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Phil’s great-grandfather was a farmer and orchard owner. Phil however took a long detour by working as an industrial sales manager, tech company executive, real estate investor, restaurant manager, and actor. In his early seventies, he decided to join his wife Anikó in helping to fulfill her dream of creating an organic orchard. During the process, Phil realized that he loved working with the land. Most of the time you can find him atop his favorite toy, a blue tractor.



Growing up in Hungary, Anikó spent many summers wandering through her grandparents’ garden and the orchard belonging to the local parish. Once in the US, she started planting edible landscapes around her home.

A few months after Anikó was laid off from her medicinal chemistry job the second time, she had a vision of owning a large orchard filled with happy families picking delicious and healthy produce. Her last three years in the pharmaceutical industry were in the new area of Green Chemistry aiming to reduce the amount of hazardous and toxic chemicals used in drug research and manufacture, so it was obvious that her orchard will have to be as sustainable as possible.

With the enthusiastic support of her husband Phil, whose initial reaction was “Well, I have never been a farmer before”, the two of them embarked on a joyful journey of creating Sweet Retreat Orchard.

Anikó is also a Reiki practitioner and the owner of Green Sage Garden. She shares her most defining spiritual experiences in her memoir Breadcrumbs…Searching for a Father Who Never Left.

10 months ago

Sweet Retreat Orchard
Phil and I will be at the Eno River Farmers Market on Saturdays 10-12 with lots of highly nutritious microgreens, freshly cut and in live trays along with growing kits in 2 sizes.Speckled Snow pea shootsBlack Oil sunflower shootsbroccoliRed Russian kaleRed Acre cabbagePurple Rambo radishChina Rose radisharugulaRed Lace mustardWasabi mustardMizuna mustardMild salad mixSpicy salad mix ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

Sweet Retreat Orchard
Orders are open until Wednesday May 13 for custom grown, pristine nutrient dense microgreens ready on May 24. Contactless pickup or home delivery options. Build your own Family Size Tray and we plant up to 5 different greens for you, or pick from our assorted Mini Trays. Ten different seeds to choose from.Home growing kits in two sizes. Healthy sweets from Sweet Retreat: toasted sesame date balls, gluten-free organic ingredients, no added sugar. ... See MoreSee Less
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