Fresh Cranberry Wreaths
Its Harvest Time! October 17 2015
A picture perfect day at Ricker Hill Orchards - the apples, the pumpkins, the cider and of course the CRANBERRIES. We had a lovely walk through the bogs and watched some early harvesting.
Most people think of cranberry harvest as a wet endeavor. BUT it turns out that they can be harvested DRY as well. Our Maine cranberries are different than most other strains. Not only are they bigger, redder and better they actually prefer a dry harvest. Good to know!
Sold Out! December 12 2014
This week the our last wreaths will be sent to homes in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Montana. It is uncommon for a small holiday business to close a couple of weeks before Christmas. However, the "Nature" of our niche is deeply rooted in the availability of fresh Maine cranberries.
This season was a difficult one for Maine cranberry growers. Some lost their entire crop in the September freeze. Ricker Hill faired much better but did not harvest as many berries as last year. It's a good reminder that things change and that’s okay.
We fully appreciated the cranberries we received and were most grateful for them. We sorted through thousands to find the best ones. We did so joyfully, with patience and acceptance in our hearts, and without losing our focus on quality over quantity.
Thank you for a great second season! I love making fresh cranberry wreaths and am looking forward to creating for you again in 2015!
Last Call! December 10 2014
This season has been filled with excitement and new customers. We have been so honored to continue our little holiday venture offering Unity, Peace, Goodwill, Joy, Love and Wonder during this special time of the year.
All good things do come to an end and this year our store will close Sunday, December 14th. If you wish to enjoy one of our wreaths or send it to someone special, consider this our "Last Call".
5 Days Left to Order Wreaths
Nice Berries! November 16 2014On every Artful Cranberry wreath, I place a ceramic cranberry keepsake.
First Wreath November 03 2014
We donate the first wreath of the year to the Augusta Food Bank's Auction which is held in Augusta, Maine on November 1st. My mother-in law, Mary P Whalen, served as a faithful volunteer there for 20 years. This year Mary passed away very suddenly of a heart attack. Her spirit lives on in our hearts and the hearts of so many people she helped throughout her life. Its an honor to continue her work, in some way, to help those in need.
They're Back! October 20 2014
The cranberries are in and they look fantastic! We picked up our first batch and have prepared the little jewels for our first wreaths of the year. Once again, we're offering 100 wreaths for this year's edition. The store is open and we've already received an order from a new customer. We're most grateful for this positive sign as we begin our second season. Thank you so very much.