I have been sort of on vacation this past week. I didn’t go on a big trip, I just took a little time off from work to get some projects done at home. I did find some time to have fun though, as I visited a few local spots. Too many times the local attractions get put on the list to visit later, and then “later” never happens! So, one afternoon we took the short drive over to Jefferson, Maryland to tour the Distillery Lane Ciderworks. I wasn’t expecting to be reminded of work there, but I was definitely surprised at the connections I found. I should have known better though. Apples and cider were definitely around during the Civil War, so that was the first connection.
The Distillery Lane Ciderworks has a self-guided tour through the orchard and farm. It was a beautiful day to walk and take in the scenery. Afterwards you can taste some of their ciders, but let’s take a look at our walk through the orchard first.
Partway through the orchard, I read a sign with a familiar term – Integrated Pest Management. It’s a concept used at most museums to prevent infestations of pests which can damage the artifacts. You can see a previous post I wrote about dealing with insects in the museum here: http://guardianoftheartifacts.blogspot.com/2011/10/creepy-crawlies-since-its-almost.html
It turns out that many of the methods used at the orchard are very similar to what I use at the museum.
They utilized a couple of different methods too.
My family and I enjoyed our tour of the orchard, as well as the chance to sample the ciders made there. I’m glad we didn’t keep this trip on our “later” list!
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