Hurricane Sandy is a large and dangerous storm that could affect a wide stretch of the East Coast from the Carolinas to northern New England later this weekend and early next week. Now is the time to prepare for prolonged power outages, damaging winds, and flooding rain.

Prepare a Disaster Kit

Prepare your disaster kit with the following:

Stock up on 3 to 7 days worth of non-perishable food — and don`t forget the can opener.

Plan on one gallon of drinking water per person per day for 3-7 days.

Have flashlights for every person in the home.

Include a battery-powered weather radio for the latest updates of the disaster.

Also include:

Pillows and blankets.

A supply of batteries.

Cash (low denomination bills recommended).

First Aid Kit.

And don`t forget to top-off your car`s gas tank in case you need to evacuate.
Prepare Your Home

Every home should be ready for high winds and heavy rain. Here are some tips:

Move anything that can be blown around in high winds inside

Clear leaves and debris from street storm drains, house gutters, and downspouts .

Check your generator for fuel and proper operations.

Get extra ice for refrigerators and freezers in preparation for power outages

Get firewood ready if you have a fireplace and think you`ll need heating

Prepare Your Family

Be sure to discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home`s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.

Determine if your home is in a flood plain and if it is, know all the evacuation routes

Find where your local community shelter is located

Plan escape routes from your home and places to meet.

Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.

Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate- hotels often do not allow pets and pet-friendly shelters often fill up.

Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

Prepare Your Pets

Here are tips to prepare your pets for evacuation:

With a pet on board, it is important to evacuate early.

Bring the brand of food the pet regularly eats. Due to stress, the pet may have stomach problems. Having the food they are accustomed to will help minimize this.

Pets should be equipped with a collar, tags, and microchip tracking technology.

All medical papers should be copied and packed in your evacuation kit.

A cage and/or carrier of proper size should be clean and ready to go before evacuations are called.

Leashes and restraints are required at most shelters- be sure to have a set packed into your kit.

Prepare For Evacuation

It is very important to know your local evacuation route. Become familiar with it so if you need to evacuate, there will not be any confusion.

Evacuations are commonly called for places that are prone to flooding and storm surge. Check with local authorities to see if your house is in a flood-evacuation zone.

If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

Have an extra supply of fuel for your vehicle

Pack all medications. Have a copy of the prescription in case you lose your medicine or need a refill.

Remember: being prepared allows for a smoother ride through the storm and less damage to the home. If you are not in a flood-prone or low-lying area, evacuation orders are less likely, but it is still crucial that you and your property are secured. Stay safe!


National Lemonade Day Bonanza!

In honor of National Lemonade Day

It’s a Lemonade Bonanza at Aron’s Kissena Farms!

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When is National Lemonade Day?

National Lemonade Day is always – August 20

What is National Lemonade Day?

National lemonade day is a day we honor the old time favorite drink called lemonade. On National lemonade Day, it’s traditional to celebrate by mixing up your favorite flavor of your choice. Lemonade now has a broader range of flavors to choose from. You can make regular lemonade, pink lemonade, strawberry lemonade and even watermelon lemonade. All of these are cool and refreshing drinks and make great bases for cocktails too. This is one beautiful drink, so make some homemade lemonade and enjoy in the freshness.

Regular Lemonade

The basic lemonade recipe has been popular in the Southern United States for years! Sweet tea and lemonade are practically trade marks for the south.

U.S. lemonade is usually sold as a summer refresher. It is commonly available at fairs and festivals, often as a “lemon shakeup” with the shell of the squeezed lemon left in the cup. Lemonade was also the traditional mixer in a Tom Collins, but today it is commonly replaced by a bar mix.

UK-style lemonade and beer produce a “Shandy”. Lemonade is also an important ingredient in cocktails, and a popular drink mixer.

Pink lemonade:

Conventionally, pink lemonade is colored with grenadine.

The Greeks were the first to have pink lemonade. They made this so that while the adults were having wine at celebrations, the children would also have a special treat. When the Greeks dyed the lemonade pink by adding wine, the common myth in the community was that this drink was made from pink lemons that grew in a forest that no man could enter. They made the children believe that these were magical pink lemons.

The New York Times, however, credited Henry E. “Bunk Allen” Allott, as the inventor in his obituary:

   At 15 he ran away with a circus and obtained the lemonade concession. One day while mixing a tub of the orthodox yellow kind he dropped some red cinnamon candies in by mistake. The resulting rose-tinted mixture sold so surprisingly well that he continued to dispense his chance discovery.


Traditional Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade is a sweetened beverage made from lemons, sugar, and water. It is popular in the United States during the spring and summer, when it is generally served chilled, with ice.

In some countries, the word ‘lemonade’ is also used to describe any clear carbonated drink; in others, it means any fruit-flavored soda.

  • 6 medium lemons, should yield 1 cup of juice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup Sugar (can be adjusted by +/- 1/4 cup to taste)

Juice the lemons on a citrus reamer. Rolling the lemons on the counter with moderate pressure prior to juicing will result in more juice from each lemon. Try to keep out the seeds. If you prefer lemonade with no pulp, strain the juice to remove it.  Dissolve the sugar in the water. Heat may be helpful if using a large amount of sugar.  Combine the juice and sugar water in a pitcher. Stir well.

Chill or serve over ice cubes.

Alternative Recipe

1 cup Lemon Juice

1 cup Sugar

6 Cups of Water (2 cups warm water, 4 cups cold water)

Pour 2 cups of warm water into a pitcher and stir in sugar until it dissolves (Sugar dissolves quicker in warm water).   Pour in lemon juice, stir again, and add the 4 cups of cold water.  Chill or serve over ice cubes.


  • Various fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries can be added for color and flavor.
  •  Herbs such as mint, borage, lavender, and lemon verbena can change the aroma of the drink.
  • Including the peels, bruised and sliced, gives more bite and a stronger aroma.
  • Other citrus fruits can be used, including lime, orange, and grapefruit. Sugar and water content should be adjusted to taste. In American parlance, these are not technically lemonades, but limeade, orangeade, etc.


Watermelon Lemonade

The mild flavor of the watermelon blends nicely with the tart lemon juice.

  • 6 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

 Remove as many seeds as you can from the watermelon flesh.

Place watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth.

Strain liquid into a pitcher, along with sugar and lemon juice.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Refrigerate until chilled, and serve.

Passover Wishes

Winner Winner Pesach Dinner

What an exciting day at Aron’s Kissena Farms! Farmer Aron, Curtis Sliwa and the crew made a special delivery to the amazing and wonderful Krieger family! Our Passover contest winners received a delectable and delicious seder meal for the entire family! Much thanks to Mr. Sliwa & company for making this an unforgettable experience for all! Be sure to congratulate the winners below! Happy Passover to all!

Passover Feedback

As you know, Farmer Aron loves having feedback from The AKF Nation.

Below is an email we received at the end of this week. Feedback like this, makes us try harder and do better each and every day!

Thank you for the love!


Purim Savings

Farmer Aron has a special Purim Savings just for you!! He even got dressed up for the occasion!

Leave your comment what you think of his costume

Happy Savings & Chag Purim Sameyach!

Purim “AKF”Style

Farmer Aron  is proud to introduce our very first Purim contest

Purim “AKF StyleContest
(See below for details)

Chag Purim Sameyach!