[Hennigar's Farm Market, since 1948] [Hennigar's Farm Market at sunrise]
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We take pride in what is grown on our farm. We do everything we can to provide simply the best local produce possible. Quality is our #1 priority. Our farm specializes in growing vegetables such as green, red, yellow, purple, ivory, and orange coloured sweet peppers, romaine lettuce, rhubarb, english cucumbers, asparagus, and gourds. From our orchards, we produce peaches, apples, plums, cherries, and pears.

[grower of Annapolis Valley apples]
Grower of Annapolis Valley Apples
[working in the pear orchard]
ladders in the pear trees
[apples ripening on the tree]
apples ripening on the tree in August

Apples

We grow over 60 varieties of apples in our orchard. We have all the classics like Gravenstein, Cortland, MacIntosh, and Russets. Some new varieties like Jonogold and Honey Crisp have quickly become Valley favourites.

Click here to find out which varieties are best for fresh eating, baking, sauce and pies.
[bins stacked and ready for the harvest]
bins stacked and ready for the harvest to come


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[portable peach orchard outdoors for the summer]
portable peach orchard outdoors for the summer
Portable Peach Orchard

Hennigar Farms has the world's first Portable Peach Orchard!

Traditionally, peach trees in Nova Scotia can produce a peaches once every five years. Over-wintering temperatures along with fluctuating spring weather cause severe injury. Overcoming this problem and producing a good crop every year was the goal of this project initiated in 1983.

Eighty peach trees were planted in palletized containers (similar to a bulk bin but half the size) that could be picked up with a fork-lift on a tractor and moved into a tunnel house for the winter.

How It's Done

1) Peach trees - Many varieties of peaches have been tried. This will allow for harvesting over a longer period of time. Don't use varieties that tend to have split-pits. Use normal root stocks.

2) Containers - We use wolminized lumber, but normal lumber would be all right since the inside is lined with polyethylene. The bottoms must have holes to allow drainage, with a construction that would allow a fork-lift to pick up the box.

3) Soil mix - The soil must remain porous for good aeration and drainage. Life expectancy of the tree is 7-9 years.

4) Irrigation - Once the trees are placed in the field, a trickle irrigation system is installed. Water soluble fertilizer is injected into the water to feed the trees.

5) Over-wintering facility - A Quonset style tunnel house was built to protect the peach trees during winter. A heat source of approximately 100,000 BTU will be necessary if temperatures inside the tunnel house are to remain above freezing for an extended period of time. Because the trees are in a greenhouse-like setting they will begin to break dormancy by late February.

6) Pruning - The trees are pruned to allow light penetration. Most importantly, the trees must be pruned to a fan shape, allowing the tree to be only three feet wide. This allows the trees to be picked up by a fork-lift and also allows the trees to be packed tightly together to maximize the space in the tunnel house.

7) Results -The system works remarkably well with the trees yielding around 70lbs.of peaches per tree. Because of the six week jump on normal outside peaches, sugar content is much higher, thus producing a very high quality product.

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