Sickles Market Annual Butterfly and Peaches Celebration
Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:00 am EDT
|Description: Sickles Market, Little Silver, will hold its annual Butterfly and Peaches Celebration, Saturday, August 11 from11a.m. – 3 p.m. The celebration’s mission is to create awareness about the very special, delicious New Jersey peach, its many varieties, preparations made with fresh peaches and products made from peaches such as preserves jams and salsas. Several activities are scheduled including the highly anticipated annual butterfly release. All activities are free and the times are as follows:|
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Peach tastings, grilling demonstrations.
3 p.m. The spectacular butterfly release of approximately 100 butterflies.
“Jersey Peaches are a seasonal delicacy,” explained Bob Sickles, third generation owner of Sickles Market, Little Silver. “They are picked at high maturity - which means they have more sugar, are larger and better tasting than peaches grown in other states – and delivered directly to our market. It’s the freshness and the seasonality that makes Jersey peaches so special. So eat a peach and keep our farmers farming,” he said.
The connection between peaches and butterflies are many:
First, insects such as honeybees and butterflies play a pivotal role in the maturation of most fruit trees and other fruit bearing plants. They help to cross-pollinate pollen from one tree to another insuring that the flowers are pollinated and will produce fruit; second, both peaches and butterflies are fully developed and plentiful in August; third, it is fascinating and educational, and so much fun to watch as they go through miraculous metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis, and then, emerging as a magnificent butterfly.
Painted Lady butterflies are native to the Jersey shore and can be found in our gardens, along roadsides and in fields. Also on display in Sickles garden center are flowering plants with special identification that attract these beautiful and helpful insects to your garden or yard such as the Butterfly Bush(Buddleia davidii) pictured above.
All events are free.
Big sales throughout the store 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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