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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the most fun, wholesome, and flavorful family summer activities that can be had is a visit to a local u-pick berry farm. Teenagers stow away their phones and forget that they have them whilst picking through dense berry bushes, looking for the pick of the crop tucked deep in the recesses of the plant while older generations reflect back to the days of their youth when they were sent out a-berrying along dusty roadsides and railroad tracks for wild berries.As hands become stained a deep purple and five gallon buckets fill with almost explosive, juicy fruit, the berry-picking party has much to look forward to — fresh, hot berry pie and vanilla ice cream with more berries on the side.John and Cindy Albert and Family offer a destination for such experiences on their farm in Fairfield County near Lancaster — Ruffwing Farms. The Albert’s farm of 52 acres is split up between sheep pastures, CRP habitat, chicken, quail, and pigeon coops, and berry plots. While the area devoted to the u-pick berry operation is relatively small — approximately one acre — it produces plentiful berries for customers.“In 2007, I planted 3,000 plants into 42 rows that are roughly 100 feet long,” John said. “Over the past nine years, we have averaged 1,400 to 1,500 pounds of berries per year. We raise Black Jewel Raspberries. Jewel is the best plant to use. I’ve tried a bunch of them and there’s no better black raspberry in the world. We also pre-pick and sell red raspberries that we raise in a 70- by 35- hoop house. We have 100 red raspberry plants in the hoop house and about 50 blueberry plants in our backyard whose fruit we also sell pre-picked.”But customers may not get too many bucket loads of these blueberries, as they are Cindy’s favorites.“I’m pretty selfish with those. I have a deep freeze in the house that is full, mostly of frozen blueberries!” Cindy said, with her delicious blueberry muffins to show for it.Although the picking season for black raspberries is short — only about 2.5 weeks from late June through mid-July — maintaining the berry bushes for optimal growth and yield is a yearlong endeavor.“For an established field, I start pruning around the time of the NFL playoffs, from early December through January. I want to prune when the plant is dormant, cutting all of last’s year’s plants out, and trimming this year’s plants to size. You want them to be 36 to 40 inches tall for u-pick, right about at waist level,” John said. “Making time for pruning in the winter can be difficult. It is enjoyable work, but it just takes awhile.“At the end of February or early March, I’ll put on the granular weed control product pre-emergent, spray lime sulfur in April, and by the middle to latter part of April, I will apply my first fertilizer. I spray the plants with fungicide from April until sometime in June when the outside temperature gets above an average of 72 degrees. I have the irrigation system ready by May 15, and by June, there will be fertigation every two weeks through the end of the picking season.”Even as the picking season comes and passes, the Alberts are still working in the berry patch to manage the growth of their plants and the appearance and quality of the fruit for their customers.“In July, when people start picking, I’m tipping, which sets the height for the next year and helps create lateral branches,” John said. “I’m always scouting for bugs and pests. And during the picking season, I spray ‘Switch,’ which is a zero pre-harvest fungicide that stops mold for seven to 10 days so that you don’t get gray mold on the berries. From the time we are done picking, I spray fungicides on the bushes every two weeks.”The biggest challenge other than keeping up with the spray schedule for Ruffwing Farms is orange rust, an airborne, spring-season disease that weakens the plants the first year it appears, and then kills them.“I plan to pull these berry plants out after this picking season because I have orange rust on some of the plants. I’m not going to try fighting it, but will instead get rid of these and replant new 18-month-old plants for next season,” John said.The replanting of this berry patch will give John an opportunity to expand his operations, both with the berries and elsewhere on the farm. He plans to purchase some dairy sheep this summer to start on-site creamery next year.“With the new blackberry plants being planted for next year, there won’t be as much product to sell next summer as the bushes establish themselves, which should give me some time to focus on getting the creamery up and running,” John said.When the Alberts first bought the farmland behind their home, saving it from real estate development, they knew that they wanted to do something productive with it, and growing berries was something that they found they could do with the limited amount of equipment that they had at the time. John saw that there was very little competition in the area for u-pick berries.“Berries are very healthy, they have a lot of antioxidants,” Cindy said. “When we started, I was a stay-at-home mom and John was working as an engineer in Columbus. In the summer, I was able to run the stand with my daughters and we would also sell at the farmer’s market. For the first couple of years, when we had few customers, we would be open daily for 2.5 weeks. But when we established a customer base and word got out about us, we had to start limiting berry picking times and days due to demand. People will come and pick you out.”The Alberts are proud that despite of the demand for and increased popularity of their product, they have never raised the price for their fruits. The u-pick blackberries cost $4 per pound, pre-picked they cost $5 a pound and the pre-picked red raspberries and blueberries cost $6 a pound. They provide quart boxes and containers to their consumers and go out of their way to make a visit to their farm a memorable, pleasant venture.The entire family mentioned that talking with the customers who visit their farm and sharing it with them is the most enjoyable aspect of their u-pick berry sales.“People are coming out here for the experience, to be in the country picking berries, to have the peace and quiet. People enjoy hearing and seeing the sheep, and the quail, and the pheasants,” Cindy said. “I like the people coming out. It is so much fun; people are so appreciative and everyone has a story to tell about their past experiences berry picking. I like to hear what people do with them — sometimes they’ll even bring us back a pie! Plus, with people coming out and picking themselves, it saves us the labor of doing it ourselves.”John and Cindy’s eldest daughters who are now away at college, Caitlin and Abby, used to enjoy helping out at the farmer’s market. Emma, who is 13, said that “It is fun to meet new people and help them pick berries, eat the berries, and drive around on the (Kawasaki) Mule.”Ten-year-old Ava says that she likes “having people we know come out, especially my teachers!”John said that the biggest challenge in dealing with customers is keeping them happy and making sure there are enough berries.“I don’t want them disappointed if they were to show up and we were picked out or nothing was ripe,” he said. “Sometimes people come from a long way to pick some berries.”In addition to berries, Ruffwing Farms sells lamb meat and eggs from off the farm and will gladly make up packages of their products for customers.Those who visit the Albert Family for a day of berry picking at Ruffwing Farms should plan to come early before the heat of noon, when perhaps the best of the morning’s crop is gone or the patch is picked bare for the day. Dates and times that the farm is open for berry picking are updated often during the June and July picking season at www.ruffwingfarms.com. They can also be found on Facebook and can be reached by telephone at 740-536-7853. The farm is located at 2942 Elder Road outside of Lancaster.
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Menez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzemaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeremy Menez has paid tribute to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Now with Paris FC, Menez helped France win the U17 World Cup alongside Benzema in 2004.He told Foot Mercato: “Of course, we can only admire his career. “With 10 years at Real Madrid, very few players have done it. In spite of all that could be said about him, what was put in his mouth, he is still there, he works and he closes the mouths of people. At some point everyone makes their career. “He was probably a more hard worker than us and he got what he deserves, that’s all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DETROIT – General Motors is moving its Cadillac brand headquarters from New York back to Michigan, four years after heading to the big city to become more cosmopolitan.The move to the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, across the street from GM’s giant technical centre, will take place in April.The company said Wednesday the brand’s workers need to be closer to engineers and designers because Cadillac plans to launch a new vehicle every six months for the next three years.The move comes five months after GM ousted Cadillac brand chief Johan de Nysschen, who thought a New York headquarters would give the brand more sophistication when Cadillac moved to New York in 2014. Cadillac sales fell 8 per cent last year but were up 5.4 per cent during the first half of 2018. GM replaced de Nysschen with Steve Carlisle, who ran GM’s Canadian operations.Spokesman Patrick Morrissey said GM learned a lot about the brand in New York, but circumstances changed since 2014 with Cadillac being part of GM’s technology and electric vehicle push. About 70 per cent of the workers in New York were recruited from the city, bringing GM new talent, Morrissey said.All 110 workers at the headquarters in the Manhattan’s SoHo district will be offered jobs in Michigan.De Nysschen was hired away from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand with much promise and named president of Cadillac in August of 2014. A few months later he moved the brand’s headquarters from Detroit to New York.New York’s economic development agency approved a $1 million grant to Cadillac to help with the $12.7 million renovation of the Manhattan headquarters.Morrissey said GM did not draw down any of the incentive funds “but we are thankful and appreciative of the support we got from New York.”Jason Conwall, spokesman for Empire State Development, New York state’s main economic development office, said the state is disappointed in the move, but understands “this is a business decision being made by GM to co-locate the Cadillac headquarters with the rest of its corporate headquarters.”He confirmed that the state did not disperse any of the $1 million performance grant to GM.
TORONTO — Despite strict rules limiting the promotion of now legal recreational pot now in effect, cannabis promotions continue to pop up amid loopholes and a lack of clarity on how the legislation’s grey areas should be applied.Nearly one month on since legalization, there is disagreement in the sector on murky portions of the Cannabis Act governing marketing, with some licensed producers taking a more aggressive approach and others holding back.“The fact that you aren’t seeing that an overwhelming wave yet of those kinds of tactics, to me, demonstrates that there is still uncertainty,” said Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Agency, a Toronto-based marketing consultancy focused on the marijuana industry.Canada legalized pot for recreational use on Oct. 17, when strict guidelines governing the plant’s promotion came into force.The blitz of cannabis industry billboards, sponsored concerts and pop-up information kiosks seen ahead of legalization have abated, but marijuana brands can be seen on taxi cabs or on social media — which may or may not run afoul of the law depending on interpretation.The Cannabis Act prohibits promotion of cannabis to young people and ads in places where it can be seen by those under the age of 18.Also barred is the use of endorsements or a depiction of a person, character or animal or marketing which presents “a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Some companies have run afoul of this particular clause in the Act, Health Canada says.Since legalization, the health agency has reached out to seven regulated parties “to promote an understanding of the new prohibitions relating to the promotion of cannabis… and to bring specific concerns to their attention,” said agency spokesman Eric Morissette.All regulated parties contacted have addressed, or are in the process of, addressing the issues raised, Health Canada added.The government agency would not detail what portions of the Act were violated, but did say “for example” it raised concerns about “promotion using the depiction of persons and promotions that present a product or brand that associates it with a particular way of life, such as a glamorous or recreational lifestyle.”Health Canada said it would not identify the parties involved “provided that they have acted in good faith and taken the necessary corrective measures.” Still, government guidelines on pot promotion also has several exceptions and clauses which, some say, are open to interpretation.One exception allows for promotion using a “brand element” on a “thing that is not cannabis or a cannabis accessory,” if that thing isn’t associated with young persons or “vitality.”To some, this means ads with just a brand name or logo and a website may be allowable on things such as billboards, said Brown.“If you are reading the act plainly or literally, that should be allowed… There are certainly LPs that do feel uncomfortable with that.”Earlier this month, a cannabis ad was seen on a taxicab in Toronto with its brand name and the tagline: “Buds don’t travel high. Drive safely.”The Canadian Marketing Association’s cannabis marketing activities guide says advertising solely with a brand element, without appealing to young people or suggesting a glamorous lifestyle may be allowed, but “proceed with caution and consult legal counsel.”Canada’s largest newspaper publisher Postmedia Network Inc. intends to run ads that fit into the loopholes in the act, said spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand.Postmedia announced earlier this month that it would stop delivering print editions to schools for fear that sending the papers containing ads directly to students would violate the law. The last newspaper delivery to schools was on Oct. 31, but papers can still be delivered to homes if directly to people over the age of 18, Gelfand said in an email.When asked whether ads with simply a brand element and a website in a newspaper would be considered compliant, Health Canada said it could not comment on a specific situation.“Newspapers available to the public should not generally contain any promotional material, including advertising, related to cannabis,” said Health Canada spokeswoman Maryse Durette, noting that any promotion related to pot can only be in a publication that is addressed and sent to someone 18 years of age or older.The exemption was likely designed for things such as T-shirts and hats but more clarity from Health Canada is needed, said Trina Fraser, an Ottawa-based lawyer who advises the cannabis industry.“Certainly, I don’t think it was intended to provide essentially for mass brand promotion through conventional advertising means, even though, again, I think it at most it would be limited to the actual logo or brand name,” said Fraser.Nick Dean, chief executive of Emblem Cannabis, said the pot producer won’t be running ads on billboards on highways or in newspapers but will look to leverage social media influencers, he said.“There’s lots of opportunities for us to still be creative in how we market these brands, post-legalization,” Dean said.Other exceptions include ads in age-gated areas where young people are not permitted.Canopy Growth Corp.’s marketing campaign utilized billboards, concerts and informational kiosks but promotions stopped on the night of Oct. 16, said its co-chief executive Bruce Linton on a recent analyst call. Now, the licensed producer is using ads in age-gated areas, such as posters in bar bathrooms, he said.“We did not receive a letter from Health Canada to say that we were not in compliance,” Linton said.Another exception is in the digital realm where “reasonable steps” must be taken to ensure it cannot be accessed by non-adults. However, it is unclear whether a social media page with a description asking that its followers be adults is a “reasonable step,” the CMA said in its guide.Yet, many cannabis companies continue to post on Instagram, with the phrase “By following, you confirm that you are 19+” on their accounts.The industry desires more guidance from Health Canada on cannabis promotional activities, and more transparency about the warning letters issued thus far, said Fraser.“We don’t know what they were about, who they were sent to or what the basis for the objection that Health Canada took in the letter was… That is limiting us all as an industry from learning and growing.” — with files from Nicole ThompsonArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma is happening this weekend, and Wednesday is the final day to pick up tickets to the dinner portion of the event.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back to October 6th since Natalie Small would not have been able to attend. The 4-year-old has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma since last December, and had a bone marrow transplant too close to the August date.Event co-organizer Kate Hadland said that tickets for the dance portion of the Ball, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, will be available up to and including the evening of the event for $40. Tickets for the dinner are only available until the end of the day Wednesday from Tenacious Detail on 100th Ave. Those tickets are $65 for adults, $25 for kids aged 6-10, while kids 5 and under get in free.With more time to organize the event, Hadland said in August that the event will feature more auctions and prizes, as well as live music.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by the Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens, with the Foundation’s first fundraiser going towards helping Natalie and her family.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864, or message the Tenacious Detail Facebook page.
The polls are not far. A subtle realisation of the same exists in the sub-conscience. For a democracy, general elections are more or less a festival. The entire mood of the country changes with the political parties rising from their slumber to proactively advocate either their novel offerings or abject criticism of the current incumbency. The mandate drives the politicos to great extent, sometimes breaking their personal threshold, in order to ascertain that the public is familiarised with their agenda. While the opposition parties carve lucrative sops to capitalise on the shortcomings of the retiring regime, the ruling party graces the opportunity of being in power by spreading its wings and taking the highest flight ever in the entire period hoping it will yield them tremendously. That is natural. The stated behaviour is rather expected. Polls draw out the eclipsed sincerity of the politicos which, otherwise, is expected across the incumbency. Democracy gets to experience permissiveness in all aspects with the people’s voices being heard, development ideas being circulated with full force, lacunae being rampantly tended to, a populist budget and an equally populist manifesto – a range of things presented in the national interest. Such work ethics, otherwise, can catapult any democracy into a fast-progressing one. Alas, that is not how affairs are once the polls culminate and the results provide new incumbency. In between the two extreme ends of the continuum lie the people who, by and large, acknowledge their choice by accepting whatever fraction of the promises have been delivered while simultaneously preparing for another mandate. In thought, our hopes are always aligned towards a choice that yields us more but in reality, it is more like a choice which will hurt us less. Time and again, polls have tinkered our curiosity over what all might be in store for the country, for us, once our choice assumes office. The high hopes with which the public mandate constituted the 16th Lok Sabha, after a long spell of the UPA government, certainly unpacked a series of surprises for us – beneficial or not is subject to perspectives. Fast forwarding to the final days of the current government’s term, a similar disappointment seems to exist in the minds of people as it did back in 2014. Plagued with inconsistencies in its decisions – Rafale, demonetisation, GST, a collective of ambitious schemes, et al – has not augured well for the ruling NDA. Yet, their appetite for pleasing the public seems larger than ever. With one eye on the Lok Sabha polls scheduled this summer, Union Cabinet and Cabinet Committee of External Affairs (CCEA) have jointly undertaken an astonishing 96 decisions in a fortnight pertaining to all sections of society. Farmers, youth, poor, ex-servicemen, central govt. Employees, weaker sections, the decisions are to ascertain that the people don’t repent their mandate five years ago. Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Cabinet and CCEA approved a series of projects which spark the development engine of the country in full swing or at least look to do so. 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to enhance student enrolment and raise employment opportunity – after being heavily condemned for the pertaining unemployment that has plagued the nation. Three of six metro corridors planned under Phase IV cleared with a project outlay of Rs 24,948 crore – with AAP unhappy over the remaining three which were not approved. Rs 31,600 crore for proposals on investment in 4 power projects likely to be operational by 2023-24. Approval of an ordinance on the changed reservation policy for faculty recruitment in universities and colleges. The list may run down to feature a lot of projects and policy alterations that have been approved in what may be the last meeting of the Union Cabinet. A comprehensive look at it is enough to answer the questions of why, or more precisely, why now. Had these projects and other developments being approved earlier, the need for such hasty decisions would not have been there. And, the public would not have brewed discontent, to whichever extent, in the first place. The massive outlay for development seldom neutralises the controversies that the Centre’s facing, yet an attempt has been made nevertheless, as expected. Discussions would rather not spark over what has been done now since all these projects will be the responsibility of the next government. What the discussions may instead constitute is whether the current government is deserving of another term based on the general attitude evident across their term. Almost everyone knows, thanks to media for those who still couldn’t, the reason behind the Centre’s rampant approval of projects. In such a situation, the existing discontent must be channelised to decide if the other choices are better or not. It is, seemingly, a choice between the lesser evil after all.
New Delhi: Taking a dig at BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday that if people want their children to become watchmen, they should vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And if they want good education, they should vote for Aam Aadmi Party, he said. Kejriwal, in a tweet in Hindi, said Modi wants the whole country try to become ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). “If people want their children to become chowkidar, they should vote for Modi but if they want their child to get good education and become doctor, engineer or lawyer, they should vote for AAP,” he said in his tweet in Hindi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder On Saturday, Modi had urged his supporters to take the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. Since then, the BJP has stepped up its ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign with the prime minister and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word ‘chowkidar’ to their names in their Twitter profiles as they sought people’s support in the Lok Sabha elections.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State has had one elite runner since the beginning of the season. Now, it looks like the Buckeyes might have two. Braxton Miller carried the majority of the load for the Buckeye offense through OSU’s first five games, tallying 577 yards on the ground while adding 933 yards in the air. The sophomore quarterback was by far the biggest threat in OSU’s running game. Miller carried the ball 90 times through five games, with no other Buckeye totaling more than 40 carries in that same span. The carries didn’t come easily for Miller, though, as the now-Heisman candidate took a number of hits, some of which caused him to miss action. The bumps and bruises Miller attained had many people – including players and coaches within the Buckeye program – calling for someone on the OSU offense, specifically a running back, to give Miller some relief. Carlos Hyde answered that call over the last two games. The OSU junior running back has run for 296 yards on 50 attempts in the Buckeyes’ most recent two games. Hyde followed up a 28 carry, 140-yard performance against Nebraska on Oct. 6 with a 22 carry, 156-yard outing at Indiana Saturday. He has six total touchdowns – five rushing and one receiving – over the past two games. Hyde, who seemingly broke at least one tackle on every run he had Saturday, gave the credit for his burst onto the running game scene to the Buckeyes’ offensive line after OSU’s 52-49 victory against the Hoosiers. “You’ve got to thank those guys up front. They did their job. When they go, we go. So it was going pretty good today,” Hyde said. Hyde has taken some of the running-game load off Miller’s shoulders with his recent performances, but the Buckeyes’ quarterback is still running the ball. He’s running quite a bit, actually, and he should be, according to first-year coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye players. Miller totaled 23 rushing attempts for 149 yards and a score Saturday after running for 186 yards on 16 carries against Nebraska. He remains OSU’s most talented runner, according to his teammates. The difference between now and the first five games of the season, though, is that OSU’s rushing attack has gone from a single-handed, almost-heroic one-man effort to a two-headed monster. And that’s a major positive for Meyer, who had little to take away from the Buckeyes’ narrow victory at Indiana Saturday. “We are 7-0 and we ran the ball for 350 yards and had two guys really haul it running the ball (Saturday),” Meyer said. OSU didn’t get off to a great start against Indiana, as the Buckeyes trailed, 14-10, midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes took control of the game by halftime and brought a 24-14 lead into the break. The OSU defense collapsed in the second half, allowing 35 points. It was runs from Miller and Hyde that allowed OSU to hang on to win. Miller had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hyde added two scores of his own – the first, a 14-yard shovel pass, pushed OSU’s lead to 14 points and the second stretched the lead to 18. “They started off slow. But they came back, and came back in a flurry,” Meyer said. “The good thing is that I saw possession of time around 36 minutes. There are some real strong positives in (the running game) right now.” There are not only positives, but also historic numbers. Saturday night marked just the fifth time in OSU history – and the first time in 37 years – in which two players had 100-plus yard performances in back-to-back games. The last Buckeye players to match Miller’s and Hyde’s totals over the past two games were former running backs Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson in 1975. It’s probably safe to say that OSU has its running game rolling right now, and it is something that Buckeye players say will be very hard for opposing defenses to stop. “It’s weird. With coach Meyer, everyone thought we’d be throwing the ball everywhere but I would say we probably have one of the best rushing attacks in the country,” said OSU senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner. “With Carlos and (redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith) coming along pretty well, and then with Braxton probably being the best runner in the country, I’d say people have a lot to worry about with our rushing attack.” OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday at noon against Purdue at Ohio Stadium.