Marshmallow bunnies bloom in Germantown in blue, pink, yellow and green -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected on April 6, 2012. An explanation follows the story.

On the branches of a tree in Germantown on Sunday, colorful, edible flowers bloomed — marshmallow bunnies and chicks in blue, pink, yellow and green.

“Warmer than usual weather has made conditions ideal for an extraordinary crop of colorful Peeps,” said Tyler Butler, assistant farm manager at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown.

This weekend was the peak of Peeps season (in conjunction with April Fools Day on Sunday), Butler said, along with the start of the 17th annual Bunnyland Festival.

The festival, which includes hayrides, a rubber ducky derby, Easter egg hunts, inflatables, tractor rides and more, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 7, 9, 14 and 15 at the orchard.

After seeing videos of his grandfather planting the Peeps seeds on Easter in the 1990s, Butler, a third-generation farm manager, decided to bring the fun tradition back, he said.

Butler’s Orchard used about 200 to 300 Peeps to flower a tree on its property on Sunday.

“It is almost believable to see marshmallows on a tree,” Butler said. “A few kids second guess it when they see them growing on the tree, but then we explain to them, and we say ‘April Fools.’”

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The photo caption was corrected to identify Anna Hystad’s sister as Claire.