Tim Mercier grew up beneath the shade of apple trees at Mercier Orchards, helping his father tend the fertile mountain soil while snacking on juicy winesaps plucked straight from the branch. To this day, Tim continues to run his family's 50-year-old farm, where he harvests apples by hand, wears John Appleseed’s cooking pot hat, and manages the market alongside his wife, children, and grandchildren. At the 200-acre farm, tree branches sprout dozens of kinds of apples, including sweet ambrosias, tart dandee reds, and crisp pink ladies. Beyond the apple groves lie stretches of cherry trees, peach trees, and blueberry bushes, as well as strawberry fields blossoming with chandler, camerosa, and sweet charlie varieties.
The Mercier family opens their farm to visitors year-round, inviting guests to stroll the verdant grounds and pick their own berries and apples. Afterwards, guests pop into Mercier Orchards’ rustic shop to survey jugs of fresh cider, colorful jams, and caramel-coated candy apples. In the bakery, they sample apple cider donuts, pecan breads, and the farm's famous fried pies, which can now be found on the shelves of local Whole Foods.
Cut Above Lawn Care creates clean home exteriors and lush lawns with services ranging from basic trims and mulching to roof and gutter cleaning. Technicians can also clip hedges, blow leaves, or pressure-wash driveways, sidewalks, decks, and sides of homes with an environmentally friendly detergent.
Nestled at the base of verdant foothills, Mountain Meadow Equestrian Center welcomes four-legged friends into a lush horse hotel and beginner, intermediate, and advanced students into an indoor arena and outdoor fields with mountain views. Designed for equine-enamored students aged 5 and older, beginners' classes emphasize handling the horse from the ground along with safety, grooming, and basic riding. Beginning students ride the same horse selected from a stock of experienced lesson horses and ponies each week to develop a trusting relationship and bond by trying on each other's shoes. Intermediate classes focus on trail riding over rough terrain, jumping, or dressage, or advanced classes delve into specialty riding skills that might include hunt-seat, jumper, or cross-country riding. The stables will provide necessary riding helmets and boots.
Since 1981, Willow Ridge Garden Center & Landscaping's professional landscapers have tackled both residential and commercial projects, working closely with clients to help realize their visions for a dream design that fits their budget. The gardening emporium also stocks a blossoming bounty of perennials, shrubs, and trees, as well as garden decor and glazed ceramic pottery. Additionally, Willow Ridge is a certified aquascape contractor, capable of constructing ponds and waterfalls that burble as tranquilly as a mixed tape from a humpback whale.
Mustard Seed Landscaping's roster of professional green thumbs pampers verdant lawns and sculpts residential foliage with an eco-friendly cache of natural alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. With a slew of services, Mustard Seed's gang of terrain therapists tackle basic lawn care (a $45/hour value) to keep lawns looking healthy and feeling svelte. Evan Williams, Mustard Seed's founder and symphonic soil maestro, conducts his mowing team to glide over lawns, snipping errant wisps, trimming troublesome weeds, and edging sidewalk and driveway borders to mediate warring cadres of land gnomes. In preparation for the fall, Evan also trims and prunes perennials, prompting a speedy spring return from their subterranean winter's hibernation. Check out Mustard Seed's online gallery, where it displays past projects and sentient riding mowers.