Taproot Farm & Fruit

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A family CSA farm and community orchard in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. 

Picking out Pigs

One of the worst orchard pests in our part of the world is the infamous Plum Circulio. They attack developing fruitlets early in the season, and the fruits that have a larvae drop from the tree usually sometime in June. In bygone days, orchardists would shake the tree around this time while holding a large inverted umbrella to catch the infested fruits. Craftier fruit-growers employed roving apple-hoover hogs to the same effect. We're going to attempt to recreate this practice in our orchard this year with four black mulefoots.