Singapore Food Event: Taste New Zealand Showcase

April 2017

Next month, CoralTree Organics founder Kim Baker is headed to Singapore for a very special event, showcasing the high quality and delicious food products and cuisine of our beautiful country, New Zealand!

The Taste New Zealand Cold Storage Food Fair is an annual event that will take place this year between 23-29 May. The Food Fair comprises a pop-up store at Plaza Singapura, one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls located on Orchard Road, along with a two-week in-store promotion involving 25 of Cold Storage’s premium outlets. Last year, around 1,500 people visited the Plaza Singapura pop-up store every day! Visitors can look forward to tasting and sampling some of New Zealand’s finest fare, from artisan cheese and wines to healthy snacks, as well as enjoying live cooking demonstrations!

CoralTree will have a stall at Taste New Zealand for the seventh year running where you can meet Kim Baker in person, try some of our Premium products and stock up on our organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Liquid sunshine from pure, green New Zealand! We had a great time last year meeting lots of our amazing fans in Singapore and making lots of new friends and we this year we want to make even more.

Now is your chance to meet the maker and get your hands and taste buds around our liquid sunshine; our premium apple cider vinegar. If you’re in or around Singapore from the 23rd-29th May, head on over to the Plaza Singapura and say hello!

CoralTree will be there alongside other premium New Zealand brands, such as NZ Honey Co’s UMF-rated manuka honey, Jed’s Coffee, Mother Earth snacks, Abe’s Bagels, Annie’s fruit leathers, Harraways oats and Ceres Organics.

CoralTree in Singapore: Meet the Maker

Kim-Baker_CoralTree_-Apple-CIder-VInegar-MakerNow is your chance to meet the maker! This week our passionate leader, Kim Baker of CoralTree, is in Singapore for the Cold Storage NZ Road Show event.

Head on over to Plaza Singapura Atrium any time between 23rd – 29th May to get a taste of New Zealand, with a broad selection of NZ food and products on offer. The mall is open, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Kim will be more than happy to give you a tasting and tell you all about the amazing benefits of CoralTree’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

CoralTree will be there alongside other premium New Zealand brands, such as NZ Honey Co’s UMF-rated manuka honey, Jed’s Coffee, Mother Earth snacks, Abe’s Bagels, Annie’s fruit leathers, Harraways oats and Ceres Organics.

See you at Plaza Singapura!

Video: Summer in the Organic Apple Orchard

Another behind-the-scenes look at how we grow and harness nature’s vital energies to make the best organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  One of the key components is the biodynamic orchard integration and careful management of the natural processes that grow our fruit. And central to our philosophy is diversity leads to resilience.

To see more of the behind-the-scenes action at CoralTree HQ, subscribe to the CoralTree YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment. Got questions? We are happy to answer them for you. It’s all part of our mission to bring you the very best product in the most natural way.

Transcription

Hi, welcome. Kim from CoralTree here. We’re here at one of our organic orchards just on the outskirts of Otaki. The Otaki River is just behind us here. We’ve got the Tararua Ranges to our left and the coast, west coast here, not far away. Otaki is a really lovely spot on the beautiful Kapiti Coast. We’ve got the Otaki River bringing down all that lovely fertile silts down that have set the Otaki plains here growing. We’ve got abundance of growth happening at the moment. Moisture, there’s been a little bit of a problem this season. We’ve had a little bit too much rain, but things are starting to warm up now. The sunshine is really coming through. We’ve got the longest day of the year happening in the next few days, and the apple trees are really going well.

It is really lovely being in these orchards and there is an energy that sometimes we’re not aware of. I can hear the birds singing here. A little bird flying from tree to tree there, and the whole insect life that’s happening. Normally in an environment like this where we’ve got the herbal leys and the trees and then the bigger shelter trees behind us is hosting a whole range of different things that are going on.

Conventional orchards are run with complete control so there is chemical sprays and insecticides there, and it becomes an environmental desert, but we’ve got this oasis happening here that’s just bringing in all of those diverse elements. The whole complexities, even more complex I think than what we are seeing. There’s a whole lot of different elements coming together here to add that resilience that nature gives us. I hope you enjoyed the first couple of videos. We’ve been trying to introduce you to some of the simple concepts of growing so in the first videos we showed the life force starting and the dormancy process moving into leaves and flowers developing.

The second video we’re showing you the flowers and the diversity that that brings into the orchards and the fruit setting and the seeds starting to form inside as those flowers have been pollinated. Now what we’re looking at is obviously the fruit here is developing around the seed, and the tree has got lots and lots of green leaves, and so the next element I really want to bring in now is the sunshine. That’s the key driver for all life processes on the planet. The trees are simply the solar panels taking that solar energy and converting it through photosynthesis and now building that energy that they’re harvesting into beautiful fruit.

This period now, starting from spring, as the fruit is forming the trees have been going through a lot of cell division and multiplication trying to get that fruit forming and setting. It’s been quite a stressful period for the trees, but we’re now coming up to the longest day of the year which will trigger the tree from the development phase that it’s been going through into that ripening phase where these apples will be expanding and the sugar contents will be rising.

The point I’m trying to work through here is that the photosynthesis from the sunshine, through the leaf converting that energy into energy that it’s transferring into, obviously, growth and branches and leaves, but most particularly into that fruit, so the fruit will be ripening up between now and our harvest time and that’s the sugars that the fruit is offering for us.

What’s happening here, some of the things that I can see happening here. The organic growers are allowing this whole diversity that normally would be chemically sprayed out, and weed strips under the trees. They’re allowing these things that we would normally term weed, but they’re part of the whole natural cycle that nature is trying to work some kind of a balance back into these blocks and using these diverse range of plants. We’ve got right from clovers, plantains, and the thistles, and blackberry even coming through to bring quality back onto the property that here was removed when we’ve come in and disrupted it.

The organic grower is really focusing on trying to allow nature that freedom to work with us instead of against us, and using the things that she’s offering us in a positive way so that it’s helping the trees here to balance. We’re getting better biological activity happening down in the soil. We’re getting much more earthworm and fungal growths happening that are transforming all the leaf litter into good humus so the tree has got a really good strong solid base to be growing, both lovely leaves, and this beautiful fruit for us. It’s so easy for humans to go back to controlling and chemically intervening in these systems to try and do what they think is beneficial, but it just adds a whole restraint on nature. It stops nature from working and giving us the diversity that she sees needs to be put into these blocks.

Thanks for watching, everybody. I hope you’ve enjoyed this third video. We’ve tried to add a little bit more interesting information in for you to explain more of the organic environment that George and Jackie here have been creating, and I’d like to just thank them for having this special space here and allowing us to shoot. Over the next month or so we’ll be taking some shots into the processing plant and showing more of the production of our apple cider vinegar, so please leave any comments and questions below. Yeah. Look forward to seeing you next time.

How We Bottle Sunshine

Video: Flowering & Diversity in the Organic Apple Orchard

Another behind-the-scenes look at how we grow and harness nature’s vital energies to make the best organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  One of the key components is the biodynamic orchard integration and careful management of the natural processes that grow our fruit. And central to our philosophy is diversity leads to resilience.

To see more of the behind-the-scenes action at CoralTree HQ, subscribe to the CoralTree YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment. Got questions? We are happy to answer them for you. It’s all part of our mission to bring you the very best product in the most natural way.

Transcription

Hi. Welcome back. I’m Kim from CoralTree. We’re here on a small orchard block that’s on the outskirts of Otaki. I want to show you some of the diversity that’s happening here in our orchard. Come on through, and I’ll show you what’s going on. This time of year the apple trees are quite susceptible to a whole range of different problems. Normally the insect problems or fungal problems would be chemically controlled. We here have got the diversity of the animals through the system for a whole range of different reasons. It’s meat production, it’s egg production, but they’re also doing an incredible valuable asset to the orchard in helping to fertilize it and in particular in the next month or so helping the insect control here under the apple trees.

This is a Monty’s Surprise apple tree that we’ve got here growing. It’s one of the old Heritage variety of apples that we are trying to get that diversity back into the orchards. The Heritage apples will give us that resilience back again. We’ve got a lovely sunny day here today. The bees are out flying. They’re pollinating these flowers that are fully opened here. These are some flowers that petals have fallen, and the stamen have been pollinated. The key thing that nature is showing us is the diversity that she constantly produces. Each one of those little stamen are going to develop into a completely unique plant variety.

This is an old Monty’s Surprise that I’ve just kept in the chiller from last season, just to see how long it’s going to last. I’m just interested to see what it’s texture is still like. It’s obviously starting to deteriorate. This is one of the perks of being an organic grower. Just being able to see and observe nature’s formative processes happening, the 5 petals, the flower is still here in the flesh of the apple.

Thank you for watching. If you want any more information on Monty’s Surprise, the Heritage apples we’re growing here, check out the website, CoralTree.co.nz and stay tuned. We’ll be doing another video with some apples growing on some of the other blocks and leave any comments below. Thanks.

Video: First Bud Break in the Organic Apple Orchard

The first in a series of videos that take you through growing the apples and producing the best Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. If you would like to see more of the behind-the-scenes action at CoralTree HQ, subscribe to the CoralTree YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment. Got questions? We are happy to answer them for you. It’s all part of our mission to bring you the very best product in the most natural way.

Transcription

Hi. I’m Kim at CoralTree. This is the orchard, here, the home block. We have been making apple cider vinegar for the last 25 years. It’s a really exciting time of the year. The flowers are just coming through. I’d really like to show you some of the processes that are going on now and what makes apple cider vinegar so wonderful. Come along for the journey.

This is the apple block at CoralTree Orchard. The buds are only just starting to open up now. The green tip is starting to come through in a few places. These are a later flowering tree. I can’t see much flowering happening on this yet. The key is that this life process is starting to unfold. Here’s an old pruning from last season that has got no life-force left in it. It’s dead and it’s gone brittle. This is starting to move. Come on through the rest of the orchard and we will see if we can find some flowers.

This is a pear tree. We’ve got both apples and pears, here, on the home block. There’s not a lot of other apples that are flowering yet. This is an early flowering pear tree. It’s really going for it. The sap is rising. There’s lots of blossom just about to open and flowers that are open, ready to be pollinated. This life process that’s happening here is the critical bit that’s going on here. Just to try to give you some practical understanding of that life process, this grass here is all alive. When it’s put under stress, when it’s damaged, it will continue to heal itself. It’s trying to maintain that equilibrium and that growth process. The second that it’s cut off from the roots, it will no longer be able to heal itself. That’s going to continue to deteriorate. There’s no chance of it healing and maintaining its balance.

The apple tree is in that flow of life-giving properties. The energy is coming through and wanting to form those flowers, wanting to grow that fruit for us. That’s the energy, the balance process that I want to try and bring into my apple cider vinegar. That’s the important part that gives us that health-giving benefits. When our body is enabled to back to a balanced point, the PH balance is corrected, then the energy and the life force that we’ve got will maintain our health.

We’re at Baker’s acres property here. I just wanted to bring you here to show you the sheep that we’ve got grazing here on the property. Rather than mechanically mowing the orchard, we just try to integrate another aspect of the natural process, here, onto the orchard. It’s all these little things that we’re trying to do to build up that total energy into the apple cider vinegar, making the very, very best of every opportunity we’ve got.

Please, any comments that you’ve got … We’ll be running more videos over the next 6 months. Each month we’ll be coming through with a different stage of the orchard’s progress. So, any comments or questions you’ve got, leave them below. Visit the www.coraltree.co.nz website. Thanks for your time.

Biodynamics: The best of nature for the best apple cider vinegar

We are on a bit of a mission at CoralTree. We are driven to help humanity tune into nature. We produce the very best organic apple cider vinegar and organic fruit juices by essentially bottling sunshine. That is capturing the very best of natural processes and making sure they get to you in the most natural state possible.

Everything we do is driven by this mission. And so we want to give you a bit of a glimpse at how we run the organic, biodynamic orchard, that supplies the fruit, that produces the very fine CoralTree Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Biodynamics: Going beyond organic at CoralTree

Organics growing is great. We want to limit the amount of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides used in the production of our food. But here at CoralTree we are striving to capture the very best of nature, so we go further.

Biodynamics is a step further on from Organics. It is a way of concentrating on the life-force that produces all living things and ensuring we are doing everything to enhance the life-giving properties. We ensure our management techniques support these processes. This philosophy fits in well with the fermentation process used in creating vinegar.

That also means that our growing techniques must compliment the environment. While it is organically acceptable to mow the orchards, we choose the biodynamic approach. To add another layer of life forces into the chain, we use stock to control the grass. This both shortens the grass, manures the trees and keeps the black spot and codlin moth to a minimum, all without the use of chemicals.

Permaculture: Natural whole-systems thinking

I am also committed to the principles of Permaculture. When you do something, make sure it achieves a number of benefits (not just one). So using the example of stock to control the grass, we achieve a number of advantages in our overall management of the orchard, which are all adding to the overall life force.

To help reduce my carbon footprint, I run all of my vehicles on bio-fuel, produced from recycled cooking oils. And sometimes, I smell a bit like a pickle in a fish and chip shop.

Want to know more?

Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association NZ

The NZ Biodynamic Calendar