?  A luscious dozen nestled in their own tangy juice on a bed of ice with, perhaps, a dab of horse radish, a splash of Tabasco?   Champagne?  Of course!   And while it is true that genus Ostrea has long been prized by the wealthy, or […]

Grapefruit Newsletter

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Our vigilant grower tells us that this year “Florida had mostly typical Florida weather: a little drier in the spring with a wet summer, and then another moderate late summer/fall. No storms affected the citrus this year other than some increased moisture. Some of the best looking fruit we’ve seen in the last 4-5 years. […]

Wheat Lease Newsletter

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We are pleased to announce the first good news about the acre of Minnesota wheat leased to some lucky folks (after the stormy winter, floods, and tariffs that affected so many farmers).  The growers will be keeping a close eye on the crop as it progresses from the little shoots just now turning the prairie […]

Apple Tree Newsletter

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Prune, prune, prune…. that’s what the wonderful stewards of the apple orchard were busy doing during the months of March and April.  Winter storms can break the branches of trees, and some trees do not survive the ice storms or bitter cold of New England winters.  (This winter was less cold than the one of […]

Date Palm Newsletter

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Besides being the most graceful fruit-bearing tree, the Date Palm is one of the most valuable.  Few trees grow to be as tall or provide such a cornucopia of fruit.  They are also infused with the power to resist heat and drought and are probably the oldest tree cultivated by man for centuries!  History tells […]

Peach Tree Newsletter

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Our peaches are picked when they are firm and put right into a hydro-cooling bath.  Washing accomplishes two things.  First, it removes field dirt and cleans the peach fuzz.  At the same time, the cold water “sets” the peach, arresting its tendency to continue ripening as if it were still on the tree.  After the […]

Wild Rice Newsletter

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 Most of the wild rice that is available in grocery stores is similar to brown rice grown in rice paddies. It cooks uniformly, and is consistently the same year after year because it is cultivated rice. This type of rice is actually a hybrid developed by the University of Minnesota. Also, most of the grains […]

Pistachio Newsletter

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The Pistachio tree is subtropical and hardy.  It thrives in high desert climates where the summers are long, hot, and dry, and the winters only moderately cold.  This summer in California is especially hot and dry. The pistachio most likely originated in Central Asia, and is found today throughout the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Cyprus, […]

Sheep Lease Newsletter

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It was a very cold winter on the Oregon ranch where our sheep live. There was enough snow to have kept the sheep pent up in the barn–a cozy place that can be boring after a long spell.  During the cold weather months “baa” sounds like their way of saying “brrr” or, perhaps, a short […]

Goat Lease Newsletter

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  Although our goats are of French Alpine stock, they were born in the Berkshires in a small village.  Their accents are more New England than Paris and they are completely at home frolicking in the well-tended fields of their farm.  They are short haired goats, medium to large-sized, sober-faced with “Roman” noses and the only […]

Cow Lease Newsletter

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Crumpet, one of the Jersey cows whose rich milk will be used to make your cheddar cheese is a beauty, as are all our Jerseys. Crumpet has a warm brown ‘complexion’. She has large, soft eyes and flirty, long eyelashes. Her personality could best be described as placid. She does not seem to be in […]

Spring Honey Newsletter

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The schedule for the Rent Mother Nature Honey Harvests is pretty flexible–reflecting weather conditions like late frosts, bush-blooming times, and so forth.  If, in this crazy weather world, we can predict anything! Usually, Blueberry Honey comes in June, Raspberry in July, Wildflower in August, and Cranberry in September. Did you know that some bees “winter” […]

Honey Tangerine

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2019 Honey Tangerines Florida experiences many environmental close calls, during the crucial months between late autumn and early spring, when the blossoms for the following year and the fruit for the current year appear. Occasionally, there are years of frozen devastation. In 1989, for example, the cold weather virtually destroyed all citrus crops. Since then, […]

Yankee Ingenuity

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Rent Mother Nature is gift program that connects consumers with American family farms, wherein farm fresh products are delivered directly to the gift recipient’s door at harvest time.  We have been doing it for 40 years with a variety of crops. The other day a woman called us to place an order for a Rent […]

Valentine’s Day Cocoa Tree Gift

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Give someone you love the harvest from a cocoa tree. Hernando Cortes discovered the bitter drink (xocolatl) used by the Aztecs and sent the beans and recipes back to King Charles V. The Spanish refined the recipe adding sugar and heating the ingredients to improve the taste. By the end of the 18th century, Mexican […]

2019 Coffee Bean Harvest

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We, at Rent Mother Nature, are proud to be working with a family-owned farm in the high mountains of Jinotega, Nicaragua that produces some of the finest coffee beans grown using the most sustainable methods. When one first sees a coffee tree, it is hard to understand how those bright red beans (called cherries) can morph […]

Maple Syrup Harvest

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2018 seems to be another year of extremes. We (Rent Mother Nature) had a day in January that was 30F below zero with wind chills taking it down to minus 50, followed by several days in a row well above freezing and melting most all the snow (not a good situation). Sap began to flow […]

2019 Mineola Tangelos

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Mother Nature was good to us this season with ample rainfall and very little irrigation needed during last summer. The quality of the fruit appears to be outstanding. The Mineola Tangelo -AKA the  honeybell  – is known for its sweetness and shape–a cross between a Duncan Grapefruit and a Dancy Tangerine. In 1931, three gentlemen […]

Online Farmers Markets

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Farmer Jill grows a crop of spectacular naturally tree-ripened peaches down Georgia way, but Consumer Jack in North Dakota isn’t going to hop in his car and drive 1500 miles to buy them. She has a number of options to sell her peaches while they’re at the peak of perfection: the local farmer’s market or […]