This is the perfect place to launch the new fruit gardening season whether you’d like to brush up on some old skills or are brand new to fruit gardening.
If you live in the city the suburbs or in the countryside there is always room for a fruit tree or a small patch of blueberries strawberries or raspberries in your backyard. So many varieties of fruit thrive in Western New York but many things can go wrong in the fruit garden. Jump off the season with the knowledge and skills given to you directly by a 6th-generation professional fruit and vegetable farmer.
Brendan Monaco (a sixth-generation 300-acre market vegetable and fruit farmer from Ransomeville NY) will be hosting this event along with Chef Steven Binks at Binksberry Hollow on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10:00am in the morning until 1:00pm in the afternoon.
Topics to Include
- When to plant
- Soil types and problems to keep a watchful eye on
- Fruit Plant selection
- Starting from potted plants or seeds
- What fruit plants thrive in Western NY
- Natural and chemical pest control, pros and cons of each
- Troubleshooting problems in the fruit garden
- Creating a fruit garden from a culinary perspective
Event Timeline: (the timeline below is tentative, we both like to share as much as possible and leave no question unanswered. We sometimes go long)
10:00 am – brief introductions and then Brendan will be jumping right into various topics related to small fruit gardens you can easily produce in your own backyard for sustainability, food certainty, and enjoyment.
11:00 am – Demonstration of how to plant fruit trees and shrubs into small pots that you will get to take home!
11:45 am – Binks will wrap up the learning part of the event by discussing how to think like a chef when planning your fruit garden to ensure you have delicious healthy fresh fruit for every night of the week
Q&A – Q&A is continuous throughout the event.
12:00 pm – A light lunch showcasing various fruit from Goodman Farms and meats produced at Binksberry Hollow.
What do you get:
- A one-hour presentation on getting your backyard fruit garden started right from a fifth-generation vegetable and fruit Farmer
- One fruit tree or shrub to take home and plant in your own backyard
- A light lunch prepared by Chef Binks showcasing what is readily available locally in Western New York
Whats the Price?
The price is $25.00 per person for adults.
Can I bring the kids?
Absolutely, kids are free and will be fed lunch, but you will only get to take home 1 fruit plant/bush/tree per paying adult. Just let us know in the order notes if you will be bringing any kids.
What’s for Lunch?
Binks will create a light lunch including vegetables that are appropriate and most commonly grown in the Western New York vegetable season. Meat will also be included on the menu from Binksberry Hollow’s butcher shop.